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Category: Nature

Pacific Northwest a flower lover’s paradise

The Roaming Parkers spent last week exploring both sides of the Columbia River corridor from Astoria to Portland and from Vancouver to Long Beach.  Although part of the adventure took place at Cape Disappointment State Park, this trip was certainly no disappointment! During summertime, southwest Washington and northwest […]

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National Fishing & Boating week

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks celebrated National Fishing & Boating week by designating this past weekend as Free Fishing days, where the public could fish in public waters with no license, no fees, and no limits! To commemorate Take Me Fishing Day, the Roaming Parkers […]

Ah HA! The Big Picture.

For a few months now I have been pondering the question, “What then?”  Currently Pat and I, as the Roaming Parkers, have a flexible plan where we are actively working on being debt free, homeschooling, community service, traveling, blogging, and getting ready for The Next Big Thing.  (You […]

The Year of the Beach

The Roaming Parkers are pretty much evenly divided between mountain people and beach people.  I don’t mind beaches but I vastly prefer mountains, and Elise will tolerate mountains but she loves the beach.  I think the kids are about evenly split too. It turns out that this miniature […]

The Outdoor Code

When I was in the Scouts as a child, about 35 years ago, we certainly emphasized an outdoor stewardship ethic, but it took a little bit different form than it does now.  Nowadays we talk a lot about Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly, but back then those […]

Was it a hike or a swim!

A couple of years ago I took a group of Boy Scouts hiking at Percy Quin State Park.  We did the 8-mile Nature Trail all the way around Lake Tangipahoa and had a blast despite lots of wet crossings and bridge and boardwalk damage from Hurricane Isaac.   […]