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Through the night & back in time

The Roaming Parkers are not just world-travelers – we are also time-travelers! As we were embarking on our recent trip to Greece I realized that we were actually taking a trip back in time. Then a few weeks later we traveled those same mysterious pathways back in time […]

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2500 years ago blood poured out

Pain is temporary but Glory is forever – so the saying goes. Some years ago, before I’d ever visited and hiked at the battlefield at Shiloh Tennessee, people had told me that they could feel the spirits of the men who’d died there. I thought that was a […]

Graffiti in Greece

One thing that was somewhat surprising about our trip to Greece was the pervasiveness of graffiti. Everywhere we went, people had taken it upon themselves to decorate the spaces around them. The only places that were mostly free of graffiti were the A-list archaeological sites – places that […]

Lucy the lake monster

Our local Scout camp has been rated by Boys’ Life Magazine as one of the 8 Coolest Camps in the Country! Hood Scout Reservation has everything from a world-class shooting sports program to a fantastic COPE/Climbing program to an expansive aquatics program – and everything in between! Hood […]

Pickpockets, gypsies, and dummies

When we were getting ready to travel to Greece, the travel guides, internet sites, and our Greek friends all warned us about pickpockets – especially in Athens and especially in the Metro. Apparently Greek pickpockets are world-renowned for their numbers and for their skill at separating tourists from […]

A whirlwind tour of Greece

The Roaming Parkers are just back from a whirlwind tour of Greece, complete with travel travails, midnight adventures, fabulous food, ancient ruins, beaches, museums, and mountains! Check out some of the places we’ve been and stay tuned for a bunch of blogging about Greece!

Pack list for 2 weeks in Greece

Here in a couple of weeks, Elise and I are going to be heading to Greece for about 2 weeks. We’re going to be visiting Athens, Thermopylae, and Marathon, doing some beaching and maybe visiting the islands, and climbing Olympus. We plan to do AirBnBs, pack everything in […]

Backpacking the Wild Azalea Trail

Anyone around here familiar with this National hiking Trail south of Alexandria Louisiana? That’s where I’m at right now! I’ve had a fierce hankering to do this trail for a while now but haven’t gotten around to it so I figured to make a long weekend of it. […]