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Tag: Story for Another Day

The Annelid horror of the Bogue Chitto!

Recently I went with the local Scout Troop on a 50-mile canoe trek down the Bogue Chitto river!  The weather was perfect and we saw a ton of interesting flora and fauna, but like any adventure, it had its share of misadventure and those misadventures always make the […]

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Kidnapped by aliens at Potkopinu

In South Mississippi and adjoining Louisiana, at least as far as the Roaming Parkers are concerned, hiking and camping are seasonal activities.  I guess you could call us fair-weather hikers, and 90+ degree heat, 90+ percent humidity, ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy do not count as fair-weather. This […]

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 […]

10 Essentials – Insect repellent

Of all the 10 outdoor essentials that expert outdoor gurus tell us not to forget when we go outside, insect repellent seems like just about the most important around South Mississippi and Louisiana. Between West Nile and Zika mosquitoes, swarming gnats, and the painful bites of horseflies the size […]

How to build a gin & tonic fit for an expat!

In the Middle Ages, the Dutch developed gin, grain alcohol flavored with juniper berries (or even turpentine!), as a medicinal spirit to treat maladies as wide-ranging as arthritis, back pain, upset stomach, and kidney infections.  During the 16th century, soldiers drank it before battle for its calming properties, leading […]

You never know until you go

Around this time last year, I wrote about taking our Boy Scouts on the annual Swamp Tromp hike and camping trip at Percy Quin State Park.  For several years running, this 10-mile hike has been their favorite event of the year, and now another year has rolled around and it […]