Skills – Socks, a Basic but Critical Item

Hikers and backpacker use their feet as a primary mode of travel. Despite all physical conditioning and preparation, unhappy feet will fail you and can make a great trip into a torturous experience. My son and I were invited as “seasoned hikers” to backpack with a Florida youth group one year. The group was new …

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Hiking South Carolina – Awendaw Passage

Need a quick getaway? Then hike this out and back. Just a short hop from Charleston, this trail winds down along the Intracoastal Waterway to the southern terminus of the Palmetto Trail and the Buck Hall Recreation Area. This trail has a lot of hiking flexibility. If you are hiking solo or with only one …

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Hiking South Carolina – Kings Mountain

This is a great hike any time but more so during reenactment weekends. The national park hosts several living history events with period encampments and demonstrations throughout the year. I  normally have done this hike over the Memorial Day weekend inconjunction with the park's "Military Through the Ages" event. The historic significance of the battle …

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Hiking South Carolina – Table Rock

With some challenging hiking and amazing views, this Table Rock trip is one of my favorite backpacking campouts in the state. Any time of the year. This trip strings together a combination of trails which basically form a 12.5 mile loop around, in and out of the park. As the park rules state you can't …

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The Watchmen

They sit in a darkened room, each bathed in the soft glow of a half-dozen large computer monitors, their windows to the outside world, watching, waiting, for you. Each monitor providing a virtual world into which they stare, watching, listening to constantly streaming sound. Their headphones they wear not connected to music as you and …

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Stone Stacking – Spiritually Art or Criminal Mischief?

This year I've read several different posts and articles about artful rock stacking, the most recent showed up in my news feed a week or so ago. This seems to be a hugely sensitive topic, bringing out strong emotional responses from people. Most lamented about how terrible, destructive, and sometimes criminal this practice is and …

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Arrived! (day 4)

It's the final leg now, Grand Junction  to Colorado Springs. The highway winding up and through the mountains following the rivers, first the Colorado river, then the Eagle river, then Gore Creek.  the country side and mountain are gorgeous. Small alpine communities  sprinkled through the mountains. Ski lifts dot the mountain sides, running along the …

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Sampling National Parks (day 2 & 3)

Driving to Colorado provides for the opportunity to check out some places along the way. Our fluid schedule had some time built in to "stop and smell the roses" a bit and Zion National Park was first on the list of roses to smell. The Zion National Park is simply an amazing place. If you haven't …

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