Looping around Turtle Rock

One of the cooler rock formations I've encountered came on a recent trip to Laramie, Wyoming, and the surrounding countryside. Tucked into the 2.2-million acre Medicine Bow National Forest is the Turtle Rock Trail. The 3-plus mile loop completely encircles a cluster of large granite rock shapes. According to geology websites, [...]

By | October 21st, 2014|0 Comments

On Walden Pond

When Henry David Thoreau wandered into the woods on July 4, 1845, to start his live-in-nature experiment, the setting was a fairly young forest around a pond that had been formed more than 10,000 years earlier by glaciers in the eastern Massachusetts countryside. It is considered a great example of [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|3 Comments

Hiking on The Big Island (yes, Hawai’i)

Steam vents at Volcano National Park My calendar of hikes for the past month has gone something like this: Annadel. Shiloh. Annadel. Hawai'i. Annadel. Annadel. Not the most varied of treks, but that one in the middle was a nice detour from the usual trails. During a recent [...]

By | May 20th, 2014|0 Comments

A 265-foot-high waterfall worth seeing

Recently, I checked out Wallace Falls, a series of nine waterfalls near Seattle.

By | June 21st, 2013|0 Comments

Recalling the days of the Confederacy


If I have a 'bucket list' - and some days, I feel one is definitely in order - I'm not sure if completing the AT would be on it. When I lived not far from the Appalachian Trail, I did a few hikes on it and romanticized the notion of doing the whole Maine to Georgia passage at one point. I suspect.....

By | October 14th, 2009|2 Comments

How city folks hike

Tennessee River, Chattanooga, TN Off traveling again, but did take a long hike all around downtown Chattanooga. The city, which is in the Tennessee mountains, has a great riverfront, so started out there, walked along the banks and cut over the Tennessee River on a fairly new pedestrian [...]

By | February 1st, 2009|0 Comments

Maybe the bells scared them off

Flat Top Mountain, Chugach State Park, Anchorage, AK Was in Alaska tending to some family business. (Not nearly as dramatic or Mafia-like as it sounds. Just helping a relative out.) But even though it was a quick trip, it was my first chance to see Alaska in the [...]

By | December 6th, 2008|0 Comments