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This Hike Close to Denver Feels Like you are Far Away

Colorado is blessed to have so much amazing and accessible open space. To experience a hike back East like the one I did today at Colorado’s Staunton State Park, it would take hours of driving, packing and planning. Instead I … Continue reading

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Hike Kent County Maryland

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Hike Kent County Maryland

What a great time to hike Sassafras Natural Resource Area in Kent County, Maryland. Perfect place to witness springs’s arrival.

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Manassas National Battlefield

  Battlefield hikes are always some of my favorite.  The open vista walks are a constant source of scenery (as opposed to the normal “wait-for-it” hike to the peak or overlook), and as a birder, the meadow habitats attract a … Continue reading

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Millington, Maryland Wildlife Management Area

A recent walk through the Millington Wildlife Management Area in eastern Kent County, Maryland reminded me of a theme of Paul Gruchow’s book “The Necessity of Empty Places” which is that there needs to be in the world, if only … Continue reading

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Halloween Hiking in Maryland

If you are not much into the haunted hayride scene but think it would be fun to inject a little creepy into a Halloween hike, consider a visit to the section of the Appalachian Trail that passes through Burkittsville, Maryland … Continue reading

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Don’t Share this Post

“You should not blog about this trail” my wife said to me as we came upon the overlook. We had been walking along the trail for an hour enjoying open views of the Shenandoah River, the Blue Ridge Mountains and … Continue reading

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State Birds – A Revision

Think many of the official state birds are stupid or boring? If so (or even if you don’t care), this is kind of funny: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/state_bird_improvements_replace_cardinals_and_robins_with_warblers_and_hawks.html

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An Apology

This was not originally intended as a blog post, but as a few final words I wrote during a recent hike up to the top of Sourdough Mountain in North Cascades National Park. Once I unexpectedly collected myself and was … Continue reading

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Narrows of Harpeth Hike in Middle Tennessee

  One of the funniest outdoor experiences I have ever had was at the beginning of a Colorado River float in Radium, Colorado.  My family was loading into a raft with a guide and another family when the guy from … Continue reading

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