Thou Shalt . . .

Recently, I came across a discussion on an online forum about "rules" to ensure a successful pass-thru hike.  The discussion was initiated by a rather lengthy post by someone who felt very strongly that his/her way was the only way.  This is not the first time that I've come across similar rigid thinking.  So, I... Continue Reading →

Going to Chapelle

July 2017 It was mid-morning when I got to the trailhead; located in a small village on the shores of a huge, beautiful lake.  Blue skies, sun up, lake shimmering.  A beautiful day for a walk.  Steep, though.  Up about 1900 meters (6200 ft) and then down 1200 (3900) in 18 kms (11 miles). There... Continue Reading →

Into the Whites, NH

Location:  White Mountains National Forest, NH Date:  Oct 25-31, 2017 Base:  Lincoln, NH Seven days hiking in the White Mountains National Forest. Wet. Cold but not as cold as I had expected. Past peak leaf peeper season, but still very beautiful. And best of all - great hiking. I'll be back. There are many popular... Continue Reading →

Solar Eclipse, Madras, Oregon

Date:  Monday, August 21st, 2017 Event:  Solarfest Location:  Madras, Oregon Wanted to see the total solar eclipse this year and selected Madras, Oregon on the path of totality because I figured I'd get in some hiking also.  Here are some pictures.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera filter, so, I don't have a picture of... Continue Reading →


I went to Calgary last week on business. The trip came up with little notice and I wasn't able to stay over for the weekend. Next time I am going to have to try and do that and perhaps try to make it out to Lake Louise. Stayed downtown and don't need to rent a... Continue Reading →

2 Days/5 State Parks

Pedernales Falls State Park (1st two pictures) Blanco State Park Guadalupe River State Park (3rd picture) Hill Country State Natural Area (4th picture) Lost Maples State Natural Area (5th picture) Garner State Park was going to be the last stop but found it was closed. Found this out from someone at the Lost Maples park... Continue Reading →

Death & Tourism

Recently, I was reading an article on Machu Picchu.  It is one of the many places that I want to absolutely see before I do the dearly departed thing.   Now, a slight digression.  I hurt my leg a few weeks ago while working out.  I've gotten hurt before - legs, arms, shoulders, back, etc.... Continue Reading →

Canadians Are Nice

Canada has $1 and $2 coins.  I understand that coins are more cost effective than bills but they are a pain in the ass.  Especially if you are just visiting and don't want to bring coins back.  You can't exchange them for dollars and more than likely will lose them or not be able to... Continue Reading →

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