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A Day in the Rain

The sunrise was magnificent this morning.  I doubt I’ve ever used the word, “magnificent.” It’s too pompous, but the best fit for what I saw while driving to work. A giant orange-red ball sitting on the horizon, with reddish purple streaks shot through the surrounding sky.  Yesterday I took my coffee outside hoping to see … Continue reading

A Day on the Appalachian Trail

My dad and sister and I flew to West Virginia last week to take care of family business. After that, I took the opportunity to hike trails much different from what I have around home. On Tuesday morning we drove to Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, which is one of the most beautiful towns I’ve visited. … Continue reading

South Llano River State Park: Social Distancing at its Finest

The bright side to all the craziness in the world is that we have more free time than normal. For years, my son and I have gone camping every fall, and usually also every spring, but we have been so busy that it has been over a year since we’ve gone. Until this past weekend. … Continue reading

Adventures at Beavers Bend State Park

Beavers Bend State Park is just outside of Hochatown, about ten miles north of Broken Bow, in the Southeastern corner of Oklahoma near the Arkansas state line. The Mountain Fork River runs through the state park and is stocked with trout year-round. With the river and Broken Bow Lake, the park is fantastic for fishing. … Continue reading

Hiking at Colorado Bend State Park

My wife and I took a weekend trip to Colorado Bend State Park in the Texas hill country last weekend. Our plan was to get a full day of hiking in, rain or shine. The temperature was in the low 50’s when we arrived; very cool for May. It was also drizzling, and the forecast … Continue reading

Hiking Basics: What You Do and Don’t Need for a Day Hike

Hiking is a great way to stay in shape, get outside, and see some beautiful places in the world. It’s also easy to get started and requires little gear. Unfortunately, like most things, people like to complicate it. The last thing you need to do is ask what you need on a hiking message board. … Continue reading

Lake Brownwood State Park

On the day after Thanksgiving in 2012, my four-year-old son and I loaded up our camping gear, along with half a pickup load of firewood, and drove south to Lake Brownwood State Park. Neither of us had been there before. At the time, Texas was in the middle of one of the worst droughts since … Continue reading

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