The AT Trail, The Movie “A Walk in The Woods” and the Big Picture

Will the Movie “A Walk in the Woods” help things or make matters worse?


A few days ago, I read the story Can the Appalachian Trail Survive “A Walk in the Woods” in Outside magazine on-line. Kathryn Miles brings to light some important issues surrounding the current condition of the AT trail and the possible effects of the new movie “A walk in the Woods” will have on the trail and it’s community.

Trail Sign

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What the Rebel Flag Means to Me

In the year of 1966, I was born. At such time growing up in the 70’s and 80’s it was known as the Rebel flag. We watched as the Duke boys fought a corrupt local government while proudly displaying the Rebel flag.

Dukes of Hazzard

A Rebel is defined as a person who rises in opposition against an established government or is defined as a person who stands up for their own personal opinions despite what anyone else says.

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5 Items Every Driver Should Have in Their Vehicle

This past weekend, I had the unfortunate experience to see several car accidents and witness a biker lose control and flip his bike as he hit a guardrail. He will live. I was able to administer aid until the paramedics arrived.

Leer Cap Yakima Rack

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Expedition Overland Trip to Central America

I’ve been fascinated with Expedition Overland since they first started to post videos on YouTube of themselves running around the rocky two tracks of Montana. Then last year Clay and his adventurous band of wanderers headed north to my favorite state, Alaska. I followed them weekly as they would post a new 20 to 30 minute YouTube short of their Alaskan adventure. I was impressed with the effort and attention of detail with their filming that I feel rivals much of what you see on television these days. Their Alaska trip rekindled my want to return to Alaska and explore more of my favorite state.

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Road Trip


This article first appeared in the Carroll County Times on Sunday July 26, 2015. 

Merriam-Webster simply defines Road Trip as a long trip in a car, truck, etc. A pretty simple definition for such a meaningful paired two words.

After a weekend of exploring the lesser traveled dirt roads of Maryland, West Virginia and Virginia, I sit down at my writer’s desk to pen this week’s column. The only pre-planned part of the weekend was to meet up with friends in the George Washington National Forest Saturday afternoon to camp for the night. The invitation from Alex and Ben at went something like this, “We’ll be at coordinates so and so, come find us.”

So I set out to find them.

Road Trip

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Memorial Day Thoughts

This weekend we celebrate the beginning of summer. Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer. I urge everyone to stop and say a prayer with family and friends at the picnic table giving thanks for those Americans that have given of themselves making this weekend possible.

Tomb Unknown Soldier Guard 2


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Self Reflection in Nature

“In wilderness is the salvation of mankind” Thoreau


When was the last time you were alone; alone with only your thoughts? No radio or TV influencing your thoughts, no cell phone waiting to ring interrupting your dreams, no I-pod in your ears deflecting your mind’s free flow of ponderings. Self reflection in nature.

Taking in the view

When was the last time you were alone in a wild place? A place clean of manmade structures blocking the view of the far off horizon, a wild place void of man’s touch. Not a groomed park with marked trails and interpretive signs explaining what you should be seeing; a wild place of random nature as only our creator could produce.

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Shad Fishing at Fletcher’s Cove

Washington DC was filled to capacity with visitors gawking at the spring time cherry blossoms. They can have the pretty little flowers, I had fish to catch. Recently, I had learned of a historic place of fishing lore, Fletcher’s Cove.

Shad fishing was once the welcoming spring ritual for me. If you wanted to find me in April, the best place to look would have been Deer Creek at the Stafford Bridge or any one of the lesser know shad holding holes between the bridge and the mouth of the creek at the Susquehanna River. However, over the last few springs the distance between me and Deer Creek has separated me from this welcoming of spring.

Fletcher's Cove


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Installing a Leer Cap on the New Tacoma

Leer Cap

Leer Cap and Yakima rack installed. Time to go fishing.

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I Can See The Washington Monument

Having lived on the edge of Washington DC for 2 years now, I have noticed one big thing – The Washington Monument. It cannot be missed. No matter where you go, the tall pointy stone object is in view.

So, I got to thinking, what is the monument all about anyhow? After doing some reading and research I learned some interesting facts about the monument and thought I would pass them along.

Washington Monument

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