Monthly Archives: May 2008

Hiking in Virginia, day 1

6.5 miles , campsite site at 4,000 feet near spring. ( hiking on 5/18 ) Walking the AT in Virginia with a full backpack after moving through here one year ago is quite a beautiful experience. I am walking here … Continue reading

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Trail Days 2008

( written on May 18, 2008) Back in Damascus, VA,  exactly one year, to the day,  after being here in 2007 for Trail Days, or Trail Daze,  a 25,000 person backpacking party.    I’m here tonight at the Biker Barn,  in … Continue reading

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I’ve Been Backpacking…

in Virginia and Maine.  I have all sorts of adventures to post, and have got to get started.  I’ve put the piece about Gene Espy on tonight, and will just say that I’ve backpacked 6 of the last 9 days; … Continue reading

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How About Hiking the AT in 1951 ?

The highlight of the offerings at Trail Days was the talk given by Gene Espy,who was the second person ( Earl Shaffer was #1) to thru-hike the AT. Gene did it in 1951, at 24 yrs old. He had no … Continue reading

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Mostly Good Influence

Great day of riding 320 miles ( motorcycle) into the great White Mountains of New Hampshire.  I left the house at 9:30 AM  and figured I had to put down 150 miles  if I were to make lunch with my  … Continue reading

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Blackflies

are BAACK! Big time. I was recently out in the woods with one of the infamous biking Bubbas, Craig, this week and part of me now looks like a human pincushion. We actually headed for higher ground, choosing a ride … Continue reading

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Mr. T , the tic man..

“Tics are parasites- They live by feeding on the blood of others: birds, mammals, and reptiles. They remain attached to the host for several days while feeding , attached by their strong mouth parts. Some species pass on diseases, such … Continue reading

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You Name It, Exercise helps It ..

Great article in the 4/29/08 New York Times with the above title written by Jane Brody. (Hit the link in the last sentence to get the full article.) The article not only covers the protective role of exercise in the … Continue reading

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