I’m finishing the The Wild Duck Chase: Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. I love the detailed descriptions of the various players in this world that most people don’t even know exists. The story is lively and humorous as well as completely engaging. If you like Bill Bryson and Richard [...]
Jewel weed looks a lot like an impatient plant. Later in the summer, jewel weeds will produce flowers that are small bright yellow or orange blooms. Keep an eye on the jewel weeds to set seeds. The seed pods look like a miniature pea pod. The pods are hydro-statically charged and the least little amount of [...]
Recently, my mom and I went for a hike. Not a long one. Not a taxing one. Just a stroll through the spring woods. There is something magical about hiking. It allows you to connect. Really connect. The woods transforms to a realm in which you can talk about anything. We go about our lives [...]
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One of the best things about hiking is that you never know what you are going to see. One day it is llamas and the next an unexpected encounter with a snapping turtle on the way home from a hike. This one was doing a rather pathetic job of crossing a busy road and was [...]
There are a few plants that I can’t stand. Garlic mustard is one of them. Garlic mustard as do other invasive plants crowd out the native flora and disrupt the balance of the woods. Healthy forests need to be constantly evolving and should be a comprised of a variety of plants not just one or [...]
Blue Licks Battlefield State Park and Nature Preserve in Kentucky is a great place to visit and enjoy taking a hike through history. Some of the trails are buffalo traces. That is a fancy phrase for pathway. Buffalo traveled throughout the area and would travel on the same pathways year after year which pounded the [...]
Slow down and take your time hiking and enjoy the experience of the hike. Like this encounter with a chipmunk I recently had at Ault Park. When he looked down I took a step closer to him. He looked down again and I took another step forward. At this point EVERY chipmunk is doing the [...]