Making New Friends

  Nearly every night since we arrived at our month–long stay at the cabin in the mountains, my family and I have listened intently to the sound of several owls, one of which sounds just beyond our dusk–to–dawn light’s illumination.  “Who–who, who–whooooh.  Who–who, who–whoooh.” Finally, after pulling into the driveway last night after a long…

In the Mountains

My alarm rang at 6:29 this morning.  At 7:30 I found the motivation to rise and greet the day.  Misti and I stepped onto the cabin’s front porch and stared out into the Monongahela National Forest.  We laid our mats onto the porch floor and began a stretching routine I adapted from the Army.  The…

Outdoor Adventure Book Recommendation: A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail.

Earlier this year, my wife and I attended a meeting at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.  During one of the discussions, the speaker asked how many attendees had read “Bill Bryson’s Appalachian Trail book.”  Nearly everyone in the crowd raised their hand… except us.  Neither one of us had heard of Bill Bryson or his book…