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The zen of a rattlesnake

One of my favorite hikes in the Pisgah National Forest is the John Rock Loop, a 5 mile trail that climbs roughly 1,200 feet. I like it not because it is 5 miles long, that sucks or because you have to … Continue reading

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Life and death in the forest

“The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” –  The Buddha My wife and I try to hike in the Pisgah National Forest every Sunday, specifically in … Continue reading

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What we discover off the beaten path

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both, And be one traveler, long I stood, And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth”- Robert Frost I have written extensively … Continue reading

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A small view of a big world

“It suddenly struck me that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very … Continue reading

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Trump doesn’t speak or act for me

I needed to climb. I needed to get above all the bullshit coming out of Washington if just for an hour or two. 1,000 feet of climbing to the top of John Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. There is … Continue reading

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Digging in

We started early, a 7 mile hike in the 77,000 acre Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The trailhead was aptly named the Devil’s Garden. At 7am it was hot but not as hot as it would be at 2pm when we … Continue reading

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The view

After 750 feet and about an hour and a half of climbing this was my view Sunday afternoon;   What you are looking at is Looking Glass Rock on the right from high atop John’s Rock in the Pisgah National Forest. … Continue reading

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