The Big News on Big Cats

“Tennessee Officials Confirm First Sighting of Mountain Lion in 100 Years” (The cat pictured is a lynx, as close as I could come with my own photos) It was a riveting headline that caught my attention yesterday morning on my Facebook feed. Fortunately, though, I’m in the habit of checking dates on anything billed as […]

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More Celebration of Trails

Running several miles on a developing rail trail earlier today, I thought again about how much good these flat paths do me here in western Pennsylvania. The wealthy industrialists who saw these corridors built could never have imagined their ultimate purpose. They were only seeking profit at the time of construction but in so doing, […]

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All a Hike Can Be

I don’t really describe myself as a hiker anymore. I prefer “explorer”. This idea links my travels to all the diversity and all the opportunity to be found out there. And the truth is, I’m not wedded to slogging forward at a walking pace with a pack on my back (though I’ve done an awful […]

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Twilight Creatures

During the long hikes recounted in The Dying Fish, I encountered strange creatures from time to time, always when I was least expecting it. Normally though, I just saw signs that they were present, such as tracks crossing my own path. But always they were there, just beyond the ring of campfire light, watching me […]

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