I love snakes. What is not to like about a reptile that decided it didn't need legs? The best snake of all in my area is the rattlesnake. Why? Because so many people irrationally hate or fear them. There is this huge mythology built up about rattlers. They don't chase you. The don't lie in…Read more Snakes alive!
I really wanted to do a new hike blog but I have been trapped here by the heat. (I suppose I could do a blog about a night hike but there would be no photos.) The weather has been insane, with temps constantly in triple digits since early June (it is now August 7.) A…Read more Yes, Virginia, the World IS Getting Warmer.
It has been very hot for the last few weeks. Since the only hikes I feel like doing right now are over 8000 ft. elevation - and that is a couple hours drive away - I haven't been doing much hiking. Might as well tell you about a hike I did a couple years ago.…Read more McGill Trail in May
If you are in a true survival situation in the wild, odds are a hundred to one you screwed up badly and in multiple ways. It is easy to say "Never screw up and you have nothing to worry about." Everyone screws up once in a while. However, it takes a chain of screwups to cause…Read more Staying Alive in the Wild for Long Distance Trekers