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The Iron Never Lies

A new year means New Year resolutions, and anytime you look at yourself to figure out what you can improve upon is a good thing. You might tell yourself that 2018 is going to be the year that you get everything together. 

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The Iron Never Lies

What is Camping?

I recently had a buddy go on a rant on how people in RVs couldn’t consider themselves campers, that these glampers, a recent term for “glamorous camping” weren’t really camping at all. Chuckling, I reminded him that his expedition level Jeep complete with off-road trailer, rooftop tent, refrigerator, heater, AC, could probably be considered an RV. Camping has not had a definition update in a very long time, and this creates friction and a sense of superiority among the different classes of campers. T

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2016 Year in Review

2016…what a year. More than any other, it’s been 365 days marked by some weekly event that makes you feel just a little bit worse. Whether it’s been politics, celebrity deaths, or the loss of a beloved gorilla...

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2016 Year in Review

In Search of Quiet

Quiet is something of a rarity now a days. I’m writing this before the results of the election, but I'm sure that no matter the result the noise will be reaching a crescendo on the TV, on the radio, on social media. Noise, flashing lights, and images pour out of every outlet to where it overwhelms you, trapping you and demanding your attention and response....

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Loved to Death

14 years ago I took a trip down the Catawba River for the first time, paddling the 7 miles from the Lake Wylie Dam to River Park. This was before River Park had the new bridge across Manchester creek, before there was a picnic shelter or a proper kayak put in...

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Loved to Death
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When a tent just isn't enough

Summer is winding down, with the cool air of autumn just around the corner which signals the end of my adventure hibernation. I was more active this year than usual, with backpacking trips...

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The Adventures of Tiny Hippo

A friend of mine from a previous job messaged me out of the blue to say that she had just received notice the company was laying her off at the end of February and giving her 3 months of severance pay. While that is never good news for anyone, her immediate reaction was to follow a dream of hers since college which was to hike as much of the Appalachian Trail as possible, starting at the southern terminus Springer Mountain.

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The Adventures of Tiny Hippo