Moonlight Hike at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Had a great time snowshoeing down old farm roads in the Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge in Exeter, RI.    Along with 14 other ramblers and our guide, Laura, did a no-flashlights walk through old farm lands, now reforested, to a large open field.   There we were serenaded by two coyote packs (and one far … Continue reading Moonlight Hike at Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge

Trip Report – Parker Woodland

I've spent the past few weekends rambling in the Parker Woodland Audubon preserve here in western RI.   There's 2 great things about it, in addition to being a short drive: no dogs, and no hunting.  It's perfect for going off trail and doing a little bushwhack practice. If you only want pictures, look here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskQr6mZY … Continue reading Trip Report – Parker Woodland

Crosspost: 2002 MATC caretaker logs

For anyone following this blog, I thought this might interest some people.   Cross-posting from my LNT blog. I spent a summer as a Shelter caretaker, LNT instructor, and Summit Steward on Saddleback Mtn, the 2nd largest alpine zone in Maine after Katahdin. https://notracesblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/2002-caretaker-season-logs-piazza-rock-maine/ +1, would do again  

Composting Privvies – how do they work?

During my summer as a Maine Appalachian Trail caretaker, I was "privileged" to take part in an event called "a mixer".   All 4 caretakers, plus some MATC volunteers, converged on the Horns Pond shelter area for a mid-year roundtable summit, a bit of a swim, and some hard, disgusting labor. Horns Pond is high … Continue reading Composting Privvies – how do they work?

2002 Caretaker season logs – Piazza Rock, Maine

I found my old logbook from when I was a caretaker at the Piazza Rock shelter area on the Appalachian Trail in Maine.  What a terrific experience, it really opened my eyes to Leave No Trace as a philosophy, and the overall effect that small impacts have when multiplied by hundreds.  I spoke to hundreds … Continue reading 2002 Caretaker season logs – Piazza Rock, Maine