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
notes and pictures from the 2017 New England Cottontail project
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
If you just want pictures, they're here: As part of a plan to reroute the North South Trail onto Foster town Land Trust land, I spent some time on the southern portion of the property owned by Borders Farm. Earlier I had walked the property with the farm manager, but wanted to come back … Continue reading Trip Report – Borders Farm South
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
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?
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