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

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One man’s trash … is another man’s trash

Microtrash is always a big problem, and rare is the trip I take without coming home with a cargo-pants pocket full of it.  Common offenders are cigarette butts, corners of Clif/Snickers/Nature Valley bars, crumbs of those ubiquitous blue foam pads, and the occasional bandaid.  Note, I never pick up toilet paper, so ladies, please try … Continue reading One man’s trash … is another man’s trash

Leaving no trace in paradise

Digging through some old hiking photos from Hawaii, I was struck how similar the trail is to New England, despite having probably 1/100 of the traffic.   That volcanic soil just can't take the abuse, similar to the thin layer of soil on top of the mineral soils covering the mountains of the Northeast.  Just like … Continue reading Leaving no trace in paradise

Walk in the Woods – and bring your flak jacket

It was a beautiful day, so I did some tramping in the uplands behind the property.   It's old farmland, now regrown, and logged for hardwoods about 25 years ago.   Great old stone walls, some interesting ruts and leftover trees from the logging operations, and some trails - some manmade, some machinemade, and some game trails.Nice, … Continue reading Walk in the Woods – and bring your flak jacket

Bison: 1, Woman: 0

Genius discovers that wild animals are wild."...they knew they were doing something wrong but thought it was OK because other people were nearby..."Translation: "I'm choosing to be irresponsible because others will step in to save me." Best part:"They tried to run, but the bison caught the woman and tossed her with its head."It's a 2000lb … Continue reading Bison: 1, Woman: 0

Weighed in the scales and (not?) found wanting

Heading up to the Adirondacks again, and I thought I'd weigh in, literally.   We bought a kitchen scale recently to help with big batches of canning, and it has a good capacity and resolution.   And its a quiet, hazy afternoon, nothing better than getting your gear sorted.(Jake the Wonder Dog assisting)Short version: Base weight = … Continue reading Weighed in the scales and (not?) found wanting