I taught Evan this word as we were doing an impromptu hike along the Mid-State Trail yesterday. Basically it describes body awareness while in motion, such as knowing where to place your feet while running through rough terrain. Having good proprioception means not tripping on a rock and falling on your face. An essential skill for … Continue reading Proprioception.
Back in August, I went on a road trip to Colorado. On my way home, I stopped to see the largest sand dunes in North America, at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Ok, so it wasn't exactly 100% completely on my way, but it wasn't far enough out of my way to resist a stop to … Continue reading Piles of sand.
Yesterday, I celebrated the shortest day of the year by going on a hike with Dinah on a portion of the Standing Stone Trail. A few weeks ago I wrote about hiking the SST from the hawkwatch to Greenwood Furnace State Park. This time, I headed in the opposite direction, beginning at the end of … Continue reading Solstice.
For a while now, ever since we moved into our new house, Evan and I had been talking about hiking a stretch of the Standing Stone Trail (SST) on Stone Mountain, the ridge we look at every day from our porch. The section of trail we'd been discussing starts at a hawk watch just off the … Continue reading Hawkwatch to Greenwood.
In the summer of 2012, I took a trip that changed my life. The year leading up to it had been rough to say the least, riddled with sorrow and depression and the grief of losing someone I thought I'd get to spend a whole lot more time with. I was lost, feeling purposeless and … Continue reading Denali High.
Last Saturday morning, after an evening of jamming out to Cabinet and exploring the town of Jim Thorpe, PA, we hiked off the hangovers at Glen Onoko Falls, a series of waterfalls just outside town in Lehigh Gorge State Park. Icy conditions made the trail treacherous, but luckily we brought our Yaktrax, which worked wonderfully. … Continue reading Glen Onoko.
Triple-header (n) : three games played one after another on the same day In the case of two weekends ago, this meant 12 miles of hiking, 14 miles of paddling, and 24 miles of biking, all within 12 hours of daylight. This adventure was to take place around the area of Delaware Water Gap, on the … Continue reading The Triple Header.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect in the mountains of Japan. Until about a year ago, when Amanda came here for the first time, I didn't even know that the Japanese Alps existed. Sure, everyone's heard of Mt. Fuji, and perhaps skiing and the Winter Olympics in Nagano, but I had no idea about … Continue reading Tales from swallow mountain.
It's about that time of the semester when there are more and more afternoons that I just can't stare at a computer screen any longer. I can't spend another minute in a room without windows, cooped up in a world of papers and projects and deadlines. Some days, the pull of the fresh air is … Continue reading To the woods.
It was one of those typical March days---cold enough to let you know that winter isn't quite ready to let go, yet with a hint of spring in the air. One of those days when you have no idea what to wear because there is a good chance you could end up either freezing or … Continue reading Climbing on rocks and sliding on ice.