Proprioception.

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 …

Solstice.

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 …

Denali High.

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 …

Glen Onoko.

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. …

To the woods.

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 …