Category: Nature

A Magical Bog: Cowles’ Bog Trail

I was reminded by a friend this week about the Cowle’s Bog Trail in the Indiana Dunes National Park. I hiked this trail many years ago with my brother. He’s a wetland biologist, and when he came to visit, this was on his list… Continue Reading “A Magical Bog: Cowles’ Bog Trail”

A Beautiful Vantage Point

“A human being is a part of the whole called by us the “universe”, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion… Continue Reading “A Beautiful Vantage Point”

On The Mountaintop

Some people describe life like chapters, and sometimes I say that, too. But, to be honest, my journey doesn’t feel like chapters at all. A chapter provides a beginning and an end with a lot of story in between. I don’t see beginnings and… Continue Reading “On The Mountaintop”

Nature’s Medicine: Grand Mere State Park

I needed a dose of nature today. Just thinking you might need a little dose yourself. Enjoy!

Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus

A girlfriend of mine and I camped in the backcountry of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore last week. It was a lovely little campground in the middle of a white pine forest. About 1/4 mile away was an unspoiled Lake Michigan beach. When we… Continue Reading “Lessons From the Trail: Shifting Focus”

Rain Out: Plan B

Tent camping has one major drawback. When it rains, you are wrapped in a very thin sheet of technical fabric that may or may not keep you dry. The rest of the hassles I can tolerate with a minimum of whining and gnashing of… Continue Reading “Rain Out: Plan B”

Covid Camping in Northern Michigan

I’ve been patiently waiting for my first adventure in my re-imagining phase. I didn’t really camp much last year so I was a little rusty putting everything together, and, of course, traveling anywhere during this time is not particularly wise. But I decided to… Continue Reading “Covid Camping in Northern Michigan”

A Perfect Day

Today was a perfect day. I slept with the windows open last night. The temps are in the 50s at night and in the 60s – low 70s during the day. It is freaking awesome. It’s great running weather, perfect hiking weather and the… Continue Reading “A Perfect Day”

Road Trip: Historic Bridge Park

Saturday was a wash. It literally rained and rained and rained. I finally got stir-crazy and packed up the car in the hopes of finding a drier landscape with a trail. But as soon as I got on the road, the freezing rain started.… Continue Reading “Road Trip: Historic Bridge Park”

An Impulsive Fourth of July

It is heating up outside. Of course, let me make clear that I am extremely grateful that it is not heating up outside my house to the tune of a Louisiana Fourth of July. Two weeks ago, we were grumbling about wearing sweaters in… Continue Reading “An Impulsive Fourth of July”

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