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What is a Thru-Hike?

What is a thru-hike? This is a question that a lot of new hikers find themselves asking or googling after hearing the term in conversation. But there isn’t always a straight answer, especially depending on what company you’re with at the time. Oftentimes people…

Hike Safety: How to Protect Yourself from Two-Legged Predators.

There is a lot to love about hiking, and the outdoor community. From the solitude of the forest to the unique and breathtaking mountaintop views that only the dedicated and slightly crazy (most of us) enthusiasts get to see. The hiking community is one…

Five Reasons You Should Be Hammock Camping

Hammock camping has been quickly gaining popularity in recent years. Owing its increased success and visibility to updated designs, increased affordability and a few books like Lost on the Appalachian Trail by author and AT/PCT Thru Hiker Kyle Rohrig (highly recommended) who rave about…

A Disease Called Modern Society

For the first time in the history of our species we live and spend most of our time in a synthetic environment. Everything is climate controlled, the lighting is dictated by the blinds and electricity. We listen to the wind and rain on the…

Hey Fifty

Becoming an antique causes reflection – a sort of after action review (AAR) of the first half of one’s life.  One of the big conclusions I arrived at (and this may reveal aspects of my character to you) is that I have failed to…

Sacre Coeur

For as the heavens are high above the earth, so strong is his love for those who fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our sins. – Ps 103 Dietrich von Hildebrand once wrote that…

Life in you

If you do not eat of the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you. –Jesus We’re winding up five Sundays in a row focused on the Bread of Life discourse from John’s gospel.  When I…

Our crying sister

Here is something that I am convinced of, and I will tell you why it is a problem.  The past four popes, at least, have been telling us something that has been dismissed out of hand by conservative pundits and turned into something akin…

Back home again in Indiana

The past couple of days have been jarring.  I spent Saturday at my last of five 12 hour shift with Homeland Security, and jumped into the already loaded van to head back to Indiana.  It was a nine hour drive, at the end of which I fell…

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