Tag Archives: Appalachian Trail

Sidling Home

               Bella 2005-2017         Sidling Home The recurring memory goes like this: It’s late afternoon atop the ridge on a blazed trail, lone raptor one hundred feet above, water hushed by … Continue reading

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Where Have All The Hikers Gone?

Thru-hikers give way to hunters naked trees replace fall colors the narrow trails widen December on the AT trunks fill the forrest then open to crisp panorama icy toes & oatmeal on a 27 degree sunrise which way shall I go? down the mountain into the gap and across the … Continue reading

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Upside Down Trek

“After all, I don’t see why I am always asking for private, individual, selfish miracles when every year there are miracles like white dogwood.” – Anne Morrow Lindbergh Nature inspires art. Writers and poets have written about the wonders of creation for … Continue reading

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Soaring Above Pulpit Rock

“Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” – John Muir I would like to acknowledge the raptor who soared overhead while I sat … Continue reading

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Ask an AT (Appalachian Trail) thru-hiker (one who completed the entire 2,168 miles from Springer Mountain, GA to Mount Katahdin, ME) what they think about Pennsylvania and their likely response will be, “What, Rocksylvania?” along with a painful wince. That’s because in Pennsylvania … Continue reading

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Almost Heaven

“If you expect nothing from anybody, you’re never disappointed.” – Sylvia Plath It all began with a 1,000′ climb to a mountain ridge on the Appalachian Trail, a 35 pound backpack strapped to my back. My buddy Ed and I descended five days … Continue reading

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Art of Running – Part XVIII – The Rural Run

“To live permanently away from the country is a form of slow death.” – Esther Meynell All seventeen entries in the Art of Running series I launched last year have been taken during urban runs through city streets. The irony is, though I am … Continue reading

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