Tag Archives: Walks

Brown Sign: Babcock State Park, WV

There is something enticing about a mountain stream. The water babbles, cascades, and falls over rocks and shelves, singing a rhythm and melody to enjoy while cooling off in the shade. The motion of the water flows around the solid … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Pipestem Resort State Park, WV

A few months ago, I ran an addiction recovery group, in which we had a long debate about whether I would wear a helmet while kayaking. The general topic had been finding leisure tasks to occupy free time without cracking … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: New River Gorge National River, WV

Prior to the last ice age in North America, a river is theorized to have flowed westward from what would become the Appalachian Mountains toward what would become the Mississippi River. It drained a vast watershed in regions now called … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Hawks Nest State Park, WV

I first recall the concept of “staycation” showing up in discussions and travel literature about a dozen years ago, after the 2008 financial crisis. The idea was that folks had vacation time, or were out of work, thus had time … Continue reading

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Poem: Dead Calm

Dead calm, the fog sits upon the harbor. No breath of wind other than That which forms as we exhale. Obscured is our view, our focus

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Poem: The Beached Tree

There was a tree That stood upon the shore Defiant against the waves Of winter storm And summer gale. For years, I walked Below high-tide, Combing the rocks And shells For treasures. I would pass The tree, gray-green With salt-tinted … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Urban Signs of Spring

Last weekend, we headed into Washington, D.C. to see a couple of plays at Arena Stage (reviews to follow).  Though we had not planned for another annual event, it happened to be Cherry Blossom Festival weekend too.  And, the cherry … Continue reading

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Farm Life: Beach Farmer?

Farming is a year-round venture.  One might think that during winter, the equipment is put away, and the only tasks is to bring in wood to keep the wood stove burning hot.  My regular readers might also think that I … Continue reading

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Brown Sign: Lost River State Park, WV

A family friend’s son has come to the East Coast for college.  Having grown up in the western deserts, he was thrilled to see a four-season Fall this year.  We invited him to come out to our cabin in the Appalachian … Continue reading

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Poems: The Ocean in Every Shell

I have heard that with every step we take, we stir up the dust of dinosaurs decayed into their mineral compositions.

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