An Epic Goodbye – A Friend Moves On

One of our kindred spirits is moving away.  After five whirlwind years as the interpretive ranger at Franklin Mountains State Park, Adrianna and her dog, Miss Kitty, headed off to live someplace new.  Continue Reading

No One’s Coming to Save You on the El Capitan Trail

“If something goes wrong, we’re not coming to save you”.  That’s what the ranger told us at the headquarters of Guadalupe Mountains National Park when we checked out a key to the gate for Williams Ranch Road. Continue Reading

It’s the Little Things – Wilderness First Aid

If things go wrong in the backcountry it won’t be because an asteroid falls on you.  A series of small errors, possibly combined with a bit of bad luck, is what leads to most of the really bad things that happen to people in the outdoors.  Continue Reading

Two-A-Days for Holiday Recovery

A week long Thanksgiving trip to see the kids means good food, loud talk, football and, unfortunately for me, less exercise.  No one in my tribe wants to be outside biking, hiking and exploring as much as I do. I have to just switch to idle mode at times like this.  Athletes often talk about recovery after an especially strenuous period of activity.  I needed it after an an extended period of sloth.

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The Buddy System

Paul invites me along whenever he finds some place scary to go.  The best location was the one I now affectionately call “the boneyard”.  It’s a spot in Franklin Mountains State Park with a natural spring, tree cover and deer bones scattered all around.  It’s a like a bar/restaurant with great food and drink – if you’re a mountain lion. Continue Reading