Friday, August 14, 2015

Off in September to wander well worn paths

My first autumn trip will plan to follow trails in Delaware full of memories, and possibly adding a few more.

I will be leaving on September 8 for Lums Pond State Park to stay in a yurt for three nights, then heading south to wander the Delaware beaches.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Word for Herren Dahles' alpine meadows is ...


Also, wild blueberries and huckleberries (yum).

Bring layers, though -- expect to get hot, cold, wet and muddy. It's essential to the Dolly Sods wilderness experience.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Rolling into West Virginia for the weekend

My backpack and daypack are stuffed with gear for a three day expedition into the Dolly Sods region of the Monongahela Forest, once spoken of by locals "with a sort of dread, and regard it as an ill-omened region, filled with bears, panthers, impassable laurel-brakes, and dangerous precipices". These days, former Scout leaders like Paul Hill recall it as a location for troop hikes ... yes, scary.

Kirsten Elowsky assures me,though, that there will be enough climbing to keep me from losing the muscle tone I built up this summer. So, upward!

I plan to return to Valhalla on Monday, August 10, but will be out of contact until then. Photos next week.

(Side note: Perseids meteor shower maximum is expected before dawn on August 12, with no moon. If you can get to a light-free sky, please enjoy!)