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Bring On The Heat

You may be thinking the post title alludes to baseball or a romantic story. In a way, it is about my love affair with this time of year—spring and the approaching summertime. Ah yes, summertime, way overdue here in the … Continue reading

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The Eagle Trip

Once again, our family traveled to Guntersville State Park to see the great Bald Eagle. We were able to see several eagles soaring overhead. This year, however, the nest we usually visit was empty–no adult eagles or eaglets. We did … Continue reading

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Settling for Secondhand Stories

This past Sunday one of our pastors preached a sermon titled, “I Would Rather Go to the Grand Canyon, than See Pictures of the Grand Canyon.” The title peaked my interest because in 2009 the family and I visited the … Continue reading

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Recalculating

Have you ever taken a wrong turn? This past summer we were traveling back from a state park in Alabama, and I took the backroads. As I missed two or three turns, the little gray box on my dash patiently … Continue reading

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Ghost Stories, Civil War Forts, Old Churches and Paula Deen

My writing time was cut short this past week.  Enduring the “knock-you-down” heat, I’ve been spending the last few days in Savannah, Georgia.  Over the past five years, I’ve had the privilege of hosting and facilitating an engineering summer camp … Continue reading

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Cycling the Southeast

I sometimes find it difficult to coax my family into a morning or afternoon hike, but they will join me on a bike ride.  Biking is an excellent family event, and the Southeast abounds with miles upon miles of fabulous … Continue reading

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Just Add Water

It’s amazing how just adding water to an activity pegs out the needle on the family fun dial.  Water is refreshing, it’s in motion and often times it’s the major scenic event.  Aquatic environments usually attract tons of wildlife.  A … Continue reading

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Summer Safety Tips

I hope you take an outdoor vacation this summer, but not a vacation from safety!  All of us want to enjoy our time in the wild places, but we should be aware of the potential dangers.  Here are a few summer … Continue reading

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Chimney Rock State Park

“The mountains are calling and I must go.” John Muir   Trip Summary The family and I recently returned from a three day trip in Chimney Rock, North Carolina.  On Friday night, we arrived tired and hungry at the Evening … Continue reading

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Camping Tips – Part 3

As the weather warms up, many families seek an outdoor escape. Camping brings families together and creates those special memories.  What a satisfying evening: sitting around a dancing fire, roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories.  Most can bear “roughing it” … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Park

With spring finely upon us, many will be heading outdoors to camp, fish, geocache or take a gentle stroll in the park.  Most states have a website dedicated to parks.  These sites play an invaluable role for planning that next … Continue reading

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Raccoon Mountain Caverns

Overview One of Tennessee’s most popular cave systems, Raccoon Mountain Caverns is located just outside Chattanooga, a historic town, two hours north of Atlanta.  My family and I have visited the caves twice—once with the scouts and a second time … Continue reading

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Mount Cheaha State Park

Overview For my family, Mount Cheaha is a favorite destination for outdoor fun.  Only 2 hours from Atlanta, Mount Cheaha is located in Delta, Alabama, just south of I-20.  This mountain holds some spectacular views over a sea of green … Continue reading

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Biking the Silver Comet

Unbelievable!  As I sliced through the air on my 7100 Trek down the Silver Comet bike trail, the temperature must have measured 68 degrees Fahrenheit.  And this is in the middle of February—God bless the South! The old railroad bed has … Continue reading

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