Why I’m No Longer Christian

I understand that many will be surprised, if not shocked by my announcement. This decision was not made without careful consideration. As a matter of fact, I had given the issue a lot of thought before reaching my conclusion. So, yeah. I’ve decided that I no longer wish to be considered Christian.  Let me explain. […]

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail Needs Your Help

The Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail (LHHT) is probably the most popular hiking trail in Western PA – if not the entire state. Enjoyed by die-hard backpackers, sight-seeing day hikers, hard-core trail runners, or Boy Scouts troupes, the LHHT offers 70 miles of outdoor opportunities for the adventurer. Completed in 1976, the LHHT has become as […]

Was Jesus Buried for Three Days & Three Nights?

If Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, and raised on Sunday, then how can it be said that he was in the grave for three days and three nights? This is a question that stumbles a lot of Christians, and sometimes fuels the skeptic.  The problem is clear: if Jesus died around 3 pm on […]

Sergei Kourdakov and the Quest for Truth

This blog post is unlike any that I’ve ever written. It is about a Russian naval defector, a mysterious death, a best-selling book, a journalist’s vision, a broken heart that longed to be heard, and a mystery that gripped an investigator. A Russian Naval Defector By all accounts, on the night of 03 Sept 1971, […]

The Philosophy of Hiking

  I have a tendency to over-think things.  At times this has caused me a lot of grief.  When a problem comes my way, or I’m offered some type of challenge, I tend to amplify that situation by excessive thinking.  I can over-analyze something to death. In-depth analysis, however, has not always been burdensome.  Sometimes it […]

Applying Permetherin to My Hiking Clothes

Here in Pennsylvania, as well as many other Appalachian states, ticks are a major concern for the outdoorsman.  Ticks are tiny, parasitic arachnids that attach themselves to a host and then gorge themselves on the host’s blood.  They are especially troublesome because they can spread a number of diseases.  Lyme Disease is probably the most […]

Finding Time To Unplug From All Things Needing A Plug

 By Rob (Backpacking Adventures) (guest blogger) Find time to go backpacking? Time? You think I can find time? I am a husband, and the father of two daughters ages thirteen and seventeen. My career requires about thirty weeks a year on the road. Then, there are my other hobbies of golf and playing music. There is no […]

Evolution vs Creation

Among my many interests is the ongoing debate between Evolution and Creation.  As a matter of fact, a few years ago I had the opportunity to participate in a televised discussion on this topic. I represented the Creation point of view, while the Evolution position was represented by a local biology teacher.  (Click here to […]