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 […]

Burn Test of Element Wood Stove and Pine Fire Sandy Cookie

For some time I had been interested in getting a backpacking wood stove.  There are a number of different styles available on the marketplace and so I took my time deciding. I wanted something small, efficient, and reliable.  Eventually, I decided on the Element by Tato Gear.  I choose the titanium model, which weighs in […]

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Cynthia Cramer Enjoys Working With Young Children Staff photo by Vicki Rock Cynthia Cramer is an early intervention therapist, meaning she works with children from birth through age 3. Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 10:01 pm By VICKI ROCK vickir@dailyamerican.com When people ask Cynthia Cramer how can young children need occupational therapy, she asks them […]