Category: Thought of the Day

The thought that has been rattling around in my head all day.

Jersey Revisited

I finally crossed into the great state of New York from the….let’s just say “the other” state of New Jersey. In the interest of full disclosure, I’d like to clear the air after my Jersey bitch-fest. Plus, my buddy Matt…

Hitch Hiking

Ever hitched a ride? Probably not. Why? Because it’s dangerous? Any statistics to back that up? NO! Of course not! It’s just dangerous…everybody knows that. There’s a certain percentage of crazies, criminals, and murders out there and that number hasn’t…

Pennsylvania, Land of the Odd

Pennsylvania is an odd place. Here are some weird facts you may or may not know about this historic state: Flattest elevation profile, yet steepest ascents/descents. (Can you say “switchback”) Rocky terrain, yet home to the Cumberland Valley, a veritable…

Flood Apocalypse

So I’m minding my own business following a┬áridge line, when I drop into a hollow (pronounced: holla!!!) and bam, there it is, a torrential wall of water. 3 weeks ago, hikers traversing this area of Pennsylvania would have been met…

Playing the Odds

The AT is a ridge line trail. It was blazed to follow the ridge line of the Appalachian Mountains. This means you’re on top of a mountain most of the time, or trudging to the top, or scrambling off the…

Velociraptors

I’ve seen my fair share of dangerous wild animals on the trail. Alligators, panthers, bears, snakes, and people. The thing is, alligators just lay there, panthers sprint away, snakes are easy to kill, bears are pussies, and people are just…

Dr. Rich

I carry a simple first aid kit. It’s contents is listed on my First Aid Kit Wiki. First aid in the wilderness is usually comfort based. If anything really bad happens, it’s a MediVac to the hospital. Some of the…

4 State Challenge

“I’m calling it dude,” I said to Aaron as the sun was setting over northern Maryland. We were about 30 miles into a hike that had taken us all day. We were 13 miles short of our goal, and had…

Slackpacking

My parents came out to visit me at my place…otherwise known as the wilderness. It was a great time, because if you aren’t a hiker, you aren’t really comfortable in the wilderness, can’t sleep in shelters, and generally are bothered…