Mowgli’s Defeat

I can’t go on! It is too much! The air burns and the ground scolds, even the water fails to cool! I cannot go on, just let me lie down, here in the sun, or there in the shade. It matters not where I lie, for everywhere I go, there is the wretched sun baking [...]

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The Bark Beneath My Palm

Life has been feeling a little hectic lately and, Michelle and I have not had much time for camping, hiking, or our other typical adventure activities. This disconnection from nature has made Jan. - Feb. a challenging time for me, but luckily I have writing as an emotional escape. This poem was born on a [...]

Snow Day, Not on the Farm

North Carolina was brought to a screeching halt this week as 12 inches of snow blanketed some regions of the state (yes, 12 inches!). Surprisingly, this snowfall didn't even come close to reaching NC's largest snowstorm that dumped 20 inches on Raleigh in 2000. But, as any North Carolinian will tell you, any amount of [...]

Birds in a Snowstorm

North Carolina has been completely blanketed in snow today and it has created some truly fantastic photo opportunities! While I was sitting on the couch watching the snow fall, a red bird flew by my window. The striking contrast between the bird's vibrant red feathers and white snow was beautiful. Naturally, I decided to a [...]

Camping in the City: An Umstead State Park Adventure

Some adventures involve traveling to the remote parts of the world and witnessing nature's profound majestic beauty in isolation, but there are other trips where such luxuries cannot be found. Instead of isolation, you find yourself landlocked by highways and shaded by concrete forests. Fortunately, even in these situations it is still possible to seek [...]

Athena’s Winter Run

Sometime last week I started going through folders of old pictures and videos on my computer to clean up some space. Michelle and I were backing up our favorite photos to a shared folder and then deleting the rest. This exercise also resulted in finding several photos and videos that I forgot about capturing, like [...]

Adventure to Greensboro, NC Part II

My Adventure to Greensboro, NC Part I can be found here.  * * * My dreams on Friday night were filled with pleasant recaps of past adventures as Michelle and I had started filling the pages of our hiking notebook the night before. These pleasant dreams would not last forever as they were interrupted by [...]