Backpacking In Pennsylvania

22 Jun 19

This May, after wrapping up exams and coursework, I set off on an epic new adventure – a three-week solo backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail (AT). I felt drawn to nature, to clean air and wildlife, to green trees, and to the Appalachian mountains that feel so much like home. As John Muir put […]

19 Jun 19
The Broke Traveler

How often can you say that you’ve been to one of the last original forests in America that has been perfectly preserved? Not very often! Cook Forest is the oldest old-growth forest in Pennsylvania and is about a 2 hour drive from where I live in NW Pennsylvania. This forest is absolutely one of my […]

17 Jun 19
LaConte Consulting

Jacob Corley says: “The major driver for my work is that I want the average person to feel confident enough in their own body that they can do whatever they want with their life. Whether it be running a marathon, going on a hike, or playing with their kids on the floor without pain—I want to give them that freedom.”

10 Jun 19
Within Walking Distance

Mile 194.4 – 270.4, 5/20-5/24 Day 19: 6 miles Hamburg, PA to Windsor Furnace Shelter We left the hotel rather late, which was fine since Devin had to wait for the Post Office to open anyway. We went into the Port Clinton Barbershop, where the owner allows hikers to hang out. He even gives out […]

07 Jun 19
Archy Worldys

Curating in a land of spectacular and diverse environments OutsideThe final list of the best parks in each state is very extensive. To do this, I sought recommendations from my colleagues and searched high and low for places that would showcase the natural features of the area – steep cliffs, lush river valleys or vast […]

07 Jun 19
Mr. Morggenfrisk

Adventurer. Lover of Dogs. Good Time Haver. While attending college at West Virginia University, I had a new group of neighbors move in my sophomore year. I had my doubts about this rowdy group at first, but after just a couple weeks we became great friends. We would talk about exploring, go hiking, take Spring […]

06 Jun 19
Archy news nety

In a land of spectacular and diverse environments, curating Outside& # 39; s final list of the best park in every state is a big order. To do this, I asked for recommendations from my colleagues and searched high and low for the place that exemplifies the natural features of the region – whether it's […]

05 Jun 19
The Hiking Times

CRACKERSPORT, PENNSYLVANIA – One of the chief pleasures of backpacking is being wrapped up in a good book and a warm sleeping bag at the same time–but miles on the hoof often make for quick reads!  But local backpacker Keira Wormald found one worth losing sleep over on her weekend jaunt.

05 Jun 19
Trail Talk with Suzie

Hey all! Thanks for being patient with me as it’s been a while since my last blog. It’s been more challenging to find “free time” in towns than expected. I added the air quotes because I realize it’s all free time out here. But, hiking is hard work, and when I go to town, I […]

04 Jun 19

Whether your man loves technology, the outdoors, or fashion, Amazon has amazing products to choose from for Father’s Day. My husband loves Amazon. He enjoys being able to see a ton of options at his fingertips without ever needing to leave our home. And he’s the one who’s on Amazon more than me! I’m always […]

04 Jun 19
DC UL Backpacking

These Memorial Day jaunts were meant to do routes that are rarely done and that are off-the-beaten-path. The Baker Trail was an adventure of the right sort in the series.

02 Jun 19
Turbo Charged

It’s been another week where my miles have been somewhat tapered by afternoon thunderstorms and the Pennsylvania rocks. I know I could do more most afternoons, but I also know myself well enough to know that I’m way happier waking up, getting in my miles, then sitting in a mostly dry shelter reading while I […]

01 Jun 19
The Electronic Nomad

[NOTE: I’ve blogged all these “how-to” posts before, but am gonna re-run them on occasion, since folks may have missed them, and many of them have been updated or expanded since they were first posted.] When most people think of “RV camping”, they immediately picture the advertising images of people sitting in lawn chairs next […]

29 May 19
The estranged wife of former Afghanistan hostage Joshua Boyle says his sympathy for the Taliban led to their five years in captivity. Caitlan Coleman of Stewartstown, Pennsylvania, told ABC News that Boyle’s sympathy is the reason they were in Afghanistan in the first place. Boyle initially claimed he and his wife were on a backpacking trip in Afghanistan when the couple was taken hostage by a Taliban-linked group in 2012. “He believed that the Taliban in Afghanistan were misrepresented in the West,” Coleman said. “He believed he could get the real story of the Taliban, you know, talk to people that maybe wouldn’t talk to outside media, go places that nobody else could go.” Coleman said it wasn’t until they were captured that she realized Boyle’s was a sympathizer. “Suddenly, it’s like, he sort of dropped all pretense of being a pacifist, which is not to say that he ever expressed the desire to be militarily sympathetic,” Coleman said. “It’s like when we were no longer around westerners, he could sort of drop his neutrality.” The couple had three children during their five years in captivity. The family was rescued by Pakistani forces in 2017. Boyle, of Smith Falls, Ontario, was arrested in December of that year on charges he assaulted his wife and forced her to have sex during their captivity. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. “Prior to captivity, I did want to have a family with Josh, but during captivity, I was not I was not given a choice,” Coleman said. “I’m not saying that I physically struggled, but I am saying that I found relations with him pretty abhorrent, but I didn’t have a choice.”​​​​​​​ Boyle told ABC News in a 2017 interview that he was not a Taliban sympathizer, and that there was no right side in the conflict. His attorney refused to comment to ABC News on the allegations or any details of the couple’s captivity. Coleman’s full interview can be seen on ABC News “Nightline” at 12:35 a.m.
25 May 19
Wanderlust and Wonderment

I know I’m late for this one, but I just didn’t have time to do it before now, and then I saw “Bipolar Barb”‘s answers and got inspired. This is one of my favorite topics, so please forgive me!!! Welcome to Question Fun The Twice Weekly Game! An easy game, and more so if you […]

23 May 19
Happy On The Trails

I am going to be shortening the format on the blog entries for a while as my season is picking up and i won’t have as much time to blog every outing. Plus, for the section hikes I do with Fielden Stream, I’ve been making videos, which capture the experience easily as well if not […]