Trampled Underfoot: Slugs of the Issy Alps Part I

Trampled Underfoot: Slugs of the Issy Alps Part I

In addition to the beauty of the landscape, brilliance of the foliage, and the pleasant feeling of fresh air, running also affords me the opportunity of seeing numerous creatures occupying wild areas. I typically get very excited about a bobcat or bear sighting, but there 

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part IV)

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part IV)

Part IV Carlsbad Cavern National Park and Fourth of July Adventure Following our McKittrick Canyon out and back, Apryle and I decided to drive north into New Mexico to explore Carlsbad Cavern. Upon arrival we reserved a spot watch the great bat emergence later in 

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part III)

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part III)

PART III McKittrick Canyon After a restful night of sleep at the Pine Springs campground, Apryle and I drove a short distance northeastward to the McKittrick Canyon trailhead. We started our hike late in the morning and temperatures were already sweltering, but we found some 

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part II)

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (Part II)

PART II The Loop (Pine Springs to Blue Ridge to The Bowl and back to Pine Springs) Apryle had planned out a multi-day loop hike around the park and we had backcountry sites reserved along the way. Therefore, on Monday, June 29th, we woke early 

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (PART I)

The Great Guadalupe, Carlsbad, Fourth of July Adventure (PART I)

PART I Devil’s Staircase, Guadalupe Peak, and Geologic History A long delayed follow-up to this post from about 4.5 years ago. I finished up my internship at Giddings Physical Therapy on Friday June 26th and then headed to the airport in Austin to pick up 

The Resilience of Cooper the Ring-necked Dove

The Resilience of Cooper the Ring-necked Dove

On December 21st we visited Flying Colors Aviary and our friend Susan asked if we had room to take in a little dove that had been attacked. The scuffle left him without most of the toes on his left foot and a non-functional right eye. 

De Leo Wall Fundraising Run

De Leo Wall Fundraising Run

My wife and I moved to Newcastle in January of 2017 and ran at Cougar Mountain nearly everyday. During my extensive exploration of the park, De Leo Wall emerged as my favorite section. I particularly enjoyed the narrow trail that passed along the cliff side 

Howe Sound Crest Traverse

Howe Sound Crest Traverse

Ever since the October 1st 2017 Lions Bay Loop, I wanted to make it back up to the Howe Sound Crest in order to complete the traverse. After twenty-two months, the trip finally became a reality. I woke at 2:30 AM on July 12th as 

Maine Part III: Other Maine Coast Adventures

Maine Part III: Other Maine Coast Adventures

My parents and I landed in Boston on September 17th and then made our way northward through Massachusetts, New Hampshire and then into Maine. For the first night we decided to stay in Freeport, and since it was a spur of the moment decision I 

Maine Part II: Southwest Arm (Quiet Side) Traverse and Other Adventures

Maine Part II: Southwest Arm (Quiet Side) Traverse and Other Adventures

Following my northwest arm traverse, I decided to tone it down a fraction and run a Quiet Side traverse on my next day in Acadia. I started this run from Echo Lake and ascended the Beech Cliff trail. This was one of the steepest trails