Winter Backpacking on Grandfather Mountain

To keep from losing my Ranger Bob merit badge for winter backpacking, I needed to go on such a trip some time before spring. It had been several years since I went backpacking at all - probably the last time was with Will McElwee to Max Patch on the Appalachian…


 
 

Deep Winter in the (Almost) Deep South

Sunday evening on February 18, 2007, Carroll Lowe drove to Appalachian Ski Mountain to put in his time as a professional ski patroller. This was his 15th season. He invited me to tag along. I was pleasantly surprised by the good ski conditions in the southern US. This was my…


 
 

Vermont Ski and Snow Hike

In January of 2007 Bob Laney and Debbie (then Laney, now Staley) flew to Vermont to visit Debbie's daughter and son-in-law, Audrey and James Barnes. James is the brother of my daughter Allison's grammar school and dance studio best friend Whitney Barnes. It was typical Vermont winter weather ' temperatures…


 
 

Hammocks Beach State Park

On a moderately warm October weekend in 2006 I went to the beach with my sea kayak. The goal was to paddle to Bear Island. I had a long pleasant drive from Wilkes County to Bogue Banks, just west of Atlantic Beach, which is further southwest from Morehead City, NC.