Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

  • I've been maintaining a piece of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail as a volunteer for longer than Christine Byl has worked on trails. However, I have never done the kind of work she describes in her book, Dirt Work: An Education in the Woods.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

  • Dick Griffith might not be the last great American adventurer, but if such a tally is ever made he certainly deserves a place in the top two or three.

Friday, April 26th, 2013

  • I've spent tens of hours staring at century-old (and older) maps of Yellowstone National Park, tracing with my eyes the roadless contours of the landscape, trying to imagine what it must have been like to tour the park from atop a horse when it still was a wilderness.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

  • "Anyone who tells you portaging is fun is either a liar, or crazy, or maybe both."

    That's hard wisdom from the late Bill Mason, a legendary canoe paddler, naturalist, and author, to dispute.

Monday, April 1st, 2013

  • Turn-of-the-century Alaska was a harsh, demanding, and yet exhilarating place, a landscape that didn't suffer greenhorns.

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