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More from my AT adventure this past weekend

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After 13 miles, 3 states, 1800 ft straight up elevation and a crappy night camping I was knackered to say the least.  I was 0.2 miles from the Application Trail Conservancy in Harper’s Ferry, WV when I found a bench to stop, get my breath and contemplate if it would be the end of me.  I was beat and it was hot, so I sat down and took a short break before finishing.  As I was relaxing trying to re-inject life into myself and wondering if  a defibrillator was nearby, an older gentleman comes sprinting by like a jack rabbit.  I ran into this same gentleman later at the Conservancy headquarters and got talking with him.  I found out that he started thru-hiking in Georgia, which was about 1000 miles south and had had a heart attack a year earlier while being in his 70s.  Needles to say, I am fat useless schlep.  So please help me rebuild my shattered ego and like today’s photo.

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June 17th, 2015 at 8:52 pm

The Adventure Begins

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My family was out of town this past weekend and I’m at home all alone staring at the walls. So what do I do? I decided to drive three hours to Harper’s Ferry, WV and hike the Appalachian Trail. I didn’t hike the the entire trail of course, hard to do a 2100+ mile hike on a weekend and I’m not completely nuts; however, I hiked 13 miles over three states. On my way to the trail head, I found a pull off with access to the Potomac River in Harper’s Ferry National Park around sunrise. I managed to get down to the river and snap off a few shots including this one.

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June 14th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

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Today’s photo du jour is from one of trails in the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary The sanctuary is the world’s first refuge for birds of prey and an international center for raptor conservation. Founded in 1934, the 2,600-acre mountaintop preserve offers incredible scenic overlooks, eight miles of trail that wind around the mountain, connecting to the world famous Appalachian Trail near Hamburg, PA.  After you visit the sanctuary, spend a small fortune at Cabella’s (not because they are overpriced, but because they have so much cool stuff for the outdoor enthusiast).  Hawk Mountain is worth the trip (about 2 hours from Philadelphia), and small fee to enter. Bring a good pair of binoculars (available for rent at the visitors center) to see the spectacular views, and of course many of the birds a prey that congregate in this area.

 

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May 14th, 2015 at 8:37 pm

Getting Back Into The Swing of Things

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I havn’t blogged in a while, and I have been quick lazy creatively.  My only excuse has been that winter lasted entirely too long, and brown twigs are not good things to take picture of.  Well the warmth of spring in upon us, and everything is in bloom.  I recently went camping with my sons on Boy Scout trip and I really had a great time getting back to the great outdoors.  Camping, hiking and just sitting by the campfire.  A friend of mine was on the trip who is a fellow blogger, his blog focuses on leadership and stretching yourself to new limits.  If you get a chance, check out Jon Stolpe and his Stretched blog at http://www.jonstolpe.com.  Jon is a prolific blogger, and encouraged me that weekend to get back to keeping my blog up to date.  So, to get back in the swing of things, enjoy this long exposure B&W photo of sunrise from that weekend.

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May 2nd, 2015 at 4:09 pm

Longwood Gardens

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May 24th, 2014 at 10:18 am

Peek-a-boo

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A flower from a Magnolia Tree from our trip to Florida last month.  Shot with a Canon 100mm macro lens.

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May 13th, 2014 at 8:00 am

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The Mighty Gecko

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This little Gecko put on a great show for me as I was taking his picture.  He did a lot of dancing and really showed me his good side, nothing like the Gecko in the GEICO commercials.

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April 24th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

The Desert of Valley Forge

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Why Snowshoeing Rocks!

I took up a new hobby this winter, snowshoeing.  I made the commitment not to be a hibernating  hermit this winter, but to get out and enjoy the outdoors.  Getting out when there’s snow on the ground can be a bit difficult, that’s where the snowshoes come in.  They’re also great for photographers in the never ending quest to get a unique shot.  Here’s my list of how snowshoeing is awesome:
  • A great way to get to spots that you could not normally get to – When trails or fields are covered with snow and not accessible, strap on your snowshoes and voila, your an all-terrain machine.  You can get to those inaccessible shots and have fun doing it.
  • Great exercise – When you snowshoe, you can burn up to 45 percent more calories than walking or running at the same speed.  Enough said.
  • Gets you outdoors when it’s snowy and cold – Lets face it, being stuck indoors or going to the mall to get out of the house is a drag.  Either you spend all day indoors and let your personal hygiene go by the wayside, or you spend yourself silly at the mall.  A better alternative is to get out to a park covered in snow and enjoy what God has made for you for free.
  • You feel like a 4×4 – Terrain that I would normally not attempt to cross in spring and summer is a snap with snowshoes.  With a wider footing, you can stomp on snow covered thorn bushes like your on a quad bike.
 It’s easy to get into snowshoeing, all you need are snowshoes, trekking poles for balance, and a few inches of snow and your good to go.  The benefit over skiing is, you can snowshoe anywhere.
My Gear:
Snowshoes: Tubbs Flex TRK
Trekking Poles: Black Diamond

Daily Photo – Valley Forge National Park

Christina (my wife) and I escaped the house and made it to Valley Forge National Park for a little adventure.  The park was  covered in about a foot of snow, perfect for snowshoeing.  So we strapped in and hit a trail that only we could get access that cut across a huge field.  It was amazing how the snow looked like a desert instead of an open field covered by thorn bushes.

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January 12th, 2014 at 8:12 pm