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Backpacking GSMNP

  I finally went backpacking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park.  Yes that is spelled correctly, get over it.  It was the mountains brought me to Tennessee, and it is always nice to get out for a hike. There were parts that remind me of my hit post about my hike in the Grand Canyon, […]

Rulli Brothers

YOUNGSTOWN, Better Than You Might Think

Y-Town has a little bit of a bad rep especially if you consult the Urban Dictionary’s definition, After helping the U.S. military conquer the Nazis, the city turned its attention to mafia car-bombings (known as a Youngstown tune-up). But other than the shady past, it can still be enjoyable.  Staying with friends was lovely in itself, but […]

McConnell's Mill

McConnell’s Mill

I spent Thanksgiving in Youngstown OH, and about 45 minutes away in Pennsylvania  is McConnell’s Mill State Park.  It’s a wonderful park with great hiking for families.  Not terribly difficult, but miles of accessible trails that is easy enough for the kids and old people like me.  However, there’s lots rocks and such to climb around […]


Chicago’s Ledge

I was in my old stomping ground of Chicago and went up in the Sears Tower.  I know it is now the Willis Tower, but it’s the Sears Tower.  I took my intern, who was traveling with me, and she was excited to be in America’s tallest building.  It was in the middle of the […]

Somewhere about halfway down, we had a great sky, great light, just long enough to take my my mind of the pain.

That Time in the Grand Canyon

It was about two weeks after I got home from a sixth month deployment in Africa. While on that tour, I obtained a backcountry permit for a night in the Grand Canyon next to the Colorado River.  If you didn’t know that’s at the bottom.  I was in the best shape of my life, working out everyday […]