Hiking Roots

No stronger sense of place shaped my life and my future than the setting of my childhood home. On our recent trip to the ALDHA Gathering, I walked the Appalachian Trail of my youth to seek out memories.

Daybreak, with Dolphins

On an auspicious morning, the appearance of a pod of dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon brings comfort as daylight seeps into summer skies.

Spacefrog in the Lobster Pot

A morning adventure in which we avoid Battlefrog and find Spacefrog instead after a bear-scented walk through a scrub forest on the Florida Trail.

You Can’t Go Back

Driving US 301 north from Georgia into South Carolina for the first time in decades, I’m in shock at how a once-regular stop for my family, Allendale, has fallen into ruin.

Stalking the Wild Venus Flytrap

Where do you find a Venus fly-trap in its native habitat? Within a 75 mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina. Hikers, of course, have the upper hand in finding this tiny carnivore in the wild.

The Outer Banks

With wind, water, and vast swaths of public land protecting the oceanfront and Pamlico Sound, the Outer Banks immerse visitors in a natural seashore experience unparalleled on the East Coast

Pony Up at Chincoteague

On Chincoteague Island on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the fame of one fictional pony brought world awareness of the wild ponies of Assateague Island and fueled every little girl’s desire to have her own pony.

Williamsburg: For the Wolves?

Wolves in Williamsburg? We didn’t expect them in this historic Colonial center, but between the Great Wolf Lodge and Busch Gardens, there were enough to set a theme

New France and the River of May

The story of Florida’s settlement unfolds in 1562, when Jean Ribault directed his fleet to the mouth of a great river in the New World. He declared the land for France and the waterway “The River of May.” A series of historic sites in North Florida tell the French story.

To Spanish Shores

Exploring Florida’s Spanish history up the St. Johns River to the shores south of St. Augustine, with time spent meandering around Washington Oaks Gardens State Park, on the site of the Mala Compara Plantation.

Florida and the CCC

Highlands Hammock State Park is home to the Florida CCC Museum, which recounts the story of the Civilian Conservation Corps contributions to Florida, particularly to the state park system.

Hiking across an Icelandic volcano

John takes a hike across Hengilssvæðið (Hengill), the nearest active volcano to Reykjavik, with boiling springs and other geothermal features along its 140 km network of hiking trails.