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Motivation to hike the Appalachian Trail from Bill Bryson’s “A Walk in the Woods”

My daughter and I hiked along the Appalachian Trail in Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia in June 2016.At long last, I finally read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. Since it was published in 1998, it only took me about two decades to check it off my reading list.

Bryson’s story telling was fantastic. It was easy to get a sense that for some the Appalachian Trail is a form of sadistic torture for those who have attempted to hike 2,200 miles up and down hundreds of mountains for weeks and months on end. Continue reading

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Day of adventure at Pocahontas State Park

Identifying trees and leaves

Identifying trees and leaves at Pocahontas State Park

Pocahontas State Park is the largest of Virginia’s state parks and the closest to our Richmond home. My children and I needed another day of adventure out in nature that included biking, hiking, swimming and learning about Mother Nature. Continue reading

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