Leonard Adkins

Blaze Yourself

Many people believe that with the approach of autumn comes the best time of year for hiking. Leaves will soon be off the trees and views into the valleys will b...

Beyond DEET

A few weeks ago I wrote about actions you could take that might make your outings a little less buggy. Note the key words are a “little less” buggy; no matter w...

House Mountain

Approaching it from the east on I-64, House Mountain outside of Lexington, Virginia, stands alone, rising abruptly from lowland valleys. As travelers continue w...

Kilmer and Beyond

A couple of months ago I wrote about a short hike in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in southwestern North Carolina. The area has so many good places to visit ...

Mosquito Management

Bumps. Welts. Red splotches. Itchy spots. If this is your body after an outdoor outing, you need help. No matter what you do, you can’t completely eliminate ...
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Celebrate the A.T.

There is no doubt that Trail Days in Damascus is a fun time, but if you’re really interested in learning just about everything there is to know about the Appala...
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Kilmer’s Grandeur

In my last post, I described how a visit to North Carolina’s Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest changed my thoughts about the poet’s poem “Trees” and influenced how I...
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The Lovely Trees

I think that I shall never see A poem as lovely as a tree. OK. I admit it. When I had to memorize this poem in grade school I thought, “Oh puh…lease. What is ...
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Go East

In my last post, I suggested you “Go South” to Georgia’s Okefenokee Swamp if the temperature in the mountains was so cold that it was keeping you from venturing...