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March 7, 2018

How to hike with small children – birth to 5 years old!

Many months ago, our buddy Jeff of was expecting his first kid, and had reached out to ask how you get your young ones outside.  I deferred the question to my wife.  While our own baby got in the way of getting this our in time for Jeff’s child being born (by months and months and months), hopefully this can be helpful for those looking to get the newborn to five crowd out in the woods!

Thank you to my wife, Alix, for writing this!

Questions from Jeff:

– When does a hiking backpack some into play?

– How can someone be sure that the infant carrier bedsheet looking thing is tied properly… or why they should/should [...]

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March 3, 2018

The most wonderful time of the year… AT Thru Hiker Season!

Like most of the people in the Philadelphia area, I cried like a small child when the Eagles won the Super Bowl a few weeks back.  I love the coming of baseball season, I live and die with the Flyers, and I most definitely “Trust the Process.”

But the season I look most forward to is more brutal that football, tougher than ice hockey, longer than baseball season, and requires as much trust as the 76ers need… it’s Appalachian Trail thru hiking season!  Because, I have a pretty bad obsession with backpacking in general and Appalachian Trail thru-hiking in particular.

Every March, thousands of men and women set off from Springer Mountain with one [...]


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March 3, 2018

Lines on the Pines – Celebrating 13 years & the Jersey Devil!

Next Sunday, March 11th, is the 13th Annual Lines on the Pines Event!

This is seriously our favorite pine barrens event of the year, as it gives us the opportunity to go into bankruptcy after buying many, many, many, many South Jersey history books (so worth it).

But seriously, we’re talking over 100 tables featuring local authors, craft venders, photographers, historical societies, and local wildlife refuges.  We’re talking live music, a filming of the movie “John Hart: Portrait of a Patriot” at 1pm, and guided hikes in the woods on campus.  We’re talking an ever expanding group of activities for kids that include crafts, games, [...]

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March 15, 2017

Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens

So today marks FOUR YEARS of this ridiculous blog.  I’ll type that again for dramatic effect- FOUR YEARS.

Four is an important number for this blog, because, when I started, I figured that was about top end estimate for how many people would ever look that this big, dumb prestigious project of mine (and that was counting on my mother being able to find it on the Internet to see cute pictures of her grandson). But my, oh, my, how we’ve grown up.  In the past four years, nearly EIGHT PEOPLE have read this blog.

Okay, it’s a few more than that, and sometimes I worry about you folks because of that.  But thanks just the same for coming along for [...]

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