#OptOutside

I really enjoyed the #OptOutside movement this past week. Thanksgiving is great and there is a lot to be said for a wonderful meal and family gathered. But to then immediately slam that into a huge shopping frenzy? Too much for me. Three years ago I started taking a camping trip for the long Thanksgiving weekend. Dinner with the family on Thursday and they off to the wild blue on Friday morning. The first year I was in a different State Parks every night. That…

Arrgh… here there be pirates!

So here is a reason to go to Ocracoke (as if you needed another one). Halloween weekend is pirate time. And they are all over the island. Most of our trivia team (which seems to do a lot more than play trivia together) headed out to the island for the weekend. We camped at the Beachcomber campground, which was as good as always, and mingled with the pirates. They had pirates from all over camping and teaching folks about life in those times. There was…

An unplugged weekend (almost)…

What a grand weekend. Hiking around Pilot Mountain State Park and visiting TV Americana (the nearby Mt. Airy being Mayberry and Pilot Mountain being Mount Pilot). But mostly it was just being away from the daily that made it great. Hiking Saturday I took my phone for the GPS functionality and then found out I was out a range. What a great thing to discover. And it made me think about unplugged weekends. I have read about unplugged time away from good sources (among them Whitney…

Too long…

Yes, it has been too long. I have not heeded Goethe’s advice and I have let the things that matter the most be at the mercy of the things that matter the least. Now don’t get me wrong, I am huge fan of earning a living, it is just that sometimes things pile up. It’s like a commitment annuity. Well, kind of like that. And so, this is a reset weekend. Time to relax, take the long view, hike, photograph and most of all just…

Random Adventure…

Apparently, if you want to camp (legally) on Memorial Day weekend you need reservations. I found that out on Tuesday as I realize in had a long weekend coming up. My plan was to hike with the Greenville GOPC crew and then camp for the weekend.  That didn’t work out. Neither did my plan B.   The hike was grand. We did about 10 miles of the NC Mountain to Sea trail in Falls Lake State Park. But then… What to do? I tried several…

Traditions…

For the most part I like traditions. And this is one of my favorites. This weekend is my official opening to the camping/racing season. And it happens at the happiest place on earth. No, not that one. This is race weekend on Ocracoke. My tradition is to get the camping gear out of winter storage and head out to the Beachcomber Campground. The campground is situated right near the start and after party location and is a wonderful place to base an island adventure. The…

Here comes summer…

I feel like we turned a corner to the start of summer this weekend. The weather was great, PirateFest happened and the annual call of REI dividends and coupons was answered. While I am not the best in the world at delayed gratification I do like to see how things can evolve some times. Several years ago I started walking/jogging/running to get off the couch and loose some weight. I then decided I had a bunch of AmEx points from countless expense reports so why…

Why I hate to waste a day…

It is a moment of light surrounded on all sides by darkness and oblivion.  In the entire history of the universe, let alone in your own history, there has never been another just like it and there never will be another just like it again.  It is the point to which all your yesterdays have been leading since the hour of your birth.  It is the point from which all your tomorrows will proceed until the hour of your death.  If you were aware how…

Back to Back weekends…

So there is this meet up group brought to us by some good folks at my local Great Outdoor Provision Company. The last couple weekends they have coordinated hikes at local state parks. What a nice way to get outdoors. It is a good way to test out some things (like new shoes and what to pack and do I really need a new day pack and that sort of thing) without really running into trouble. The advice of experienced hikers is good to have…