Backpacking Across The Gorge

Ever since I started working here in the Red River Gorge Geological Area back in early March, I longed to set aside time for some backpacking in the area. I've been focused on my job for much of the year, working as much as 55 hours a week during the busy months when visitor use … Continue reading Backpacking Across The Gorge

3 Days Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

I didn't think that the autumn season here in the Red River Gorge was going to be as busy as I had thought back in the summer. On a Saturday in October, Gladie Visitor Center tallied over 800 people for the day; according to a seasonal employee, it was the highest number of visitors she … Continue reading 3 Days Backpacking the Appalachian Trail

Summer Backpacking in the Gorge

To say that the Red River Gorge Geological Area is a popular attraction is an understatement. I cannot give accurate annual statistics in regards to visitor usage, but believe me, there are days (weekends and holidays) with long lines at both ends of Nada Tunnel, when trail-head parking overflows, when the Red River itself becomes … Continue reading Summer Backpacking in the Gorge

Adventure in the Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness

Much of my field work as a wilderness ranger is completed, yet all too soon this internship will end, after which I shall return to my home state of Connecticut. But on the Columbus Day weekend, I got the chance to have a memorable outing at the Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness southwest of Fredricktown, Missouri. … Continue reading Adventure in the Rock Pile Mtn Wilderness

3 Days Backpacking The Irish Wilderness

Two weeks ago, I drove down south near the Missouri-Arkansas border to complete my solitude monitoring data in the largest Wilderness in the state, the Irish. But this time, I chose to seek my refuge within the forest itself, instead of the pampered comforts of more "civilised" life in Winona. I was also eager to … Continue reading 3 Days Backpacking The Irish Wilderness

5 Days Backpacking the Irish Wilderness

Well guys, I'm back from spending some time in the Irish Wilderness :D. Last week my supervisor, Big John the Badass, informed me that I would be heading down into the Eleven Point Ranger District to work with an AmeriCorps intern to monitor the wilderness. But because of all the wildland fire activity out west, … Continue reading 5 Days Backpacking the Irish Wilderness

Bush-biking the Ives’ Trail

Autumn has made its presence known here in the Northeast; our forests in Connecticut have reached their peak colour transition, the nights are getting longer and chillier, and farmers are completing their harvests before winter sets in. The excitement also draws folks from out-of-state, touring our back-roads and parks to see for themselves the grandeur … Continue reading Bush-biking the Ives’ Trail