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

Yuletide Winter Hike on the Ives’ Trail

This post is a month overdue, but nevertheless here it is. On my bush-biking trip I had mentioned a desire to come back in winter for a snowshoeing trek  along the continuation of the Ives' up Spruce Mtn, Pine Mtn, through Hemlock Hills Open Space and then to the Bennett's Pond Trail System. Well, in … Continue reading Yuletide Winter Hike on the Ives’ Trail

Time for a Spring Salad

The forest has awakened to Spring once again, invigorated by the chants of Peeper frogs summoning warmer days ahead. Buds have become tiny, tender leaves, but flowers haven't yet opened, save the small purple blossoms of ground ivy, snaking its way across the fields and meadows. It has been quite gusty as of late, though … Continue reading Time for a Spring Salad

Bushcraft vs. Survival

If you were to ask 100 people who identify themselves as Bushcrafters what 'Bushcraft' means, you'll likely get 95 different answers. But the common core of all these perspectives is that we all like to spend time outdoors, share our knowledge with others, and learn more. And if we look at the very essence of … Continue reading Bushcraft vs. Survival