My story on the Ouachita Trail was published in the latest issue of TrailGroove!
Excited to have a selection of my photos of Comancheria posted in Oklahoma Today’s Photo Gallery:
See the full story here:
Visions of Comancheria
Also shot the 1930 Phillips 66 station on Highway 18, being restored to original bright colors. Then to Perkins to locate the WPA outhouse at the Frank Eaton (Pistol Pete) house and found some interesting railroad history objects.
Traveled this week to Baltimore, Maryland to participate in Baldrige Examiner Training and realized I would have some free time on my first afternoon in town, so I thought I would find a dayhike I could do on the Appalachian Trail, which runs through Maryland about an hour west of Baltimore. I rented a car and drove to a trailhead just outside of Greenbrier State Park. This 3-mile hike (each way) would take me to the first Washington Monument, erected in 1827. It was raining lightly as I started out, and the rain persisted for the entire hike, which took me about 2 and a half hours and actually measured a total of 6.4 miles. The last hour and a half the light rain changed to a heavier rain and I was pretty soaked by the time I reached the car. But the hike itself was a great experience. The forest it runs through is lovely, and so much like the Ouachita National Forest with its green-lichen covered boulders, mayapples and ferns and tall deciduous trees. There was considerable elevation change here and there, but nothing too challenging. The only other living thing I saw was a squirrel. So now, I have hiked (on) the Appalachian Trail, ha! Here are a few photos:
|My photo of the sign outside the now-closed Eagle Park Amusement Park was featured in the Last Look section of Slice Magazine this month. Took it with my iPhone almost a year ago. http://www.sliceok.com/|
I am amazed at the blessings! As runner-up in the Backwoods Ultimate Outsider contest, Bill will have all but his airfare to Kathmandu paid for the Backwoods Adventure Trip “Trekking in Nepal.” Naturally, I wouldn’t let him go without me! That means we will be leaving for Nepal less than 60 days after we return from an epic trip to Alaska. And I am still trying to get our photos organized from our trip to Utah in May and write a story about that trip. I also still have a Haiti story in the works that I need to finish. Perhaps I will get a lot of writing done while Bill is gone to South America this fall. Oh my!