Kruger National Park

The adventure began in Johannesburg. Our hardy band of eight met at the hotel to join our guide, Neil. We stowed our gear in an attached trailer and took seats in a comfortable van for the 4-hour drive to Kruger National Park. Along the way, we stopped for a “tea and pee” break at a … More Kruger National Park

De Hoop Nature Reserve

South Africa February 2017 This World Heritage site is located on the southern shore of the Africa, just east of Cape Agulhas, the southern-most point of the continent. Believe it or not, Cape Horn is farther west, and is not the most southerly location. De Hoop Nature Reserve includes vast stretches of native fynbos habitat … More De Hoop Nature Reserve

Women’s March

One day after a crowd witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump as our 45th President, a much bigger throng descended on the Capital. It was an historic show of solidarity and outrage against the nasty, negative, narcissistic rant we’ve been hearing. It was a testament that many eyes, minds, and hearts will be watching  the … More Women’s March

Shenandoah Ending

October 15-17, 2016 Southern section of Shenandoah National Park  It’s been 4 months since we were last on the AT. We couldn’t have ordered more perfect weather to complete our last section in Shenandoah NP. We left Frederick at 7:00 am on Saturday and arrived at our intended endpoint, Wildcat Ridge, at 10:30. The plan … More Shenandoah Ending

Capitol Limited

  This posting is a bit off track. Way off track since it’s actually a tale about Amtrak. In July, we attended a wedding in Chicago and thought it would be fun to venture by train. Learning that the Capitol Limited had overnight service from Washington, D.C. to Chicago. We checked out the schedule. It … More Capitol Limited

Oh, Canada.

June 12, 2016 Smith Roach Gap to Pinefield (Shenandoah National Park) (7 miles 4 hours) We’re continuing our hitchhiking exploits. A woman from British Columbia picked us up this morning, after a half hour of waiting and 6 passed vehicles. She left her home in May and had been traveling in the states ever since. … More Oh, Canada.

Burn, Baby Burn

June 11, 2016 Pinefield Gap to Doyle’s River (Shenandoah National Park) (9.5 miles 5 hours) We reached our end point shortly after nine and took our hitchhiking posts. No sooner than I flicked a tick off my leg, we were picked up by the first passing car by an Ohio couple, Tom and Melinda. They … More Burn, Baby Burn

Double Hitch  

June 10, 2016 Smith Roach Gap to South River (Shenandoah National Park) – 9.5 miles 4.5 hours. It was another beautiful summer day with clear blue skies. After a 3-hour drive we took our position on Skyline Drive at 9:40. Our hitchhiking has prompted a lot of thought on human nature and the state of our … More Double Hitch