Witch hazel: nature’s medicine & dowser’s tool

Our woods don’t offer up a lot of color in wintertime. That’s why the feathery yellow bloom of the witch hazel tree is such a curious surprise from the late fall to the midwinter months of the year. Because it only grows as a short tree (or a tall shrub, depending on who you ask),Continue reading “Witch hazel: nature’s medicine & dowser’s tool”

Bears hibernate in winter. But you’re no bear.

Sure, it’s cold. Classic winter move. You’re settling into a comfort zone with blankets, something hot and a TV remote and that’s part of the beauty of the season. But dropping temps don’t have to put your outdoor exploring into full hibernation mode. Not a ski fan or into snowshoeing? Doesn’t matter. Even a walkContinue reading “Bears hibernate in winter. But you’re no bear.”

A mileage challenge sets me on a new path

A West Virginia State Parks challenge started me hiking in earnest in 2016. Sam England, the Parks Chief at the time, had issued what he called the Chief’s Challenge. I read about it when the press release came in to our local newspaper. The task, for anyone willing to take it on, was to hikeContinue reading “A mileage challenge sets me on a new path”

Get your shoes on — we’re going outside

You don’t need special water bottles, fancy shoes, expensive jackets or any other gear to start exploring the outdoors. Especially not in West Virginia. Walk out your door and find the nearest street or road, patch of woods or stream. Those places will do just fine to refresh your memory of going outside to play.Continue reading “Get your shoes on — we’re going outside”