How not to mess up your own fun

Who knew, back when we used to swing on trees and hide out under the forsythia bush on summer days, that “getting outdoors” would one day be a thing. Like, a Thing. An activity. A hobby. An industry. As kids, we were just told to outside and play, so we did. In a tiny townContinue reading “How not to mess up your own fun”

High Rock: Little hike for a big view

One of my go-to hikes in our area is a very moderate walk south along the top of Sleepy Creek Mountain toward a spot called High Rock. You get a lot of view from this short-ish out and back hike (4 miles). The destination has towering rocks, and a manageable ledge that affords a sweepingContinue reading “High Rock: Little hike for a big view”

Taking kids hiking – the agony & the magic

17 minutes. That was our magic number. You’re not going to believe me, and maybe for your kids it’s more like 11 minutes. Bless your heart if it’s 25. For me and my kids, the first 17 minutes of many walks in the woods was dotted with protests, complaints, delay tactics and general griping. ItContinue reading “Taking kids hiking – the agony & the magic”

Two out of three ain’t bad: more about spring in the West Virginia woods

Like I said before, spring in West Virginia zooms at the speed of sunlight. Take a week’s break from the woods and there’s a whole other type of tree or wildflowers blooming when you go back. Open winter views are now closed up by a glowing green curtain of new buds and leaves. In aContinue reading “Two out of three ain’t bad: more about spring in the West Virginia woods”

Finding Pee Wee Point, in two parts

One of the great views in Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area (Morgan & Berkeley counties, West Virginia) is from a spot called Pee Wee Point. Thanks to some fancy new signs from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, the trailhead that leads toward the point is even easier to find these days. Near theContinue reading “Finding Pee Wee Point, in two parts”