A couple weeks ago, I took Em to Turkey Run State Park for her first big hiking trip. It was the best Father's Day ever! Here are a few of the highlights...
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
This holiday season, we should all take a little more time than normal to reflect on this country and its values and how they align with our own sense of morality. We are heading into uncharted waters, and Thanksgiving has always been there to remind us what family and pure fellowship and thanks is all about. We need not turn a blind eye to the lessons history can teach us, however, which is why I feel it is important to share this video with you 1-2 people who occasionally read my blog. This film was shot as an alternative to watching a particularly bad football game that probably involved a Romo or a pre-2011 Detroit Lions team, right after the feast at my mom and dad's house. What you are about to see is how shit really went down when the Pilgrims and Indians first confronted each'n'other. Enjoy.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Fall is the best time to go on a walk. As I try to prepare myself for the annual Swartzendruber brothers A.T. section hike, I start thinking about my feet and my stabilizer muscles. Long daily walks are necessary to condition both. Yesterday, I decided to tackle a big chunk of the Nickel Plate Trail, a really nice rails-to-trails path which extends from Rochester southward to Cassvile here in north central Indiana. The original section of trail extends from the Wabash River in Peru to Cassville, and it offers up some great scenery and a lot of trestles for small stream crossings. The trail is still fairly new and well maintained. You can learn more about the project on the Nickel Plate Trail website, as well as find maps of the north and south sections. My dad rode his recumbent bike from the Peru Trailhead to Cassville and back while I hiked southward, passing him on his way back at Bunker Hill, where the gristly murder of a Boy Scout troop leader took place earlier this year. The murder was unprovoked, and it happened while the victim and a small group of Scouts had stopped to learn more about a particular tree. The psychotic murderer was in a blind rage from a fight with his mother in their trailer 50 yards away when he just ran onto the path, right up behind the scout leader, and stuck a 12-inch straight blade into the back of his neck for no reason other than he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. If you look at the picture below, you can still see a darker spot where the man's blood stained the pavement. It was shocking to think that something so random and so brutal could happen along such a quiet little trail, which was the picture of tranquility yesterday, save a stiff wind that gusted from the southwest along a few open sections. I hiked further south, about 5 more miles from there, to Bennett's Switch on highway 18, where my dad picked me up after he doubled back. It was a good day to be walking. I got to test out some new gear and I had some good music playing in my cord-free Sony mp3 player. Do yourself a favor and pick one of these gadgets up. It is the best music player I've ever had. It's water-resistant, meaning you can wear it in the rain or pouring sweat, it has an easy-to use multi-function switch on the right earpiece, and it sounds amazing. Get out there and do stuff. Winter will be here soon!
|Memorial at murder site in Bunker Hill|