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Footfall

  I walk in diverse terrains: rocky paths through the desert, long switchbacks up a mountainside, unmarked trails along rivers. A favorite adventure is in Great Sand Dunes National Park, in Southern Colorado, where I walk for miles in an ankle-deep seasonal stream that flows alongside the dune. Right now, in Ohio, I take historic…

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Gators and Me

Everyone tells me, “You HAVE to go to Payne’s Prairie Reserve to see the gators. You will see many, guaranteed. Always lots of gators out there.” Sure, right. I have a wildlife jinx. When I visit a spot with guaranteed wildlife, they all scram. Time is flying though, and I only have a few weeks…

Cougar Bay Preserve, Coeur d'Alene, North Idaho

A Walk Along Cougar Bay

Sunday, early evening! Time for a hike at Cougar Bay Preserve, a Nature Conservancy site. I had previously been to the nearby National Forest Ranger Station and stocked up on information about hikes in the area. I support the work of the Nature Conservancy and I have never been disappointed by a hike on their…