• Blog,  Book,  Hiking,  Story

    This Thing Called Trail Magic

    I’m at Harpers Ferry having lunch with Boots, Melody and Scholar. Scholar is a college student writing a paper on thru-hikers. She’s section hiking the AT while observing and questioning thru-hikers about their time on the trail. Knowing this, I (a conversationalist… ok, a chatterbox) am eager to drop some AT knowledge for our intrigued interviewer.  “I was at a shelter,” I begin, “and there was a thru-hiker perturbed about not receiving trail magic, as if all thru-hikers are entitled to acts of kindness. I was perplexed by her complaint; it’s hard to imagine a thru-hiker demanding a handout. These gifts are solely given from the heart, not ordered like…

  • Book,  Hiking,  Travel Memoir

    The White Shadow & His Dark Companion

    Like his father, Overdrive has a childlike sense of humor and at times only he finds his jest humorous. Still, even a bad Overdrive joke can bring a smile to anyone’s face. It’s not because his stories are funny, but because he, himself finds them to be hilarious. One day Overdrive and I were hiking together along a large meadow. It was a mellow, carefree day for both of us. We walked side by side, instead of one in front of the other along the trail. “Isn’t this a good day, my Dark Companion?” said Overdrive in his interpretation of a deep superhero voice.  His tone and the statement caught…