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…as in my fishing rod and my walking staff, although “staff” sounds very formal for what is basically just a stick with a handle on one end.

There you are, walking down a peaceful forest trail, when ZAP! You feel that unmistakable sensation which lets you know you’ve just wrecked some poor spider’s hard-won home.

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The other day I was hiking in northwest Georgia on a great trail that I’ll tell you about one of these days. But one thing happened on my hike that made me a little nervous. That thing was an encounter with a family and their unleashed dog.

Space and technology, it seems, go together like – well, like space and technology. But come the second week in August, you won’t need technology beyond your very own eyes to experience some space-type excitement on your own. 

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The other day, I got the itch to hike somewhere new. Like a lot of folks, I’m often a creature of habit and stick to the trails I know. But sometimes I get the urge to broaden my horizons.

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Well, yes. Bears do.

And so do hikers from time to time.

One nice thing about hiking is that it gives you the opportunity to get away from civilization. Trails lead you out and away – usually a good thing!

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The grandkids were here last weekend, and it’s safe to say that a good time was had by all! There was a little too much rain for us to do much fishing, but we did get in a bit of rock collecting (more on that next week).

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Have you heard the saying — how does it go? — that there’s nothing new under the sun? If you’ve poked around in the outdoors for very long, you might think that’s just another way of saying that there are no new places to go. But is that true? I don’t think so. There will always be new-to-me spots that I haven’t found – yet!

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Uh-oh. It’s starting to get hot outside. The other day, in fact, it was downright toasty. I took the pup out for her midday walk, and for the first time this year I felt the unmistakable and unavoidable heat of the coming summer sun.

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“There’s one!”

We’re sitting in the den watching two different reality shows at the same time.

One is on the TV screen. It’s yet another here’s-what-happens-but-don’t-try-this-at-home kind of show.

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You hear a lot about greenways these days – and for good reason too.

Just what, exactly, is a greenway? Most dictionaries define greenways as linear, strip-like stretches of relatively undeveloped land which are there for recreation (mostly hiking and biking) or for environmental protection.

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I was walking a section of the Big Creek Greenway the other day when I spied a previously unnoticed side trail heading toward the creek. Always on the lookout for ways to access possible fishing spots, I followed the trail to see where it went.

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Like discovering a new secret fishing spot, spotting new wildflowers turns out to be a heady thing. It just might be as addictive as fishing.

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As you walk along the short, graveled trail that parallels a portion of Hog Wallow Creek in Waller Park, it’s easy to see how the child might imagine that hobbits live there. 

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Getting me started on fishing is like getting me started on grandkids, and I love to talk with folks about both of those grand topics.