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May 11, 2010
Heading back to the prairie - scaled.Iowa prairie storm coming

Near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa, lies this restored prairie. I am bound for this landscape again in July. It is here at the Hoover Library where many of the papers of Laura Ingalls Wilder, frontier author, lie. I am trying to find the real Laura Ingalls Wilder, pioneer. What kind of a woman was she in real life, when she was working on her famous "Little House" books?

I will spend lunch hours walking through these grasses (perhaps a half-mile loop, mown) It looks something like the prairies of Minnesota and Kansas (but not South Dakota,...

April 11, 2010
Occupational necessity - feet after Bimblers Bash trail race

Editing two trail/environmental magazines requires that I go into the mountains, a lot. Which I love to do. But this year I had ear surgery (a success—better hearing) and I spent the first three months of 2010 resting a lot and walking the dog. This spring, ouch, has been a time to get back into mountain shape, something that isn't as easy as it was back in the early years.

The first formal challenge was today, running roughly 6.5 miles (perhaps even 7 miles) in the Bimbler's Bash trail race through conservation lands called Westwoods in Guilford, Connecticut. Trail...

February 9, 2010
Kleen Energy, 2 Days Later - scaled.Kleen Energy site from near M Trail_1830

I maintain a hiking trail in Middletown, Connecticut, that skirts the future natural gas/oil power plant where an explosion killed five people on February 7. The blast blew out parts of the plant's main building during a "blow-down" to clean out the natural gas line. The plant was supposed to start operating later this year. How unusual is such an accident? I'm going to find out and write about it for Connecticut Woodlands magazine's spring issue.

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