Category Archives: Ramblings

That RV life — some three-plus years later and the future


The post describes the author’s journey from living in a small converted cargo trailer with dogs to trading for a 1987 RV. The new RV required extensive cleaning and repairs due to prior pet stains and mechanical issues. The author also expresses disillusionment with social media and a desire to share outdoor experiences in the future.

My 1987 Pace Arrow in Rye, Arizona

My absence and Merry Christmas Afters


It has been a while and the website has been offline for quite some time. Fast forward to the now. I have been RVing full-time now for over three years. There’s much to say and much to show. In due time. Happy Christmas Afters.

A couple of bucks in the Shenandoah National Park

A review of A Walk for Sunshine: A 2,160 Mile Expedition for Charity on the Appalachian Trail


I must be honest: I am not an avid book reader. Even before and after taking my first steps on the Appalachian Trail 2014, it took three years for me to read A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail. But, I dearly love the Appalachian Trail and hearing everyone’s story. It was only a couple of weeks ago that I became aware of yet another story in book form. I know that there are plenty but forgive me for not being an avid book reader. The publisher sent me a copy of A Walk for Sunshine: […]

Nature’s toilet


“Nature’s toilet.” I assume this deformity grew as a result of physical damage, mold, or pests. Please don’t poop in it. Photo taken at the Swinging Bridge Nature Trail at Arkabutla Lake about 43 miles south of Memphis. Hiking trails at Arkabutla Lake The trails at Arkabulta Lake are mostly, flat and easy trails. You will find multiple names for each trail depending on which source you use. The trails below are listed based on the map provided. Coldwater River Nature Trail System — The Big Oak Trail is located toward the back of the North Outlet Channel Recreational Area. The five-mile […]

Experience nature but stay off my ‘peeve list’


Earlier this month, the National Park Service celebrated its centennial. While August 25th marked the official celebration date, the NPS has been celebrating all year long. I’ve seen numerous articles celebrating and encouraging others to get out and #FindYourPark. The one thing that kept playing in my mind was all the things that get under my skin: the peeve list. Of thousands of miles and endless hours spent in parks and on the trails from the Appalachian Trail to the local mountain trails I once enjoyed near daily in Virginia, there are those things that just get under your skin. Most […]

A week for ‘purdy’ little pests


First, it was the cicadas everywhere. These guys are one species of over 3,000. Dependent on the species, they come out every year up to every 17 years. Which species are these? I am not 100% certain. Maybe you can tell me. This morning, I woke up to a tobacco hornworm infestation. These little guys ate around 75% of my leaves overnight and left dung pellets everywhere. The hornworm turns from larvae into a worm and then will hibernate in a cocoon over the winter and emerge as a moth (Manduca sexta aka Carolina sphinx moth) in the following Spring. […]

A different type of nature


The Memphis Tennessee area is not well known for nature. There’s a lot of flat land and pretty much nothing to see except the cityscapes. However, I do often find peace in old graveyards. As morbid and taboo as that sounds for many, the dead are dead and there’s plenty of artistic value to see. Elmwood Cemetery in Memphis on a rainy boring day.     Equipment used: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED Zoom Lens Nikon D810 camera Adobe Lightroom CC

The “why?”


Many things in life are always about “why”? The problem is that sometimes that “why” is either poorly defined or completely, nay, — dead wrong. So why here? Why now? Why another website? Nearly a year ago, I broke my back and it completely changed my life. In an attempt to get high-speed internet, I fell through the attic hooking up cable. I did finish that task later that night by the way. It hurt. It felt as if I were going to die. I refused to go to the doctor because I thought it was simply a soft tissue injury. […]

Get out and enjoy nature free this week in all national parks


Bored? Need a refreshed mind and spirit? See what mother nature can do for you during Nation Park Week. All national parks in the United States have free entry. It's National Park Week. #FindYourPark find Bambie. It's free. #ShenandoahNationalPark pic.twitter.com/Drg9q6IR7M — Michael Finkle 父 (@NatureCrank) April 18, 2016 About the photo: This doe popped out on a foggy morning on the Appalachian Trail in the Shenandoah National Park. It was taken with the Nikon D7200 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II AF-S Nikkor Zoom Lens