American Graffiti on the John P. Saylor Trail

“You coming to the party?” he asked.  I turned around on the trail and noticed a guy about my age.  He was holding a scrub brush in his hand.  “No?” I replied sheepishly.  “I have no idea what you’re talking about.” I didn’t have much time to say anything else as he smiled at meContinue reading “American Graffiti on the John P. Saylor Trail”

Lord of the Rings (Reviewing N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy)

Note: This is a review of N. K. Jemisin’s The Broken Earth series. While I avoid overt plot points and specific spoilers, it’s impossible to write a review like this without delving into the dynamics of this work of art. I very much enjoyed reading the series — even in 2020, a couple years afterContinue reading “Lord of the Rings (Reviewing N. K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy)”

The Loyalsock Trail: Ahab Gets His 60-Mile Trail

Prelude. Ten Years Ago, My White Whale July 2010. One of my early backpacking outings was a trip to hike the 60-mile Loyalsock Trail with a crew led by hiking guru Doug (who, as a side note, is as accomplished on the trail as he is a witty mensch in personality, though now out inContinue reading “The Loyalsock Trail: Ahab Gets His 60-Mile Trail”