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Hiking North America’s Most Frightening Stairs and Bridges

Hiking North America’s Most Frightening Stairs & Bridges www.lovethebackcountry.com - from Love the Backcountry Though there are tons of aspects of hiking that can be quite scary, high footbridges and steep staircases take fear to a whole new level…literally....

Alternative Energy Fitness Devices

Fitness Alternative Energy Devices Do you know that from your morning jogging or mountain hiking, you can derive power to charge your mobile gadgets such as your laptop or smartphone? The concept of fitness gadgets working also as energy devices sounds impossible, but...

Review: Florida

Florida by Christine Schutt My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the most interesting, yet one of the most difficult novels I have ever read. Although nominated for the National Book Award, this debut novel does not seem to be highly thought of by the general public. That's...

Review: Small Steps

Small Steps by Louis Sachar My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved Small Steps by Louis Sachar. Anytime a book leaves me imagining what happened to the protagonist it's a good book. And anytime I finish the book feeling good or pensive or even excited, it's a good book. I...

Review: The Enchantress

The Enchantress by Michael Scott My rating: 4 of 5 stars A bit of a disappointment. Five books leading up to this. Five books carrying the story of two 15 year-old twins, a boy and a girl, thrust into a non-stop race to save the world and in the end, I'm left with the...

Review: the Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

For my first review I’ll bring back one of my favorites: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. It’s been almost a year since I read it, but I still remember it well. The first thing I remember was that it was many pages long, which in a way, surprised me because I never felt like it was long, which usually means either tedious or boring. The book moves along, tying together four or five stories into one complete story, that of Theo Decker and the painting, The Goldfinch

Favorite Quotations

Too Late

“That’s the trouble with losing your mind; by the time it’s gone, it’s too late to get it back.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Desires

Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” ~ Dalai Lama

Paths

“We move through this world on paths laid down long before we are born.”
― Robert Moor, On Trails: An Exploration

Good to Be Here

“Set loose, a child would run down the paths, scramble up the rocks, lie on the earth. Grown-ups more often let their minds do the running, scrambling, and lying, but the emotion is shared. It feels good to be here.”
― David Miller, AWOL on the Appalachian Trail

Dream

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.” ~ Farrah Gray

 

Instead

“Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Become Young

It takes along time to become young.” ~ Pablo Picasso

 

Limits

There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you.” ~ Bruce Lee

 

Mosquitoes

“In Massachusetts and Vermont, there had been plenty of mosquitoes, but in New Hampshire, they had reinforcements.”
― Jennifer Pharr Davis, Becoming Odyssa: Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail

Timing

If you see a bandwagon, it’s too late” ~ James Goldsmith

 

On the Trail

“I wanted to quit and to do this forever, sleep in a bed and in a tent, see what was over the next hill and never see a hill again. All of this all at once, every moment, on the trail or off.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Bears

“What on earth would I do if four bears came into my camp? Why, I would die of course. Literally shit myself lifeless.”
― Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods

Rhythm

“Jumping from boulder to boulder and never falling, with a heavy pack, is easier than it sounds; you just can’t fall when you get into the rhythm of the dance.”
― Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Wilderness

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity”
― John Muir, Our National Parks

Worrying

Worrying is the same thing as banging your head against the wall. It only feels good when you stop.” ~ John Powers

 

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