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Some day…

Many years ago when I worked for the C&O Canal National Historical Park in Maryland, I had an interesting conversation with a co-worker, Lorraine.  I always enjoyed talking to Lorraine, because she was one of the kindest people I knew. “So Lorraine, how long until retirement?” “I only have one…

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Youth in conservation

“You were a Park Ranger?  My son wants to become a Park Ranger, can you talk with him?” Such is the conversation I’m having with a woman I met on the trail last summer in the Indian Peaks Wilderness.  It’s a common question I get when people found out I…

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What is the traction law?

As I slowly proceeded west on Interstate 70, signs flashed overhead.  Amidst the flying snowflakes, flashing yellow words warned motorists, “Passenger Traction Law in Effect”.  I racked my brain to figure out what this meant.  Since I was driving my Subaru Forester with snow tires, I figured I was ok. …

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Buying the right mountain car

Glancing at the odometer, I saw it click over to 207,000 miles.  The car still seemed to be running ok, with just a slight oil leak requiring a quart of oil in between oil changes.  Still, I’d seen some specials online for some pretty good deals, and I didn’t want…

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