The Project

The spring of my junior year of undergrad, my boss at the time Dr. Robert Pyne met two women for lunch. These two women – teachers, mothers, and now grandmothers – came with disappointing news. An education program they had founded and championed for more than 15 years was ending officially, and they were heartbroken. … More The Project

A Mask in the Woods: Means Hollow Road to Pine Grove Furnace General Store (12.5 miles)

Fall has unexpectedly arrived in Maryland, bringing crisp temperatures, decaying leaves, and lots of soup. Everyone seems a bit caught off guard — late September should still be shorts and t-shirts weather. On the morning of our last hike, when we departed from our house at 5:00a.m., it was below forty degrees! As I started … More A Mask in the Woods: Means Hollow Road to Pine Grove Furnace General Store (12.5 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Swamp Road to Means Hollow Road (12.9 miles)

The adventures of parking alongside dirt roads continues! Thankfully, I’m seeing this more and more that at trail crossings, people will often pull their cars into shoulders or onto grass if the road isn’t very busy. Both Swamp Road, our starting point, and Means Hollow Road, the end, were dirt roads in the middle of … More A Mask in the Woods: Swamp Road to Means Hollow Road (12.9 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Pen Mar Park to Swamp Rd (13.21 miles)

Originally, we were shooting for PA 233, which on my map, my copy of the Thru-Hiker’s Companion, and Google Maps say has about two parking spaces along the AT. Even though it was Labor Day weekend, I was confident that with how early we typically get moving that we would get a spot for the … More A Mask in the Woods: Pen Mar Park to Swamp Rd (13.21 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Wolfsville Road to Pen Mar Park (9.8 miles)

Four years ago today I visited a city in Germany called Marburg. I spent a sunny day visiting the old college, walking cobblestone streets, riding trains, and eating tortellini (I know, so German). Marburg was the college home of the Brothers Grimm and is split between Upper Marburg and Lower Marburg. Kindly, the town erected … More A Mask in the Woods: Wolfsville Road to Pen Mar Park (9.8 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: I-70 Footbridge to Wolfsville Road (9.2 miles)

Another Sunday morning on the AT for Maggie and Henry. With a thirteen-miler behind us, little over eight miles on today’s trail sounded easy. Unlike last time there was no rain, but it was cloudy, meaning the sun wouldn’t beat down on us at all. Even after crossing the I-70 footbridge, we started on a … More A Mask in the Woods: I-70 Footbridge to Wolfsville Road (9.2 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Gathland State Park to I-70 Footbridge (13.0 miles)

You are an elderly gentleman mentally preparing for a hike in the beautiful Gathland State Park. Sitting in your truck, you wonder to yourself if the rain will make the trail impassable. The rain is lighter than it was, sure, but maybe the trail will be too wet for knees like yours. A grey Honda … More A Mask in the Woods: Gathland State Park to I-70 Footbridge (13.0 miles)

A Mask in the Woods: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park (10.7 miles)

When I was around ten, my dad had this great idea to backpack 12 national parks in 12 months with my brother and me. We were going to go all over the Midwest with me recording our journeys on a Flip video camera and my dad writing about it on a blog. Fourteen years and … More A Mask in the Woods: Harpers Ferry to Gathland State Park (10.7 miles)

Rank Choice Voting Could Invigorate Democratic Primary

The overwhelming feeling of the upcoming Democratic Primary race is dread. Despite Super Tuesday (when nine states in the US will hold their primaries, newly including California) being 199 days away, we all seem to be dragging our feet toward the ballot boxes. When I talk to people about the primary, the consensus is that … More Rank Choice Voting Could Invigorate Democratic Primary

Triathlon

When I was fourteen, my parents twisted my arm until I signed up for high school track. They said “it will be a good way to get in shape for swim season,” and as a freshman in high school I didn’t know yet that I didn’t really care about being in shape for swimming. I … More Triathlon