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Matt Davis Trail

The Matt Davis Trail starts (or ends) right before the fire station in Stinson Beach, CA and cuts through open fields of chaparral with views of Stinson Beach, San Francisco and Bolinas. It’s short, but that is one hell of a section of trail. Just about an hour from the city. Not bad, SF.

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MP3: The Strokes – Soma

August 21, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

National Park Map

Not sure if I’m majorly late on seeing this, but hell’s bells, I like it.

August 9, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 2 }

Garden and Gun

Mikael Kennedy and I spent some time down in southwest Texas this last winter, writing and shooting a story about Big Bend National Park for Garden and Gun. The article is featured in the August/September issue of the magazine, so make sure to get your hands on one. (And yes, that’s me in the photo above.)

Check back next week for a bunch of Mikael’s photos that didn’t make it into the story. They’re handsome as can be.

July 23, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 6 }

OREGON

Cold Splinters is in Oregon this week doing some work. If you’re around, you know what to do. See you soon.

May 29, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

USGS MAPS

If you’re a map person, which I’m assuming you are if you’re reading this, let it be known that the U.S. Geologic Survey is having a major sale right now. Over 60K maps are only $1, like the Crater Lake beauty pictured above. Have at it here.

 MP3: Randy Newman – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (Live)

May 21, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Most Visited Parks in 2011

The Smokys win again. That is one beautiful park, but man, places like Gatlinburg, TN are not high on the ol’ priority list. In any case, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, comes in at just over 9 million, and the runner up, Grand Canyon National Park clocks in at 4. Wild. The reason? Well, Rocky points out that GSMNP ”doesn’t charge people do drive through on the highway that transits the park, but they do count them all as visitors.” That and Gatlinburg, I suppose.

More info at National Parks Traveler.

  • Great Smoky Mountains National Park……………9,008,830
  • Grand Canyon National Park………………………4,298,178
  • Yosemite National Park……………………………3,951,393
  • Yellowstone National Park…………………………3,394,326
  • Rocky Mountain National Park…………………….3,176,941
  • Olympic National Park……………………………..2,966,502
  • Zion National Park………………………………….2,825,505
  • Grand Teton National Park…………………………2,587,437
  • Acadia National Park……………………………….2,374,645
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park…………………….2,161,185

MP3: Bobby Charles – Tennessee Blues

March 13, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Big Bend Mountain Lion

Maybe not the most interesting thing to post about (though none of this stuff is, right?), but Cold Splinters is down in Southwest Texas right now and, for the past few days, the mountain lion attack in Big Bend National Park has been the talk of the town. Well, one of the topics at least…

Six year old Rivers Hobbs was attacked late Sunday as his family returned to their room from the park’s main lodge. The boy’s father, Jason Hobbs, pounced on THE BEAST as it clamped onto Rivers’ face. Hobbs ultimately stabbed the animal in the chest with a pocketknife, causing it to flee. (Nice work, dad.) It took 17 stitches to close, and after returning home to Leander, TX, Rivers is going to have to get a series of rabies shots. See pics here.

And there you have it…

MP3: Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys – Deep In The Heart Of Texas

February 9, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }

Peeling Back The Bark

Over the past couple of weeks, I have spent an unhealthy amount of time on Peeling Back The Barkthe wonderful blog of the Forest History Society (whose website and archives are just as good). The Forest History Society is a “nonprofit educational institution that links the past to the future by identifying, collecting, preserving, interpreting, and disseminating information on the history of interactions between people, forests, and their related resources — timber, water, soil, forage, fish and wildlife, recreation, and scenic or spiritual values.”

Yep. Sounds good to me.

From Forgotten Characters of Forest History (do you know Ev’rett The Forest Evergreen?) to the American Tree Farm archival documents, the whole site is the toppermost. Best way to experience it is to experience it, so click here.

January 3, 2012 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 0 }

Colorado

Snowshoeing in Roosevelt National Forest near Nederland, CO. Hope everyone is having a happy ending to 2011.

December 29, 2011 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 4 }

FLATIRONS AND FLATLANDERS

I, the keeper of the mountain
You, the morning flower

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MP3: The Flatlanders – Keeper Of The Mountain

July 7, 2011 | Public Lands | Continue Reading | Comments { 1 }