Category Archives: hiking

Want to take your dog camping or hiking? Here are things to consider.

If you have a dog, I’m willing to guess you’ve considered taking it hiking or camping. Taking your dog hiking is a great way to spend time with it outside of the house. Hiking with your dog is also a wonderful way to expose it to the outdoors in a way that city dogs rarely […]

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Looking for a good New Year’s Resolution? Start hiking for your health!

I usually try to have a New Year’s resolution, but I’ve spent the entirety of today trying to remember what mine was for 2011. Obviously it was quickly abandoned this year! I think a resolution must be realistic and specific for it to be successful. With that in mind, I think this is the perfect […]


Machete uses while camping

Machetes are awesome. They slice through practically anything, they’re pretty sweet-looking and there’s a certain, shall I say, machismo factor to carrying one, which is why any self-respecting camper should have one in tow. But, unfortunately, this handy blade has dwindled in popularity due to its affiliation with genocidal rampages and sub-par horror movies staring […]


Beach Camping in Ko Phi Phi

I think that this is the most uncomfortable I have ever been, I thought to myself.  I knew it wasn’t true, but that didn’t make me feel any better. I was lying on a crude sleeping pad on Maya Beach, an uninhabited island in Southern Thailand.  For those Leonardo DiCaprio fans out there—and I know […]

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Lizard Chasing on Ko Phi Phi

Ko Phi Phi is a group of six islands in the Andaman Sea off Phuket Island in Southern Thailand.  The area was settled by Muslim fisherman in the 1940s and launched into the spotlight after the Leonardo DiCaprio movie “The Beach” was filmed on one of its beaches in 2000. Despite suffering heavy damage during […]

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Hiking Penang National Park in Malaysia

Penang is an island off the northern coast of Malaysia.  I went there to obtain a 60-day Thai visa, which was a worthy excuse to stay a few days longer.  The island is awash with multiculturalism because of its location as a strategic point during the days of spice trading.  Residents are of Indian, Chinese […]


A Walk in the Woods with Bill Bryson

I must admit that I’m late to the Bill Bryson party.  I’m  not sure how it happened.  I have been reading for well over 20 years; I have been hiking for a solid 15.  Yet, somehow,  I have never read any of Bryson’s books, even though he has a reputation as being a great outdoors […]

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Hiking Doi Suthep

Doi Suthep is a national park and Buddhist temple 15 kilometers outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and yesterday I rented a motorcycle and drove there. The ride is gorgeous, a flurry of sun-drenched forests with vista views, and the landscape near the temple is equally pristine. Perched on the top of a mountain with the […]