Meanderthals https://internetbrothers.org A Hiking Blog Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 21607891 Trump’s EPA just replaced Obama’s signature climate policy with a much weaker rule https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/20/trumps-epa-just-replaced-obamas-signature-climate-policy-with-a-much-weaker-rule/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/20/trumps-epa-just-replaced-obamas-signature-climate-policy-with-a-much-weaker-rule/#respond Thu, 20 Jun 2019 10:54:54 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33199

The Environmental Protection Agency killed President Obama’s signature climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan. It’s one of the few definitive wins in the Trump administration’s full-court press to undo and weaken environmental regulations. With the release of a replacement plan before an audience that included coal miners wearing reflective shirts and hard hats, EPA […]]]>

The Environmental Protection Agency killed President Obama’s signature climate change policy, the Clean Power Plan. It’s one of the few definitive wins in the Trump administration’s full-court press to undo and weaken environmental regulations.

With the release of a replacement plan before an audience that included coal miners wearing reflective shirts and hard hats, EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler finalized the end of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The plan required states to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and aimed to reduce US power sector emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The CPP’s replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, is drastically weaker. The ACE rule would lower emissions between 0.7 percent and 1.5 percent by 2030. It also cements an alarming reversal in US greenhouse gas emissions trends. US greenhouse gas emissions are on the rise after years of decline.

According to some researchers, the new policy itself could actually increase greenhouse gas emissions, even compared to business as usual. And according to the EPA’s own assessments, the proposal will lead to thousands more deaths from air pollution.

According to a study published in April in Environmental Research Letters, the ACE rule would lead to 28 percent of the power plants modeled in the study to emit more carbon dioxide by 2030 compared to a scenario with no policy at all.

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New hiking trails in Korean DMZ offer rare access to forbidden areas https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/19/new-hiking-trails-in-korean-dmz-offer-rare-access-to-forbidden-areas/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/19/new-hiking-trails-in-korean-dmz-offer-rare-access-to-forbidden-areas/#respond Wed, 19 Jun 2019 10:58:34 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33195

For most South Koreans, a chance to enter the demilitarized zone, the heavily fortified buffer that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953, has been rare. However, a series of newly opened DMZ Peace Trails is allowing curious civilians to get a closer glimpse of North Korea. On a […]]]>

For most South Koreans, a chance to enter the demilitarized zone, the heavily fortified buffer that has divided the peninsula since the end of the Korean War in 1953, has been rare.

However, a series of newly opened DMZ Peace Trails is allowing curious civilians to get a closer glimpse of North Korea.

On a recent guided tour at the first Peace Trail to open, in Goseong, located on the East Coast of South Korea, a group of around 20 tourists trekked along a trail with rugged coastline on one side and dense forest on the other. Shrubs of sweetbrier, whose fragrant pink flowers are a symbol of the area, stood alongside barbed wire-topped fences and signs warning of landmines.

“This is a very important venue,” said tourist Lee Hyun-mi. “We can feel the scar of the war here.”

Lee said she had seen this trail before from an observation deck nearby and wished that she could trek the 2-kilometer path one day.

“Now that the government has opened this area, I’m so happy,” she said. “Walking along the trail, with every step I’m hoping peace will get closer for the two Koreas.”

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Be a Saturday Volunteer at Great Smoky Mountains National Park https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/18/be-a-saturday-volunteer-at-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/18/be-a-saturday-volunteer-at-great-smoky-mountains-national-park/#respond Tue, 18 Jun 2019 10:41:41 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33181

Smokies Service Days begin on June 29th, 2019. Individuals and families are invited to work alongside staff to care for park trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and historic sites. Make new friends, earn service hours, and gain invaluable experience as you help keep our National Park clean and green. A segment of each Service Saturday is […]]]>

Smokies Service Days begin on June 29th, 2019.

Individuals and families are invited to work alongside staff to care for park trails, picnic areas, campgrounds, and historic sites. Make new friends, earn service hours, and gain invaluable experience as you help keep our National Park clean and green. A segment of each Service Saturday is dedicated to insider-enrichment and exploration of the park. Projects run 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. Each project offers tasks that are suitable for all ages and abilities.

June 29, 2019: Clean-Up Cosby Campground
Prepare for the enjoyment of campers and help keep our wildlife wild! We’ll clear fire pits, pick up trash, remove leaf litter, and perform other campground maintenance.
Meeting Location: Cosby Campground (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 13, 2019: Clean-Up Chimneys Picnic Area
July 4th leaves its mark on the park. We’ll prepare this popular picnic area for enjoyment of visitors by clearing debris from grills and removing litter from the grounds.
Meeting Location: Chimneys Picnic Area (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

July 27, 2019: Clean-Up Elkmont Campground
Prepare for the enjoyment of campers and help keep wildlife wild! We’ll clear fire pits, pick up trash, remove leaf litter, and perform other campground maintenance.
Meeting Location: Elkmont Campground (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

August 17, 2019: Clear Cosby Horse Trail (TN)
Make way for the horses! Help clear water drainages, and remove hazardous debris from the trail.
Meeting Location: Cosby Horse Trail, (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

September 21, 2019: Remove Honeysuckle from the Sugarlands
Invasive plant species (even the sweet smelling ones) are not so sweet for ecological health of the Sugarlands. We’ll remove fast-growing honeysuckle vine growing found near the Visitor Center.
Meeting Location: Sugarlands Visitor Center (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

October 5th, 2019: Mitigate Fire Risks in Elkmont’s Daisy Town
Help keep Daisy Town around! Rake leaves and remove debris from grounds of the historic houses.
Meeting Location: Daisy Town in Elkmont (TN)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Tools and safety gear are provided to participants.

To register for one or more dates, please call or email:
Andrew Mentrup
Community Volunteer Ambassador / Project Coordinator.
865-436-1278
andrew_mentrup@partner.nps.gov

Participation on projects is limited to the supply of tools and equipment the park can provide. To ensure your spot, call before a project’s scheduled date.

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Tips and Tricks to Keep You Safe While Hiking This Summer https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/17/tips-and-tricks-to-keep-you-safe-while-hiking-this-summer/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/17/tips-and-tricks-to-keep-you-safe-while-hiking-this-summer/#respond Mon, 17 Jun 2019 12:50:48 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33178

With the official start of summer right around the corner many people are excited about hiking in the mountains. “Well it starts with a good plan and research at home, first and foremost,” DEC forest ranger Howard Kreft said. He says the outdoors are full of surprises and you can never be too prepared. “You […]]]>

With the official start of summer right around the corner many people are excited about hiking in the mountains.

“Well it starts with a good plan and research at home, first and foremost,” DEC forest ranger Howard Kreft said. He says the outdoors are full of surprises and you can never be too prepared.

“You want to make sure you have good sturdy footwear, hiking boots with ankle support. You want to have a map, a compass, extra clothing, layers. You want to have a GPS, your cell phone,” Kreft said.

He says filling out the hiking registry before you start the hike is crucial in case something goes wrong. It’s usually a metal box, with a clipboard inside where you put your name, address and most importantly your phone number.

“The phone number is crucial because it will help us potentially ping their location using a county dispatch center which will help us locate their GPS coordinates” Kreft said.

If something does go wrong out on a hike, Kreft says the more people there the better. “Generally speaking you want to hike with at least one other person if not more. So that if something were to happen you have some people that can help get help” Kreft added.

Kreft says if you get lost or injured on a hike, stay together and try to find a spot with cell service. Getting a signal out in the woods can sometimes be tricky, but letting notifying a family member ahead of a time when you should be back from the hike is key. That way if you don’t come back, they know to alert the authorities.

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Visiting the nation’s newest national park: Indiana Dunes https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/16/visiting-the-nations-newest-national-park-indiana-dunes/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/16/visiting-the-nations-newest-national-park-indiana-dunes/#respond Sun, 16 Jun 2019 13:22:55 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33175

West Beach is sand — and not just a dusting of the stuff either, but the soft, deep, undulating variety you’d expect to find near a beach. In honor of its designation in February as the 61st and newest national park, this would be a good place to work across Indiana Dunes — formerly a […]]]>

West Beach is sand — and not just a dusting of the stuff either, but the soft, deep, undulating variety you’d expect to find near a beach. In honor of its designation in February as the 61st and newest national park, this would be a good place to work across Indiana Dunes — formerly a national lakeshore.

It’s a popular place to catch some rays and swim from Memorial Day through Labor Day — and the only beach in the park with lifeguards during the high season. But on a cool, wind-whipped morning you can also get into hiking. The Dune Succession Trail loop is flat for a few paces and then it charges straight up more than 160 wooden steps to top a wooded dune and wows with immediate jaw-dropping views of the vista over Lake Michigan stretching as far as the skyline of Chicago, which is an hour’s drive away.

Continuing down through hardwoods and then evergreens, it’s hard to tell where the sound of gusting wind ends and the noise of lapping waves begins until the trail’s twists and turns finish on the lakeshore. Walking along near the edge of the water that turns from a brooding deep blue farther out to turquoise up close, one is reminded of how Lake Michigan serves as an ad hoc ocean in the landlocked Midwest.

To go so quickly from arriving at the park to seeing virtually forever is the kind of curbside pop that you get right out of the gate with this 15,000-acre, elongated park that runs along 15 miles of Lake Michigan, which is located in an otherwise heavily industrialized area.

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Overnighting in the High Country on the Blue Ridge Parkway – A Photo Essay https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/15/overnighting-in-the-high-country-on-the-blue-ridge-parkway-a-photo-essay/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/15/overnighting-in-the-high-country-on-the-blue-ridge-parkway-a-photo-essay/#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 16:32:57 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33132

here’s not much more beautiful than the high country along the Blue Ridge Parkway in June. The days are long. The forest has completed its greening and the heath bushes are in bloom. If you catch the sights in the evening or very early morning you can even avoid the crowds. I’ve been on the […]]]>

There’s not much more beautiful than the high country along the Blue Ridge Parkway in June. The days are long. The forest has completed its greening and the heath bushes are in bloom. If you catch the sights in the evening or very early morning you can even avoid the crowds.

I’ve been on the shelf for a few weeks with an ankle injury while hiking, and was really suffering fear of missing out anguish. I can’t do much walking, so I came up with a plan that would enable me to combine my volunteer work on the Parkway with a chance to catch a sunset and sunrise from Black Balsam at milepost 420.

I loaded my foam sleeping pad in the back of my Subaru and headed to Pounding Mill Overlook at 6:00 PM to pick up trash. When done, I continued another few miles west to the Black Balsam spur road. The air was cool as a cold front has been hanging over the Southern Appalachians for a few days. It was jacket weather, but the good news was the high pressure and persistent breeze had cleared out the haze, leaving crystal clear sky and long distance viewing.

From my perch at 6,000 feet over Graveyard Fields and Looking Glass Rock, I planned on enjoying the sunset, and the sunrise. I brought a picnic to while away the time as I took pictures from my tripod and watched the scenery change with ever lengthening shadows. The moon was hanging over the scene, about three-quarters full, adding natural lighting and ambiance.

Once it was dark, I enjoyed the star constellations and wispy clouds for an hour before crawling into my Subaru for some shuteye. I got up once around midnight to see if the Milky Way was visible, but there was too much light from the moon and the towns of Brevard and Hendersonville… even Greenville way off in the distance.

Back to sleep, I got up again at 6:00 AM, and was quickly energized by the 41° temp and 25 mph wind that greeted me. Brrr! Good thing I came prepared with plenty of warm clothes.

I setup the tripod, and waited patiently for that big orange globe to make its daily appearance on the eastern horizon. I was not disappointed. The sunrise was magnificent. While the cloudless sky did not light up the entire arena with hues of pink and orange, it did enable clear viewing all the way to the Black Mountains far north of Asheville. Très bon.

After sixty minutes enjoying the golden hour, I packed up and headed 10 miles further west, stopping for occasional photos along the way. Finishing up at Herrin Knob, it was time to call it a day. I was back home by 9:30. All in all, a wonderful adventure. It wasn’t as exciting as getting out on the trail, but was pretty darn nice for an old geezer hobbling around on one leg.

The photos below are from the evening of June 13, 2019 and morning of June 14. Feel free to make any comments below the gallery, or tell me about your overnight experiences in the high country. Thanks for visiting!

 

 

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Hear the William Bartram story https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/15/hear-the-william-bartram-story/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/15/hear-the-william-bartram-story/#respond Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:19:21 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33129

On Friday, June 21, 2019, a hike along part of the Bartram Trail will impart stories of the man who inspired it, with N.C. Bartram Trail Society member Brent Martin leading the adventure. The hike is one of HCLT’s series of EcoTours available to its members. Anyone can become a member on the hike. Reserve […]]]>

On Friday, June 21, 2019, a hike along part of the Bartram Trail will impart stories of the man who inspired it, with N.C. Bartram Trail Society member Brent Martin leading the adventure. The hike is one of HCLT’s series of EcoTours available to its members. Anyone can become a member on the hike. Reserve a spot by contacting hclt_ed@earthlink.net or 828.526.1111, or reserve online at www.hicashlt.org.

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Martin will present a program at The Village Green in Cashiers titled “Blazing Trails: looking into the natural and cultural history of the Bartram Trail.” The program is offered as part of the Green’s Village Nature Series, which brings in experts on various topic related to Cashiers’ natural and cultural heritage. Free.

Bartram traveled the southern colonies between 1773 and 1777, writing a series of books called Bartram’s Travels, published in 1791. They would become one of the first of a modern genre of books that portrayed nature through personal experience as well as scientific observation.

In 1977 the N.C. Bartram Trail Society was established and laid out about 78 miles of hiking trail to roughly parallel Bartram’s original travels.

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How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/14/how-much-nature-is-enough-120-minutes-a-week-doctors-say/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/14/how-much-nature-is-enough-120-minutes-a-week-doctors-say/#respond Fri, 14 Jun 2019 11:23:14 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33127

It’s a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you. A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diabetes and […]]]>

It’s a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you.

A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk of asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy. Doctors around the world have begun prescribing time in nature as a way of improving their patients’ health.

One question has remained: How long, or how frequently, should you experience the great outdoors in order to reap its great benefits? Is there a recommended dose? Just how much nature is enough?

According to a paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the answer is about 120 minutes each week.

The study examined data from nearly 20,000 people who recorded their activities for a survey from 2014 to 2016 in England. It found that people who spent two hours a week or more outdoors reported being in better health and having a greater sense of well-being than people who didn’t get out at all.

Spending just 60 or 90 minutes in nature did not have as significant an effect, and five hours a week in nature offered no additional health benefits.

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Celebrating Cosby in the Smokies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/13/celebrating-cosby-in-the-smokies-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/13/celebrating-cosby-in-the-smokies-yesterday-today-and-tomorrow/#respond Thu, 13 Jun 2019 10:50:10 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33124

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to attend “Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” community programs on Fridays beginning June 14, 2019 through August 2, 2019 at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater. The programs honor the rich cultural and natural history of the Cosby area through music, storytelling, and history walks. “These programs […]]]>

Great Smoky Mountains National Park officials invite the public to attend “Celebrating Cosby: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” community programs on Fridays beginning June 14, 2019 through August 2, 2019 at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater. The programs honor the rich cultural and natural history of the Cosby area through music, storytelling, and history walks.

“These programs offer incredible opportunities for visitors to discover Cosby by experiencing it firsthand with the people who live and work here,” said Superintendent Cassius Cash. “We are grateful to our friends from the local community who are leading these unique experiences.”

Programs feature local musicians, storytellers, craftsmen, and former residents who once lived in the park. Visitors are invited to step back in time during these summer programs to experience the music and mountain ways of people living in the Cosby area both then and now.

“We are so happy that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is bringing this program to our Cosby Campground,” said Cocke Country Partnership Tourist Director, Linda Lewanski. “We all know how talented our Cocke County folks are and we are delighted to be able to showcase them.”

All programs will be held at the Cosby Campground Amphitheater unless otherwise specified. In the event of rain, “Celebrating Cosby” programs will move to the covered picnic pavilion adjacent to Cosby Campground. Programs will be held rain or shine. Visitors are welcome to find seating in the amphitheater or bring their own chairs or blankets.

For more information, please contact Park Ranger Katie Corrigan at 865-436-1257 or katherine_corrigan@nps.gov.

Program Schedule:

• June 14, 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Flag Day Ceremony at the Cosby Picnic Pavilion

Join William Cocke, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 102, Parrottsville Quilts of Valor Foundation, American Veterans Post 75, and American Legion Post 41 for a moving tribute to veterans buried at Tritt Cemetery including the placement of flags and roll call.

• June 14, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mountain Edge Band

Enjoy traditional bluegrass music featuring Judge Carter Moore, Andy Williams, Jamie Clark, and Limmie Workman.

• June 21, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Moonshiners

Learn about making moonshine in the mountains featuring Mark Ramsey, Digger Manes, and Kelly Williamson.

• June 28, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Children of Cosby Yesterday and Today

Join Park Ranger Katie Corrigan and Ginger Sue Cantrell as they introduce visitors to hands-on learning experiences from the past to now with a visit to Mountain Rest School.

• July 5 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Celebrating Ella V. Costner

Enjoy stories of the famed “Poet Laureate of the Smokies,” Ella Costner, who grew up in Cosby before joining the army as a nurse and becoming a prolific writer. This evening will include a Presentation of Quilts of Valor.

• July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A Walk Down Memory Lane

Join Imogene Wilson and Olie Williamson as they take on a walk remembering what the area looked like before the creation of the national park.

• July 19 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Cherokee Storytelling and Dance

Learn about the Cherokee culture stories through dance and storytelling featuring members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indian.

• July 26 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. An Evening of Artifacts

Join Park Archaeologist Allison Harvey and local experts to dive into local history including discussions on hunting and firearms by Randall Bradly; spinning wheels by Shane McGaha and Judy McGaha; and the making of lye soap by Imogene Wilson.

• August 2 at 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Old-Timey Music with Richard Bennett

Enjoy traditional old-timey music with Richard Bennett who once played with Bill Monroe.

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San Diego’s Greatest Hikes for Every Skill Level https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/12/san-diegos-greatest-hikes-for-every-skill-level/ https://internetbrothers.org/2019/06/12/san-diegos-greatest-hikes-for-every-skill-level/#respond Wed, 12 Jun 2019 11:26:13 +0000 https://internetbrothers.org/?p=33121

San Diego is known around the country as a beach haven, and for good reason: the county does, after all, have more than 70 miles of pristine, world-class coastline. However, those who actually live in the city know that its natural splendor extends far beyond its shores – the county is also home to some […]]]>

San Diego is known around the country as a beach haven, and for good reason: the county does, after all, have more than 70 miles of pristine, world-class coastline. However, those who actually live in the city know that its natural splendor extends far beyond its shores – the county is also home to some spectacular hiking.

While San Diego’s mountains might not attract the same level of fame as its beaches, they provide a world of opportunity for outdoor enthusiasts looking to hike, mountain bike, climb, or simply get away from the masses, so long as you know where to look.

Lucky for you, there’s a list of the best hikes in San Diego in one comprehensive guide. Strap on your boots and leave the sandals at home – these are the hikes you need to try, ranked on a difficulty scale from 1-10, with one being a simple stroll and 10 being a mountaineering menace. Now go hit the trails.

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