The young boy, with his belly full of pancakes, walked down the back steps of the house and across the yard to the path to begin his excursion. It was mid summer in Greenbrier County and he was bathed in the warmth of the sun which presented itself with low humidity. All seemed right with the world, and he looked at the hills in the distance and was glad that he had been born there to see such sights and have such beauty surrounding him.
Work was something, he wasn't sure what, but it had no place in his life now. This was the time for being a boy, for growing and playing basketball, making gravel shooters, BB guns and riding his bike.
Many veterans eligible for free fishing and hunting licenses and other recreational discounts
Many Ohio military veterans (and certain active members of the military) are eligible to receive free hunting and fishing licenses, free boat registrations and special recreational discounts at Ohio State Parks facilities, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
"Ohio owes a great debt to her veterans," said Sam Speck, ODNR director. "Providing these benefits to our veterans who enjoy the outdoors is one way our state can show its gratitude for their service."
As the national Veterans Day observance approaches on Nov.
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Church to judge: Recuse yourself
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Covington wants the judge hearing a case about alleged sexual abuse in the diocese to recuse himself because he is friends with a consultant in the case and because, as a high school student, he went on a camping trip with one of the accused priests.
Judge Joseph "Jay" Bamberger, however, refused Thursday to step down from the class-action suit, arguing that the diocese was simply trying to shop for a more favorable forum in which to defend itself from the litigation.
The diocese plans to appeal Bamberger's decision to Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice Joseph Lambert.
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Deric Rothe took the reins as editor of the Auburn Journal in March 1997. Rothe came to the Journal from the Sacramento Bee, where he was editor of the Elk Grove-Laguna Neighbors section. He grew up in Davis and is a California State University, Chico graduate.
Rothe has won numerous California Newspaper Publishers Association, Society of Better Newspapers and Brehm Communications awards for feature reporting, editorial writing, promotion of literacy, front-page design, editorial pages and more.
"What I love about community journalism is dealing every day with issues and stories that directly affect people''s lives," Rothe said.
The Idaho Statesman - Always Idaho
Theyve been on the road for a year and a half.
Ron and Carolyn Oldham have lived in the Americana RV Park in Boise the past two football seasons, breaking camp for trips to watch their son play at Arkansas, Wyoming, BYU, San Jose State and other far-flung destinations.
They live out of a Ford F350 truck and a 28-foot fifth-wheel trailer between brief visits to their home in Point Loma, Calif., just outside San Diego. Theyll be in the stands Saturday at Bronco Stadium when BSU takes on UTEP.
"This has been a real fun phase in my life, and my wifes, too," Ron said.
The Silver City Daily Press Sport in Action
"Discovery Weekends" are planned this spring and summer at several New Mexico state parks.
The programs "are geared for individuals and families who seek fun, adventure and education, along with the usual camping, fishing and boating," according to a news release.
It said the three-day events will feature "fun programs, tours, hikes and games presented by park rangers and professional interpreters."
"Participants can catch a butterfly, make an arrowhead, touch a snake's skin or meet a character from the past," said Christy Tafoya, state parks archaeologist.
The first event is set for May 30 to June 1 at Santa Rosa Lake State Park.
The Golden Gate Gazette Online
Friends and family mourned the sudden death of Golden Gate resident Hugh May, Nov. 8, during a memorial service at New Hope Ministries.
May, a motorcycle patrol officer with the City of Naples, apparently died of carbon monoxide poisoning, Nov. 2, inside his pickup truck, while waiting for friends to come pull the vehicle out of a huge mudhole on Miller Boulevard Extension in the Southern Golden Gate Estates.
According to Collier County Sheriff's reports, deputies responded to a medical call around 7:40 p.m., at Miller and Lynch boulevards. Upon arrival, they found two men performing CPR on May.
'Wonderful trails' in Bankhead forest, says outdoorsman, 92
The hackberry trees of Sipsey Wilderness are familiar sights to 92-year-old Frank Lutz, who has hiked these woods about 200 times in the past 50 years.
He appears to lose his balance, but shifts weight onto his walking stick and keeps the feet moving until they find a solid hold. Then, he repeats the cycle until he escapes from the treacherous creek bed back onto the main trail.
You'd think the 92-year-old would be relieved to be back on level ground, but his expression resembles that of a disappointed child who has no more presents to unwrap.
Fam in tight corner over team funds
Fam found itself at a tight spot on Monday following government's delay to release funding for Flames' camping at Capital City Motel in Lilongwe and foreign-based contingent's air travel for this Saturday's World Cup second leg preliminary against Ethiopia in Lilongwe.
The association was further thrown in a delicate situation when Lilongwe Hotel made it crystal clear that it will not open the doors for the visiting Ethiopia national team which is expected to arrive on Wednesday unless a down payment is made.
Robert Carreras's Report on Moab Trails - A great resource for riders going to Moab
Special Note: Many return options exist when starting on the Onion Creek Trail. If you return the way you came in on Onion Creek Trail the ride is easy. Other return routes make the ride Challenging!
Go north on Hwy 191 and just outside of Moab turn right onto Hwy 128. Proceed on Hwy 128 along the Colorado River for approximately 18 miles of twisty pavement riding. Turn right and leave the pavement on Onion Creek Road (Fisher Valley Road). Onion Creek Road is easy to locate on your Moab East map!
Proceed along Onion Creek Road for approximately 10 miles through many small creek crossings on an improved dirt road.
The Pinnacle News - Enjoy forests & trails
Captain John C. Fremont entered this journal description of his stay in the Santa Cruz mountains in late February, 1846. While exploring in the Santa Clara Valley, he and a group of men had formed a small expedition to march over the coast range. Stopping overnight in the present Los Gatos region, they then headed into the thick woods which crowd the brooding mountains overlooking the Santa Cruz shoreline.
Today, at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park, a shaded grove along the Redwood Loop Trail is named in honor of the controversial American explorer, known as "The Pathfinder.
Straight Shooting : Winter-time camping has plenty to offer in the Natural State
Thursday, November 6, 2003
The calendar says it’s November, but based on the recent weather, you have to wonder. With temperatures in the high 70s earlier this week, it’s hard to accept the fact that winter is here. It just seems like fall is refusing to release its grip on northwest Arkansas. But hey, who’s complaining?
While November to many means the end of the fishing season and the start of the traditional hunting year, there are a few who simply refuse to give up on fall activities. While many of our local campgrounds called it quits for the season on Oct.
The Leader News Story
Bedding down with whatever comforts they can muster, Surrey's homeless are curling up in doorways and pitching tents in city parks, keeping warm with borrowed blankets and several layers of clothing, fashioning pillows out of balled-up jackets.
It's an increasingly common sight in Surrey. Reports indicate hundreds of people now call this city's sidewalks, parks and alleyways home.
A Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) analysis prepared last year indicated there are more homeless people sleeping on the streets in Surrey than anywhere else in the region - including Vancouver.
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Gilmore, who lives in Longview, is none too happy about the congestion, and he's not alone.
"Pretty soon people are going to start dying up here," he said. Almost every road nearby has a hunting camp, he said. "There's hardly any places where you're not shooting at a person."
Over the past few years, fewer and fewer acres of woods have been available for hunting camps, which usually set up for the modern rifle deer season in mid-October and remain through elk season, which this year ends on Sunday.
Weyerhaeuser used to allow camping in most parts of its 445,000-acre St. Helens Tree Farm.
Articles - Discovering Uganda - The Pearl of Africa
If you think that the typical Africa countryside doesn't offer you rolling emerald hills, snow capped mountains, misty forests and deep, crystal clear lakes then you haven't been to Uganda. Even though Uganda is a small country, it offers all of this and a lot more - white water rafting, gorilla tracking, game viewing and some of the best trekking in Africa. Most importantly, the friendly and relaxed locals all speak excellent English. What more could you ask for from an exotic holiday destination?
I arrived in Uganda after 2 months travelling in North Africa (Libya, Egypt and Sudan and another month in Ethiopia).
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I raise this because an old friend of mine declared recently he regularly goes camping with the family. I was shocked. Unlike the surfer searching for the perfect wave, this chap had already found his Xanadu - picturesque, isolated and pristine. It even has a sacred river. He was so enamoured of the site he bought the property and decreed a four-bedroom, twin-garage, cathedral-ceilinged stately pleasure dome.
Camping is not my thing, but before you accuse me of ignorance I'll have you know that I have been camping - twice. The first time was with the local Scouts.
But it's November, little more than a month away from winter, and temperatures are pushing the high 80s.
The average high temperature for early November is 77 degrees, with a normal low of 55 degrees. Wednesday's low temperature was 73 degrees, putting Gainesville at 18 degrees above the normal low.
An area of low pressure over the western Atlantic Ocean is to blame for the unseasonably warm, humid air, said Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Jacksonville.
"That's brought most of the winds out of the south and southeast, helping to bring up warmer air," he said.
There is some relief in sight.
Lassen obituaries running the week of 11/04/2003
Leah Faye Hudson
Arnold Josef "Arnie" Hasselwander, 70
Edwin Anthony Abbott, 87
Nelmer Philip Spalding, 66
Jacquelyn Munn Turley, 52
Leah Faye Hudson died Nov. 1. 2003.
Leah was born Dec. 16. 1902, in Oklahoma, the seventh child of the Moore family. After growing up on their farm, she graduated from Southwestern University in Winfield, Kan., and worked as a dietician for hospitals in Kansas and Colorado. Leah was married to her first husband, Harold Bressler for 35 years. They lived in Kansas, Colorado and Oregon. Harold died in 1962. In 1973 she moved to Susanville to marry Ivan Hudson.
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