“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  ~ Psalm 19:1-4

I live in the deep south and love being outdoors! It is one of the few places where I can let go of the cares of this world and enjoy the same beauty that so many have enjoyed centuries before me. I often think of them and how their life was so much different from mine but, perhaps, very similar when walking down a trail in a beautiful forest.

I have never been much of a hunter and really not too much of a fisherman either. But I do appreciate being outside in areas where most people don’t venture out. That has led me to many a trail and several nights in the backcountry. My favorite place to roam is the Sipsey Wilderness in Bankhead National Forest. In the Sipsey, it seems there is always a waterfall or canyon just around the next bend and nothing but solitude to share it with.

My love of backcountry camping led me to hammocks and I am now an avid lover of everything that involves hanging between two trees! I am still new at this venture and will always consider myself a “newb”, constantly learning from those before me. But I hope to chronicle my efforts here, if for no one but my own sake. I know I will make a lot of mistakes along the way but, hopefully, I can learn something and maybe share some of that with someone else. If nothing else, I know I will enjoy the journey!!

“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” ~ Anne Frank


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