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Welcome to "Hiking with Chuck"

Hiking slow to observe nature


What's New, and What's Coming

After over three years of neglect, I'm finally getting around to overhauling and updating the Web site.

I'm afraid I still don't have the time I would really like to devote to the site, but I'm trying to make it better. Mostly, I'm trying to make it easier for me to maintain so that adding new stories and trail descriptions won't take up so much of my time. But also, frankly, I'm trying to make it more lucrative so my wife won't nag me about spending so much time on something that doesn't help pay the bills. You can help with that: Spread the word! Tell your friends. The more people visit this site, the more time I'll be able to devote to making it a place they'll want to visit.

A couple of months into the overhaul, I've come to realize that I really can't overhaul the "Where to Hike" section without upgrading the photo gallery first. So, I'm concentrating on that, beginning with the oldest photos so that the newer ones will end up being the most recently added to the new gallery. I'm about halfway through with that now. Take a look, and feel free to comment on any photos that catch your attention. You may run into a "broken link" now and then in these older pages. Eventually, all pages will be replaced with their updated equivalents.

Thanks for dropping by! - Chuck

What This Site is All About

There are lots (and lots and lots) of hiking Web sites out there. They'll tell you about great adventures, pitting yourself against nature and your own physical limits, ticking more peaks and grand vistas off your list. But my idea of hiking is different.

My idea of hiking is getting to know a natural (or sort-of natural) place, the creatures that make their home there, and how the natural (or sort-of natural) ecosystem works. It's not about getting to the next peak or seeing that magnificent waterfall. Sure, those things are nice, but before you get there, take the time to be here.

This approach to hiking means that I can take all day to make a four-hour hike and call it a great day. It means I can go back to the same places, time after time, and see them differently in different seasons, different times of day, and even from one year to the next.

It means I never get bored with nature.

If you're bored, I don't blame you. Thanks for visiting, but don't let me keep you from more exciting Web sites.

But if you'd like to know how to join in my kind of adventure in the everyday sights and sounds of nature, slow down and take a look around.

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