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Information about hiking with an emphasis on observing nature and learning from it, rather than conquering it. Descriptions of hiking trails, especially in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Stories about hiking. Nature photos and videos for download.

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Information about hiking with an emphasis on observing nature and learning from it, rather than conquering it. Descriptions of hiking trails, especially in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Stories about hiking. Nature photos and videos for download.

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About Hiking More coming soon.
Hiking with Chuck - About Hiking
Defining an approach to hiking with more emphasis on observing nature than on conquering an objective.

Hiking with Chuck - Chuck's Rules for Hiking
Rules for an enjoyable hike.

Hiking with Chuck - The Spirituality of Hiking
Describing the spiritual aspects of hiking and being in contact with nature. A Christian perspective on why studying nature is good for the soul.

Hiking with Chuck - About Hiking: Types of Wetlands
Definitions and examples of various types of wetlands.

Where to Hike More coming soon.
Hiking with Chuck - Where to Hike
Information about where to go hiking. Kinds of parks and other facilities, how to choose a place, and a few recommended places.

Hiking with Chuck - Kinds of Places
Information about where to go hiking. Kinds of parks and other facilities, how to choose a place.

Where I Hike More coming every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Where I Hike
Descriptions of various places to go hiking, especially in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Beaver Brook Description
Description of hiking and observing nature in the Beaver Brook Association reservation land, Hollis, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Pack Monadnock Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Pack Monadnock, Miller State Park, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Frankenstein Cliff Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Frankenstein Cliff, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Mount Jackson Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Mount Jackson, White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Trivia: Mount Jackson
Trivia about Mount Jackson in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Ripley Falls Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Ripley Falls, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Saco Lake Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Saco Lake, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Elephant Head Description
Description of hiking Elephant Head, a great little hike for kids, and a great view of Crawford Notch in New Hampshire's White Mountains. Difficulty of the trail, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Mount Willard Description
Description of hiking Mount Willard in the White Mountains in Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Arethusa Falls Trail Description
Description of hiking to Arethusa Falls in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trail, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Mine Falls Park Description
Description of hiking and observing nature in Mine Falls Park, Nashua, New Hampshire. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Commuting and Workplace Description
Description of observing nature while commuting and at the workplace, especially in a typical offic park. Kinds of environments, animals and plants that can be observed as part of your normal workday.

Where I Have Hiked More coming every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Where I Have Hiked
Descriptions of various places to go hiking, canoeing, and snorkeling.

Hiking with Chuck - Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Description
Description of hiking in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Shenandoah National Park Description
Description of hiking in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Suwannee Canal Recreation Area Description
Description of hiking and canoeing in Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Description
Description of diving, hiking and canoeing in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, Key Largo, Florida. Difficulty, kinds of environments, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - USS Truxtun Description
Observations of nature on the open sea on board a U.S. Navy warship deployed to the western Pacific and Indian Oceans. Describes the many kinds of environments, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Petersburg State Forest Description
Description of hiking and hunting long ago in Petersburg State Forest, Delaware. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Oaky Woods Description
Description of hiking and observing nature at Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area, Georgia. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Hiking with Chuck - Oaky Woods Controversy
Incomplete and non-authoritative description of the controversy surrounding the conversion of Georgia's Oaky Woods Wildlife Management Area to private residential development.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking with Chuck - Private Farm Description
Description of hiking and observing nature on a small private farm in Dover, Delaware. Difficulty of the trails, kinds of environments along the way, animals and plants observed there.

Stories More coming every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Stories
Hiking and camping stories. Both stories about hiking and camping, and stories to tell around the campfire.

Hiking with Chuck - Most Popular Hiking Stories
The most popular hiking and camping stories on this Web site. Reader ratings, author recommendations, and a list of this month's newest stories.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Stories by Location
Hiking and camping stories, listed according to the places with which they are associated. Both stories about hiking and camping, and stories to tell around the campfire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Robin Red-Tail
A very close encounter with a red-tailed hawk eating worms in a baseball field.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Fungus and Fishing
Why I'm reluctant to destroy wild things, even though that is often necessary when trying to identify a mushroom.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Light at the Crossroads
Story about finding a replacement part for an old propane lantern at a camp store in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: High Squirrel Education
Observing how squirrels cross a pond in a city park.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Stumpy-Tailed Squirrels
Gray squirrels can lose their tails and grow back a short, floppy tail in its place.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Look at Me!
Story of awakening interest in birding by reinterpreting a bird's call.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Palpable Aridity
Description of just how dry the desert air can be, and why you need plenty of water on a desert hike.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Teddy Bear Stapler
Story that possibly explains the origin of the myth of jumping cholla.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Screamingbird
Story describing the unusual and conspicuous territorial display of the Anna's hummingbird.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Roughing It
A memorable camping trip with my father and brothers in Shenandoah National Park.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Skunk on the Run
Story of a skunk running for its life while a great horned owl chases it.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Are We There Yet?
Story of a dream vacation that didn't quite work out.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: That's a Stump?
My young son learns what a skunk is and what a stump is.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Goldenrod Crab Spider
Story of seeing a remarkable spider on TV, then finding it in real life.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Mystery Solved
A phenomenon described as a natural mystery turns out to have a simple, human cause.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Deadening Trail
Thoughts on the history of Shenandoah National Park and the dispossessed of the Blue Ridge.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Turtle Goes to War
An Abenaki legend of when Turtle declared war on the human beings.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Snow Flies
Describing the process of discovery by noticing something I had seen, but overlooked, a thousand times before.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Pack Monadnock and Me
Story of how my attitude toward this little mountain has changed over the years.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Process of Pack Monadnock
A different way of looking at the natural world, using one small mountain as an example.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Lions and Tigers and Bears!
Story of a hike with Granddad that turned a little bit frightening.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Huh?
Story of a bird-call in the desert that sounded like a little child.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Hobblebush, the Missing Link
Observations of the unusual characteristics and growth habits of a common woodland plant.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Were-Chicken
Story of a rooster that crowed at the full moon.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Raccoon Ruckus
Story of a wildlife catch-and-relocate project that didn't go according to plan.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Cornpecker
Story of a woodpecker, oddly, pecking on a cornstalk.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Wired Fowl
Story of an encounter with a spruce grouse wearing a radio transmitter in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Jay Hotfoot
Story of a gray jay getting a hotfoot from a cigar while trying to steal food in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Wandering Waterfall
Description of a waterfall that has undergone a noticeable change in form in recent decades in White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Quail Whisperer
Story of a morning spent listening to wild quail at very close quarters.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Does Not Reminds Me
Read this story, and you'll laugh every time you make this common typo.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Giant Toad
Description of a boulder that looks like a giant toad beside the Ripley Falls Trail in Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: A Robin in Winter
Story of a robin finding food in winter weather at Saco Lake in Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Hiking with Ducks
Story of a hike when a pair of mallards followed us all the way around Saco Lake in Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Falcon Versus Raven
Story of a fight between a peregrine falcon and a raven in Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Hawk Versus Woodpecker
Story of a fight between a small hawk and a large woodpecker in a city park in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Heron Earth
An encounter with an injured great blue heron, calmly hunting while I looked on.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Four Wishes
An Abenaki legend about four men who got what they wished for.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Wind Eagle
An Abenaki legend about where the wind comes from, and why it is important in keeping the air and water fresh.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Bear and Brown Squirrel
An Abenaki legend telling how the chipmunk got his stripes.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Gaia Grows Up
Musings on the Gaia Hypothesis and the idea that perhaps Gaia can reproduce itself.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Unplastic Alligator
Amusing story about a close encounter with a large alligator in Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Is it a real alligator?

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Thanksgiving Chipmunk
Story about an unusual encounter with a chipmunk in the White Mountains in New Hampshire. Surprise ending.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Demeter and Persephone
Story from Greek mythology relating to the name of Arethusa Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Barracuda!
Story about a very close encounter with a huge barracuda while snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Out of Gas
Story about a minor misadventure in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Hard a-Starboard!
Story about a near-miss while canoeing in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Dolphins!
Story of a megapod of Pacific white-sided dolphins overtaking a warship, USS Truxtun, at speeds over thirty knots in the Pacific Ocean, disrupting Morning Quarters.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Monsoon Changes Everything
Description of the monsoon and its progress across the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea as observed from USS Truxtun. It can be chilly and raw, even on the equator.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Zap!
Story of a seabird flying in front of an active radar on board USS Truxtun off Hawaii.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Most Humongous Jellyfish in the World
Story of a sighting of a very large jellyfish in the South China Sea from USS Truxtun.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Flying Fish Don't Really Fly ? Or Do They?
Discussion of whether flying fish can be said truly to fly after all, based on observations in the South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific Ocean from USS Truxtun.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: When Pigeons Attack
An account of pigeons mobbing an eagle. Very unusual behavior.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The White-Necked Grackle
A description, with pictures, of a common grackle with an unusual white marking.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Cocky Woodcock
Story about a woodcock that frequently flushed right under the hunter's feet and finally came to a bad end.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Stalkers in the Sky
A story of what seemed to be a UFO encounter, but turned out to be something else. Funny, surprise ending.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Eighty-Foot Tulip
A description of some unusual characteristics of the tulip poplar, Liriodendron tulipifera, a broad-leafed hardwood tree that bears cones.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Copperhead!
Story of a hunter who almost stepped on a copperhead while getting out of his truck.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Snarf
Story of identifying a bird call that sounded like a cartoon character.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Wild Kingdom of Mine Falls Park
Eyewitness account of a mink attacking a flock of ducks in a city park.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Robert D. Mallard
Eyewitness account of adult mallards diving underwater. Link to video.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Beaver Saga
Story of beavers recolonizing a city park in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Swan Saga
Story of a young swan trying to establish a territory in a city park in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Loch Nashua Monster
Story of a very large snapping turtle, perhaps world-record size, in a city park in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: The Pot of Gold
Description of a natural phenomenon that might be the origin of the pot-of-gold myth.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: George The Alligator
Amusing story about a small alligator in Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia, jumping like a frog.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Hiking with a Fox
Story of a fox that calmly sat down very near a family who were hiking on Elephant Head in Crawford Notch State Park in New Hampshire.

>Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Warbler River
Story of a migration of a huge mixed flock of warblers passing through the forest.

Hiking with Chuck - Stories: Die-Hard Rattler
Story of a rattlesnake whose heart was still beating as it was being skinned six hours after having its head shot off.

Equipment, Books, etc. More coming soon.
Hiking with Chuck - Equipment, Books, Maps, etc.
Advice about choosing hiking equipment, camping equipment, trail guide books, and nature field guides. Emphasis on minimizing quantity and maximizing quality.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Equipment.
Advice on choosing hiking equipment. Emphasis on minimizing quantity and maximizing quality.

Hiking with Chuck - Camping Equipment.
Advice on choosing camping equipment. Describes both back-country camping, with emphasis on minimizing weight and space, and more leisurely car-camping.

Hiking with Chuck - Equipment, Nature Field Guides.
Advice on choosing nature field guide books.

Hiking with Chuck - Trail Guides, Books, Maps, etc.
Advice on choosing hiking trail guide books.

Hiking with Chuck - Couch Potato Central
Advice on choosing hiking trail guide books.

Hiking with Chuck - A Li-Ion in Winter.
Recommended nature documentaries on DVD or available for download, for when you just can't get out on the trail.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Boots Series.
Advice on hiking boots and shoes. Introduction to a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Boots Overview.
Introduction to hiking boots. Part 1 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Types of Hiking Boots and Hiking Shoes.
Description of Types of Hiking Boots and Hiking Shoes. Part 2 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Boots: Parts and Construction.
Parts of a hiking boot, and how they work together. Part 3 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Hiking Boot Accessories.
Accessories that go with hiking boots, such as socks, laces, and crampons. Part 4 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - High-Quality Inexpensive Hiking Boots: How to Choose and Where to Find Them.
Where to shop and how to choose high-quality inexpensive hiking boots. Part 5 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Backpacking Boots: How to Choose and Where to Find Them.
Where to shop and how to choose backpacking boots. Part 6 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Hiking with Chuck - Cleaning, Care, and Maintenance of your Hiking Boots.
Care and maintenance of hiking boots. Part 7 of a 7-part series on how to select and care for hiking boots.

Downloads More coming every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Downloads
Nature photos and videos for download. Especially from the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Chuck's Favorite Pictures
Nature photos for download. Chuck's personal favorites from HikingWithChuck.com.

Hiking with Chuck - Chuck's Favorite Pictures
Form for requesting an unmarked copy of a picture from HikingWithChuck.com.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Flower Pictures
Nature photos for download. Flowers from the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Bird Pictures
Nature photos for download. Birds of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Animal Pictures
Nature photos for download. Animals of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Tree Pictures
Nature photos for download. Trees of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Landscape Pictures
Nature photos for download. Landscapes of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Texture Pictures
Nature photos for download. Texture photos of rock, leaf litter, bark, mushrooms, forest undergrowth.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Videos
Nature videos for download. Animal behavior in the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Seasonal Downloads More coming every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Download Winter Pictures
Nature photos for download. Winter landscapes and trees of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Spring Pictures
Nature photos for download. Spring landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

>Hiking with Chuck - Download Summer Pictures
Nature photos for download. Summer landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Download Fall Pictures
Nature photos for download. Fall landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Download Archivess Older images roll here out of the main Download pages every month.
Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Animal Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Animals of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Bird Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Birds of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Flower Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Flowers from the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Landscape Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Landscapes of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Texture Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Texture photos of rock, leaf litter, bark, mushrooms, forest undergrowth.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Tree Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Trees of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Winter Pictures
Archive of Free Nature photos for download. Winter landscapes and trees of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Spring Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Spring landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Summer Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Summer landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Archive of Fall Pictures
Archive of free Nature photos for download. Fall landscapes, trees, and flowers of the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Hiking with Chuck - Video Archives
Archive of free Nature videos for download. Animal behavior in the White Mountains and other places in New Hampshire.

Miscellaneous Subdomains Updated about every month.
Funny Things - Hiking with Chuck
Just a few things that have struck me funny. Not much to do with hiking.

Things My Left Thumb Gets Involved In - Hiking with Chuck
The story of my broken thumbnail, and how it made me realize that I use my left thumb more than I would have thought.