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Hiking Stories

Stories to tell while hiking and camping, and stories about hiking and camping.

Many of the stories on this page are listed more than once, as some stories may fit under more than one subject category.

Many of these stories are also in the book, Noticing Nature, by Chuck Bonner. In paperback or Kindle Format for Amazon Kindle e-book reader.

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Funny Stories

  • Does Not Reminds Me One fall morning, a young female deer walked right up to me. Read this story, and you'll laugh every time you make this common typo.
  • The Unplastic Alligator It sure did look like a plastic alligator.
  • Stalkers in the Sky Early one evening in late spring as I was riding my motorcycle through Petersburg State Forest in Delaware, I became aware of an alien presence that was following my every move.
  • Out of Gas A minor misadventure in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Are We There Yet? Story of a dream vacation that didn't quite work out.
  • That's a Stump? My young son learns what a skunk is and what a stump is.
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears! A pleasant hike with Granddad aroused a bit of trepidation in little Amber.
  • Teddy Bear Stapler There is painful truth behind the myth of the jumping cholla.
  • Roughing It One of our first family camping trips established a timeless tag-line for all camping trips to come.
  • Copperhead! A close encounter of the venomous kind turned out okay - for me, at least.
  • George The Alligator "Watch out for that tree!"
  • Zap! What would happen if one of those birds were to fly right in front of the radar antenna?
  • Barracuda! A close encounter with a huge barracuda while snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Jay Hotfoot I didn't do it! The gray jay gave himself a hotfoot!
  • Mystery Solved The natural world is full of real wonders and mysteries. Why invent them?
  • The Loch Nashua Monster There is something lurking in the Mill Pond. Something ancient. Something primordial. Something big.
  • Raccoon Ruckus One spring morning, my school was abuzz with stories of a huge raccoon wandering right through the city. I sort-of think I know "... the rest of the story."
  • The Thanksgiving Chipmunk I was hiking down from Arethusa Falls one day, when I heard a wild turkey clucking in the undergrowth.
  • The Were-Chicken When the moon is full, the huge white rooster crows in a roaring voice.
  • The Most Humongous Jellyfish in the World It was the most humongous jellyfish in the world!
  • When Pigeons Attack I have seen pigeons mobbing a raptor on only this one occasion. And they were mobbing an eagle of all things!
  • Huh? All alone in the middle of the desert, I heard my granddaughter's voice all around me.
  • The Cocky Woodcock A certain woodcock that used to bother me finally joined me for lunch one day.
  • The Giant Toad Along the Ripley Falls Trail, if you're lucky, you might see a toad as big as a car!
  • The Snarf For years, I'd been hearing an odd bird call and never could identify what bird was making it. Now I know.


Other things that strike me funny.

Things that Stike Me Funny

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Stories about Animals

  • How To Tell a Coyote From a Dog Is there a clear, easy way to be sure you saw a coyote and not a dog? Yes! Here's how.
  • Robin Red-Tail I went to investigate a hawk behaving strangely. I saw it. I'm still not sure I believe it.
  • Stumpy-Tailed Squirrels Gray squirrels can lose their tails and grow back a short, floppy tail in its place.
  • High Squirrel Education Observing how squirrels cross a pond in a city park.
  • Look at Me! My wife began to get interested in birds when the birds spoke to her.
  • Screamingbird Why do hummingbirds hum? Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they scream!
  • Skunk on the Run One evening in Shenandoah National Park, I saw something I've never seen before or since: A skunk running for its life!
  • Goldenrod Crab Spider The wonders of nature are right under your nose. You need only look.
  • Turtle Goes to War Abenaki legend of when Turtle declared war on the human beings. (If you look closely, you can still see the war paint on his cheeks.)
  • Snow Flies Describing the process of discovery by noticing something I had seen, but overlooked, a thousand times before.
  • Huh? All alone in the middle of the desert, I heard my granddaughter's voice all around me.
  • The Were-Chicken When the moon is full, the huge white rooster crows in a roaring voice.
  • Raccoon Ruckus One spring morning, my school was abuzz with stories of a huge raccoon wandering right through the city. I sort-of think I know "... the rest of the story."
  • Cornpecker I once saw a downy woodpecker pecking away and looking for food inside an old, dry cornstalk!
  • The Thanksgiving Chipmunk I was hiking down from Arethusa Falls one day, when I heard a wild turkey clucking in the undergrowth.
  • The Unplastic Alligator It sure did look like a plastic alligator.
  • Barracuda! A close encounter with a huge barracuda while snorkeling in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.
  • 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.
  • Zap! What would happen if one of those birds were to fly right in front of the radar antenna?
  • 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.
  • The Most Humongous Jellyfish in the World It was the most humongous jellyfish in the world!
  • When Pigeons Attack I have seen pigeons mobbing a raptor on only this one occasion. And they were mobbing an eagle of all things!
  • The White-Necked Grackle A description, with pictures, of a common grackle with an unusual white marking.
  • The Cocky Woodcock A certain woodcock that used to bother me finally joined me for lunch one day.
  • Copperhead! A close encounter of the venomous kind turned out okay - for me, at least.
  • George The Alligator "Watch out for that tree!"
  • The Snarf For years, I'd been hearing an odd bird call and never could identify what bird was making it. Now I know.
  • Wild Kingdom of Mine Falls Park One afternoon in Mine Falls Park, I got to witness one of nature's spectacular dramas unfolding less than two miles from my house.
  • Robert D. Mallard Some sources will tell you that mallards do not dive underwater, but the mallards at Mine Falls Park will tell you different!
  • Beaver Saga Mine Falls Park in Nashua, New Hampshire, was home to beavers long ago. And now it is again.
  • Swan Saga One spring, the Mill Pond in Mine Falls Park was home to a lone male mute swan.
  • The Loch Nashua Monster There is something lurking in the Mill Pond. Something ancient. Something primordial. Something big.
  • Hiking with a Fox One afternoon, a red fox joined us on a hike.
  • Bear and Brown Squirrel An Abenaki legend telling how the chipmunk got his stripes.
  • Heron Earth One summer afternoon, I accompanied a great blue heron who was learning to live without flying.
  • Hawk Versus Woodpecker I once witnessed a running battle between a very large woodpecker and a very small hawk.
  • Falcon Versus Raven I once witnessed a running battle between a peregrine falcon and a raven, nearly twice the falcon's size.
  • Hiking With Ducks One early spring day, a pair of mallards followed my granddaughter and me all the way around the Saco Lake Trail.
  • A Robin in Winter One wintry day in the White Mountains, my granddaughter and I learned how robins find food in the cold.
  • Does Not Reminds Me One fall morning, a young female deer walked right up to me. Read this story, and you'll laugh every time you make this common typo.
  • Quail Whisperer One day, I got to eavesdrop on the private conversation of a pair of quail.
  • Jay Hotfoot I didn't do it! The gray jay gave himself a hotfoot!
  • Wired Fowl I once saw a spruce grouse apparently wearing a radio tracking device.
  • Warbler River I once found myself in the middle of a river of songbirds!
  • Die-Hard Rattler Popular myth says that snakes are very hard to kill. It's no myth!



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Stories about Kids

  • Are We There Yet? Story of a dream vacation that didn't quite work out.
  • That's a Stump? My young son learns what a skunk is and what a stump is.
  • Lions and Tigers and Bears! A pleasant hike with Granddad aroused a bit of trepidation in little Amber.
  • Huh? All alone in the middle of the desert, I heard my granddaughter's voice all around me.
  • The Giant Toad Along the Ripley Falls Trail, if you're lucky, you might see a toad as big as a car!


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Stories from Mythology

  • Turtle Goes to War Abenaki legend of when Turtle declared war on the human beings. (If you look closely, you can still see the war paint on his cheeks.)
  • Demeter and Persephone I like to tell this story to young people on a hike to Arethusa Falls, withholding the name of the wood-nymph-turned-fountain until the very end.
  • The Pot of Gold I found it! Well, not the actual pot of gold, but I think I know the origin of the mythical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
  • The Wind Eagle An Abenaki legend about where the wind comes from, and why it is important in keeping the air and water fresh.
  • The Four Wishes An Abenaki legend about four men who got what they wished for.
  • Bear and Brown Squirrel An Abenaki legend telling how the chipmunk got his stripes.

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Stories of Miscellaneous Mishaps

  • Light at the Crossroads Story about finding a replacement part for an old propane lantern at a camp store in New Hampshire.
  • Roughing It One of our first family camping trips established a timeless tag-line for all camping trips to come.
  • Raccoon Ruckus One spring morning, my school was abuzz with stories of a huge raccoon wandering right through the city. I sort-of think I know "... the rest of the story."
  • Out of Gas A minor misadventure in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Hard a-Starboard! Story about a near-miss while canoeing in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo, Florida.
  • Stalkers in the Sky Early one evening in late spring as I was riding my motorcycle through Petersburg State Forest in Delaware, I became aware of an alien presence that was following my every move.
  • Copperhead! A close encounter of the venomous kind turned out okay - for me, at least.
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Stories of Oddities (Unusual behavior, appearance, or growth of plants and animals)

  • Thunder Megaphone Thunder can sometimes be amplified by a glacial valley acting as a gigantic megaphone.
  • Robin Red-Tail I went to investigate a hawk behaving strangely. I saw it. I'm still not sure I believe it.
  • Stumpy-Tailed Squirrels Gray squirrels can lose their tails and grow back a short, floppy tail in its place.
  • High Squirrel Education Observing how squirrels cross a pond in a city park.
  • Teddy Bear Stapler There is painful truth behind the myth of the jumping cholla.
  • Screamingbird Why do hummingbirds hum? Sometimes they don't. Sometimes they scream!
  • Snow Flies Describing the process of discovery by noticing something I had seen, but overlooked, a thousand times before.
  • Cornpecker I once saw a downy woodpecker pecking away and looking for food inside an old, dry cornstalk!
  • When Pigeons Attack I have seen pigeons mobbing a raptor on only this one occasion. And they were mobbing an eagle of all things!
  • The White-Necked Grackle A description, with pictures, of a common grackle with an unusual white marking.
  • The Eighty-Foot Tulip A description of some unusual characteristics of the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), a broad-leafed hardwood tree that bears cones.
  • Robert D. Mallard Some sources will tell you that mallards do not dive underwater, but the mallards at Mine Falls Park will tell you different!
  • The Loch Nashua Monster There is something lurking in the Mill Pond. Something ancient. Something primordial. Something big.
  • Hiking with a Fox One afternoon, a red fox joined us on a hike.
  • Heron Earth One summer afternoon, I accompanied a great blue heron who was learning to live without flying.
  • Hawk Versus Woodpecker I once witnessed a running battle between a very large woodpecker and a very small hawk.
  • Falcon Versus Raven I once witnessed a running battle between a peregrine falcon and a raven, nearly twice the falcon's size.
  • The Giant Toad Along the Ripley Falls Trail, if you're lucky, you might see a toad as big as a car!
  • Hobblebush, the Missing Link Observations of the unusual characteristics and growth habits of a common woodland plant.
  • The Wandering Waterfall Gibbs Falls on Gibbs Brook has made a very unusual movement in the very recent geological past.
  • Wired Fowl I once saw a spruce grouse apparently wearing a radio tracking device.
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