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The Appalachian Trail trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests, sparking lakes. If you’re going to take a hike, it’s probably the place to go. 260 more words

Book Reviews

The Practice of Low-Level Ecstasy

If there is one thing the trail teaches, it is low-level ecstasy–something we could all do with more of in our lives.

-Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods… 722 more words

The Good Life

One Planet, One Experiment

I just finished a remarkably good book, Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Nearly Everything. It is a book that is going to stick with me a long time and continually keep me thinking. 577 more words


Coming back to your native land after an absence of many years is a surprisingly unsettling business, a little like waking from a long coma. Time, you discover, has wrought changes that leave you feeling mildly foolish and out of touch.

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The human being's penchant to ignore (literal) warning signs...

I am reading Bill Bryson’s book and he mentions in 1992 a young man ignored posted warnings signs and swam in jellyfish-infested waters, and was stung by lethal jellyfish. 319 more words

Deadly snakes in Australia...

Continuing to read Bill Bryson’s In A Sunburned Country, and he has a section about a few of the deadly snakesd in Australia. According to Bryson, 14 snakes in Australia are seriously lethal, including the 5-foot long Taipan, whose poison kills a human being so rapidly the victim’s final words are “likely to be, ‘I say, is that a sn–.'” :) A few small snakes are also highly venomous, including the 8-inch Desert Death Adder and the earthworm-sized Point Darwin death snake…

Australia Mining Towns

White Cliffs was once a boomtown with 4500 people, newspaper, stores, hotels, even a brothel and gambling joints but today is home of 80. Silverton was once a rowdy mining town but now has only a highly filmed pub. 43 more words