Upland Island Wilderness

I’ve been planning to visit the Upland Island Wilderness for awhile.  I ordered a map from MyTopo for this area last summer and I’ve been trying to get out here since.  On the 4th, with the wife out of town, I figured I’d go hike in the Upland Island Wilderness. I wanted to see the longleaf pine savannas and the spring-fed bogs at the exposures of the Catahoula Formation and photograph some of the carnivorous plants.

Backpacking Sundries Kit

You can see this one in my YouTube channel (my username over there is mtbikernate), but I’m posting it here for my own readers, too. Jason Klass from Gear Talk asked what folks put in their backpacking sundries kit (his term). I don’t have a term for the kit, but I made a video response to him about what I put in mine.

Mammoth Cave National Park, KY





For my second anniversary, my wife and I went to Mammoth Cave National Park.  Overall it was a good trip.  My only complaint relates to the HEAVY horse use this park gets…the horses destroy the trails at stream crossings and other wet spots.