Postponing Our Winter Hike

The count down was on! Four more days until we marched to Springer Mountain via FS Rd 42 to complete our remaining miles of the GA section of the Benton MacKaye Trail. We had originally planned to hike the last week of February.With some excellent weather, spring like days, and some time on our hands, we were struck by Cabin Fever! We moved the date up and planned to begin our little trek on Saturday, Feb 13th.

The days started to grow colder right after our decision was made. I began to watch the weather forecast for Dahlonega, GA and Blue Ridge, GA both are towns that we will be near while finishing out our hike. Yeah, the days were getting colder but still manageable by my standards. We all know the saying for weather here in the south “if you don’t like the weather just give it a minute.” Well, I gave it a little more than a minute and things have not gone the way of being in my favor.

After checking once again this afternoon, it appears that the overnight lows (and the daily highs) are progressively becoming colder. With the low of 11 degrees on Saturday night for Blue Ridge, GA, I caved. With a high being forecasted for the low to mid 30’s, I made an executive decision ūüėČ to postpone the trip. Though I was really excited about doing a winter hike along the Benton Mackay Trail, with temps in this range it didn’t seem like so much fun anymore.

So all of my, excitement, packing, planning, reading, and studying has suddenly ceased. Now I feel kinda depressed and at a loss as what to do with my time now. I guess that i will move along to the next project on my list. No lack of things to do here, just have to switch gears and point my compass in a new direction. I will get this hike scheduled again for the end of the month and cross my fingers that the weather will cooperate at least a little better. Until then …. Happy Trails!

What is seen and what is said

The New English Landscape

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Derelict barn, Dartford, Kent, 2007

In 1936 the writer James Agee and photographer Walker Evans were commissioned by Fortune magazine to produce an article on the lives of poor sharecroppers in the American South. The ethos of Roosevelt‚Äôs New Deal produced a whole series of collaborations between writers, photographers, artists, composers, choreographers and ethnologists, encouraged and funded to portray the lives of everyday American life in all its regions and cultures. The article eventually led to a book which was published in 1941, Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, now regarded as one of the great books of the 20th century. In his introduction, Agee wrote quite specifically on the relationship between the words and the images: ‚ÄėThe photographs are not illustrative. They, and the text, are coequal, mutually independent, fully collaborative.‚Äô

The subject of how writers and photographers work together is, not surprisingly, something which deeply interests…

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The night slowly drifts by
All of the memories remain.
It’s moments like this … you know
Things will never be the same

Time rolls on,
Ships sail in, Life:
Sometimes you lose,
Sometimes you win

You learn to pick up the pieces
You hold your head high
You say farewell;
But never goodbye

You’re eyes are wide open
As a new dawn breaks
You look towards the future
You learn from mistakes

You only get one chance at this life:
One moment on the stage
Fill your story with music and laughter
Add glitter to EVERY page

Wendy Randall
Dec 7, 2014


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Broken Light Collective

Photo by contributor Roshni Ravi, a 24-year-old mental health professional based in Bangalore, India. She is interested in the exploration of existential ideas of hope, happiness, meaning, presence and being in therapeutic practice. Roshni also lives with a diagnosis of clinical depression. She finds negotiating her roles as both a mental health service provider and user an empowering and challenging experience. Her photographic work reflects her idiosyncratic attraction towards birds, the rain and bright colours. When she is not obsessing about life’s eternal quest for meaning, she enjoys baking, dancing and watching wildlife.

About this photo:¬†‚ÄúI was sitting atop an elephant when I took this photo, on a cold winter afternoon in Kaziranga, Assam. It was the last photograph I took that day. I return to it often, thinking how perfectly real it is, the lone soldier, heaven, earth and everything in between, everything revealed and ultimately¬†alone.‚ÄĚ

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National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) Announces Patrol Supervisor Response to Critical Incidents Seminar for Annual Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show

Come by and see us at the show!

The LBM Blogger

The National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) has announced a Patrol Supervisor Response to Critical Incidents Seminar to be held during the 31st Annual Tactical Operations Conference & Trade Show, ¬†Sept. 21st ‚Äď 26th, 2014 at the Arthur R. Outlaw Mobile Convention Center in Mobile, Alabama.

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This 16-hour seminar, taught by Sgt. Fred Farris of the Lenexa (KS) Police Department, is designed to provide patrol supervisors with the information and tools needed to manage a critical incident prior to the arrival of SWAT. Legal issues, scene management and small team tactics can give the patrol supervisor tools needed to manage a critical incident scene, as well as respond to unfolding events prior to the arrival of SWAT.

Registration for the 2014 Conference and Trade Show is open to all active law enforcement officers. Active members of a state tactical association receive a $50 discount…

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If This Keeps Up, They Will Have To Start Putting Armed Guards On Food Trucks


By Michael Snyder

The basic necessities in life just keep getting more expensive.  On Tuesday, Hershey announced that the price of all of their chocolate bars is going to go up by about 8 percent.  That is particularly distressing to me, because I am known to love chocolate.  But if it was just chocolate that was becoming significantly more expensive perhaps that would be okay.  Last month, it was coffee.  J.M. Smucker, one of the largest coffee producers in the United States, announced that it planned to raise coffee prices by about 9 percent.  And Starbucks has announced a bunch of price increases across the board on their coffee products.  Of course we could all survive without chocolate and coffee, but as you will see below just about every food category is becoming more expensive.  If this keeps up, could we eventually see armed guards in grocery stores…

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