Lyme Disease Diagnosis

Hopefully testing does indeed get better: sciencenews.org-testing-new-approaches There is a yet another tick-borne illness to add to the list: Powassan If you are in NY, an Upstate lab tests ticks for diseases — for free: newyorkupstate.com-lab-tests-ticks For more information on tick safety and Lyme literate doctors on Trailism see this.

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Grade Calories

School grades, food grades, health grades, trail grades…elevation profiles and the speed at which they are traversed are caloric profiles. The precise relationship between how fast you walk, how steep your trail is, and how much energy you burn turns out to be less obvious than you might assume, which…

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A Year of Recognition

I’m typically modest and don’t intend to boast, but wanted to share three recent awards. American Trails‘ “Outstanding Trail Leaders” award recognizes “compelling and significant contributions to the trails movement in their states…” Movement? OK, I suppose it is. The award was via a nomination from New York State Parks.…

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Living on Old Trails and Roads

Many trails plans begin by using old dirt and gravel roads that served a myriad of purposes, quite often for resource extraction in mountainous regions. If you happen to be in the Hudson Valley area some “trails” are carriage roads, others Revolutionary War or Native American routes. Some of the…

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Grasshopper Geography

Although I don’t think they would be as dramatic or beautiful as the watersheds and forest maps at grasshopper geography, it would be interesting to have similar maps for trails. I am sure it is a question of when, not if. These maps certainly drive home the tread watershed concept.

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John Muir on Hiking

I don’t like either the word [hike] or the thing. People ought to saunter in the mountains – not ‘hike!’ Do you know the origin of that word saunter? It’s a beautiful word. Away back in the middle ages people used to go on pilgrimages to the Holy Land, and…

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Nutrient Collapse

This is (mostly) a trail web space, but sometimes I share other stories. This story on plants isn’t a feel-good story, but how much of the news is not sad as of late? At any rate, plants have been getting more carbon dioxide since the industrial revolution. The result, “measurements…

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Trail Advocate of the Year

I managed to get selected by vote I suppose, and I think it would be Advocates, not Advocate, but whatever, thank you nonetheless. I have enjoyed my Kitsbow kit, except the wool, I passed that on to someone else. Trail Advocate of the Year https://www.kitsbow.com/pages/trail-advocate-of-the-year MEET YOUR TOP TRAIL ADVOCATES…

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