Writings and Essays - Selected Professional Writings:
The homestead is a series of essays about backcountry
use, the environment, outdoor recreation and outdoor education. It is
loosely modeled after Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac.
First, like Leopold's work it is a series of stand alone
essays. However, unlike his work, the focus of this work is slightly different.
Leopold had more of ecology thrust in his writings. These essays have
more of recreation and outdoor education thrust.
Second, I found that many students had a hard time understanding
A Sand County Almanac. I believe it is probably a generational
thing. What is a tamarack? How many people today hunt or gained their
first experience in the backcountry though hunting and fishing? A lot
fewer than 50 or 100 years ago. Hopefully, these essays bridge this gap
This section contains the unpublished writing of this
author. Read them and enjoy them. Remember that all of them are copyrighted
and are protected under the copyright laws. You will need Adobe
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I am always looking for a good publisher. If you know
a good publisher who might be interested in my writings, I would be appreciative.
In addition, if you want to provide me feedback on any of the essays,
contact me at email@example.com.
Homestead: A work in progress, the Homestead is a series of
essays in the tradition of Aldo Leopold's A Sand County Almanac.
Leopold's essays tended to focus on ecological writings; my writings tend
to focus on outdoor recreational pursuits. The essays are presented as
stand alone writings. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download the
Introduction - Subtitled Lancaster
County the introduction is summarized by the following verse: Thoreau
sought to discover nature at his Walden cabin; Leopold went to his cabin
in Wisconsin to gain insight; I went to my cabin in the suburbs to live,
and to learn about and to create even wilderness there.
THE OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE:
The Astronaut - A very short essay
but extremely profound. For a view outside of the box, read this essay.
The Outdoor Museum
- Is the outdoor environment so fragile that we cannot leave a trace?
This essay raises the question.
The Lehigh Canal - The outdoor
recreational activity provides a glimpse for the river runner into the
history and heritage of the area, the environment, and the interconnectivity
of people within the region.
The River of Life
- The Leigh River is the life blood of its region. This essay explores
the role of outdoor recreation and outdoor education in educating people
about the environment.
The Attack of the Killer Vampires
- A fun piece that chronicles a mosquito attack in the Everglades.
Mile Mark 23 -
A romantic piece, this piece captures that special moment during a backcountry
The Campsite - A fun piece, the campsite
is not about what you think that it is about... enjoy it!
The Thin Blue Line - From outer
space, the atmosphere creates a thin blue line of protection. This essay
explains that the role of the environmentalist is to serve and protect
Environmental Fundamentalism -
Sometimes a definition can synthesize a concept down to its essentials.
Try definition 4b. It says it all.
The Visitor - One of my favorites,
this essay looks at backcountry trip from the perspective of the resource
rather than that of the participants. Complete halfway through and at
end of internship
2025 - A futuristic piece, it has nearly been published several times.
Close but not quite yet. It examines all the premises of Wilderness by
juxtaposing current wilderness with the new wilderness created by the
Wilderness Act o 2018.
High Mountain Bridge, Shark Valley
- Outdoor recreation planners and managers have considerable impact on
designing the outdoor experience. This essay juxtaposes two different
management examples that create different backcountry experiences while
protecting the resource.
- Complete halfway through and at end of internship (Required)
If I am a whitewater
paddler, I should build more dams - The dirty little secret is that
the facility or resource is the limiting factor in the growth of
most outdoor recreation activities.
The Onionskin - Are we playing Russian
Roulette where the development of no new technology is the bullet that
returns us to a less sophisticated way of life?
The Role of Camping in Outdoor Education - This is a slightly homogenized
version of the Golden Quill Award article published in Camping
It Is a Steve Van Matre Day - A long
essay that explores Leopold's concept of "recreational engineering".
This essay suggests that the outdoor educator needs to focus on creating
an outdoor experience for the participants.
The Mullet - This essays examines why
we take people into the backcountry and the experience that we attempt
to create for them.
The Recreation Imperative -
Are outdoor educators a profession and should they be given professional
status. This piece explores this question.
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