3 results for tag: adventure


Cycling and Landscapes

By PLC Conservation Planner, Palmer McIntyre — I have always loved to ride my bicycle and spent many miles in the saddle during my 20s, riding the length of Vermont, down the coast of California, commuting to work in Washington DC, across North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But since then life pulled me in other directions (jobs, graduate school, children) and the dust accumulated on my old Cannondale as it sat in my garage. As I approached my 50th birthday, I wanted to do something physically challenging, just to prove I still could. And I thought a long bike ride would be just the thing to get me back into shape. For years, I have ...

Summer Fun, Outdoors!

By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell — As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside? Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, actually listened - to their songs? Have we inhaled the scent of fresh-cut grass, ...

My Urban Walk for PLC’s Hike-A-Thon

by PLC Hiker Otis Durham: Months ago, with Greg Keener’s encouragement, I agreed to become a Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon fundraising hiker. I told Greg I’d likely be in Portland, OR visiting my daughter. “No problem. Hike wherever you are!” I assumed this would give me good motivation to get out in the grandeur and beauty of nature that surrounds Portland. However, when January 1st arrived, I had no transportation, it was cold, overcast with drizzling rain and I was embedded deep in urban Portland where sidewalks and streets, not soft forest trails, are the norm. I expected the worst. A walk in urban blight wasn’t exactly in ...