Tag: Nature

For the love of conifers

“I love pine trees!” Niecie squeed in excitement on coming upon a dense thicket of evergreens during a hike in the Hickson Forest last Sunday. Niecie hugging the broad trunk of a tree in excitement, a broad smile creeping across her face. The dense line of coniferous trees painted a swath of green across the monochrome […]

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Escaping the slump, a return to the trails

To be honest, this year hasn’t turned out quite how I might have liked. Many of my trips, upgrades and personal goals have been put on hold for one reason or another. I’d like to make excuses for all of these things, but life is full of changes, and sometimes they can knock you on […]

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What a year – Adventure Bent turns one

What a wild ride this first year back at blogging has been. Today the Adventure Bent celebrates its first anniversary. It’s kind of hard to believe it’s already been that long. It seems like just yesterday I was clicking publish on the first post. “Hello world,” I wrote. “Welcome to the Adventure Bent blog.” In […]

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Stalking serpents in Perrot State Park

I shrieked “Sna-Aake!” my voice rising mid-cry as my brain processed what I was looking at; simultaneously, I made a comical two-step hop to the other side of the trail and safety. My sister Frannie, her husband, Dusty, and their two dogs, Nala and Sarabi, had been hiking with Niecie and me along the Riverview Trail […]

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Building stamina for the long walk

The week is over and my body is sore, cut and bruised. A thick callus covers my right heal, proof of every step of the 12 miles of trails I’d covered. To some, 12 miles may sound like a lot, to veteran hikers and backpackers it may sound like a drop in the bucket. For me, it’s simply progress. […]

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Changes on the way

You may have noticed some changes around the Adventure Bent website lately. The blog is currently undergoing some renovations. Let’s call it spring cleaning if you will. Out with the old and in with the new. Along the way, you may experience some glitches and bugs. Sometimes changes can take some tweaking to get right. […]

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Hiking White Tank Mountain

Back in January, Niecie’s family flew us down to Pheonix to see her grandparents. They’d recently retired and purchased a winter home in the community near Surprise on the west end of Pheonix. While there, Niecie and I snuck away to enjoy a short hike at the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. It was a […]

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A shocking lesson in hunting

I had a very shocking experience, recently, in my tenth season of hunting: I was shocked by an electric fence. Now, I know, one of the first things they teach you in firearm safety is to treat a wire fence as if it’s turned on. I remembered that, and I was still shocked. To my memory, my […]

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