January 2, 2010

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October 2, 2008

As noted in my last post, today is the 40th anniversary of the National Scenic Trails System Act.

Yesterday, photographer Bart Smith completed a hike of the entire system. 

Bart Smith completed over 37 million steps this morning, plus nearly 100,000 photographs in his 16-year shooting trek of all the National Scenic Trails (NTS). No other person can boast this astounding photo/hiking feat, covering over 16,500 miles and 34 states. To celebrate, Smith flies immediately to Washington, D.C., where he will join the 40th National Trail System Anniversary festivities.


Happy Birthday National Trails System Act

October 2, 2008

I can’t let this go by unnoticed, so I’ve come out of blogging hibernation to celebrate a milestone. Today is the 40th anniversary of the National Trails System Act of 1968.

The act made possible a system of national trails, including National Scenic Trails, National Recreation Trails, and a series of connecting and side trails. Later, National Historic Trails were added to the system.

Most notably, the act formally established and promoted the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. The Continental Divide Trail was added about 10 years later.

There are some trails established by the act or later added to the system, like the Overmountain Victory Trail, that may never see completion. Mounting budget difficulties and encroaching development are to blame.

But overall, the act was a bold and lasting step to preserve and promote outdoor recreational opportunities and historic areas.

How often do we get a chance to celebrate something the federal government did that was done right? This is one.


Map of National Trails System

Map of National Trails System

I’m alive!

August 2, 2008
Tor Johnson as Inspector Daniel Clay in Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959).

No, that's not me. That's Tor Johnson in Plan 9 from Outer Space. But I have sometimes felt like the walking undead.

It’s been several months since I’ve written anything here. That’s mostly because I’ve been too busy at work and too busy with a substantial remodeling project at home.

But now I’m getting the blogging urge again.

Stay tuned.

New look, same great taste

January 4, 2008

New and ImprovedMarketing people (and I am one of them) will tell you that you need to add a little sizzle to sell a product.

Jeffrey Hunter has just renamed his excellent, newsy hiking blog, The Vista.

This blog needs a real name. Not some lame name like “American Hiking Society’s Southeast Trail Program.” I mean, what kind of name is that for a blog?

I’m with you there, Jeffrey, and I like the name.

But I wouldn’t put too much stock in my opinion. Remember, I’m the guy with the blog titled “Cutter’s Blog.”

And I pondered days and days before I came up with that one.

The New Year’s resolution most likely to be broken

January 1, 2008

I resolve to blog more in 2008.

Now I really feel bad

August 12, 2007

I’m a disgrace to the blogging world.

It’s bad enough that I haven’t written a post in weeks. But now this:

The last post I wrote was about JayBo, a guy a walking across the U.S. Yesterday, he walked through my town.

I had no idea.

I’ve been too busy to notice, let alone do something about trying to help the guy out.

I’m so ashamed.

Admittedly, I was out of town yesterday. I was helping my older son move into an apartment. That was a good, father-thing to do.

But still.