Month: February 2022

Winter Hiking: Lone Oak Trail, Woodsville, NH

Location: Woodsville, New Hampshire

Date: 2/20/22, 2/24/22

Tucked away just north of Woodsville is the Lone Oak Trail, maintained by the Upper Valley Land Trust. While short, this moderate trail features a bit of elevation, making it steep in places (particularly as you reach the summit). It’s definitely worth the effort, though, as you can see from the view. I had a crampon blow out on this one, so actually had to make a couple of runs at it before getting to the top.

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Hubbard Park, Montpelier, Vermont 02/21/22

Location: Montpelier, Vermont

Date: 02/21/22

Just north of the statehouse in Montpelier, Hubbard Park is a 194-acre park packed with hiking trails, shelters, fire places, and a large stone tower at its highest point. There are multiple parking areas and access points; we parked on Parkway Street and hiked up, which was under two miles in and back, with some elevation. There is nothing too strenuous here, but it is a great place to do some light hiking, although I imagine it probably is pretty well-traveled at times.

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A Rabble of Drabbles, Part 1

stay out the damn woodsDrabbles are 100 word stories, and more challenging than they might seem. Much like a poem, every word counts in this form, and it’s not only a fun form to play around with, but also a good writing exercise in general.

I write these on occasion, usually for an antho call or contest. When they don’t “hit,” you’re left trying to place them elsewhere, which can be difficult and time consuming. I’ve taken to sometimes uploading them on sites around the Internet for a variety of reasons. When I get a fair amount of these, I’ll throw up a Rabble of Drabbles, of which this is the first. Check them out if you get the chance, and stick around the sites to read a wide variety of writers.

“Shadows”
https://medium.com/@rich_41534/shadows-a-speculative-b7dab4e21f82

“Case Closed”
https://commaful.com/play/rwaynegray/case-closed/?sh=1

“The Wizard and the Words of God”
https://www.wattpad.com/1189257886-the-wizard-and-the-words-of-god

“Last Halloween”
https://www.booksie.com/667412-last-halloween

“Home For The Holidays”
https://storywrite.com/story/16354928-Home-For-The-Holidays–a-Christmas-drabble–by-Rich1

“Equal Shares”
https://www.tumblr.com/blog/rwaynegray

Owlshead Mountain – hiking 2/17/22

Location: Peacham, Vermont (Groton State Forest)

Date: 02/17/22

The yearly winter hike up Owlshead. The temps were pushing 50 and rain was in the forecast, but it held off. I had the mountain to myself.

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The Basin in Winter

Location: Lincoln, New Hampshire

Date: 2/8/22

Dubbed by no less than Henry David Thoreau as “perhaps the most remarkable curiosity of its kind in New England,” The Basin is also was fun short hike with a unique reward. Winter is no different, and you certainly won’t have the crowds to deal with. This is located directly off I-93 and along the Franconia Notch Bike Trail.

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“Truce” – Black Ink Fiction (publication pending)

Contract’s signed, time to share. A huge thank you to Black Ink Fiction for accepting my short story, “Truce,” for publication in an upcoming issue. More info coming when I get a date…

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