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Pilot for a Day: First Flight Lesson in a Cessna 172

I have always wanted to fly an airplane. About six years ago, I actually went to ground school in California, but realized soon after that the actual flight training was outside the budget of a Warner Bros. production assistant. I never took my exams and reset my focus on other, more realistic, endeavors. The curiosity … Continue reading

Seneca Rocks and My First Trad Climb

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attempt my first traditional climb (known as a trad climb) as a follower, which is the individual who climbs up after the leader and removes the protective gear that was placed. I journeyed to Seneca Rocks, WV with two other members of the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), … Continue reading

There Will Be Mud: Horizontal Cave Exploration

When I was a kid, I was always on the lookout for places that seemed to be desperately in need of exploring. Although I had always thought the idea of exploring caves sounded intriguing, it had never occurred to me that there were regular people actually did it as a hobby. My curiosity was raised … Continue reading

Summiting Mauna Kea – Elevation 13,796 ft.

A recent work trip to Oahu, Hawai’i gave me the opportunity to hike to one of the most prominent island summits in the world. I would like to share my experience, in hopes that it will help anyone else willing to make the journey. A $160 plane ticket on Hawaiian Airlines gave me passage to … Continue reading