National Take a Hike Day

National Take a Hike Day was Saturday, November 18. Did you get out for a hike?

I ticked over some Buckeye Trail miles with Cheryl, We hiked the Bowerston section 8 through 13. This covers my Leesville Lake South section of trail I have adopted, so I can also count this as a trail maintenance hike.  My section of trail is looking really good!

buckeye trail

As many parts of the Buckeye Trail, we hiked on trail and off trail.

This was the site of the New Hagerston Academy.

The lower old barn picture is from October, when I first attempt to walk from Points 9 to 13. It’s a good story to tell you on the trail sometime!

Off Trail means road miles. Our last section of road, there were no cars on it. Is it terrible to walk on a road like this? 

The Buckeye Trail goes through this tunnel, under the railroad tracks.

Then around the back of the Nolan’s building.

Every day should be “Take a Hike Day”!

Did you get out for a hike on National Take a Hike Day?

What’s Your Six Word Story?


I was listening to a podcast on careers called Career Talk. The host, Stephanie Dennis brought up the idea of the six word story.  The six word story is well known.  Hemingway is famous for his:  “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn”.

This host brought up in the podcast, what is your professional story in six words?

My professional story came to me quickly.


I’m a pharmacist living in rural Ohio, currently looking for a job. I LOVE living in the country. We have many issues in the foothills of Appalachia. Competent health care is one of them. Nearest hospital to me? I’m lucky, it’s about 25 miles away. There are counties in southern Ohio with NO Hospitals. Think about that.

I would like to continue living in rural Ohio. My professional six word story is “promote health care in rural areas”.

What is your personal story?

The host then brings up, what is your personal word story, and does it mesh with your professional story?

Contemplating both stories, I believe the two mesh. What the host was getting at, in the episode, is if you have two stories the complete antithesis of each other, perhaps you should rethink your career options.

It was a cool exercise. It was Episode 47 of Career Talk, check it out!

Collections: Political Buttons

I’ve been collecting political buttons on and off my entire life. My sister gave me a Jay Rockefeller button as a child and I believe that started my hobby.

It was fun to go to garage sales and flea market and find buttons on the cheap.
As I got older, I joined APIC and even attended some local shows. I was not an any advanced level of collector; I would never own the rare Cox-Roosevelt jugate.


I drifted away from it in the last twenty years, although I would always buy a button here and there in antique stores that piqued my attention.

Buttons don’t seem to be generated much these past twenty years. Local rallies hosted by unions seem to garner more button creation.


This is when both candidates, president and vice president pictures are on the button.


I like to find buttons that are local to an area, either specify a location or may be linked to a local candidate.

Clinton Era

I ended up with some quite colorful buttons from the Clinton Gore campaigns. One of my favorites was the Sesame Street Button:

The Anti Buttons

Some of the anti candidate buttons were quite funny.

In perusing my recently purchased items, now I have to come up with several more display cases!

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day!

Beaujolais Nouveau Day


It’s the third Thursday of November, that means it’s Beaujolais Nouveau Day! An excuse to drink a very young wine today!

What is Beaujolais?

It is the wine made from the Gamay grape in France. Beaujolais is more of a sweeter fruity wine. It’s fun, not fussy, and meant to be drank-this year!

Clever Marketing

Someone came up with the idea of just bottling up the Beaujolais and selling it without casking it-and it worked! They sell about 54 million bottles in 100 countries.

Price Point?

About 8 dollars to 18. I wouldn’t pay more than 15.99, and only that if you HAVE to celebrate today.

Walking the Camino de Santiago

This walk is coming up in the top of my interest again lately. The Camino de Santiago, or “The Way of Saint James” is a network of pilgrim’s ways, or pilgrimages, which lead to the shrine of Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain. There are many routes that pilgrims walk. I am interested in one of the most popular, the Frances, where one starts in France, and ends in Spain.

The Frances

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Albergues are hostels located in about every little town. Multi bunk rooms, you have a place to shower, sleep, perhaps cook a meal. This way you don’t have to carry a tent and camp gear, maybe not even a sleeping bag in the summer months. There are also private rooms available in most towns if you want to spend money for privacy.


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Camino credential-passport. You need one of these for your walk. It establishes you as a pilgrim, where you are allowed to sleep in an albergue and qualify you for a (cheaper) pilgrim’s meal. You have to have your credential stamped at least daily to show that you have walked (or cycled) the route.


I became aware of the Camino de Santiago a few years ago during a random internet search that brought up the movie “The Way” with Martin Sheen from 2010.

In researching it, I was intrigued by having albergues and bars so close together, you don’t really have to carry food, water, gear on your walk.

At the Adventure Summit in Dayton earlier this year, a couple gave a lecture on their pilgrimage-to a packed house! It’s evident that people are interested in “The Way”.

Coleman presentation at Adventure Summit

Have you walked el Camino de Santiago? Would you go on a pilgrimage?




Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week

The third week of November is proclaimed to be geography awareness week. How are you on geography? Is that state Vermont or New Hampshire?

Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash

Check out these puzzles for fun!

Can you correctly identify where each state is? (I misplaced Kansas…)

Do you know where the European Countries are? I failed miserably at this! Oh sure, everyone knows where France, Spain, Ireland are located but how about Macedonia, Malta, Albania?

How well do you know South America? Try this “click on the right country” for your results!

Africa! It’s a big continent! Where is Kenya?  Complete this one!

Oh Canada! Identify all the provinces!

if you REALLY want to think, check out this one from Buzzfeed!