Outdoors


Ken Bailey, who helped start the mentorship program within the NCSP. 

Dick Rhodes’s legacy of mentorship

Ken Bailey visited NCSP founding member Richard ‘Dick’ Rhodes just a week before he passed in 2012.

“He was all wired up and really hurting big time,” Bailey remembered. “But once I came in the house, it was as if he was right out on the river.”


The youngest Emrey, Ashton, and his grandfather, on the Delaware. 

A family affair

Dean Emrey’s dad introduced him to the outdoors as a child, and when he first brought up the idea of participating in the Delaware River Sojourn—a roughly week-long guided river trip starting in the Poconos—Dean was hesitant. “Oh, it’s a sojourn, it’s a guided thing, do you really want to do that?” Dean remembered saying.


 TRR photos by Scott Rando
This loon is a study of intricate patterning as it spreads its wings next to my kayak on Walker Lake in Shohola, PA in early May. Its red eyes stand out even though it was cloudy with intermittent rain.

Loons: just passing through

One May afternoon, I happened to be working in the yard when I thought I heard the mournful call of a loon. I was almost done with my work, and when I was finished, I headed down to Walker Lake with a pair of binoculars to see if I could find what had made that noise.


TRR photo by Sandy Long
The McDade Recreational Trail ranges through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and features gravel pathways for hiking and bicycling, views of the Delaware River, farm fields and forests.

A trail to try

Spring has finally sprung, beckoning us outside with its beguiling charms. Taking to a trail is a wonderful way to connect with what’s happening as temperatures climb and daylight lengthens. One interesting option to consider is the long and winding McDade Recreational Trail in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.


Photo from Pixabay

Outdoor spring cleaning

Maintaining an organized, squeaky clean home and property can be a challenge, especially in winter. Cold weather keeps us from venturing into the yard, basement, or garage, allowing dirt, grime and clutter to pile up.

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