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The National Trail System Act of 1968

On October 2, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the National Trails System Act, which among other things, seeks “to promote the preservation of, public access to, travel within, and enjoyment and appreciation of the open-air, outdoor areas … Continue reading

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Are Long Distance Trails Normal?

As a brief follow up to my previous, wordy, rambling, existential treatise.  I want to also talk a little about typical, usual, “normal” businesses. In the scene I described in the previous post, the standard suburban shopping area, there is … Continue reading

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Are Long Distance Trails Necessary?

A few weeks ago, while driving around the heavily suburbanized outskirts of my home town looking for something or other, I began to wonder about all of the businesses I was seeing.  In just a short scan of the near … Continue reading

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Making tracks on the Picketwire

We all know the Great Plains for their wide and open spaces. With little to hinder the eye – no peaks, no forests, only rolling hills and sometimes not even that — we can see far and deep. Thunderstorms a … Continue reading

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The Far End of the Trail

Hikers exploring the southern terminus of the Great Plains Trail are in for something of a jolt.  Rising some 3000 feet above the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert, 8749-foot Guadalupe Peak is the highest peak in Texas and the high point of … Continue reading

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The GPT – A Destination Trail

World’s Newest Destination Trail The Great Plains Trail is destined to become one of the greatest destination trails in the world. Once that happens, it will join such venerable long distance paths as: The Continental Divide Trail The Colorado Trail … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday

Tomorrow, November 29th is known as “Giving Tuesday.”  It follows in the tradition of “Black Friday,” and more recently, “Cyber Monday.”  The goal of Giving Tuesday is for as many people as possible to give time and/or money to the … Continue reading

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