Starting my writing career at Destinations magazine served to spark an interest in travel and outdoors writing that hasn’t abated. Even in the modern age, there are plenty of places to explore and discoveries to make. I’ve written about the simple pleasures of public lands that provide hiking, hunting, fishing and other activities, as well as historical travel and the preservation of private and public lands through balancing nature and development.
Beneath the surface of the Mississippi Sound, where its waters meet the blue-green Gulf of Mexico, lie the remains of an island that served up spirits and casino gambling to patrons from across the country during the Prohibition era. The fickle Isle of Caprice, known to earlier seafarers, rum runners and bootleggers as Dog Keys, … Continue reading Sunken Resort Island to Resurface
The pockmarked blacktop of Fort Adams Pond Road in Wilkinson County winds up, down and through a rural scene of mixed hardwoods and pine trees, as weedy flowers dot the overgrown green roadsides. With few exceptions, it could be nearly any back road in Mississippi in the summertime. Even at the Clark Creek Natural Area … Continue reading Exploring Clark Creek Natural Area
For paddlers of all kinds, Mississippi—which translates to “big river” in indigenous Ojibwe—certainly lives up to its name. From the Delta flatlands to the rolling hills of Central Mississippi, the marsh-lined Gulf Coast and its namesake river, Mississippi abounds with publicly available natural resources for canoeing and kayaking. “Mississippi is like an undiscovered gem,” said … Continue reading Dipping a Paddle into Mississippi’s Waters
A catastrophic event such as a hurricane can wreak havoc on coastal shorelines — reshaping beaches, flooding neighborhoods and even slicing paths through barrier islands that protect the mainland from the storm’s full force. But most erosion events are not the results of major disasters, and they occur not only along the coastline, but also throughout … Continue reading Natural Erosion Controls Protect Shorelines