Harmonic Journey’s End

August 16, 2021 First, I want to give full credit to the name of this blog entry to the Phantom Regiment, who’s retro performance of their epic program – Harmonic Journey was the best salve for drum corps fans that had sorely missed the live activity for over 22 months. It seemed to be fitting to end this 2021 tour … Continue Reading →

Indy or Bust 2021

4:20pm I am finally in Lucas Oil Stadium sitting in the club room in the middle of the stadium. The Madison Scouts are on the field and I am watching them on video as I was just too late getting in due to a technical snafu on my email ticket. This I straightened out with the ticket window and the … Continue Reading →

From Zoar to Xenia

August 11, 2021 From Akron to Zoar to Xenia Ohio; that was my planned travel route from eastern to western Ohio in the pursuit of great DCI music-in-motion for my wanting eyes and ears, and in pursuit of the North Country Trail for my legs and heart. Both are good for my soul. I have been so lucky with weather … Continue Reading →

Westward Bound for DCI

August 10, 2021 “It’s rainin’ outside, and that’s not unusual. But the way that I’m feeling is becoming usual.” – Uriah Heep. I am sitting comfortably in the Hilton Gardens in Akron, OH feeling great after another great night of DCI. The Bluecoats home show never disappoints. Again, in the Infocision Stadium, I had an awesome seat, first row, second … Continue Reading →

Where the Trail Crosses the Road

August 7, 2021, 4:20pm – Allentown, PA Yup, by the sheer grip on the wheel at 9:30 and 2:30, and the pedal to the mid-metal, I have transported the loaded Silver Bullet and myself to Allentown, PA. Ten bucks gets the choice parking spot behind the Hamilton Family Diner, one block from J. Birney Crum Stadium, home to DCI’s East … Continue Reading →

A Walking Force-for-Good on the North Country Trail

July 24, 2021 Today is Saturday and I gave my feet the pleasure of a walk around the Waitsfield Farmer’s Market and a short stretch of the sidewalk, crossing Main Street twice. The past week they have propelled me along roughly forty-six miles of hiking in the Green Mountains and the Champlain Valley. Not accustomed to that much confinement in … Continue Reading →

I Should Be in Allentown

August 3, 2020 As I sit here along the Mill Brook, I am thinking about where I would be in my drum corps tour this year if it had not been for the dreaded Covid-19 that spoiled that parade. I would be in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Oh, how I miss the annual mecca of sound and sight at J. Birney Crum … Continue Reading →

Hoffman Notch – a walk in the north woods.

August 1, 2020 On this day, I and hiking partner, Lisa explored Hoffman Notch Wilderness in the eastern section of the Adirondack Park. The mid-point of our hike being Jones Hill for the prominent views into the wilderness area. Lisa is a member of the Adirondack Club (ADK), Onondaga Chapter and avid hiker in the north country. We chose a … Continue Reading →

A Day in the Woods with the ADK

July 26, 2020 What an energetic, healthy and fun crew of trail workers are the Adirondack Mountain Club (ADK) members from Central New York State. On this day, I had the pleasure of joining five of them for a work party on the North Country Trail (NCT). Members of the Onondaga (Syracuse) and Iroquois (Utica) Chapters of the ADK met … Continue Reading →

Oh Black Water, Keep on Rollin’

July 21, 2020 Continuing my New York State adventures along the North Country Trail, I did further exploration of the Black River area in the southern Adirondacks. This river is very similar to Vermont’s Mad River in size and the fact that it runs north. It is however, far longer at 125 miles, flowing from North Lake to Lake Ontario. … Continue Reading →