Take a hike: From the forest to sorority formal
April 10, 2014
<p>I'm in a sorority, but I'm not a sorority girl.</p>
<p>I'd trade a letter shirt for a flannel any day, and I prefer camping to beach vacations. However, when it comes to formal, even those of us less in touch with our girly sides can party with the best of 'em.</p>
<p>Last weekend, I had to transform from a T-shirt clad frumpster to a "sophisticated" (heavy sarcasm) socialite. Here are a few of the things I learned about making the leap from forest to Sigma Phi Lambda formal.</p>
Take a hike: Unexpected surprises at Fontana Dam
April 03, 2014
<p>Why do we do the things we do?</p>
<p>I ask myself this question nearly every time I go backpacking. When you're walking uphill with 25 extra pounds strapped to your back, too busy trying not to trip to take in the scenery, it's not a philosophical question. I'm not contemplating the motivations and beliefs behind human behavior.</p>
Take a hike: Virginia Creeper trail
March 27, 2014
Our shuttle driver was born and raised in Damascus, Va., the jumping off point for our day's adventure.
His middle-aged mind reminisces about the little town's past as we traverse its mountain holler roads, hauling our mounts for the afternoon on a trailer behind. We are waiting to ...