Archive for April, 2012


Hiking in the Woods

Walking is possibly one of the oldest methods of transportation. It’s a great way to get from point A to point B, and for lots of good reasons. For one thing, it’s a lot cheaper than any other method. There’s no gasoline consumption, there are no parking fees, and most enjoyably, there is no traffic. Also, there are mostly no limits as to where you can go by walking, like in the woods or forest.

While walking through a forest, there are plenty of interesting things to see, you just have to pay attention. Tons of plants and animals call the forest their home. There is fungus that grows out of tree stumps that look like shelves, and even fungus that glows in the dark. You can also see some very pretty birds, such as the indigo bunting or even a scarlet tanager. If you listen closely you can hear the musical call of the wood thrushes or a woodpecker drilling holes into trees. These are all things you can see while hiking through the woods.

If you have some free time today, make sure to get outside and walk around a little. Take in everything you see and hear. It’s a great way to relax and you may even see or hear something you’ve never noticed before.

[As a side note, sorry to everyone for not posting very many photos recently! I just haven’t had time to take/edit/publish any photos recently, but I aim to fix that really soon! Until then, here’s a neat site to see some photos of things in WV and a word cloud of a West Virginia Conservation Action Plan]

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Spring is Here to Stay!

Early spring is always such a confusing time. Winter seems to cling on, with desperate, icy claws that make weather less than enjoyable. Not so this year however. Considering how mild the winter was on the East Coast this year, spring seems to have started much earlier than usual, and now there is no doubt that winter is nothing more than memory.

Anyone with allergies to pollen can affirm this for you. I know I can. Luckily there are some ways to beat these seasonal allergies so you can get outside and not totally suffer with a stuffy nose and watery, itchy eyes.

  •  See an Allergist-An allergist will be able to tell you exactly what it is you are allergic too. He or she will also be able to tell you the best kinds of medication to take and may even know of a few natural, more holistic remedies as well. Seeking professional help when it comes to your health is always a good idea.
  • Medication-This is probably one of the most effective ways to beat allergies. Allergy medicine with decongestants will clear that blocked nose right up as well as fight off the other ailments allergies offer. Most of the medications for allergies are also over the counter, but there is a limit to how much you can buy with decongestant so use it wisely.
  •  Pineapples-Pineapples actually have an interesting enzyme in them called bromelain that is known to fight off sinusitis, bronchitis, and other respiratory illnesses. While it might not be as effective as over the counter medication, it will certainly be cheaper.
  • Drink lots of Water/Green Tea- As anyone with allergies can tell you, your nose will run a lot and your eyes will water a lot. You will lose a surprising amount of water this way throughout the day (or even longer). Keeping your body well hydrated will keep all of your body systems working smoothly. Green tea is packed full of antioxidants including some that act similar to an antihistamine.

It never hurts to carry around a pack of tissues or a handkerchief either. It is much better to blow your nose and get the junk out of your system than to sniffle and bring the junk deeper into your sinuses. Another way beat allergies is to simply avoid areas that are likely to have high pollination, such as open fields of flowers. Remember, an allergist can give you the best advice to handle your allergies and I strongly recommend seeing one before deciding on any method of treating your allergies. You don’t want to stay inside and miss the spring, so beat those allergies and get out there!