Leonard Adkins

Look. They’re here. They’re there. They are everywhere, and you may walk by several of them during the day and not even be aware of it. I’m talking about geocaches and the sport of geocaching, a kind of outdoors mini treasure hunt. more

Nov 1, 2010 12:00 AM Interests

Having a picnic beside a mountain stream, cooling off in refreshing waters and soaking up rays on a sun-warmed rock is one of the best ways to spend a summer day. Especially if you’ve earned your dip-and-dry with a good walk to get to the water. more

Jul 1, 2010 12:00 AM Interests

Stand in the Valley View Mall parking lot, look to the northwest, and it will be next to impossible to not be able to pick out McAfee Knob. It’s that piece of land that looks like a wave breaking on the crest of Catawba Mountain... more

Jan 1, 2010 12:00 AM Interests

There’s an annual event in the Roanoke area that, despite having some 10,000 participants, goes unnoticed by almost everyone. Yet all you have to do is turn your eyes skyward to witness it. more

Sep 1, 2009 12:00 AM , Interests

One of my earliest and fondest childhood memories is sitting by the fireplace in my grandparents’ farmhouse, watching my grandmother’s skilled fingers creating what would become an heirloom patchwork quilt... more

Jul 1, 2009 12:00 AM Interests

When Glen Cove Elementary School second-grade teacher Chip Donahue read Richard Louv’s “Last Child in the Woods,” it confirmed his feelings that the present generation of children has what the author calls “nature deficit disorder.” more

May 1, 2009 12:00 AM Interests

It’s early Sunday morning. The thermometer reads 27 degrees. A brisk wind is blowing. A heavy fog covers the landscape. And a few snowflakes are falling. more

Mar 1, 2009 12:00 AM , Interests

Tinker Mountain is familiar, and unmistakable, to those who drive I- 81 north from Roanoke into Botetourt County. more

Mar 1, 2006 12:00 AM Interests

The snow! The rock hops! The blue sky! They make Hoop Hole a winter treat. more

Jan 1, 2006 12:00 AM Interests

Buildings are just buildings when you drive by them. Get out of the car and walk by them, though, and they take on a whole new personality. They project a beauty through architectural design and diversity... more

Nov 1, 2005 12:00 AM Interests

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