Category Archives: Site Updates

Update Successful!

Road Under Paulinskill Viaduct

I like the new Head First Adventures site, and I hope you do too. I think it is more visually appealing and user friendly than before. I also like that I have featured posts at the top of the page. This way I won’t have to worry how every new post will make the top of the frontpage look, and I can feature some of my favorite posts. I will make some visual and organizational adjustments but I’m pretty happy with this. The new theme should give me more inspiration to do great visuals as well as try different post styles.

The theme (site layout) is Twenty Fourteen, a free theme from WordPress. I tried using Oxygen, which was listed as a free theme but appeared to require downloading packages that cost money if you wanted it to look any good. At the moment, this free theme does everything well enough for me.

I do almost all of the writing and take the majority of the photos, but many of the adventures here would not have even happened or would have been less fun were it not for the fine fellowship that I have in adventures near and far. Friends and family make it possible. Also, it takes a team to make good video (unless maybe you are Les Stroud) and we have a great one in the works.

Naturally, I updated the page late at night when it would be least disruptive, but still I’m excited to see what we come up with… going Head First!



Starting in April, Head First will be posting installments on a less regular schedule. We’ve posted every Thursday in 2013, but we are going to start aiming for 2 posts a month.

We look forward to exploring many new places and sharing our adventures. A less rigorous schedule will not only allow more time for life’s other adventures, but will also make it easier to work on videos, experiment with techniques and destinations, and share news and tips. Some great things will be coming to this space in the months ahead.

In the meantime, use our Index page to see which of our adventures you might have missed. Check out our Twitter profile and follow us if you have an account. We tweet brief updates, tips, and links related to history and exploration.

See you on the path ahead!

Stone Tower Wall on Ridge

Along the Way

We come across a lot of interesting things in our travels. Not all of them make it into the final article, either because they don’t seem to frame the story or there are more important details they might distract from.

But they are worth taking pictures of.

Like this switch near the Van Slyke Castle.


Or this shed along the Lackawanna Cutoff.


Head First has been exploring – and will soon post about our recent history adventures. Coming up: exploring places where Josiah Warren, Henry David Thoreau, and Nikola Tesla made their marks on history.

Here’s to more adventures!

Darian Exploring

Evergreens and 2013

The practice of commemorating Winter Solstice with evergreen plants stretches back centuries. The tradition of celebrating Christmas with evergreen trees is believed to have started in sixteenth century Germany. While some early German immigrants put up Christmas trees in America, the tradition did not catch on for Americans until the mid to late nineteenth century. Prior to their general acceptance, Christmas trees were seen as an oddity or even a pagan mockery of a holy day.

While evergreen trees do make a living room look and smell nice, the best place to appreciate them might be on a frosty mountain like we saw in 2010.

Trees on Balsam Lake Mountain

Whatever you celebrate this time of year, Head First wishes you warmth and cheer! We will be back in 2013 with more mountains, more towers, more ruins and more adventures!


History of Christmas Trees,

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas (Tree), Scientific American