Welcome to Backpacking in the Raven's Yard. My life of backpacking in the mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee started with a love of the outdoors at a young age. Here I am on a creek in Colorado in the summer of 1955 thus beginning many idyllic moments along many fast flowing clean-water creeks. I was raised in Oklahoma and understood the importance of wide-open spaces "peopled" by my friends the toads, horned toads, lizards, snakes and frogs. They were my outdoor buddies and companions.