Who is Poppypundit?

Domestically, he is a husband, father, and grandfather, so he has a keen interest in the world he leaves behind to his family. Spiritually, he is a Christian, although difficult to pigeonhole. Politically, he is a conservative Republican, with a dash of libertarianism tossed in to add some spice. Geographically, he is a Midwesterner, with proud Texas roots. Professionally, he is a technical writer, so he digs the geeky stuff. As you can tell, there’s opportunity for all sorts of biases and opinions here.

Expect original commentary on current events, with a lot of links to other items of interest. A few personal details will occasionally find their way in, but not enough to bore the reader. (Okay, my mom thinks this is a recipe for boredom in itself, but she’ll just have to deal with it.)

Finally, it wouldn’t be a real blog if it didn’t generate comments. So feel free to jump in. Just keep it clean.


4 responses to “About

  1. Okay, David, so you think I think this is boring. If there were more personal stuff it might not be quite so boring. I liked Julie’s, too, because of the personal stuff on it. But actually, I kind of like this kind of stuff, not enough to try doing it myself, mind you. And of course, I don’t have a clue what it is all about, but I like to pretend that I am computer savvy. Mom

  2. I loved your 2007 Adventure. I have day-hiked some of the AT and loved it. Until recently I have lived my entire life on the East Coast. We moved to Tulsa, OK last year. This move has brought me 1200+ miles closer to one of my dreams, hiking in the CDT. Your advise at the end of your post was helpful. Could you send me the name of some of the books or websites you found helpful in preparing for backwoods hiking. (ie. overnight)

    I am using me dream to backwoods hike to get myself in shape and lose weight. So any exercise suggestions for a trip like 2007 would be much appreciated.


    Tulsa, OK

  3. Thanks, Chris,
    Two books were very helpful on learning the details of backpack hiking: “The Outward Bound Backpacker’s Handbook” by Glenn Randall, and “Allen and Mike’s Really Cool Backpackin’ Book” by Allen O’Bannon and Mike Clelland. Helpful books on Colorado trails were “Hiking in the Rocky Mountains” by Lindenmayer, Fairbairn, and McCormack, and “100 Classic Hikes in Colorado” by Scott Warren. There were too many websites to list here — none were as helpful as the books.

    Regarding exercises, I spent a good bit of time prior to the trip taking practice hikes along the country roads around my rural home here in Kansas, with a fully loaded backpack. (Humorous side story: I had a cop stop me on one hike to ask what I was doing. Guess I looked like a transient.) These hikes could not prepare me for the mountain terrain or the altitude, but at least they got me accustomed to carrying a pack. I have a history of low back pain, which I manage by daily doing a series of stretching exercises. These exercises include toe touches and hamstring stretches. The back did not bother me at all on this trip.

    Good luck, Chris!

  4. Poppy,

    What I want to know is if you actually reached the summit of Mt. Hope?

    Peter’s sister

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