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IndianSummer
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Howdy folks.  I'm IndianSummer aka: "The Vagabond."  I'm an itinerant archaeologist with experience in many other jobs ranging from oilfield roughnecking to a physics lab technician.  My hobbies include personal finance, gold prospecting, playing the fiddle and mandolin, cooking, and reading historical biographies.  My real passion is long distance hiking (100 mile +).  In addition to writing for InfoBarrel, I have a personal finance/travel blog that you can visit at www.vagabondfinance.com.  Please feel free to contact me if you share any of my interests or just have a question, and thanks for taking the time to view my profile.
Regards,
IndianSummer aka.  "The Vagabond"

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Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
5 years ago
5 Commonplace Things that are Quickly Disappearing from Everyday Life (And What's Replacing Them)

Another day goes by and the world has changed. Usually the change is small, but sometimes the difference between one day and the next is drastic. The one thing that does not differ is that change continues to happen. So what are a few commonplace things in our lives that are on the way out? What has come along to replace them? Read on to find out.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
5 years ago
The Top 10 Things to do on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia

Below is a list of things not to miss on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia. They are listed in order of trail location from south to north with Trail Days having its own special place at the end since it is the only "event" on the list. The rest of the things to do can be experienced year-round whether you're thru-hiking, section hiking, or just out for the day. Virginia's a great state on the trail and the things to do and see are as varied as you would expect over 400 some odd miles of hiking trail.

Travel & Places
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Appalachian Trail: A Footpath for Those Who Seek Fellowship with the Wilderness

Winding its way up the eastern half of the United States is a 2,100 mile long corridor of national forests, state parks, and national parks. Connecting all of these together is the Appalachian Trail. Considered by many hiking enthusiasts to be the "granddaddy" of all long distance foot paths, the Appalachian trail holds a place in the hearts of many Americans as the embodiment of adventure and the frontier spirit that helped make their country what it is today. For, to hike on the Appalachian Trail is to experience America's past and present, and to catch a glimpse into its future. Many come for the experience and few leave untouched by its grandeur.

Travel & Places
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Mount Katahdin, Maine: Northern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail

Out of the wild lake country of central Maine rises a solitary peak revered by the native Americans, climbed by writers, artists, and adventurers, and preserved forever for the people of Maine. With an elevation of 5,268 feet, Mount Katahdin, topped by Baxter Peak, beckons outdoor enthusiasts like few other mountains in the world.

Travel & Places
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Springer Mountain, Georgia: Southern Terminus of the Appalachian Trail

Nestled deep in the surrounding hills of the southern Appalachians of north Georgia stands Springer Mountain. At 3,780 feet above sea level, this mountain is neither the tallest nor steepest of those in the area. It does, however, hold a special place in the hearts of everyone who has ever hiked or considered hiking the Appalachian Trail and it stands as one of the final southern sentinels of the vast Appalachian Mountain range that stretches from Newfoundland in Canada to the hills of northeastern Alabama.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
New to Investing? This is the First Thing You Should Do:

Many people who are new to investing are excited about the prospect of using the money their capital can earn in order to grow wealthy. Each individual's goals are personal and there are an infinite amount of reasons why someone may want to learn to invest. They may want to buy a bigger house, a nice car, or to have a well funded retirement just to name a few of the most common goals. However, the financial world is full of options that can be bewildering to the beginner and confusing even to the "experts." Fortunately, there is one step that anyone can take that will be the best financial move for a novice investor in the majority of cases. That move is to open an ROTH Individual Retirement Arrangement otherwise known as a ROTH IRA.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Dividend vs. Growth Stocks: What is the Difference and Which is Right for Your Investment Portfolio?

When purchasing stocks for your portfolio, one of the most important attributes to take into consideration is whether the asset is a dividend stock or a growth stock. Not only can the decision be important in regards to the amount of money you make on your investment, but it is usually best made while considering the goals of your portfolio. Each individual's financial goals are important and knowing how and why to differentiate between these two classes of stock is an important step in making sure that your investments are serving you well.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Is an Online Savings Account Right for You?

Online banking has transformed the way that individuals conduct their personal finance. Along with innovations such as electronic bill pay and account statements, another innovative form of banking has developed over the internet. This development is the online savings account. With it you can expect to receive the same service and convenience of a regular savings account along with an interest rate that is much higher than you'll receive in a traditional savings account.

Health
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Stop Your Children from Biting their Nails

The majority of children will bite their nails at one point or another. Many eventually grow out of it; however a large majority of those who do bite their nails will carry the habit into adulthood. In addition to being a socially unacceptable habit, nail biting can increase the risk of disease and the rate at which germs are spread in your household. Fortunately, there are many methods for curing your children of the habit before it becomes a lifelong addiction.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Bow Tie: Fashionable Accessory or Faux Pas?

You've seen them in movies and on probably on your high school history teacher. You may have even worn one at a wedding or other black tie affair, but should you consider a bow tie as a fashion accessory for everyday wear?

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Tie the Perfect Bow Tie

Bow ties have been around for at least two centuries and have recently become fashionable once more. Unfortunately, unless they were quite the nerd in high school most people in today's society do not know how to tie one. This is unfortunate because not only will they miss out on the opportunity to use this accessory in conjunction with their wardrobe, it is likely that they will eventually be required to wear one to a formal "black-tie" affair such as a wedding, funeral, or business meeting. Fortunately, tying a bow tie is as simple as tying your shoe. It will take a bit of practice before you can get it just right; however it is like riding a bicycle: Once you learn how, you'll never forget.

Home & Garden
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Build the Perfect Scarecrow: 3 Basic Designs from Traditional to Modern

Whether you have a hundred acre farm or a rooftop garden in New York City, pests are an ever present concern. Scarecrows have been around for generations and can be found in fields the world over. Different styles have been designed in different cultures and modern technology has allowed the development of rather unique methods for keeping birds from destroying crops and gardens.

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Do You Make These 7 Debt Mistakes?

Debt is a problem that many people face. We live in a society that revolves around easy credit and conspicuous consumption. We are expected to have debt and few people are ever taught as children the dangers of borrowing too much. Many people today find themselves so deep in debt that they feel they may never get out. Getting out of debt may seem impossible in some situations but for many people the problem is compounded by continuously committing the following 7 mistakes. Avoid them and you will be well on your way to solving your debt

Business & Money
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How Safe is Your Gold Investment?

During times of economic uncertainty investors invariably turn to gold to help protect their assets. But how safe is investing in gold? Promoters of precious metals tout it as a hedge against inflation and global currency debasement. They almost always promote the history of gold as a medium of exchange and often claim that gold will never be worthless. While there is a grain of truth in each claim, what they fail to mention are the risks inherent to investing in gold

Home & Garden
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Three Best Ways to Dry Herbs

Dried herbs are a great way to flavor your food, create your own tea blends, and an excellent option for decorating the home. The art of drying herbs has been around for millennia and has been perfected through centuries of experimentation. New methods are available to the modern herb grower that can dry herbs in minutes as opposed to traditional methods that can take weeks or months. The old ways still work great, however, and are usually less expensive, healthier, and more rewarding.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues

The seven deadly sins have been a part of Christian theology since Pope Gregory refined earlier lists of "mortal" sins into the list we know today. During the middle ages seven heavenly virtues were set in opposition of the seven deadly sins in order to inspire the faithful with ideals to work towards as opposed to sins to avoid. Below is a list of each of the seven deadly sins along with it's corresponding virtue.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The 5 Best Ways to Color Easter Eggs

Coloring eggs is now a favorite spring past time for children worldwide. As different cultures adopted egg coloring many methods and approaches for coloringwere developed. Below are listed several excellent ways to color Easter eggs.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
The Advantages and Disadvantages of Hiking with Trekking Poles

The hiking staff or "walking stick" has been around for millennia. Aaron and Moses are mentioned as each having carried one on their quest for the holy land and blackthorn staff of Irish legend was reported to have special powers. The walking stick has gone through a few changes in the past century but in its most modern form is the set of trekking poles now carried by many hikers. These poles resemble ski poles and one is held in each hand effectively doubling the benefits of the single hiking staff. The debate rages on, especially in long-distance hiking circles, over the necessity of carrying trekking poles. Ultimately the decision is left up to the hiker as a personal choice, but a list of advantages and disadvantages of hiking with trekking poles can be found below.

Home & Garden
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
How to Install Engineered Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo flooring can be a beautiful addition to any home. It can increase your home's value along with creating a more attractive and comfortable living space. Installing bamboo flooring is easy enough for anyone to be able to accomplish it with a great result. The tools you need to install bamboo flooring are simple and are commonly found in most household tool chests.

Lifestyle
by IndianSummer
6 years ago
Tools you Need to Start Gold Prospecting

If you think that you know where to find gold the first thing that you'll need to do is assemble a tool kit that will allow you to recover your treasure. Below is a list of basic equipment that you will need to begin gold prospecting and a little bit about how to use each tool.

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