Yes, Hiking Trails Are More Crowded than Ever

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Yes, Hiking Trails Are More Crowded than Ever
In 2013, I hiked to one of the most beautiful places in the world: a glowing turquoise lake cradled by alpine tundra and framed by 13,000-foot peaks. It was a clear fall day, and I didn’t see another person on the entire 3.5-mile Ice Lakes Trail, in southwest Colorado. I was so enchanted that I retu...

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How the Effects of Historically Racist Laws Are Still Keeping BIPOC From the Outdoors

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How the Effects of Historically Racist Laws Are Still Keeping BIPOC From the Outdoors
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“When I was growing up, you did not go to Stone Mountain or places outside of the metro area like Forsythe county,” says my Aunt Mel, who grew up in Atlanta. “Th...

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A Friendly Reminder: Wild Animals Will Still Mess You Up

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A Friendly Reminder: Wild Animals Will Still Mess You Up
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Grizzly bears can top 1,000 pounds and stand nearly 10 feet tall; with four-inch claws and a predator’s canines, they’re equipped to take down prey and defen...

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The Ghost Trail Hunters of Mount Desert Island

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The Ghost Trail Hunters of Mount Desert Island
On a cloudless spring day in mid-May, I pulled into an overlook of no particular significance off the loop road that runs through Maine’s Acadia National Park. An informational placard provided tourists with a boilerplate account of a 1947 wildfire that tore through half the park, but the site’s chi...

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Turn off the lights. Go outside. Close the door behind you. Maybe rain has fallen all evening, and the moon, when it emerges between the clouds, glows on the flooded streets and silhouettes leafless maple trees lining the curb. Maybe the tide is low under the docks and warehouses, and the air is br...

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The Wild Songs in Thomas Rhett’s Heart

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The Wild Songs in Thomas Rhett's Heart
All too often, life gets in the way of the things we really care about. So it was for Thomas Rhett, one of the biggest names in country music, whose rise to superstardom meant that he no longer had time for the outdoor experiences that had been such a formative part of his childhood. But then the pa...

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Climate Change
When my daughter was a few weeks old, a wildfire broke out near our home in southwest Colorado. The previous winter had been one of the driest on record, and the fire quickly burned out of control. Each night, as smoke crept through the cracks of our home, I cradled Josephine’s tiny body and worried...

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Best Survival Books – 7 Titles Handpicked by a US Marine

I’m (Mike of Military Backpack Guide) a former US Marine and IRAQ veteran, and this is my list of the absolute best survival books.  Books you can learn from, and live by.  The problem is that there are a ton of books about survival but lots of them are, well, junk.  Not junk in the sense that the author didn’t try, just more like books that tend to be a compilation of other books, original works that have been consumed and regurgitated, and every other “not that great” reference in between. That’s one of the reasons why this is the “top 7” and not “top 10”.  I refuse to stuff this thing with unnecessary entries just to make a number.  This is officially  the best collection of survival books this side of Mars– neatly organized, and updated for 2015.  Of course, if you’re not a book learner, there are plenty of survival schools throughout the world too.

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The 15 Best Survival Books Ever Written | Outdoor Life

Not everyone’s a Navy Seal or an Eagle Scout. So for those who haven’t received hands-on training in survival skills, studying a quality survival manual is your next best option. Whether you have a full library of self-preservation books, or you are looking to buy your first survival guide, check out our some of our favorite titles.

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Duck house: hardware – Yellow Cottage Homestead

More progress on the duck house project. I painted the underside of the floor. It won’t be seen, but the paint will help protect it from ground moisture: And painted under the awning: Righting it a…

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I asked David about the sign above the duck house door and he answered back with a link to the details on the construction of their ‘BoonDucks’ duck house.

Follow the link for even more details and pictures!  And Thanks, David!