April showers, sortabeta

Other Things That April Showers Bring

"April showers bring May flowers." We grew up reciting that rhyme (and followed up with the Dad joke, "What else do May flowers bring? Pilgrims!"). It's cute. It's catchy. It brings you visions of happy flowers. It's also a lame way to sugarcoat just how awful April...

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Nimblewill Nomad, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Alabama Pinhoti Trail, Menasha Ridge Press

Life Lessons From Jennifer Pharr Davis

Over the past week and a half, Jennifer Pharr Davis has been thru hiking the Alabama Pinhoti Trail. She ventured south from her home in North Carolina to bring attention to what she's coined as "The Goldilocks Trail" (because everything about it is perfect) (duh,...

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Thru-Hiker-Dog Completes the Ozark Highlands Trail

Saturday, March 31, was our day to walk the few miles needed by Hiker-dog to complete the 180-mile Ozark Highlands Trail (OHT). Of course, the OHT keeps growing, but the first 165 miles qualify for thru-hiker bragging rights. Hiker-dog has walked or run every inch of the...

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How to Take the Kids Car Camping for Spring Break

Spring break vacations are so predictable. Families flock to the beach. The big cities. Disney World. And while there's nothing wrong with that, spring break can also be a great time to introduce the kids to a lifelong passion for the outdoors (hopefully). It's cheap, it's...

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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, Minnesota camping, Tom Watson

Best Camping in Minnesota in Early Spring

Happy official start of camping season (if you're a fair-weather hiker, that is)! The land of 10,000 lakes is a fantastic camping destination. You can enjoy camping in three distinct but overlapping regions: the southeastern Big Woods region, accented by remnant hardwood forests lining deep, glacially carved...

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How to find a shamrock, Menasha Ridge Press

How to Search for a Shamrock

St. Patrick's Day is conveniently falling on a Saturday this year. To some, that may mean an entire day of pretending to be Irish and enjoying a lot of Guinness. To the outdoor community, it should mean an entire day in the wilderness doing one very important...

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The Importance of Outdoor Book Clubs

Like all things that come full circle, book clubs are making a comeback. Or maybe they never actually left, but they're definitely becoming "cool" again for an audience broader than Oprah's Book Club for your mom and her friends. Emma Watson has Our Shared Shelf. Mindy...

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