Best Tent Camping: Oregon, Becky Ohlsen, Menasha Ridge Press

To Share or Not to Share Secret Campgrounds

Writing a camping guidebook is daunting. How do you take an entire state and whittle down the best 50 places to camp? What do you include? Where do you selfishly exclude to keep to yourself? We asked Becky Ohlsen, author of Best Tent Camping: Oregon, how she picked...

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Most Important Rain Gear to Bring Hiking, Menasha Ridge Press

The Rain Gear You Must Bring On A Hike

There are two things you can be certain of in the summer if you're spending any time outdoors—it's going to be blisteringly hot at some point, and you're going to get rained on by a summer storm at some point. But since there's no such thing...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Chicago, Ted Villaire, Menasha Ridge Press, hikes with swimming in Chicago

Best Places to Hike and Swim in Chicago

What Chicago winters do to morale rapidly disappears in the minds of residents when summer rolls around. People can be found doing myriad of outdoor pursuits such as picnicking, playing Frisbee, casting a fishing line, or practicing your tai chi. Many people prefer hiking in...

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Five-Star Trails: Asheville, Jennifer Pharr Davis, Menasha Ridge Press

The Best Secluded Hikes Around Asheville

The secret's been out for a long time now—Asheville is one of the coolest towns in the country. And if you're only including towns east of the Mississippi, it's probably the coolest town. Which also means this small slice of heaven nestled in the Southern Appalachian Mountains is...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Chapters on Main

The Magic of a Local Bookstore

My love for local bookstores was solidified during college when I worked at Adams Bookstore in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Mr. Adams was like a mentor to me during that time. I wrote about his influence during those crucial years in another post.   In 2016, I learned of...

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Father's Day

How to Make Father’s Day More Earth-Friendly

Today is the day for dads. Every year, your family celebrates with Dad in the same way. He's happy, you're happy, everyone is happy. But listen. We know old habits die hard. Family traditions are sacred. However, times have changed and new rules have been set...

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Cycling in Bad Weather, Menasha Ridge Press

How to Bike Safely in the Rain

If you enjoy cycling, you are aware of the safety measures you must take to be safe on the road. Cycling in and around traffic can be a challenge, so you need to make sure you do everything you can to be visible. But, when...

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