National Trails Day, American Hiking Society, Menasha Ridge Press

How to Prepare for National Trails Day

June 2nd (next week!) is American Hiking Society's National Trails Day. For the past 25 years, National Trails Day has been an opportunity to encourage people to get out onto the trails in any way they want—hiking, biking, running, dancing. This year, being the 50th anniversary of...

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SortaBeta, Menasha Ridge Press, what to do when camping sucks

What to Do When Camping Starts to Suck

If you believe everything you see on Instagram, camping is the most relaxing, picturesque activity ever. What can possibly go wrong when you’re sleeping under the stars, far away from deadlines and dirty dishes and traffic and the world’s problems? Uh, everything! For such a seemingly...

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Benefits of beach camping, Menasha Ridge Press

The Benefits of Beach Camping

It's about to be summertime. There will be an exodus from our homes to typically two locations—the beach, or camping at a state or national park. Which means your relaxing, long-awaited family vacation will be shared with millions of other families. This year, you should buck...

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Ouachita Trail, Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock

Hiking the Remainder of the Ouachita Trail

Bob and I walked the first 160 miles of the Ouachita (Wash’-i-taw) Trail before and after Christmas, so only the last 63 miles stood between us and completing our thru-hike. Several things occurred to keep us from getting back out there, but May 2-6 was...

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Earth Day 2018, Menasha Ridge Press, Conservation Alliance, #wekeepitwild

Say No to Plastic on Earth Day

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Or, to those of us who live life as if every day is Earth Day, happy Sunday! The theme of this year's Earth Day is educating and encouraging people to help end plastic pollution. Which is a massively growing problem! Maybe you've...

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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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