Labor Day Staycation, Menasha Ridge Press

The Best Staycation for Labor Day

Labor Day. The unofficial last hurrah of summer. A luxurious three-day weekend full of plans to pack the entire family into the car and go to the beach/lake/campground to cram in every last bit of summer fun possible. A relaxing time together spent eating ice...

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Red Rocks Trail System, Birmingham, Freshwater Land Trust

Exploring the Red Rock Trail System in Birmingham

Some cities are an obvious outdoor paradise. Mountains loom large over buildings. Trails lead directly to back doors of offices. Visitors flock there on vacation. Residents tube to work. Other cities are less outdoorsy to the naked eye. They look urban and full of concrete and...

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Becky Ohlsen, Wilderness Press, Menasha Ridge Press, Portland hiking, Portland camping

Appreciating the Surprises Found Around the Bend

By Becky Ohlsen, author of Best Tent Camping: Oregon, Backpacking Oregon, Walking Portland, One Night Wilderness: Portland. It’s one of the best things about traveling—you just never know what you might find around the corner. This is equally true whether you’re roaming the streets of a busy city,...

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How to Race a Cat Down a River, Outdoor Retailer, Swimline, Menasha Ridge Press

How to Race a Cat Down a River

No cats were harmed in the research of this article. Do you feel like your life has been missing something lately? Have you been searching for just the right way to bid adieu to summer? Do you want to be the envy of your friends? Or,...

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Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Menasha Ridge Press,

Our Week at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

And just like that, another Outdoor Retailer has come and gone. A week that is both impossibly long and astonishingly quick. It's exhausting and inspiring. We all survive on caffeine and samples of trail mix and happy hours with beer and kombucha. Now that we've had...

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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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