Peak Above the Nubble, White Mountains, bushwhacking, Lafe Low, Menasha Ridge Press

Bushwhacking in the White Mountains

Epic adventures sometimes have humble beginnings. I had a great conversation with an old ski instructor buddy of mine lately. He too is also an avid hiker. I had sent him a text saying I was dying to go hiking on the forthcoming weekend. He...

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60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston, Lafe Low, Menasha Ridge Press, Boston hiking

Delivery Notice—One Healthy Boston Hiking Guide

Delivery Notice: One Perfectly Healthy Boston Hiking Guide. Name: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston Weight: 312 pages Length: 9 inches Author and book are doing well! My copies of 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Boston arrived the other day. That was certainly cause for celebration, especially when I cracked...

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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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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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Best Tent Camping: Minnesota, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Minnesota, Tom Watson

Why Minnesota Summers are the Best

Minnesota. A state that can be so harsh, yet so endearing. Long, cold winters give way to breathtakingly beautiful summers with ideal weather and ample opportunities to get outside and explore. The state does have 10,000 lakes, after all. Spend this summer exploring the trails of...

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