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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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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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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Best Trails in Phoenix for Beginner Hikers

The City of Phoenix spans a staggering 517 square miles and houses more than 1.5 million people, making it the fifth-largest city in the United States. Within its boundaries, Phoenix has three major mountain preserves where dozens of trails cater to the daily exerciser or...

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The Best Hiking Within 60 Miles of Boston

While the hike profiles I write and revise for the book 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Boston are all formal and factual, I think of these previews more as my emotional response. This is what I would say to you while sitting at a pub...

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Five-Star Trails: The Ozarks, Jim Warnock, Lake Alma,

Navigating Icy Trails On Lake Alma in Arkansas

Years ago we asked my youngest daughter about vacation ideas. This young lady is now more widely traveled than her father, but at that time she named several options that we’d already visited. When asked why she liked these places, she said, “Because we’ve been...

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