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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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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