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Trash Reminder

Trash Reminder

Glacier National Park recently released a reminder to those that have decided its OK to drop trash around our National Parks.

National Parks During a Government Shutdown

National Parks During a Government Shutdown

National Park Shutdown National Parks in the U.S.A. are usually open 365 days a year.  When legislators and the President fail to fund the operations of government, the Park Service furloughs non-essential workers.   Usually these periods are short and the parks are open after a few days.  This year’s long shutdown left the parks […]

The Dangers of Hiking

The Dangers of Hiking

Sometimes I answer questions posed by members of Quora.  Here is one question and my answer:
What are the most common, likely dangers facing hikers in North America?

Ghosts Haunt the Lava Beds

Ghosts Haunt the Lava Beds

The history of the Lava Beds National Monument is rough, with a bloody history of the Modoc Indian War.  Many people died there during the war under horrible circumstances.  Do their spirits live on? Frank Bagges was quite certain they do.  He related his first person report to the The Morning Call, a San Francisco newspaper.  The story was […]

Why Humans Explore

Why Humans Explore

 There are many motivations that move explorers forward. One way to discover some of them is to study the greatest voyages of exploration.

Ghost Towns

Ghost Towns

As Halloween approaches, what better to talk about than ghost towns as a basis for outdoor recreation and our exploratory adventures.  There are ghost towns across the USA and around the world, but choose carefully.  For example, I don’t recommend exploring Pripyat, Ukraine, a city that became a ghost town after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.  Instead locate and explore one […]

The Colors of Autumn

The Colors of Autumn

As I write this,  yellow leaves are beginning to mix with the green in the box elder trees , the tops of the cottonwoods are starting to fade to yellow and the European snowball viburnum is showing hints of red. Those are sure signs that the seasons are changing and it will soon be time to enjoy the full pallet […]

Belgian Sets Pacific Crest Trail Record

Belgian Sets Pacific Crest Trail Record

According to a press release provided by Karel Sabbe, he has completed the entire Pacific Crest Trail  in 52 days, 8 hours and 25 minutes.  This beats the record set by Joe Mcconaughey in 2014 by almost a day.  Here is what Sabbe had to say:   While we are not into high speed wilderness […]

Base Camp Trailer – Nest Caravan

Base Camp Trailer – Nest Caravan

  A great way to explore is day hiking.  An even better way is to set up a base camp and day hike in all directions over several days.  Camping trailers make outstanding base camps, as opposed to those big RV’s, because you can park the trailer and get deeper into the woods with your […]

Underwater Exploration at Yellowstone National Park

Underwater Exploration at Yellowstone National Park

Beyond snorkeling and SCUBA diving, most of us have limited ability to explore underwater.  Even given these skills, we are still limited by depth and the amount of time that we can stay under water at one time.  A select few have access to submersible vehicles and can extend this a bit more, but serious […]

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