Lilac

1. Lilac

May Night The spring is fresh and fearlessAnd every leaf is new,The world is brimmed with moonlight,The lilac brimmed with dew. Here in the moving shadowsI catch my breath and sing —My heart is fresh and fearlessAnd over-brimmed with...
The Crystal Field

2. The Crystal Field

The air is blue and keen and coldAnd in a shining sheath enrolled.Each branch, each twig, each blade of grassSeems clad miraculously with glass. This poem is a modification of “A Crystal Forest” by William Sharp from the book:...
Lichen

3. Lichen

Springtime in the Rockies, Lichen (Excerpt) BY LEW WELCH All these years I overlooked them in theracket of the rest, thissymbiotic splash of plant and fungus feedingon rock, on sun, a little moisture, air —tiny acid-factories...
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A Guide to Your State Parks

A Guide to Your State Parks
There are a lot of state parks in the U.S. and every one of them offers some great excuses to get out and explore.  If you are new to an area it can sometimes be difficult to find nearby state parks...

Get Outdoors to Get Your Bacteria

Get Outdoors to Get Your Bacteria
Turns out that bacteria are critical to your health.  In fact some researchers suggest that microbes may outnumber human cells in a typical body by as many as 10 to 1 and many of those microbes are...

Funding Land and Water Conservation

Funding Land and Water Conservation
After expiring at the end of September 2015, the Land and Water Conservation Fund has been reauthorized. There is money in the fund from a portion of the revenues from offshore oil and gas drilling...

Wiring the National Parks

Wiring the National Parks
While Congressional Republicans are wondering why the internet needs to be so fast for us users, Congressional democrats are pushing to provide free, broadband, Wi-fi service to users at all...

Gear Trade

Gear Trade
Outdoor gear can get expensive.  If you are looking for less expensive options, you might try Gear Trade, our newest affiliate.  If you have some gear you no longer need,  Gear Trade also provides a...

Reconnecting our Youth to Outdoor Recreation, Who&...

Reconnecting our Youth to Outdoor Recreation, Who’s In?
  This post by Becky Schwanke first appeared on the Tuff Kids Outdoors Blog on January 21st, 2016.  It is reposted here with the author’s permission. Beyond your own family, your own town...

Honing Your Senses for Outdoor Discovery

Honing Your Senses for Outdoor Discovery
When exploring, our primal senses kick in to alert us to anything that moves.  It could be food or danger, but either way we need to know about it so we can choose fight or flight.  Beyond that...

Lessons Learned from Death by Grizzly Bear

Lessons Learned from Death by Grizzly Bear
Lance Crosby, 63, from Billings, Montana, was killed by a grizzly bear on Elephant Back Mountain in Yellowstone National Park on August 6, 2015. Crosby was a seasonal employee at the Lake Medical...

The Irish Green Prescription for Mental Health

The Irish Green Prescription for Mental Health
I’ve talked about the importance of the outdoors and general communing with nature in maintaining health in previous posts.  The people in Ireland are taking the notion even further. The Green...

Heinz Stücke: The Man on the Bicycle

Heinz Stücke: The Man on the Bicycle
Those of us that enjoy bicycling typically have a regimen that involves a loop ride outside our door or a mountain adventure for an afternoon or a day.   Some of us even get into cross country...

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