Pyramid Point Trail Review

4 May 066

In late spring, temperatures have only just risen into the 60s and the warmth and rain has brought out a bouquet on forest floors around the Great Lakes. It’s a great time for a hike at the Pyramid Point Trail in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It’s a good place to experience three very …

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Sleeping Bear Point Trail


If you’re looking for a challenging hike with beautiful views of Lake Michigan, South Manitou Island, and North Manitou Island, then Sleeping Bear Point Trail in Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is for you. This trail was chosen the #1 Hike-to-View in all the national parks in the National Geographic book, The 10 Best of Everything …

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Whitewater Memorial State Park Review


About an hour or so west of Cincinnati, is Whitewater Memorial State Park in Union County, Indiana. The park was built in 1949 to memorialize those who served in World War II. It lies next to Brookville Lake and encompasses  the 200 acre, man-made, Whitewater Lake. The park offers a range of facilities and outdoor …

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Camping When It Rains

tarp over tent

Camping is one of our favorite outdoor activities. With changing seasons across the country, other adventurers are busy preparing their gear for the season as well. Temperatures are rising and with the warm spring weather comes a lot of rain and mud. But camping in the rain can be a lot of fun if you …

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PackNet From Tribe One Outdoors Gear Review


The LP Series PackNet with PackTach Technology from Tribe One Outdoors is like having extra hands to hold the gear you need for your outdoor adventures. The PackNet can hold a lot because it’s made from high strength military spec shock cord. The cords come together at a center hub which makes it look like a …

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Jetflow Eagle Hydration System & Tomahawk Pack Review

jetflow pack

From time to time a product comes along  that makes you ask, “Why didn’t I think of that?”  The Jetflow Eagle hydration system does that. It replaces the water bladder with the durability of and the adaptability to fit almost any standard plastic bottle.  The bottle simply screws into the intuitive Jetflow Eagle System manifold …

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Green Fire Documentary Film Review


The Clearwater Audubon Society, in partnership with the Friends of Weedon Island, recently held a limited seating screening of a new full-length documentary film called Green Fire: Aldo Leopold And A Land Ethic For Our Time. The movie highlights the lifelong efforts of ecologist, forester, and environmentalist Aldo Leopold to understand, manage, and preserve the land …

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Lake Rogers Park Camping And Hiking Trip Report

canoe launch

Lake Rogers Park in Hillsborough County, Florida is a hidden gem that has plenty for everyone to enjoy. Within the park and adjacent to Lake Rogers is the smaller but no less attractive Lake Raleigh. Together, the lakes and the surrounding woods comprise 272 acres of good foraging habitat for osprey, bald eagle, wading birds, raccoon, opossum, …

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Scenic Hikes In The Tampa Bay Area

trail lanes

The Tampa Bay area offers a diverse mixture of scenery in urban, suburban, rural, agricultural, and natural areas. One of the best ways to experience the full mix is to hike or bike the Suncoast and Pinellas Trails. They’re two of the most popular trails in the Tampa Bay area and with good reason. Each trail is …

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Hillsborough River State Park Trip Report


Just a half hour from bustling downtown Tampa is one of Florida’s oldest state parks. Hillsborough River State Park is 3,383 acres of tranquil wilderness where one can relax and recharge. The Civilian Conservation Corps built it in 1938 and since then, it’s seen a lot of improvements. Today the park offers a well rounded assortment …

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Hiking & Camping Burned Areas

Many Burned Pines Are Still Standing

Pine Forest Bordering Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge, 1 Month After A Prescribed Burn Fire is destructive. Each year wildfires burn hundreds of thousands of acres of forest. They destroy neighboring homes and livelihoods. The news reports the threat of wildfires and shows powerful video footage of the flames. Each fire gets a name based …

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Sierra Designs Rohn 15 Backpack Review

Sierra Designs Rohn 15 Backpack

The Rohn 15 backpack from Sierra Designs looks sharp and has some innovative features built into it. At only 1 lb. 15 oz. for the M/L size and 1 lb. 13 oz. for the S/M size, it’s light enough to be used as an everyday pack. On first use, I filled the pack with everything …

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Hiking Arenal Volcano

Costa Rica 215

Sometimes, one is compelled to tempt fate. On a recent trip, Sarah and I traveled to the Pacific Ring of Fire – on the Guanacaste Range of Costa Rica – to Arenal Volcano National Park so we could hike one of the most active volcanoes on Earth! Arenal is the centerpiece of the 30,000 acre Arenal Volcano …

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Early Spring On The Florida Peninsula

Early Blooming Purple Passion Flower

Florida is widely known for its beaches, abundance of sunshine, and mild temperatures. Cold temperatures rarely occur on the peninsula after February and there won’t be another cold snap until late October. Spring officially began March 20, but winter was warmer than usual so spring arrived a month early. This made trees, shrubs, and plants …

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