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You know us: we love to be outside. Camping, hiking, you name it—we’re there! In fact, we love the great outdoors so much, that sometimes, when we have to be inside, we try our hardest to make our indoor spaces look like outside places. If you happen to be the same way, then keep reading, […]
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Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Over several decades, I have used every type of thick and thin sleeping pad until I finally moved on to an air pad. I’ve realized that there are many benefits of having higher quality gear when camping, but the best benefit is a great night’s sleep and no more grumpy […]
It might not feel like spring is only a few weeks away, but believe it or not, warmer weather is right around the corner. While we couldn’t be more excited about the return of higher temperatures, we’re not much looking forward to those lingering frosty nights. Since several state park campgrounds re-open in the spring, […]
Contributed by Katie Levy, Adventure-Inspired Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park is best known for its stunning waterfalls, babbling brooks, access to nature, deep gorges and generally stunning scenery. The park’s campgrounds are perfect places to spend a warm weather weekend away from it all. Summer is a pretty spectacular time of year for waterfall watching and […]
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There are many great movies that have used fishing effectively as a framing device. While it can be the focus of a movie, usually there’s some kind of bloodlust or storm interrupting the perfectly good fishing action. Sometimes, the action simply revolves around not catching anything and just dealing with that ancient enemy of humans […]
Did you know that today, February 28th, is National Public Sleeping Day? Because honestly we didn’t know until we wrote this post. Seriously, it was quite a find. Anyway, now that we know about this holiday, we’ve decided it’s a real shame that we’ve spent so many years not celebrating. So, we’re making up for […]
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A long time ago, wolves scared us. Countless myths, fairytales, and legends about big bad wolves in deep dark forests stand as proof. But wolves are closer to us than we think: once upon a time, man’s best friend was a wolf. Now that gray wolf populations are growing in several western U.S. states, they’re […]
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There’s no doubt this has been a rough winter, so when Fat Tuesday rolls around next week, we think everyone deserves a little celebration. You don’t even have to be in New Orleans to get a taste of Mardi Gras. Case in point: these 5 delectable Mardi Gras recipes. Do Fat Tuesday right and stuff […]
The syrup season is upon us so it’s time we talk about nature’s warming and delicious condiment. High in the running for most delicious substance on earth, this protean liquid is often eaten on snow, pancakes, waffles and french toast, or you can just drink some of it straight and it’s like a Canadian vacation […]
While we here at ParksByNature advocate enjoying the outdoors whenever and wherever you can, it’s simply a fact of life that Mother Nature will sometimes interfere with even the best of intentions. What’s there to do if you’re not feeling a TV show, movie, or book? Well, you could try out some of these fun […]
We love camping because it gives us a chance to leave behind all the stress, all the technology, all the appliances, all the people, all the social media, all the television and video games…all the things that are fun? Let’s face it, sometimes camping can be boring. There’s usually one surefire way to bring some […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Right out of the box the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife separated the elk hide from flesh like it was warm butter. It was sharp, fit perfectly in my hand and was a comfortable weight. Even though I had bloody hands, the SOG Woodline fixed blade knife is an […]
Contributed by Bill Howard. I keep a backpack I use on those “special” hunting trips where I may be gone from home for several days in the wilderness. I keep things such as an extra fall restraint system (in case my safety vest were to either get damaged or get used for its purpose, I […]
Just when you thought a busy mother of three young children couldn’t possibly add one more thing to an already jam-packed schedule, Tiffany Akin proves there’s always room for adventure. The Campy Mom, as Akin’s known in the blogosphere, not only makes time for the outdoors but she also makes sure it’s part of her […]
Bill Howard‘s second offering of free gear is here! To enter, tell us in the comments section what you need for your next outdoor—you might just win your very own! We’ll announce the winner next Friday after our third installment. Good luck! LifeStraw Personal Water Filter I once posted that I find it as a […]
Starting today, and running consecutively for the following four Fridays, our contributor Bill Howard (Bow America) will be sharing his suggestions for best hunting and fishing gear under $20. Do you agree with his favorite finds? Be sure to tell us in the comment below, as we will be giving away some of these items […]
Contributed by Will Jenkins, The Will to Hunt I’m a wimp, I hate the cold. Unfortunately I love hunting too much to let the cold keep me away. If you’ve ever been hunting you know that keeping warm is the biggest challenge in the late season and one of the reasons many people don’t hunt a […]
Contributed by Jacqueline Basallo, The Basallo Brainery. I have a confession to make: I’m a born-and-raised Miamian who can’t swim. (Even those of us who live within close proximity to the water have a hard time staying afloat.) I’ve mastered the doggy paddle and my underwater skills are up to par with Ariel but, beyond […]
Contributed by Al Quackenbush, The SoCal Bowhunter Over the past two decades I have seen hunting backpacks grow in popularity and size. Not only cubic inches, but number of pockets and where we can strap things. Don’t be sucked into the thought that you have to fill each and every pocket or empty space with something. […]
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The thought of lions and tigers and bears may have frightened Dorothy and her friends when they entered the forest, but luckily, you probably don’t have to worry about encountering any lions or tigers when you explore the outdoors. Bears, on the other hand, are a different story. With a wide range and increasing population […]
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