We all know that driving on a road trip to your destination can be filled with excitement, but thinking about how to pack your car with all those items may give you a migraine. Whether you drive a mini-van, SUV, or even a hot new BMW, you can still pack all your belongings while thinking about your […]
More and more people are catching bigger and bigger fish from kayaks every day. Kayaking fishing for big fish isn’t just a challenge, but also a rush. Hooking and fighting big fish from the ‘yak is one thing, but landing those fish is a whole different story entirely. So here are a few kayaking fishing tips […]
While riding around an arena is a necessary step for any beginner learning the basics, riding alongside the unpredictability of nature is something you can’t experience while in an enclosed space. It’s time to venture out. After all, horses are meant to run in open spaces as are humans. If you’re done practicing riding techniques and have […]
Contributed by Justin Fricke of The Weekend Warrior Finding an outdoor climbing spot in the southeast is tough to do when the warm and humid, summer air starts rolling through the region in April. Lots of places become overgrown with Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, the holds get slimy, insect swarms are inevitable, and it’s […]
Snakes. The word alone can make you bristle. But are snakes really that bad? If you’re one of the five people killed annually by snakes in the United States, then yes, they’re really that bad. In reality, snakes are just like any other animal – they live to eat, sleep and reproduce. They mind their […]
There’s no better way of spending a September afternoon than gorging on cider donuts and picking apples at the local orchard. But once you’re home, what do you do with all those bushels you picked? We’ve scoured the interwebs for the best ways to cook apples, and these four apple recipes fit the bill. From no-bake to crowd-pleasers, why not give […]
Wildfires wreak havoc every year in forests and grasslands around the world. These seemingly devastating events, whether natural or intentional, may overwhelmingly negatively impact local neighborhoods, but plants and animals in forest fires have acclimated in areas of common fire occurrences. “Wildlife have a long-standing relationship with fire,” according to ecosystem ecologist Mazeika Sullivan in […]
Horseback riding in a state park can be a ton of fun but it can also be a dangerous activity if you are not careful or if you do not know how to go horseback riding. Here is a simple guide to follow to learn how to ride a horse. Step 1: Location The first thing […]
When one thinks about the Grand Canyon, panoramic views, sweeping landscapes and jagged cliffs would normally come to mind, but if two proposed business developments come to fruition, Grand Canyon development like hotels, restaurants and a gondola will have to be added to that vision. National Park officials are saying no to Grand Canyon development plans […]
Contributed by Justin Fricke of The Weekend Warrior There’s great mountain biking at Alafia River State Park in FLORIDA? But flat land, beaches, and humidity are synonymous with Florida, not mountains. Mountain bikes and Florida shouldn’t be associated with each other—right? Wrong! Tucked away in the middle part of the state, about an hour east of Tampa Bay, you’ll […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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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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 […]
Christie and Tyler Pelton may not have gotten married in a state park, but they came pretty close. After meeting at Lafayette College in 2005 (they were both on the crew team) and dating for about four and a half years, Tyler proposed at Elk Neck State Park, in North East, Maryland, on March 7, […]
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 […]
Take a master diver who’s never camped or hiked a day in her life, throw in several life-altering surgeries and you’ve got the Hiking Diva. This savvy outdoorswoman’s eponymous blog chronicles her exploits through Georga’s backcountry and state parks, including, but not limited to, run-ins with bears, a near-pummeling by deer and a military rescue. […]
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