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 […]
They were here long before we were and they’ll be here long after we’re gone. I’m not talking ancient aliens – I’m talking rodents. Despite evoking fear and/or disgust from many, rodents and humans have much in common. Like us, rodents are social animals. Their mating habits sound like our own TV soap operas, complete with monogamy, polygamy, and […]
Setting up camp can be a hassle. But even more so when camping in the wilderness or a totally isolated place! Many campers want privacy and choose areas beyond the multitude of campers that station themselves in popular, often crowded spots. Check with you’re national or state park to see where you’re allowed to camp; […]
September is for apples, fall foliage, and state park events! From fiddling to marbles, bison to wild ponies, we’ve uncovered September’s liveliest state park events to kick off your fall. State Park Event: Mountaineer Folk Festival Fall Creek Falls State Park, Tennessee September 5 – 7, 2014 Head to Fall Creek Falls State Park for incredible […]
Contributed by Michael Restivo of Mike off the Map Majestically set against the Seattle skyline, Mt. Rainier dominates the Washington landscape, making it one of the most iconic sights in the state. At 14,411-feet, the mountain is the centerpiece of the national park, and the highest point in the state of Washington. While much of the […]
There’s something intriguing about the desolate ruins of the American West; those old mining towns with overgrown leaves that call us back in time. Today many ghost towns are considered landmarks; some have acquired the state park status. Instead of leaving them to the dust, ghost towns serve as a learning experience, so future generations […]
Insects, although vital to the ecosystem, can be downright annoying at times, especially when we’re trying to enjoy our the outdoors. Many family picnics have been run afoul with the presence of mosquitoes and flies, and picnics ruined due to ants marching at our feet. You’ve probably seen some of your elders use homemade remedies such […]
There is nothing more earthly than the site of wildlife in a state park. If you love seeing wildlife, then you’ll be interested to know which animal belongs to your state. While exploring the parks with your state’s Pocket Ranger® app in hand, keep your eyes peeled for some of these state mammals! Alabama This state’s mammal is […]
New Hampshire: best known for its fall foliage, terrific skiing and hiking, and its moose. This large, hairy, horse-like animal with antlers is seen everywhere in the state, gracing license plates and t-shirts, signs and coffee mugs. There are around 6,000 moose in New Hampshire, the largest concentrations being in the northern parts of the state. Here are […]
In 2006, it was discovered that one of our earliest fossilized ancestors, the 2.5 million year old Taung Child, was probably killed by a large bird of prey. The ancient bird left its telltale beak marks in the eye sockets of Taung Child, confirming what many of us already knew: Birds of prey have been tormenting earthbound creatures for millions […]
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 […]
Food of the American Civil War was kept simple by necessity. According to Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, individual rations consisted of salt pork or beed, desiccated mixed vegetables, and a kind of tooth shattering biscuit called hardtack. In addition to dealing with few ingredients, Union and Confederate soldiers had little cooking know-how since meal preparation was […]
Hiking, camping, fishing, biking… we all know the usual reasons for visiting the state parks, but what about ghost hunting? Well, it depends on which park you’re visiting. The ones listed here are rumored to be visited by more than just campers and nature lovers. Yes, we’re referring to ghostly spirits from beyond the grave. […]
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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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