With 20,000 butterfly species in the world, the probability of seeing one is very likely; after all a female butterfly will lay around 100 eggs in her short lifespan. Butterflies come in a variety of colors and shapes, all sharing the characteristic of wings and scales. Though most of us are in awe when spotting a […]
Halloween is a couple weeks away, but for anyone creating their costumes from scratch it means planning ahead, rummaging through closets, borrowing from friends, and going to thrift stores. After all what is Halloween without a treasure hunt to create your own version of classic characters. If you’re still scratching your head for ideas, here […]
Nature produces beautiful works of art. From the awe-inspiring sunsets to the alien-like creatures that swim in our oceans, Mother Nature is the most original artist of them all. In fact, animal prints are so unique, they’ve made their way into mainstream fashion. We’ve compiled a list of the top 15 animals prints in nature. We […]
The season of autumn has arrived and Halloween is in a few weeks, which means fall camping season is here! What better way to spend Halloween than camping outdoors? Here are a few spooky Halloween camping recipes to have your family screaming for more! Marshmallow Witches Recipe Courtesy of Tasteofhome.com This recipe is perfect for the […]
Contributed by Alex Vail, The Flying Kayak By this day and age, almost everyone knows that kayaks provide the ultimate form of watercraft for shallow waters. But with shifting tides and unpredictable weather, a paddler can easily find his or herself stranded in the mud. When this happens, what do you do? Wait for the tide to […]
Looking for your own Blair Witch Project experience this October? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a few of the best haunted hikes at the state and national parks, complete with monsters, ghosts, and chilling landscapes. Haunted Hikes Wharton State Forest (New Jersey) For three hundred years, people have reported sightings of the Jersey Devil. Described as a kangaroo-like […]
Halloween is just around the corner and you know what that means: candy for the kids! Check out these State Parks that are hosting trick-or-treating events. Alabama Tannehill State Park October 25th, 2014 The Tannehill Halloween Festival is hosting a non-scary, fun-filled holiday for those who want to stay away from ghosts and goblins. To […]
Contributed by Justin Fricke of The Weekend Warrior One trail that’s near and dear to me is the Florida Trail. This is 1 of the 11 trails that’s part of the National Scenic Trails System, and of the 11, the Florida Trail’s probably the most overlooked. The 1,300 miles of the Florida Trail provides loads of […]
It’s no secret that wildlife are losing their habitats and resources due to climate change; these two words hover above us like a bad omen. Not to mention human expansion: it’s hard leaving ourselves out from the equation. Since the Industrial Revolution, human activity has increased CO2, thereby creating a warming effect. So what does climate change mean for […]
Within the last few decades, scientists have began speculating whether or not animals mourn their dead. Animals that mourn and grieve for lost ones isn’t as far fetched as some might think. Most mammals have evolved to have bonds and social order similar to humans. Let’s say two sister cats were raised together. One day, […]
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 […]
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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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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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. […]
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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