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25 Mar 2023
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The 10 Essentials for Hiking 

If you just want the list, skip the guilt trip that follows this sentence. I already know what you’re thinking: “Hey, I’m just taking a stroll through the local park. I’m not taking no essentials. What could happen?” How about this: You’re “strolling” and get…

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The Outdoors Needs Us (2) 

Part I: Click Here. by Glenn Nelson In a way, my in-laws are lucky to have been post-Civil-Rights-era immigrants, distanced from the albatross of a dark history in this country. They more easily embrace the notion of national parks as a singularly inspiring hunk of…

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The Outdoors Needs Us 

Although I was a Boy Scout and had parents who took me fishing and camping since I was old enough to remember, I still understand why a person of color might regard national parks with a good bit of trepidation. While many outdoorspeople worry in…

Acadia, Hikes

Bubble Rock (ME) 

Get your Sisyphus impersonations ready. You will be hit with the irresistible urge to take photos of yourself and companions appearing to be pushing a big boulder uphill. Then rest up from the endless task in front of fabulous views. The Bubble Rock Download Highlights:…

Hikes, Rocky Mountain

Alberta Falls (CO) 

The hike is not overly taxing, and delivers on wildlife and scenery, not to mention the payoff waterfalls. The drive along Bear Lake Road, also scenic and host to abundant wildlife, is a large part of the experience. The Alberta Falls Download Highlights: Forested, including…

Hikes, North Cascades

Thunder Knob (WA) 

Pinch me. A hike with major mountain views without a major climb. Awesome overhead vista of Diablo Lake with Davis Peak and crab-claw-looking McMillan Spires to the side. And, get this, real benches – on the trail as well as the summit. A perfect hike?…

Hikes, North Cascades

Rainy Lake (WA) 

One day you’ll tell a friend, “I just took the best hike.” When you divulge the location (Rainy Lake), she or he will respond, “That’s no hike. You can take a walk like that anywhere in the city.” Don’t back down. This is a hike….

Birds, Wildlife

Cuckoo Over Owls 

It once roosted in a thicket the size of a two-car garage, amidst wetlands and diked agricultural fields near Stanwood, Washington. The brush was so thick, the Long-Eared Owl must have felt unassailable. Long-barreled photographic devices proliferated and trained at it like arms in a…