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July 31, 2019

If you've been on Facebook lately, you may have noticed a lot of promotional ads for Arctic Cool.  They sell cooling shirts, hats, and other accessories that are supposed to cool down the more you sweat.  Since I am looking into starting a hiking/backpacking/trail runn...

August 22, 2018

I love being in the outdoors.  I love sharing my passion for the outdoors with others.  Most of all, I love what the outdoors does for me.  The outdoors is peacefulness, mindfulness, and serenity when life is stressful.

The only loud music is the singing of th...

April 10, 2018

My niece, Mina, wanted to help today, so this article is partly her doing.  I wanted to write about hiking gear on a budget, especially during this time of transitional weather.  When the days fluctuate between 54 degrees at 3 pm to snowing overnight, it can be challen...

January 7, 2018

 Tree Arch, North Country Trail, Wampum, PA - off Tony Ditko Road

2018 - a bitter start this year, with most of the United States mired in single-digit temperatures with below zero wind chills.  Snowfall has been heavy, reaching record totals in Erie, PA, and as far sou...

December 30, 2017

Have you ever done all your research and felt completely prepared for a hike, only to find out that you had SO MUCH MORE to learn once you got on the trail?  Yeah, that's what it was like when we hiked Camelback.  

Now, my son and I are pretty experienced hike...

December 28, 2017

Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, is known for its remarkable views and grueling hikes.  The majority of the trail is rated Extremely Difficult, and you can believe it - the Summit Trail from the Echo Canyon Trailhead is no easy feat!

However, even the least darin...

November 29, 2017

Dear Outdoor Clothing Manufacturers:

Believe it or not, women go outside.  We hike.  We camp.  We fish.  We hunt.  We ski.  We do all kinds of things in the outdoors.  The one thing we are unable to do, however, is find a pair of cargo pants for women that actually have...

November 15, 2017

In April, 2017, I was working not only on my Hike100 Challenge for 2017, but also on my own personal goal of hiking all of the North Country Trail in Pennsylvania.  April 1 was a good day weather-wise for hiking - but turned out not to be very good for my NCT-PA goal!

I...

November 13, 2017

 Lily Pond Circle Trail parking lot, McCollum Road, Mill Creek Metroparks, Youngstown, OH

The Lily Pond Circle Trail in Mill Creek Metroparks, Youngstown, OH, is a Class 1/Easy, 0.25 mile flat, handicapped accessible trail that circles Lily Pond.  The trail boasts two s...

November 7, 2017

 Hell's Hollow Trail (to the right); North Country Trail (to the left)

The Hell's Hollow Trail in McConnell's Mill State Park can be accessed from the Hell's Hollow Parking Lot on Shaffer Road in Portersville, PA (for directions, click here).  This 0.5 mile, out and bac...

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