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How to Virtually Visit Your Favorite U.S. National Parks

A really weird thing happened recently – most of the U.S. national parks closed. To have national parks closed during spring definitely sucks but there are ways to still be able to visit our favorite spots virtually. As much as we’d rather go there, sometimes the virtual version will have to do. And no, this…
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Moving Cross Country & The Ultimate Road Trip Adventure That Came From It

What do you call a family with a service dog, two cats, and a plant who take a cross country journey over the winter holiday? Crazy.  But that’s exactly what we did.  When my partner and I moved from California to Texas, we needed a way to safely and securely transport a ton of things.…
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Cairn App Review: Hiking & Outdoor Trail Safety

Are you planning to go hiking, but are not familiar with the trails? Maybe you’re wanting to go hiking on a familiar trail, but I want to venture off. Before planning your hike, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to ensure some peace of mind and safety. Good thing there’s an app for that.…
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Hiking Safety Tips for Women Hiking Alone

Are you a woman who is interested in hiking but are concerned about your personal safety? As a woman who hikes every month of the year, I am 100% committed to not only focusing on my personal safety as I explore the outdoors but the safety of everyone else who would like to do the…
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The 14 States of an Appalachian Trail Thru-Hiker

Despite growing up on the east coast, I first learned about the Appalachian Trail in 2011 when I was 25. I met my best friend, Jeremy, while we were serving together in the Air Force. We lived in Georgia, about 200 miles from the Appalachian Trail, or the AT. We bonded over outdoor activities like…
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We Sold Almost Everything We Own and Took a 15 Month Road Trip Across North America

I absolutely love the feeling of a road trip. Don’t you? The excitement and planning. The anticipation of the new things we’ll see. Meeting new people on the road. Seeing the hundreds or thousands of miles tick off on the odometer. Searching for wildlife as we drive. Talking about it before we go and talking…
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The Best POC Hiking Groups to Join

I grew up in Boulder, Colorado and as a result of that upbringing, I experienced exploring the outdoors at a pretty young age. But, my mom wasn’t the one taking me hiking, horseback riding, and camping. She was too busy working and trying to get through university, instead, the local YMCA actively introduced me to…
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Cabot Trail Road Trip: 3 Days in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Perhaps you’ve recently heard about Cape Breton Island.  After all, it has gained a reputation for being one of the top travel destinations in North America. This tiny but beautiful island just East of mainland Nova Scotia on Canada’s East Coast has always been a popular destination for history buffs, culture lovers and outdoor adventure…
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The Best Hikes Near Denver That Locals Will Tell You About

Living in close proximity to the Rocky Mountains gives Denverites access to some of the best hiking in the world. But, with the overwhelming growth in the state’s population, locals have become increasingly reluctant to share some of their favorite hiking trails. Their fear is that those favorite spots will be overrun with hikers and…
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Hiking for Beginners: 10 Tips to Start Exploring

Everyone has to start somewhere, right? If you’re not ready to embark on a multi-day hiking journey, hiking day trips are the perfect place to start. Beginner hiking can be exploring your community’s local trails or venturing for the day in a state or national park, there really are a lot of options to get…
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