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Category: Nature

Natural wonder now a trashy dump

I discovered Pipes Lake in Helen McGinnis’ ‘Hiking Mississippi’ book. I knew that McGinnis’ book was not as up-to-date as Johnny Malloy’s guidebook. but I got a copy because I wanted to compare the differences in their accounts and perspectives. Then a couple of years ago I got […]

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One Strange Rock

In all of history, there have only been five perfect nature documentaries. This… is the sixth! Seriously, though, One Strange Rock only took about half an episode to become my all-time favorite. It is narrated by Will Smith and it is the story of these American Astronauts who […]

10 animals you have to see!

The World Wildlife Foundation (you know, the panda people) did a survey and put together a bucket list of the top ten species that you have just got to see sometime in your life. Their criteria for animals to include were: Seeing it has to make your bottom […]

7 Leave No Trace principles

Leave No Trace is a conservation program that was started by a collaboration between The U.S. Department of Agriculture, The National Parks Service, the National Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management. The Boy Scouts of America rapidly picked up the program and made it part of […]

Leave no Trace – Respect wildlife

It can be super-tempting to want to handle or pet or feed a creature that you meet in the outdoors – especially for kids. Some physical interaction with animals is probably wise and healthy and necessary for our development but children and parents and other outdoorsmen have to […]

Sycamores add Autumn color

One of the great joys of Autumn is feeling a breath of cool, fresh air after a long, stifling summer and a wildly unpredictable Indian summer.  About the time that we get our first freeze or two, Autumn treats us to another spectacle – fall colors. Around much […]

Identifying large predator tracks

Everyone is concerned with bears and how to deal with bears, and that is a respectable concern for hikers, but throughout most of North America, your most likely large mammal encounter is going to be feline or canine. and you’re far more likely to encounter tracks than the actual […]