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Category: Conservation

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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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 […]

Treasures in the poorest places

Just because many people in a particular location are struggling financially does not mean that place does not have anything to offer a vacationer or adventurer!  Some of the most amazing education and exploration and adventure venues in the United States are in or near some of the […]

Conservation wins at Gulf Shores

The Roaming Parkers have always loved Gulf Shores Alabama – affectionately known as The Emerald Coast and even, “The Redneck Riviera.”  Gulf Shores has pretty much everything you need for a fantastic beach getaway, whether you want to soak in the sun, splash in the waves, paddleboard, parasail, […]