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Bravo California!

Many people’s knee-jerk reaction to the recent ban of plastic drinking straws was to heap ridicule upon California’s state officials for overreach and for being trivial. At first glance, a plastic straw may seem insignificant, but it is actually an important issue. A REALLY IMPORTANT ISSUE! Single-use plastic […]

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Homemade pimento & cheese

A few days ago we attended a keto mixer and everyone brought a keto-friendly snack.  Elise brought a bowl of Grandma Parker’s Homemade pimento and cheese (with a personal little twist or two) and it was a hit! The secret ingredients – use chopped pimento-stuffed olives instead of […]

Get a clue, Penn State!

This past April the big news for a few days was that Penn State had put the kibosh on the PSU Outdoors Club, a student organization that promoted outdoor activities like hiking and backpacking. According to Penn State University, it is too dangerous for young adults to do […]

Lose yourself in The ZONE

If you pull out a map of Mississippi and draw a triangle with vertices near Homochitto National Forest, DeSoto National Forest, and Bienville National Forest, it will encompass almost 10000 square miles (about 1/5 the size of Mississippi). This triangle is a wonderland of outdoor recreation spots! You […]

Leave no Trace – Leave what you find

Scouts have, since their beginning more than 100 years ago, been involved in conservation and stewardship and naturalism – but there are lots of things that Scouts (and indeed all outdoorsmen and naturalists) have done in the past that might not be exactly kosher in today’s environment. There’s […]

What repels insects and ticks too?

A while back I wrote an article about insect repellents, in which I mostly discussed DEET and citronella.  It is still tick season and the news media has been rife with articles about these horrible little ticks that can cause a debilitating, permanent allergy to red meat, so […]

Fantastic homemade cheese and yogurt

I’ve been wanting to start making homemade cheese for a while now but reading up on the process is sort of intimidating because of big words and concepts, like heat-acid coagulation vs. rennet and all the alien-sounding cultures, like Lactobacillus delbrueckii and Streptococcus thermophilus and lactobacillus acidophilus. But all that is just […]

Our journey to the brainforest

Our bucket lists are not just full of adrenaline jockey types of activities like parachuting or mountain climbing.  There are tons of other activities in there too – some more sedate, some more cerebral activities.  Our bucket lists are really more about experience and becoming – not just […]