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Code of the Extraordinary Mind

Stop what you are doing and watch this video.  Do it now. I’m not necessarily 100% with this guy, and I don’t care if you buy his book but you owe it to yourself to listen to this man’s message. It’s not the fraction of the video where […]

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An awesome backpack food experiment!

A few days ago I was reading on some backpacking forum someone was saying that when choosing and packing food for a backpacking trek, choosing lightweight food should be your foremost concern. I think that is TERRIBLE advice. Who wants to eat crappy food just because it’s lightweight? […]

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 […]

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 […]