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Leave no Trace – Minimize campfire impacts

A campfire, besides being a literal lifesaver at times, is often a huge morale booster at the end of a long day of hiking. There is no better way to start a day of outdoor activity, especially when the weather is chilly, than with coffee and a hot breakfast.  For […]

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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 […]

Front- vs. backcountry

Among outdoor adventure enthusiasts, there is a distinction between frontcountry and backcountry adventures. At first, these might seem like synonyms for little vs. big adventures, or easy vs. hard, but if you are engaged in any sort of outdoor adventure, like hiking or canoeing then the topic deserves […]

The Bear-muda Triangle

The protection and reintroduction of the black bear into Mississippi has been a huge success! I’ve heard stories of black bear all along the creek bottoms all over the state – especially near Natchez and Monticello. I’ve seen photos of a bear in a deer feeder near Natchez […]

Perfect hard boiled eggs!

Hard-boiled eggs are a staple in our house.  They are keto-friendly, and can be eaten as a snack (with some salt or sriracha) or turned into deviled eggs for a picnic.  But getting them boiled just right can be a challenge and peeling the crazy things without tearing them […]

When to hold & when to fold

One of my outdoor mentors told me more than once, “Never, ever cancel an outing just because of what some weatherman says. Unless you see a tornado, we’re going anyway.” That advice has gotten us some direct experience with rain and thunderstorm, jungle heat so bad that it […]

Trail names

A trail name is the hiker version of a nom de plume or handle or nickname that is used while on the trail. But why do people do the trail name thing? There may be several reasons, including… They want to separate themselves from their regular daily lives […]