Moroccan Stew

The mix of savory and sweet flavors in this soup make it a great change from monotonous trail food. It also has a great nutritional profile for the active outdoors person, with lentils for protein, lots of vegetables, and energy sustaining carbs. As an added bonus it is gluten free and very easily made vegan…

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Zest Up Your Trail Meals

When considering recipes to convert to dehydrated trail meals, some ingredients hold us back. Citrus fruits are one of those things that you just don’t dehydrate well. Before you pass up a recipe with citrus though, think outside the fruit, the rind specifically. Lemon, lime, and orange zest pack a huge flavor punch, even more…

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Why You Should Make Your Own Backpacking Food

Yes there are simple, convenient, and with some gourmet brands now on the market, even tasty packaged backpacking food. I still think making your own is a great idea and here are my reasons… Cost: Cost is huge. Mountain house, the Hamburger Helper of backpacking food, still cost about $5 per meal, per person. If…

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Loggerhead Marine Life Center Review

For an activity with the kids it doesn’t get much better than Loggerhead Marine Life Center. It’s fun, educational and even free, although they do request donations and deserve them. Loggerhead Marine Life Center – Juno Beach, FL Loggerhead Marine Life Center is a non-profit turtle rescue located right across the road from the beach….

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What Lasik Surgery is Like

Every time we are backpacking in the woods I am more thankful than ever that I had lasik surgery. I don’t have to worry about breaking my glasses and being half blind in the woods. I don’t have to find a way to keep my contacts clean and taken care of. Instead, I wake each…

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Getting My MC License

As a woman, my motivations for getting my motorcycle license were probably different from the typical guy’s. A need for speed and thrills was far from my mind. I also didn’t imagine myself picking up guys on it. No, I was much more excited about the prospects of great gas mileage, riding in the open…

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When You Can’t Get Away…

Sometimes life gets in the way and we have to go months without an excursion into the wilds. For us hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, this can make us feel like a robot in a rainstorm, ready to short-circuit. When we can’t get away we feel, on-edge, and not completely ourselves. So what can we do when…

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10 Ways Cutting out TV Improved My Life

Enjoying the Outdoors: I no longer feel the pull of the couch and my favorite show after dinner. Now when the weather is nice I can sit outdoors, enjoy the sounds of nature, and relax. Reclaiming my Weekends: Not watching TV means I free up four hours every night. Working just an hour and a…

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Divorce is Not a Dirty Word

If you read headlines regarding divorce you will conclude that the quality of marriages is falling dramatically and record numbers of divorces are ruining family life. Divorce will be seen as the big evil and something to be avoided at all costs. You may look back at bygone generations and the supposed idyllic marriages our…

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Actions>Words When Promoting Climate Science

Those of us who accept the scientific consensus on climate change are often flabbergasted by those who still deny the science. We think they must be ignorant of the facts, stubborn, or worse. How can they not cannot grasp the urgency of the situation, the risks to our way of life, and to life itself….

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