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Cycling in Big Bend National Park

Writing and Photos by Jobie Williams Things started out a little suspect. The lady in the park headquarters told us we couldn’t leave our cars overnight in the parking lot, which we planned to do for at least one night, maybe two. She said that there “probably aren’t any campsites available”. She told us cyclists […]

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Cozy Cabin Getaway: White Pines Resort

Nestled in a clearing deep in the forest of White Pines State Park, White Pines Resort is a massive log lodge built in the 1930’s. It’s now home to a restaurant known for its delicious home-style cuisine, generous portions and friendly staff. Adjacent to the landmark restaurant is a charming and rustic gift shop filled […]

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Taking a Long Walk: The Triple Crown

8,000 Miles Across America’s Three Longest Trails A Calendar Year Triple Crown Hike Many folks enjoy taking a walk in the woods. Few devote themselves to making it a lifestyle. The motivations behind it are as winding and complex as the trails themselves. My name is Chris Pickering, aka “Tarzan” in my trail life. For […]

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Why You Should Run the Rock/Creek Hare Raiser 5K

The Rock/Creek Hare Raiser 5K trail race is coming up on April 20th, and we are so excited to see what this race will bring! The Hare Raiser is unique among R/C races, offering our most beginner-friendly course ever as part of the 2nd Annual Chattanooga Earth Day Festival. We’re partnering up with Reflection Riding […]

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Winter Hiking: Safety in the Smokies

Lots of folks shy away from winter hiking, preferring to stay far from the cold, wind and sometimes even snow, and save the outings for warmer times. We’ll be the first to admit that winter hikes require more preparation, planning and gear than summer adventures; but we also know that you can often find solitude […]

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Protecting Your Dog from the Harsh Winter

For most people the easiest way to survive a harsh winter is to simply stay inside. For dogs (and dog-owners) that’s just not possible. Whether just for a quick walk or an afternoon playdate in the snow, we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to keep your pup safe this time of year, and […]

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Private: 10 Creative Valentine’s Day Gift and Date Pairings

We’re going to tell it like it is. That whole flowers and chocolates thing? Been there, done that. For decades (centuries?), Valentine’s Day has been the holiday of stuffed animals and roses and all sorts of tired gifts that are cute for a day and then just… aren’t. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that supposed […]

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7 Outdoor Brands that are Doing Good Things

In a time when apparel buying options are practically unlimited, choosing brands with environmental and social missions is more important than ever. The next time you find yourself unsure about what brand to purchase from, try making your decision based on its eco practices or ethical values. Here are 7 brands that are trying to […]

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5 Books to Cozy Up To This Winter

There’s nothing quite like curling up by the fire with a good book, a glass of wine, and a comfy blanket on a cold winter evening. If you’re looking for a good book suggestion; we’ve got you covered. Here are five books sure to keep your mind off of the weather outside. The Great Alone […]

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Winter in the Midwest: A Love/Hate Relationship

Winter is here! No, this isn’t Westeros – it’s just January in the Midwest. But come to think of it, maybe this is a little bit like Game of Thrones. I mean think about it; everyone’s really angry all the time and there’s like, so much red wine. I get it. Who wants to be […]

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Read This Before Hiking This Winter!

One of our favorite customers recently purchased a new Nemo sleeping bag from us that he had been eye-balling for months. The temperatures finally dropped and he couldn’t wait to use it. On the first cold night of the season, he called his hiking buddy, packed up all his gear, and headed out to tackle […]

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The 5 Best Hiking Trails in Northern Illinois to Try This Year

If you’re looking to follow trails made up of more than just gravel—we’ve got you covered. From Racine, WI to Lemont, IL, we’ve rounded up some of the best hiking spots for adventurers who like to take the road less traveled. Check out our picks below, and we’ll see you out on the trail! Waterfall […]

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