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October 1, 2019

Best Places to See Stars

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Look to the night skies outside your house or apartment and maybe you’ll see the faint outlines of the Big Dipper beyond the street lights, or the glimmering North Star past a row of headlights on the nearest highway. Head into the […]

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October 1, 2019

12: Life, Interrupted

Life is full of interruptions we’re rarely ready for, so the more doctors …
October 1, 2019

Liquid Assets

Outdoor Drinkware

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Every outdoor get-together is better with a drink in hand, so here’s our favorite outdoor drinkware for car campouts, trailhead tailgates, beach parties and backyard barbecues. What did it take to make our list? Beautiful design, bombproof construction and, above all, seamless […]

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October 1, 2019

Re-Riding History

Tour participants stand in front of a historic wall with writing on it in Atlanta

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Hidden under a magnolia tree at the Georgia State Capitol is a bronze statue depicting a complex chapter of the state’s history. It shows the 33 Black legislators who were elected to the General Assembly during Reconstruction only to be expelled by […]

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September 27, 2019

Camp Recipe: Shrimp Boil Foil Packet

Finished shrimp foil packet

Who doesn’t love a good shrimp boil? Now this classic is available in an individualized foil packet. Whether you’re cooking over a campfire or a backyard grill, foil packets can be a real time saver. Just assemble all of your ingredients, seal them inside a foil packet, and put them over the heat. There are […]

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September 27, 2019

Your Best Outdoorsy Dad Jokes

Two people laugh while playing cards.

Dad jokes have become so commonplace that the term has even earned an entry in the dictionary: “a wholesome joke of the type said to be told by fathers with a punchline that is often an obvious or predictable pun or play on words and usually judged to be endearingly corny or unfunny.” We were […]

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September 27, 2019

Best Hiking Near Birmingham

A wide trail heads into the trees.

Welcome to the Magic City. Tucked in the Appalachian foothills, Alabama’s largest metropolis earned it's nickname after it seemingly appeared overnight in the 1870s when mining companies and iron foundries sought the ore deposits in its low mountain ridges. Today, those mines are gone, leaving behind a historic downtown, important cultural sites, vibrant culinary scene […]

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September 23, 2019

Best Hikes in Joshua Tree National Park

The sun sets behind a classic park landscape highlighting the iconic Joshua Trees.

Nestled deep within two distinct deserts in southern California, Joshua Tree National Park is within easy reach of Los Angeles, San Diego and even Las Vegas, making it a convenient spot for weekend adventures. However, with numerous campgrounds, ranger programs and recreational activities like hiking and rock climbing, the park deserves much more than a […]

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September 20, 2019

Tourism Organizations Reckon With Wildfire

Smoke over Oregon's Rogue River

Stretching from the northern edge of Crater Lake National Park to the Pacific Ocean, the 215-mile Rogue River serves as the lifeblood of the southern Oregon tourist economy, reliant on whitewater rafters, hikers and anglers each summer. Brad Niva purchased Rogue Wilderness Adventures in 2006 and grew the company's presence in that tourist economy, offering […]

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