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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September 20, 2019

Get Ready To Wear Hemp

Move over, cotton: Hemp is here to challenge your throne. Now that hemp is no longer considered an illicit drug, fabric manufacturers are figuring out how to turn this notoriously scratchy fiber into soft, ultracomfy clothing. It’s showing up in T-shirts, shorts, fleeces, jackets, hats and even shoes. Even better? Hemp’s sustainability scorecard makes it […]

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September 19, 2019

Camp Recipe: Peach Panzanella Salad

Stirring panzanella salad

Combining all the greatest flavors of summer, this Panzanella is the perfect side dish for any outdoor occasion.  Panzanella is a traditional Tuscan salad that includes fresh tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and stale bread. In this version, we lean into summer a little more with the addition of sliced peaches. It’s bright, zesty, sweet and completely […]

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September 17, 2019

Uncommon Challenge: Go Backpacking Out Your Front Door

Urban Backpacking

July 28, 2019, mile 8.92: I am inside my tent’s vestibule in the front yard of my ex-roommate’s single-story, beige house in the semi-industrial part of Seattle called Georgetown. The thin tent fly separates me from the morning chill, though it does little to drown out the sound of cars flying up the on-ramp to […]

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