Oregon’s natural beauty ranges from the rugged Oregon Coast, to the pastoral Willamette Valley, to the thrilling Cascade peaks and a high, arid desert. So it only makes sense that Oregon’s winters enjoy the same kind of variety: Wind and rain dominate the coastline, the Cascades’ pillowy peaks remain snow-covered well into spring, and lowlands […]
The majestic Appalachian Mountains in the east and extensive river systems across the state make Tennessee a veritable playground for outdoor enthusiasts. With everything from short and easy day hikes for the family to rugged and strenuous backpacking trips for more adventurous hikers, the stunning trails around the state offer something for everyone. Plus, the […]
In August 2006, Jared Muscat, then 17, and his mom drove from San Francisco to the University of California San Diego, where Muscat was starting his freshman year of college. The day they left San Francisco, the duo woke up and hit the road early. Muscat drove. En route to San Diego, they stopped in […]
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Tuscany, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, is world famous for its wealth of art and architectural gems, superb red wines and farm-to-table cuisine. It’s one of the most-visited places in Italy for these reasons, but there are also wild areas—from its Mediterranean coast to its hills and mountains—where active travelers can find adventure. […]
Making an apple pie from scratch is impressive, but making one on a camping trip is borderline legendary. If you want to really impress your camping mates this fall, then Dutch Oven Apple Pie recipe is your golden ticket. We’ll start by stating the obvious: baking an apple pie at a campsite is a big […]
A key eight-mile section of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) was recently completed, offering backpackers a 350-mile-long trail experience in and near North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Mountains-to-Sea Trail is the Tarheel State’s longest trail, spanning 1,175 miles from the state’s mountainous western border to the Atlantic Ocean. The trail boasts some of […]
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Plunging dramatically into the chilly waters of the North Atlantic, Portugal was, for centuries, considered the end of the world. Although explorers (many of Portuguese descent) eventually determined otherwise, Europe’s westernmost nation still feels like it lies at the edge of nowhere. A perfect mix of European sensibility crossed with untamed natural beauty, the country […]
It’s happening. Winter is coming, which brings along with it shorter daylight hours. For those of us who love to get on trail year-round, no matter the temperature, this will mean being on trail in the dark. A few years ago I was attempting to hike the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in less than […]
A mountain once slated for development is now being turned into a public park. The town of Columbus, North Carolina, originally approved the construction of 687 homes on a 1,068-acre parcel on the south side of Little White Oak Mountain, 40 miles southeast of Asheville, near Lake Lure. The development stalled after the economic slump […]
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