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

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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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 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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September 13, 2019

Chesapeake Bay’s Vanishing Island

A landscape shot of Tangier Island surrounded by water

A version of this story appeared in the fall 2019 issue of Uncommon Path.  Tangier Island, Virginia, sits in a 30-mile breadth of the Chesapeake Bay, a dozen miles from Crisfield, Maryland, its nearest mainland port. The isle’s residents—some 475 at most—are mainly crabbers, or families of crabbers, who speak a distinct patois virtually untouched by […]

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September 9, 2019

Why These Five Outdoor Lovers Embraced Remote Work

A woman working on a laptop beside her tent at dusk

Cassie Abel, age 36, had a decision to make. She was working at her dream job in Sun Valley, Idaho, when her company announced they were relocating their headquarters to Portland, Oregon. If she wanted to keep her job, she’d have to move. Abel’s choice felt fraught. She loved Sun Valley’s community feel and proximity […]

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September 6, 2019

Backpacking Recipe: Fried Rice

Combining instant rice, mixed veggies, eggs, and spices, this fried rice is a great addition to your backpacking meal list. Unlike many other backpacking meals that require a dehydrator, this recipe uses readily available store-bought ingredients. So if you don’t have a dehydrator or need to throw together a meal quickly, this might be a […]

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