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After a quick goodbye to Mom and a swift traverse through TSA, I rushed to gate A22 and eventually found a seat in the waiting area. Feeling cumbersome with my new Osprey backpack that was purchased just 3 days before, I slumped down in an open chair. As I anxiously awaited for my plane to board, I was feeling out of my element. This was my first trip to Colorado, not counting a ski trip when I was younger, and I would be hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains for the first time. My trepidation regarding my lack of Rocky Mountain experience was heightened when one of the three teenagers sitting across from me motioned to my bag and sarcastically said to his friend, “Joey you should’ve gotten a bag like that, that blue-green is reeeeally your color.” They all laughed mockingly, and initially I couldn’t help but feel self-conscious. However, I smiled to myself, ignored their trivial words and daydreamed about my adventurous week ahead. Time passed and I eventually boarded my plane, shoved my backpack into the carry-on overhead and buckled into window seat 20F. Thankfully, I fell asleep within 15 minutes after take off and awoke...
We’ve all been there, sitting around with our friends, attempting to plan a spontaneous cross country road trip and then slowly the dream fades as the details become more and more difficult to work through. Well, don’t lose hope! Here is list of places to explore, from East to West (or Vice Versa) that I have personally been to. These highlights will hopefully give you some ideas, ease those painful and annoying details, and encourage you to go on the trip of a lifetime!   1. Huntington Island, SC  One of my favorite places to camp. Ever! I went in with expectations that the beach would be cool, but not life altaringly amazing. All expectations were shattered. Imagine Jurassic Park, but in the best way, sans life threatening dinosaurs.   2. Pisgah, NC Classic Appalachian camping. With one of the prettiest Autumn seasons and fly fishing streams galore, what’s not to love?   3. Red River Gorge, KY This place is not only an awesome camping spot, but has numerous climbing routes and bouldering options within the gorge, providing some awesome activities and entertainment.   4. Meramec St Park, MO Two words, Fisher Cave. The park is cool as is,...
I found out about the Pinnacles National Park back in 2013 when it was officially declared the newest National Park in California (it had previously been a national monument) and I have wanted to visit ever since.
Hiking Half Dome had been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I grew up visiting Yosemite National Park, staring at half dome, and wondering what the view would be like staring back from the top. I am beyond thankful that I got to finally conquer Half Dome and see this view with my brother Trevor and now sister-in-law Cheyenne by my side.
Find a Trail That Has Water Find a trail with water I just can’t stress this enough when backpacking with your dog, It’s not only a great way for your dog to cool off but also to catch a drink or for you to refill waters.
The modern reality is that kids are going farther away for continuing their lives after high school than their parents’ generation did. Whether it is the 45-minute drive to the state university or taking the dream job on the opposite coast, any distance can be enough to change many dynamics. However, just because the frequency or duration of time spent with loved ones isn’t the same doesn’t mean the bond has to deteriorate. Growing up in the suburbs of Cleveland, my dad and I were always close. I started Scouting in the first grade and he was involved every step of the way, even after I left home for college. There is something about camping every month and going to work with each other that creates a unique bond between father and son. The bond that my father and I have is special, but not unique. Nearly everyone can stop right now and think about a family member or best-friend that they wish they had more time to spend with. So here is my advice to making sure that bond stays strong, create tradition. Creating Tradition Moving four hours away put an end to camping every month, but it didn’t take...
Fall may have only just begun, but it’s about time to start planning winter trips. With many people hesitant to take the standard Caribbean winter escape due to Zika concerns, it’s time to start thinking outside the box when it comes to winter getaways.
Before we head out for a camping trip I always have a small checklist I run through to make sure I have everything I need for my desert dogs. It’s just the necessity’s and I’m sure every owner will have a different item they might bring along, but here are my 15 things I never leave home without.
Happy 100th birthday National Park Service! In celebration of the NPS Centennial, we’re starting the #parkyourhammock campaign! Post a picture of you or your crew enjoying our wonderful National Parks, hammock style, and share the story using the hashtag #parkyourhammock! We’ll share our favorites and our #parkyourhammock winner will get our special edition National Park Foundation hammock! Get out to your favorite park and share the NPS love like an ENOpian!  

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