Author Archives: Liz Childers

From the world of business to the world of fly-fishing: Grant Carter lives the dream

Grant Carter is no lazy retiree. He admittedly spent some time “following the shade around the house” after he left the working world, but that did not last long. With a new lakeside house near his granddaughters, daughter, and son-in-law, Grant began to convert the family into fishermen. Fly-fishing, Grant’s sport of choice, was not […]

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5 Camping Tents That Are Far From Boring, But Still Keep You Warm and Dry

Camping tents are incredibly functional – thank goodness. But sometimes you just want to let your creative side enjoy the camping experience. Thankfully there are a few camping tents out there that allow us to indulge our imaginations while still staying dry and warm. These tents are very not boring. Cheese, Please. A big wedge […]

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Paul Scheiter Masterfully Combines His Love for the Outdoors with His Work

Paul Scheiter, the owner of Hedgehog Leatherworks, is an outdoorsman. I knew that before I talked to him, but it became startlingly evident in our interview. His work and his love for the outdoors are so intertwined that they cannot be separated. Check out his interview for proof, and then scan through his website to […]

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Why Illegal Camping Matters

The Occupy movement brought the problem of illegal camping came to the forefront of the public eye. Visitors to cities such as Whistler, British Columbia and St. Petersburg, Florida have seen how this awareness has trickled down to the more traditional form of camping. The most infamous incident occurred two weeks ago at Fort De […]

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5 Best Campgrounds to See Sunsets

Call me a romantic, but I always find something magical about a sunset. In that short moment when the sun is just about to dip below the horizon and there’s a final flare of light between the dark sky and ground, nature always seems to become quieter. I like to think the animals are enjoying […]

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Care for Your Camping Tent Properly

When I get back from a camping trip, I usually head straight for the couch. Unpacking my pack is very low on the priority list. For this reason, I get a cringe of guilt every time I look at new camping tents. Unless you have spent a pretty penny on an incredible down sleeping bag […]

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A Buyer’s Guide for Camping Sleeping Bags

A few weeks ago, we wrote a “Guide to Deciphering Camping Tent Jargon” that was aimed at new campers. It received a great response, making us realize there are quite a few people out there who are just dipping their toes into the world of camping. If you are still pondering what sleeping bag will […]

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It’s no camping trip, but the transit of Venus is the perfect mid-week enjoyment of nature

When you are sitting at your desk this afternoon thinking longingly of how you would rather be sitting at the edge of your camping tent enjoying the fresh air, send a little thank you up to Mother Nature. Never one to keep us wanting, there is a special treat in store for us city-bound nature […]

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Pack Your Day Pack Tomorrow & Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of National Trails Day!

National Trails Day turns 20 years old in 2012, and we can all help celebrate this weekend. The event, which is held annually on the first Saturday in June, will take place tomorrow, June 2nd. The American Hiking Society started the event to raise trail awareness. Through National Trails Day, the Society hopes to encourage […]

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Survival Skills: Know How to To Predict the Sunset

When you’re in the woods, it’s essential to know when the sun will set. Whether you are lost, not to your campsite yet, or just not finished with your hike, it is dangerous to be caught in the woods without a shelter after darkness falls. Why? Bears and other potentially dangerous animals become more active […]

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