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By: Admin    May 02 2018 , 10:55 am
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Category: Outdoors
The outdoors are calling this spring! Now is the perfect time to pull up your bootstraps and pack a bag, because camping season is rapidly approaching. Whether you are an experienced camper or a beginner, you may be looking for some tips before heading out into the wilderness. Knowing a few things could make the difference between a happy or very unhappy camper.Familiarize YourselfGet familiar with where you will be staying. Even if you are only traveling to somewhere a few towns away, terrains can change and you will want to be prepared. If you are staying on a campsite, what amenities do they provide? If you are not on a campsite, what is the area like? Is it rocky? Is there a river or cliffs nearby? What wildlife is in the area? These things will indicate what you will need to bring, such as hiking gear for rocky terrain. Areas with water attract more mosquitoes so it could be a good idea ...
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By: Admin    April 10 2018 , 01:34 pm
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Category: Trees , Outdoors
Southern “Hospitali-Tree”!Homeowners in the southern United States have the unique opportunity to host some of these fascinating and beautiful trees on their lawns.Cherry BlossomThis stunning tree is a popular tourist attraction in our nation’s capital.Cherry blossom flowers are Japan’s national flower. In 1912, the mayor of Tokyo gave 3,000 cherry blossom trees to the United States as a gift. These trees provide springtime delight when they bloom, and they are celebrated each year at the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C. For homeowners interested in cultivating cherry blossom trees, it should be noted that they need particular conditions, and require a lot of maintenance and patience. Soil for cherry blossoms should be acidic and needs to be deep and well-draining. Cherry blossoms need full sunlight and they thrive when planted in multiples to help with pollination.Crepe MyrtleT...
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By: Admin    April 09 2018 , 04:27 pm
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Category: Outdoors , Nature
Plants are more than just pretty to look at.Since humans began roaming the earth thousands of years ago, plants have been vital to our well-being. Before the dawn of agriculture, humans foraged for wild plants to find food. In time, they discovered that some plants were able to cure them of certain illnesses. Today we have the luxury of nearly limitless grocery stores, over-the-counter drugs, and hospitals. Modern medicine and accessibility to food have enhanced life greatly, but have you ever wondered what wild plants could aid your survival if put to the ultimate test?Edible PlantsA lot of plants that you regularly see may be edible without you realizing it. Clovers grow virtually everywhere in North America and they are actually a member of the pea family. You can certainly eat them raw, but boiling them or making a tea out of them is a better-tasting option.If you found a cattail plant outside as a...
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By: Admin    March 06 2018 , 06:59 pm
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Category: Books , Travel , Outdoors
Humans are drawn to adventure and nature. In his essay “Walking,” Henry David Thoreau, the famous author of Walden, wrote: “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.” Have you ever taken a walk to clear your head or gone hiking for the day to get out of the house? Some people extend their outdoor experience for days, weeks, or even months. The reasons people go out into the wild vary. Some are looking for an escape, others search for answers, and still others seek inner peace – the list is endless. No matter the reason, the great outdoors is a great place to just think and be. Many books have been written about human experiences of finding peace in the wilderness.Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer This story explores the life and decisions of a young man named Christopher Johnson McCandless, who leaves everything ...
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By: Admin    December 15 2017 , 08:54 am
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Category: Outdoors , Animals
All About Black BearsThe beautiful American Black Bear is the most common bear in the United States.Black bears are prevalent in 40 of the 50 states in the United States, so there is a good chance you have encountered one in your outdoor adventures. But, how much do you really know about these beautiful creatures?Black Bear CharacteristicsThe “black” bear is not always black, and they can range greatly in size.Black bears can be cinnamon, blue-black, brown or even white and can range widely in size! Because the more dangerous grizzly bear is also not a set color or size (some grizzly females can be smaller than large black bears), the two bears can sometimes get confused with one another. Here are some ways to differentiate between the two:Black bears do not have the characteristic shoulder hump that grizzly bears do.Black bears have pointed tall ears, grizzly bears have smaller rounded ears.Black ...
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