Photography Travel

The Fattest Bear Of Them All

The fattest bear of 2020 has been decided! Beating out the hefty competition is Bear 747. After gaining media attention for his waddling appearance, bear 747, named for a randomly assigned number that became pretty telling, was a fan favorite from the start.  2020 Champ, Bear 747 at Katmai National ParkNational Park Service Photos / N. Boak Often the biggest bear at Katmai National Park and Preserve's Brooks River in
Off The Beaten Path Travel

Trail Etiquette for Hikers

There’s nothing more awkward than a trail encounter with two parties heading opposite directions, neither of which is sure who has the right of way. That confusing, “I’ll go right,” “No, you go right,” shuffle is always embarrassing. Luckily, you can avoid these situations on the trail if you read up on proper trail etiquette, which will let you know who has the right of way and when.  On the
Off The Beaten Path Travel

5 Tips for New Hikers

During the four months that the coronavirus pandemic has sequestered much of the population within their houses, more and more people have turned to the outdoors to alleviate the isolation of being stuck inside. Local trails have seen a huge spike in visitation; Colorado Parks and Wildlife, for example, saw a 30 percent increase in visitation at its parks in April 2020 versus the previous year. In addition to the
Business Travel

Outdoor Participation Springs Back in Wake of COVID-19

Outdoor participation has declined in recent years, with screen-time taking priority over outside time for Americans. The Outdoor Foundation’s 2019 Outdoor Participation Report indicated that just over half of Americans recreated outside at least once in 2018, however, that left nearly half of the population choosing to stay inside, exclusively. With the advent of new digital technologies and the rise of distractions like smartphones, streaming services, and social media, Americans
Travel

New Survey Indicates RV Camping will Thrive through Pandemic

Stay-at-home orders and social distancing caused by the Covid 19 pandemic has thrown personal recreation for a loop. But isolated individuals and families have sought refuge in the outdoors, as social distancing is much easier to accomplish in wide-open spaces with fresh air. Camping, specifically out of a camper, is an ideal way to enjoy the outdoors in a safe, responsible environment as the pandemic stretches into summer 2020.  Thor
Off The Beaten Path Photography Travel

Tour of Lakes and Hiking Trails in Colorado

For my birthday week, I tend to go on a little trip - discovering new places. This year, I created a little trip I just may turn into an annual vacation. As I was thinking about a last minute trip a week or so before my birthday, I searched for reservations at various campsites and found one spot at Grand Lake available for two consecutive days…. So I made the
Photography Travel

7 Great Stargazing Destinations

Anyone who has ever spent a night camping in the wilderness knows how incredibly  awe striking a clear view of the night sky can be. Seeing a galaxy full of stars in full definition without the intrusion of light pollution inspires wonder, elevates mood, and maybe causes a bit of neck soreness from staring straight up into the cosmos for minutes on end. The benefits of a clear night sky
Photography Travel

5 Steps to Be Wildfire Aware and Prevent Forest Fires

The allurement of living amongst nature has increased the building of homes, businesses, and recreation infrastructures in close proximity to wildlands. The coexistence of urban populations and communities with the forest increases the threat of wildfire to property and human life. The US Forest Service initiates steps to mitigate the threat of forest fires to at-risk communities through fuel mitigation. The goal is to promote forest health and restoration projects,
Lifestyle Travel

Diversity and Inclusion in the Outdoors and What Groups To Follow

While some people venture into the wilderness for solitude, for many others finding a sense of community in the outdoors is a high priority. But finding a community of like-minded adventure buddies can be a daunting challenge, especially for already marginalized groups. The media’s depiction of an outdoor enthusiast still tends to skew very white and very male. We have seen a recent surge in diversity and inclusion in the
Gadgets & Gear Travel

Best Camping Tents For Extreme Storms – 2020

Three Tents and a Big Storm: A real-life case study. Besides serving as your cozy, warm, and comforting homestead in the wilderness, your tent’s main purpose is to shield you from the elements. While regular waterproofing treatments to your rainfly, seam-sealed constructions, and seasonal ratings are important aspects of your shelter durability and structural integrity are the key components of a reliable tent. Your tent should be able to withstand