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Keeping Your Feet Happy on the Trail

Keeping Your Feet Happy on the Trail

Keeping your feet happy on a hike is crucial. If your feet are happy, you will be happy. Here are a few tips to make sure your feet stay in good condition on the trail. Choose the right type of footwear for your hike. Trail running shoes are more than sufficient for most easy to moderate hiking trails. However, on rough, rocky terrain, you typically want a hiking shoe or more »

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Be a Better Backpacker

Be a Better Backpacker

Think back to the last time you struggled while backpacking. You probably remember muttering a number of choice curse words as you trudged up a steep rocky incline. Maybe you took a few involuntary breaks as your alternately puffed out your cheeks and gasped for air. The strain of your hiking backpack pulling on your shoulders was giving you a headache, you developed a couple of gnarly blisters on your more »

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5 Reasons We Love Kavu Rope Bags

5 Reasons We Love Kavu Rope Bags

At Uncle Sam’s Safari Outfitters,  we know a thing or two about bags and backpacks. We have an entire wall dedicated to packs for hiking and backpacking. Of course, you don’t always need a hiking pack to carry your belongings. A dedicated hiking backpacking is overkill for normal everyday routines, and you might not want to give off that “I’m about to summit a mountain” vibe. That’s one of the more »

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We Love Local Brands

We Love Local Brands

As a small outdoor gear store, we understand the importance of supporting local businesses in the community. Luckily, we’re fortunate enough to live in a town that takes pride in supporting local shops and businesses. This makes things easy on us. Not only does supporting local business help stimulate local economies and help those in your community earn a living, but it also ensures that areas stay special and unique. more »

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Fall Food and Drink for the Campfire

Fall Food and Drink for the Campfire

Looking for some good fall camping recipes? You don’t have to add pumpkin spice to everything (although you could if you want). When you’re huddled around the campfire on a cold fall night, you need beverages that will keep you warm and foods that will keep your spirits high. You need warm, hearty, rib-sticking goodness. Here are a few recipes to try around the campfire this fall. Dutch oven apple more »

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Things to Think About When Layering This Fall

Things to Think About When Layering This Fall

Everybody knows that layers are important. It’s not some secret of the trade, or a lesson learned by spending years in the wilderness. It’s something that elementary school children hear as they head out the door towards the bus stop on a brisk fall morning. One of those things that every grown adult knows good and well, unless they happen to live along the equator. Of course, knowing the importance more »

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Backcountry Camping the Ozark National Forest

Backcountry Camping the Ozark National Forest

Fall in the Ozarks is a special time. The smell of campfire and early morning fog lingers in the maples, oaks, and sycamores to create a delicious haze that softens the powerful purples, blazing oranges, and vibrant yellows that fill the forest. You can see, smell, and feel autumn in the Ozarks. Of course, this special time in this special place is no secret. Locals and visitors alike flock in more »

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Get Lost on Columbus Day

Get Lost on Columbus Day

Humans have inhabited North America for at least 13,000 years. Leif Erikson reached the shores of present day Canada in the 11th century. Christopher Columbus reached the Americas in 1492. Today, we celebrate Columbus’ American landing as Columbus Day. We’ve celebrated Columbus Day in the United States ever since it became a federal holiday in 1937, but not everybody is feeling the day as of late. Some people get caught more »

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Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas

Chronic Wasting Disease in Arkansas

You may have heard about chronic wasting disease (CWD) recently in the news. But what is chronic wasting disease, and how is it affecting Arkansas wildlife? What is chronic wasting disease? Chronic wasting disease is a contagious neurological disease that attacks the brain. CWD belongs to a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, or TSEs. TSEs are also known as prion diseases. Prions are abnormal proteins that destroy more »

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Outdoor Gear for Dogs

Outdoor Gear for Dogs

Sometimes you want to get out and explore nature on your own. Sometimes you want to share an adventure with a companion. And sometimes that companion has four legs, a tail, and is covered in fur. Man’s best friend is often man’s best travel companion. Here is a list of outdoor gear for dogs that you might want to consider taking with you next time you go camping or hiking more »

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