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Nerdy but Necessary: Sun Hats

Nerdy but Necessary: Sun Hats

Looking great out on the trail isn’t always a priority. When you’re sweaty, dirty, and smell like you haven’t showered in days you probably don’t care much if that bucket hat doesn’t look spectacular. But for the occasional outdoor activity where you’ll be going to do other things afterwards, using protective sun gear is still important even if you think it might ruin your look. That doesn’t mean you can’t look more »

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Ways to Celebrate the Earth Year Round

Ways to Celebrate the Earth Year Round

Every year on April 22, we celebrate the Earth, do a bit of public cleanup, and think about being more green. But by April 23, many people have moved on and don’t think much more about what they can do to help support our Earth and keep it clean. Instead of letting it all go by the wayside, here’s some ideas on how to make every day Earth Day. Recycle, more »

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Going Boating? Be Sure To Clean Up!

Going Boating? Be Sure To Clean Up!

Have you heard of zebra mussels? No, they’re not when a body builder wears stripes—they’re an invasive species that’s taking over lakes, streams, and ponds in the United States. A single zebra mussel that hitches a ride on a boat or boat trailer can birth thousands more in a new body of water. And then they spread like wildfire, essentially taking over waterways and often choking out other native wildlife, more »

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Preparing for Summer Music Festivals

Preparing for Summer Music Festivals

Coachella officially kicked off the summer music festivals last week and if you’re heading to a music venue for a multi-day fest, take this as your reminder to start prepping now. Getting together the right gear for a music festival is key to enjoying it fully. Who wants to be focused on being cold, wet, and uncomfortable when their favorite band is playing? Your tent is your home at a more »

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Warning: Spring Rock Falls & Low Temperatures

Warning: Spring Rock Falls & Low Temperatures

Last week, Yosemite National Park officials announced that part of the popular Rancheria Falls Trail is closed in the Hetch Hetchy area of the park due to a rock fall. In the spring when ice starts to melt and geological forces take their toll on cliffs, there are more incidents like this where rocks break off and fall from high areas. It’s rare that they’re spotted, let alone cause injuries, in more »

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Dress Up Your Camping Oatmeal

Dress Up Your Camping Oatmeal

Ah, oatmeal. It’s the hiking camper’s best friend for breakfast because it’s so simple to make in the mornings. No need to try to make perfect eggs at uncertain temperatures, no need to deal with grease. Problem is, it’s typically not enough to keep you going all day long on a strenuous hike. It’s also less than exciting in its natural state, and instant packets aren’t a healthy choice. But more »

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Do Some Outdoor Good: Trail Maintenance

Do Some Outdoor Good: Trail Maintenance

Hiking is a heck of a lot of fun. But what isn’t so cool is when there’s a nasty storm and all kinds of debris covers a trail. Pushing off the downed branches to the side and always packing out your trash is the right thing to do when you’re out and about on hiking trails but there’s more you can do to maintain trails. Trail cleanups are a great more »

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Be Healthy Now to be Smarter Later

Be Healthy Now to be Smarter Later

A new study in the journal Neurology discovered that how fit you are in your twenties determines how fit your brain will be when you reach middle age. They found that people who could run farther and faster on a treadmill when they were 25 years younger had better memories and could solve problems more readily than those who were less fit in the treadmill test. What does this mean? more »

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New Study Says Canned Veggies Are Good for You

New Study Says Canned Veggies Are Good for You

A new study has concluded that canned vegetables are not necessarily less nutritious than fresh or frozen options. The Center for Economic Analysis found that canned vegetables without added ingredients had a similar nutritional profile to fresh and frozen vegetables. In some cases, they were actually better than fresh produce from the grocery store, because the vegetables were processed right after harvest when the nutritional content is at the highest. more »

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More to Explore: California Coastal Monument

More to Explore: California Coastal Monument

Perhaps the least known National Monument but one of the most viewed, California Coastal Monument has grown in size thanks to a new extension through the Antiquities Act on March 11th by President Obama. California Coastal Monument was extended to include 1,665 additional acres of land along the Mendocino County coastline. This also means that the general public also now has access to these areas that play host to some more »

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