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Do they really say “Mush?”

“Why in God’s name would you do that?” The Peace Arch border agent stared at me like I’d lost my mind. I just told him that I was traveling to the Yukon. It was January 7th. “Do you how cold it gets? They don’t call it the Great White North for nothing.” Then he looked at my car. “Tell me …

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The Endless Chain

There it was: The Endless Chain. Tall, long and slender. Like a rocky red carpet laid out before me, I approached the soaring ridge with confidence, containing my excitement, knowing that this would be the first time a paraglider would ever fly along that perfect spine. But as I neared the sheer face, I found myself pummeled by gust after …

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Field Trip: The Painted Hills

Way out in the middle of north-central Oregon, the Painted Hills are one of three discontiguous units of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, an under-appreciated gem in our inventory of public lands. All three are worthy of exploration, but the Painted Hills are something special. Located near the weather-beaten hamlet of Mitchell (population: 130), the Painted Hills are …

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Field Trip: Stephens Passage

We leave No Name Cove in early morning sunlight. No other boats are in sight, and the only sound is the clanking of the anchor being pulled up, and then the distinctive ka-chunk ka-chunk of the M/V David B’s engine. As we motor into Stephens Passage, mist blurs the spruce forest along the shore, and dense fog obliterates all but …

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Three Great Trails in New Hampshire’s White Mountains

Famous for some of the most beautiful scenery on the east coast of the United States, the White Mountains of New Hampshire are popular with hikers and climbers.  A plethora of beautiful trails wind through these mountains—New England’s most rugged peaks—part of the northern Appalachians. Choosing a trail can be daunting, akin to a game of chance, like the online …

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Top 5 Hikes Around Las Vegas

Everyone knows Las Vegas for its iconic casinos that draw visitors to the city all year round. While Las Vegas has so much to offer when it comes to entertainment, people are missing out on exploring the beautiful landscape that surrounds the area. Below, we’ll have a look at the top five hikes around Las Vegas that tourists should consider …

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Field Trip: Badwater

We ride into Death Valley in late afternoon, careening down the winding road through the Panamint Range. Down again past the graceful sand dunes of Mesquite Flat, and then down even more towards Badwater, elevation: 282.2 feet below sea level, the bottom of North America. The last golden light bathes the undulating desert hills before slowly giving way to the …

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Make the Most of Your Pacific Northwest Trip with These 6 Tips

The Pacific Northwest—an area of spectacular beauty graced by snow-capped mountains poking through the clouds and sprawling valleys blanketed in beautiful wildflowers. From lush evergreen forests to cliff-lined beaches, a visit to the Pacific Northwest should be on everyone’s bucket list. If you’re lucky enough plan a trip to this breathtaking region, here are six tips you should know for …

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A Fiery Hike to the Valley of Fire

Just on the outskirts of Cascadia is another hiker’s haven. It is aptly named Valley of Fire because the site literally looks on fire on a hot, sunny day. It is located in Overton, Nevada, just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, and boasts of a range of rock formations including crimson red sandstone spires, stunning arches, and oddly-shaped boulders. …

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