Ever been Black in the backcountry? I once led a trip of college students into the backcountry of Southern Indiana. Ours was a diverse group of students who had learned outdoor living skills that week. The time had come to shoulder packs into the wilderness. We hiked for over an hour before coming to Saddle …

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What is our final destination? The holiday self-reflection and connections with family and friends have me thinking about a better life in 2018.

Final Destination

Is a better life in the year ahead? Where are we going? What is our final destination? I’m back from the holidays with commensurate self-reflection and connections with family and friends. People thinking about our personal lives. Most are talking… or not talking about our nation’s politics. Many worrying about their jobs, why they have this …

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Backcountry Dish Washing

How to Wash Dishes

How do we wash our dishes when we’re on the road? If you’re in outdoor recreation, you likely know the three-bucket or four-bucket system. From washing dishes around a campsite to our using it right in our own home, it keeps dishes clean while using a minimal amount of water. It works for campers, road trippers, van …

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Winter Activities for Nonprofits


Engagement is the name of the game with us. If you haven’t noticed, we’re not exactly sit around on your posterior kind of people. To lean forward into where we’re at, we’re discovering nonprofits doing meaningful work in our local community and environment. For me, this means taking inventory of what organizations there are throughout …

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Ski Slopes on New Years

Skiing New Years

What to do on the last day of holiday break? What’s within a 15-minute drive? Skiing? Done! I’m thankful that our family defaults to getting out. It’s always been my experience that when I’m down, inside, nothing to do, I’ve got to get out. Literally, outside. So when we found these slopes so close to our …

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HIking Canyon Erosion

Hiking Providence Canyon

This place is a mixed experience for a nature lover. They call it Georgia’s Little Grand Canyon. It is a surprise in the southeastern pines that seems like something in the western US. At the same moment, it’s a natural wonder and an environmental nightmare. Surface runoff and groundwater erosion washes away this topsoil and has deepened the …

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