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  • These National Parks Are Closed Due to Tropical Storm Hilary

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> For much of last week, the southwestern U.S. and parts of Mexico  braced for a Category 4 hurricane that the World Meteorological Organization called “Hilary.” After making landfall on Sunday, August 20, in Mexico’s Baja California peninsula, killing one man as he attempted to cross a stream, Hilary—which was…

  • How to Pull Off a Weekend Backpacking Trip

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> While America’s long-distance treks top adventure bucket lists, months-long stints on the Appalachian, Continental Divide, or Pacific Crest trails may not go over well with your day job. That’s where microadventure-style backpacking trips can give you a taste of life in the wild. Here are seven short-and-sweet weekend trips that…

  • The 10 Most Beautiful Hikes in U.S. National Forests

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> There are 193 million acres of national-forest land in this country, with at least one national forest or national grassland unit in all but eight states. And yet the vast majority of us tend to overlook our national forests, focusing on national parks instead. “Our national forests are definitely…

  • You Can Now Hike, Kayak, Ski, and More at These Stunning Fishing Lodges

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Our 42-passenger plane lands with ease on the mile-long sand runway just south of the Arctic Circle. Scraggly black spruce trees line the sides of the airstrip and water laps gently at one end. We are 200 miles from a road; 240 miles from the closest town, where our…

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