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Blue Ridge Autumn Getaways

Cool brisk mornings, perfect for long walks or fast runs. A cloudless, deep blue sky. Golden rays of sunshine that towards the end of the day, bath the outdoors in a rich light that resembles liquid amber. The fragrant aromas…

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Good for the Body, Great for the Soul: Kayaking Tips for Women

By Dian Jordan
Broken Bow, Oklahoma – Kayaking is one of the most wonderful outdoor experiences you can have. It gives you the freedom to float on water, enjoy nature at its best and have a great physical workout. There…

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Camping Connection – National Park Alternatives

By Bill Steiden
America’s national parks are due for a celebration. The first, Yellowstone, was declared in 1872, and it was President Woodrow Wilson who established the National Park Service in 1916. But President Theodore Roosevelt, whose term in office…

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Windy City Weekend

Story and photos by Betsy Marvin
America’s “Second City,” blows the competition away, so given a chance for a long weekend in the coolest summer on record, I breezed on up there without thinking twice!
For lovers of architecture, art,…

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Camping Connection – The Very First National Seashore

Story and photos by Bill Steiden
A little less than fifty years ago, a bridge opened across the Outer Banks’ Oregon Inlet, connecting North Carolina’s Roanoke and Hatteras islands. That could have been the ruination of the most pristine coastline…

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Camping Connection – A New England Experience Where?

By Bill Steiden
A rocky-shored island with granite cliffs and gravelly beaches in a northern clime, surrounded by sailboat-studded blue waters; a summer resort set in a Victorian village, accessible by ferry and steeped in history.
Martha’s Vineyard, right?
Actually,…

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Old Saybrook and the Connecticut River

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
History is everywhere in Connecticut. The southern New England state is home to the nation’s oldest public art museum – the Wadsworth Atheneum, in Hartford – as well as a university that’s a good bit older…

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Camping Connection: Clean, Cool & Clear – Florida’s Answer to the Summer Heat

By Bill Steiden
Ever since the early European explorers set foot in Florida, people have been coming to its subtropical peninsula in search of treasure. The quest continues, though the goal now is not to find gold and jewels, but…

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Savoring Paris

By Cindy Murphy-Tofig
Everyone returns home from Paris with a great story, and it often revolves around the fantastic cheeses, the amazing wines or the stunning sights. I skipped over the first two and skated through part of the…

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Camping Connection: Whitewater Rafting the Nantahala River, North Carolina

By Chris Reinolds
Rushing rapids, cool water and stunning scenery are just a few of the ways to describe the experience of paddling a raft on the Nantahala River in North Carolina.
The Nantahala, a Cherokee Indian term meaning…

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