Trail of Ten Falls – Silver Falls State Park

Silver Falls State Park – Trail of Ten Falls The trail of Ten Falls at Silver Falls State Park is one of the best day hikes I have ever completed. It is not very strenuous. It is not very long (8.7 miles). But during this hike you will get to experience some of the best waterfalls in North America. One …

20 Amazing Rare Mammals in the United States

Below you will find a list of 20 amazing and rare mammals that can be found in the lower 48 states of the United States. Some of these animals you have heard of but will be shocked at how rare they are. Some you will have heard of but had no idea that they can be found in the lower …

2015 Was Hottest Year on Record

2015 was the Hottest Year on Record Intense droughts, increased wild fires, mass animal die offs, severe weather increasing all across the globe. There is no denying that Earth has been rapidly warming the last few years. It is quickly become one of the largest challenges current and future generations will face. Global average temperature has risen by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius) …

Maryland Heights Trail

Maryland Heights Trail The Maryland Heights Trail is as beautiful as it is difficult. We hiked the entire trail which includes the Stone Fort Trail and the Overlook Cliff Trail. Let me just say, prepare to sweat when going up the Stone Fort Trail. We parked at the main lot and took the free bus to the town of Harpers …

Multnomah Falls

Multnomah Falls   A trip to Oregon is not complete until you drive into the Columbia River Gorge and see Multnomah Falls. The most picturesque and the most visited falls in the Northwest. It is also the tallest waterfall in the state of Oregon and the second tallest year-round waterfall in the United States, towering at 620 feet. What shocked …

President Obama Designates 3 National Monuments

President Obama Designates 3 National Monuments in California This past week, President Obama has created three new national monuments in the California desert: Mojave Trails National Monument, Sand to Snow National Monument, and Castle Mountains National Monument. All together this will protect 1.8 million acres for future generations to enjoy! “Our country is home to some of the most beautiful …

Green Monster Smoothie

Green Monster Smoothie This weeks fresh recipe is a great morning smoothie. I discovered this one from ambitiouskitchen.com. 3/4 cup strawberries (frozen or fresh) 1/2 cup cucumber, peeled and sliced 1 large banana (recommend cutting it into pieces for easier blending) 1 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk 1 1/2 cups kale (Remove stems) A handful of spinach – I do …

150,000 Penguins Killed Due to Grounded Iceberg

Sad news out of Antartica where a iceberg that has been grounded is believed to be the primary cause of a dramatic decline in a colony of Adélie Penguins. The iceberg that is grounded is stated to be roughly the size of Luxembourg (a country in Europe if you did not know already). This is causing the penguin colony to …

Breathtaking Sedona Devils Bridge

Devils Bridge   Devils Bridge Trail. One of the most visited and iconic spots in Arizona. This arch is the largest natural arch in the Sedona area. It is a sandstone arch created from years of wind and rain erosion. There are two parking lots for this trail. One is a paved lot for 2wd vehicles. Another is a dirt …

Why Solo Hiking is the Best Hiking

***Under no circumstances do I advocate solo hiking WITHOUT the proper emergency equipment and precautions***   I had hit a split in the trail when my mind started doubting itself. I had studied the trail map before embarking into the woods and even followed along the trail map periodically checking that I was heading in the right direction. But here …

Top Ski Resorts in North America

Top 15 Ski Resorts in North America These are (IMO) the best 15 ski resorts in North America. I am not even going to attempt to rank these resorts in order. Why? Because at any point, I would love to be skiing any one of these resorts. Let me know your thoughts and what I may have missed! 1) Jackson …

Southern Illinois – A Hidden Midwest Gem

Southern Illinois Warning: This is going to be a picture heavy post. I have a special place in my heart for Southern Illinois. I went to college there and absolutely love the area. First you are probably thinking: “Really? Southern Illinois? You have been posting the Cascades, the Rockies and the Appalachians and now you want to show us Southern …

Happy New Years – Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

Happy New Years everyone! Happy New Years. I am so glad another year is in the books. 2015 was an intense year for myself personally and for this site. In the beginning of 2015 I had taken the site offline. I had personal issues that led to my lack of interest in doing outdoor activities (or leaving the house). A …

Chicago to Portland- Survived a 38 hour road trip!

Chicago to Portland – 38 hour road trip We made it. I was not sure if we would. 38 hours of driving, 2,130 miles. Three days on the road. That was one heck of a road trip. I generally love road trips. I love driving. I love seeing all the sights and small towns that you would miss if you …

OS has Moved to Oregon!

Outdoor Society has moved to Oregon I was raised in Maryland in the suburbs of DC. Rarely did I experience nature being in one of the worlds largest metropolitans. I moved to Southern Illinois for college and truly gained my passion for the outdoors there. Southern Illinois is beautiful and a gem of the midwest. If anyone thinks all of …