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 …

Merry Christmas from Outdoor Society!

Merry Christmas from Outdoor Society Merry Christmas everyone. I hope first of all, that your holidays are filled with love and surrounded by family. Be safe and have a very Happy Holidays! Most of you are most likely experiencing heat waves right now. Here are a few pictures to cool you down…

Testing the CamelBak Rim Runner 22

Camelbak rim runner 22 Is there such thing as too many backpacks? If there was, I think my collection may fit into that category. Anyways, the majority of my bags are of larger capacity. They are designed for weekend trips, carrying camera gear or a full on hike of the PCT. So for many of the day hikes I do, …

Starved Rock State Park

Starved Rock State Park Back in 2013 I moved from beautiful Michigan to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is beautiful in its own way but for those who love the outdoors, it is less then appealing. The Chicago area is very limited in outdoor areas that you can escape too. Starved Rock State Park is one of those escapes, and an exceptional one …

Old Rag Mountain – Shenandoah National Park

Old Rag Mountain Distance: 8.8 miles Pets: Not on the ridge Difficulty: Difficult Old Rag Mountain is an extremely popular hiking trail located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of the Shenandoah National Park. It is in Virginia’s Madison County about two hours from downtown Washington, DC. Old Rag has a summit elevation of 3,291 feet. This can be a dangerous hike and is not recommended for pets. There are large …

Sky Meadows State Park

Sky Meadows State Park Trail Distance: 16 miles Pets: Allowed on leash Difficulty: Easy to difficult Click Here for Trail Map Ambassador Whitehouse – 1.1miles – Moderate Appalachian Trail – 2.43 – Easy James Ball – 0.83 – Easy Gap Run – 0.49 – Moderate North Ridge – 1.54 – Difficult Old Trail – 1.80 miles – Moderate Piedmont Overlook …

Great Falls National Park

Great Falls National Park Great Falls National Park is a small national park right outside Washington, DC. It is a sanctuary for those needing a break from the busy city life. Being from the DMV are (DC, Maryland, Virginia), the Great Falls Park holds a special place in my heart. I place it as one of the top 5 sites …