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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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, …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Colorado- “that John Denver is full of s**t!”

Colorado You can’t beat that Dumb and Dumber quote haha. Ever since visiting my grandpa as a young child when he lived in Colorado Springs, I have yearned to get back there and do some exploring. In 2012, living in Michigan at that time, I decided to make the road trip from Kalamazoo, Michigan all the way to Colorado. 18 …

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U.P. Michigan – Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks As we saw from the last post, Michigan is full of hidden gems. The U.P. is so far out of the way from any major city that it stays isolated and a secret from most. My trip up there was absolutely breath taking. These beautiful cliffs shown below sit on Lake Superior (largest, deepest and coldest of the …

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Michigan U.P.- Tahquamenon Falls

Michigan U.P.- Tahquamenon Falls Back in 2012 while living in Michigan, I decided to do a 3 day road trip through the eastern half of the Upper Peninsula. Breath taking scenery. One of the sites we saw was Tahquamenon Falls. A must see for any one who loves waterfalls!   embedgooglemaps.com private proxy             The …

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Lower Michigan – The Mitten State

Lower Michigan I spent 3 years living in lower Michigan, Kalamazoo to be exact. During my time there I regretfully was not into photography. But wow was there some amazing sights to see in Michigan. It has so many hidden gems that many people are not aware of. Below is a collection of just the lower peninsula of Michigan. I …