Saddle Mountain

Saddle Mountain Hike Type: Out and Back Distance: 5.2 miles round trip Elevation gain: 1600 feet Difficulty: Intermediate Family Friendly: Not for young kids. Well behaved teenagers would be fine. Crowded: Yes. Get there early. Getting There Saddle Mountain Trailhead is fairly easy to locate. You will want to take HWY 26 to Saddle Mountain State Park Road. It is …

Twelve Essential Items for Hiking

Everyone has a slightly varied list when it comes to hiking gear but most stick to an essential ten items similar to the list that first appeared in Mountaineering Freedom of the Hills Mountaineers (Read about it here). Below I expand upon the essential ten for what I personally believe are 12 items every hiker must have! This is just a …

Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls Hike

What a hike this was. It absolutely blew my expectations out of the water. I came into this hike with little excitement (although a day outside is still better then a day in the office). If you are familiar with the Multnomah Falls area you know that it is beautiful, but very touristy. Something I despise when it comes to outdoor …

Devils Lake State Park

Devils Lake State Park Trail Map: OfficialDevilsLakeMap1 Devils Lake State Park is a gem in southern Wisconsin. It offers plenty of hiking trails, although most people will stay on the loop that follows around the beautiful lake. The lake is surrounded by large rocky bluffs and the trail takes you high above the lake on top of these bluffs. Be warned that …

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 …