Slip Inside My New LifeVenture Dristore Sleeplight Sleeping Bag

March 14, 2014
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Lightweight, comfortable, and warm, loaded with features like security pockets, a waterproof stuff sack, and a triple layer of protection from mosquitos, bed bugs, and bacteria, this sleeping bag worked great for me on a recent camping trip.

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Scenic Camping and Playing at California’s Red Rock Canyon State Park

February 21, 2014
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Whether you are a hiker, an off-road vehicle enthusiast, a star gazer, an amateur geologist, an amateur paleontologist, a film buff, or a shooter (just not in the park, please!), beautiful and scenic Red Rock Canyon State Park has something for anyone who enjoys the desert.

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Lake Hollywood Reservoir — An Urban Hike in the Shadow of the Hollywood Sign

September 19, 2013
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In the shadow of the Hollywood Sign, this 3.5 mile paved route around the scenic and historic Lake Hollywood Reservoir is an easy urban hike that is enjoyable for tourists and locals alike–if you can ignore the chain link fence around most of it.

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Dorcy Head Lamps — Great lights for a great value!

August 15, 2013
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I had the opportunity to review two new DORCY headlamps, and found both the broad and spot beams to be very useful and quite reasonably priced.

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A Short Family-Friendly Hike to Holzwarth Historic Site in Rocky Mountain National Park

August 10, 2013
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Holzwarth Historic Site is an easy family-friendly 1-mile roundtrip hike through time in the Kawuneeche Valley area of Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The guest ranching and homesteading eras of RMNP are preserved in a dozen or so historic buildings on the site of Never Summer Ranch.

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Testing the New AIRBAC Backpacks — Comfort for you and safety for your electronics

July 29, 2013
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High tech, air-cushioned backpacks will protect your laptops, tablets, and other electronic devices, and also carry your gear lightly on your shoulders and back.

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Exploring Grand Lake and Western Rocky Mountain National Park on Horseback

July 28, 2013
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Horseback riding is a must-do activity when visiting Rocky Mountain National Park; it is a great way to explore more terrain than we can hike in a day. We booked with Sombrero Ranches, in Grand Lake, which provides scenic rides around the western side of the national park. Perfect for couples, families, and groups of friends.

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Canoeing on Grand Lake, the Largest Natural Body of Water in Colorado

July 27, 2013
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On our trip to Colorado last summer, Jeff and I set aside one day of our Rocky Mountain National Park vacation to do a canoe tour of scenic Grand Lake — the largest deepest natural body of water in Colorado and part of the Colorado River headwaters, and to explore the historic town of Grand Lake, situated on the north shore of the lake.

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Scenic Cozy Romantic Rocky Mountain National Park Lodging at Moose Cabin in Grand Lake

July 26, 2013
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Adorable cozy Moose Cabin, on the less crowded side of Rocky Mountain National Park, provides clean scenic easy access to the national park. Set on beautiful Shadow Mountain Lake — enjoy all the beauty of the national park, without the crowds, and with all the comforts of home.

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Plan Your Next Chantry Flat Hike the 3rd Saturday of the Month for Mouth-Watering Chuck Wagon Style Pulled Pork

July 24, 2013
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Chantry Flat Recreation Area, in Big Santa Anita Canyon, near Arcadia, California and Sierra Madre, California, in the Angeles National Forest is one of our favorite spots to hike. It’s simply gorgeous. A crossroads to some of the most beautiful trails in Southern California. And every good hike, of course, should end with good food. Historic Adams’ Pack Station offers excellent rugged food in a beautiful mountain setting, the perfect spot to enjoy a post-hike weekend afternoon.

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Hiking the Colorado River Headwaters in Rocky Mountain National Park — No Party Boats Here!

July 12, 2013
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A moderate 9 mile hike in Rocky Mountain National Park towards the headwaters of the mighty Colorado River!

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Banff National Park: A Great Summer Adventure Vacation! Part 2 — Icefield Parkway and Canmore

July 9, 2013
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Banff National Park, and its surrounding area, is one of the most beautiful spots on earth. Rugged peaks, lush green forests, pristine deep blue lakes, glaciers, waterfalls, and tons of wildlife. Pure majesty and awe. I first visited and hiked all over the region with my parents and siblings as a teen, and fell in love with […]

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Banff National Park: A Great Summer Adventure Vacation! Part 1 — The Immediate Banff Vicinity

May 28, 2013
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For those into hiking and outdoor activities, the Banff area of Canada is the perfect vacation spot. Whether you seeking a romantic adventure vacation like Jeff and I wanted for our honeymoon, or you are bringing kids and teens along, Banff offers enough activity and beauty to meet everyone’s vacation expectations. Canada’s most visited national park is a spot that every outdoors lover must visit at least once in his or her lifetime.

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Hiking Skull Rock & Jumbo Rocks Loop in Joshua Tree

May 21, 2013
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Skull Rock and Jumbo Rocks are two more highly popular scenic attractions in Joshua Tree National Park. This super short 1.7 mile hike (2 miles if you wander through the campground like we did), is another must-do hike for anyone wanting to soak in the majesty of Joshua Tree. It’s easily reachable from the park’s northern Loop Road, and is engaging enough even for young kids — particularly with all the cool rocks to climb.

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