On a whim, a paragraph about dog-friendly Lake Mary led us from Carmel, California, over Yosemite’s Tioga Pass to a place called “Mammoth.” We checked into historic Tamarack Lodge on Twin Lakes as darkness silhouetted the granitic Mammoth Crest and looming Mammoth Mountain against the glittering dome of stars.
Boise’s outdoor scene might be best known for its prolific mountain biking trails scattered across the city’s many hillsides, but the hiking trails are equally spectacular. During a recent visit to Boise, a friend introduced me to a trailhead tucked into a neighborhood close to the Crane Creek Country Club. I believe the area is one of those “you don’t know about it unless someone tells you about it” kind of places.
Mmmm, nothing says summer like ice cream on a hot day. Making your own ice cream is something everyone should try at least once. With this method, you don’t need any machinery at all. You just need energy. Best of all, after you work up a sweat, you can reward yourself with a yummy, cool treat.
After being intrigued by Southern California’s Catalina Island for over thirty years, we finally set the course for the only privately owned island of the eight Channel Islands, seven of which are National Park. Once I deciphered the seasonal ferry schedule, it was a smooth 45-minute journey aboard the Catalina Express catamaran.
In my recent book, Hiking through History Virginia, I used the state’s rich past as a backdrop for selecting forty hikes scattered throughout the Old Dominion that take readers to the most fascinating places where Virginia’s past can be experienced by trail. One such hike is the Corbin Cabin Loop, located off the east side of Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park.
Gardeners are some of the friendliest people around. They just want to share the beauty of their work with others. You can find hundreds of public gardens around the country, and often nonprofit groups or volunteers run them. Seek out a couple public gardens in your area or when you’re traveling. It’s impossible not to appreciate the gorgeous scenes.
On Friday, June 6, we staffers at FalconGuides will lace up our hiking shoes and slip out of the office early to ascend the main trail at Sleeping Giant State Park, in Hamden, CT. This annual June outing has become a favorite tradition at Falcon, not simply because we love the fresh air and the spectacular views that await us atop the Giant’s impressive stone lookout tower, but because it’s a fun way for us as a team to observe National Trails Day.
We put this question to the climbers featured in Women Who Dare, Chris Noble’s stunningly photographed book profiling 20 of America’s most inspiring female climbers, from legendary great Lynn Hill to current leading female sport climber Sasha DiGiulian. Here’s what five of them told us.