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.
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.
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.
I have only recently started exploring the San Francisco Bay Area, and have a particular interest in the outer hiking areas. S.F. is one of those unique urban centers that provide relatively easy access to hiking trails just outside of the city, one of which lies in Marin County: Muir Woods. Muir Woods is a national park created by conservationist, John Muir at the turn of the 20th Century and is a popular destination for nature lovers, families, and anyone looking to enjoy some redwood splendor.
To ride here or ride there? That is the question in New York City.
I’ve been cycling New York City’s streets, bike paths and greenways for more than a decade every day (almost) and I haven’t come even close to exhausting all that the city has to offer in terms of cycling terrain. Nearly every day opens yet another door onto some previously overlooked alluring aspect of city cycling. What’s more, each borough, neighborhood, shoreline and park has its own unique appeal. Singling out one corner over another, one route above the next, seems almost blasphemous.
I am not from Oregon. As a matter of fact, Portland is roughly the 20th US city that I’ve lived in. In my previous career I was an information technology specialist. While living in Florida I accepted a position in Vancouver, Washington. A driving force behind this decision was the fact that I had yet to live in the Northwest. I didn’t think I was going to like it, but as a wanderer, I wanted to check the area off my list.