National Dog Week sounded like just another Hallmark card moment until I followed the thread of links back in time to before the Great Depression. Some accounts trace National Dog Week to a group of dog fanciers and sportsmen who advocated for better dog care and laws to protect our furry four-legged friends. The core objective outlined in their educational campaign over eighty years ago still serves as building blocks for many of today’s non-profit animal guardians. Who can dispute the need for good homes, eliminating strays through education, treating our beloved companions and protectors with consideration, promoting fair laws that protect dogs and humans while respecting non-dog owners.
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.
Be a hero at your school! Award-winning authors, Stacy Tornio and Ken Keffer, are giving away a free school visit along with free copies of their new book, THE TRUTH ABOUT NATURE! All you have to do is enter a video or photo between September 22, 2014 and November 23, 2014.
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.