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.
Want to create a unique, interesting birdhouse for the birds in your backyard? Now you can, using an album cover from an old vinyl record. The whole project shouldn’t cost more than $5–$10 and maybe even less if you already have some of the supplies at home. It’s a great gift, especially for someone who likes music and the birds.
Spring fever has dogs wagging their tails as they gallivant along forested trails soaked with fresh moist pungent scents. But spring is also an annual coming out party for one of nature’s sneakiest critters. Rain and the warmth of sunny days guarantee a bumper crop of tiny ticks. They balance on one acrobatic little leg on the delicate limbs of low brush just waiting to hitch a ride on your exuberant dog. Lush grass in parks and stream banks camouflage battalions of these clingy invaders as Rover’s belly combs the new green growth and his tail sweeps up the stragglers.
With summer around the corner, here are some identification tips and rockhounding techniques to help you return from the beach with more than just a tan this season--pockets full of rocks, gems, minerals, fossils, and other treasures collected along the shore.
Covering more than 60,000 square acres and spreading across Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas, the Ozarks offer endless beauty and solitude for outdoor enthusiasts. Hikes across long ridgetops, into quiet valleys and cool hollows, and through rocky creeks give visitors a chance to view the unique natural and cultural history of the area. Springs, caves, sinkholes, bluffs, glades, hardwood forests, clear-flowing streams, waterfalls, and lakes are the natural gems of the Ozarks.
Given the vastness of this region, selecting a hike can be overwhelming. In their book, Hiking Ozarks: A Guide to the Area’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner detail forty of the what they consider the very best hiking trails throughout the region. And here, below, they share with us their five favorite Ozark trails.