• The Saga of Sir John Franklin Pt. 1

    May 14, 2020 Comments (2) Field Facts

    Before setting out on his final polar expedition in 1845 and creating one of history’s more intriguing and enduring maritime mysteries, Sir John Franklin had served in three wars, surveyed Australia, and mapped unexplored areas of Canada’s Northwest Territories. Throughout his five-decade career in the

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  • The Prickly Pear Cactus

    May 7, 2020 Comments (2) Flora

    The Prickly Pear Cactus, known more formally as Opuntia is probably one of the most recognizable Cacti in the world. With dozens of variations it is originally from the Americas in what is now Central Mexico, but Opuntia has radiated out to arid and semi-arid regions all around the world. Said to be given to …

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  • Hoe Cakes

    April 30, 2020 Comments (1) Camp Kitchen

    All around the world different civilizations and cultures have developed ways to get necessary and filling carbohydrates by making bread while on the go and/or from minimum ingredients. Fry bread, tortillas, pita- some baked directly in the ashes of a campfire have kept people going for centuries.  Today’s Camp

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  • The Bighorn Sheep

    April 23, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    The bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) is one of three species of mountain sheep living in North America. Recognized by the male’s large, curving horns, the bighorn sheep is a legendary climber and resident of the continent’s western rocky terrain. The three living subspecies are the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

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  • Three Rechargeable Lights For the Outdoors

    April 16, 2020 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    It’s always great to have extra lights for area lighting and performing immediate tasks while outdoors. In the past options were limited and varying sized battery requirements were a hassle. Now with rechargeable lights you can get away for a long weekend and not have to carry a twenty pound bag of spares.

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  • The Wild Strawberry

    April 9, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    Treasured for its sweet, delicate fruit, the wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) is a member of the rose family and is found throughout most of the U.S. and Canada. The wild strawberry prefers fertile loamy soils in dry locations and can be found throughout North America in meadows, roadsides, hillsides, and

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  • Danger Cinema:  On Any Sunday

    April 3, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    How do you follow up making the most successful surf movie of all time? You turn your cameras inland and make a movie about motorcycles, of course!  As unconventional as that may sound that is exactly what California film maker Bruce Brown did and in doing so made another classic that set standard that all

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  • The Jackalope

    April 1, 2020 Comments (0) Fauna

    Jackalope (Lepus cornutus) is a medium to large lagomorph found only in small pockets of the Western United States, the largest populations being found near Douglas Wyoming and Groom Lake in Southern Nevada. Contrary to popular belief Jackalope are not the result of amorousness between an antelope and a jackrabbit,

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  • Isle Royale National Park

    March 19, 2020 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Rising from the depths of Lake Superior, Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park is one of America’s more remote and rugged parks. The 45-mile long island offers a mixture of adventure and solitude for kayakers, canoeists, backpackers, day hikers, SCUBA divers, and anglers.  Isle Royale was formed by the

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  • The birch Tree

    March 12, 2020 Comments (0) Flora

    The birch (Betulaceae) is a deciduous hardwood tree easily recognized by its distinguished thin bark, which peels away in layers like paper. The bark is usually white but can also be found in colors ranging from purple to salmon.  There are 15 species of birch in the colder regions of the United States, with

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