• Seward’s Folly?

    March 30, 2015 Comments (0) Field Facts

    On March 30th, 1867 U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signed a treaty with Russia purchasing Alaska for 7 million dollars. This price at 2.5 cents per acre added a land mass twice the size of Texas to the United States. Congress ratified the treaty by a mere one vote and detractors called the …

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  • Review: Prometheus Design Werx Dog Tag Tool

    March 25, 2015 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    PDW Dog Tag tool – practical tactical tool The old truth is that the ultimate last-ditch survival tool/knife is the one you have within your hand’s reach when needed. Of course, these days most of us don’t carry tools and knives to ‘survive’, but it can make your life easier, more

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  • The Great Horned Owl

    March 23, 2015 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) also called the Hoot Owl is one of the largest and most widely distributed Owls in North America. Great Horned Owls are found from the Alaskan arctic, down to the tip of South America and flourish in a variety of environs. They are also called Tiger Owls for their …

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  • The Garibaldi

    March 20, 2015 Comments (0) Fauna

    Garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus) are bright orange members of the damselfish family and California’s official State marine fish.This means they are protected and cannot by fished or removed from the ocean. Garibaldi are only found in the near coastal waters from Monterey Bay to Baja California and the Channel

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  • The Oak Tree

    March 18, 2015 Comments (0) Field Facts

    Oak trees come from the genus Quercus and have 600 different species found around the world in almost every climate. High levels of tannins make the stout Oak resistant to insects and fungus, some living to over 1,000 years old and still going strong. Acorns are the fruit of the Oak and also contains high …

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  • The Southern Sea Otter

    March 13, 2015 Comments (0) Fauna

    The Southern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) also goes by the name California Sea Otter and has the distinction of being one the heaviest members of the weasel family, yet one of the smallest marine mammals. California Sea Otters live among the protected shallow coastal waters between Half Moon Bay and Santa Barbara

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  • Asolo Flame GTX

    March 11, 2015 Comments (0) Gear Reviews

    While this article is a review of Asolo Flame boots, it’s also an overall guideline at what to look for in a good pair of basic hiking boots. When most people are shopping for active footwear for the outdoors they typically look for the lightest, lowest, softest, and most breathable option. Thinking that “lighter

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  • The Blue Jay

    March 6, 2015 Comments (0) Fauna

    Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) are a very noticeable and noisy member of the Corvidae family that are commonly found along forest edges and in city parks through most of central and eastern North America. Being Corvidae Jays are cousins to crows, ravens and magpies who’s traits they share. Jays are noisy,

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  • Camping with Cubs (kids) Part 1

    January 28, 2015 Comments (0) Do's & Don'ts

    In this series I will be talking about some tips and tricks to getting outside with your little critters.  Traveling with kids can be challenging and in this series I will discuss: equipment, sleeping arrangements, entertainment and helping around the camp. Part 1 – Littlest cubs:  ages 0-1 With my kids we took

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  • Axes & Tomahawks: Part 2

    December 10, 2014 Comments (0) Field Facts

    If I had to choose a single cutting tool to take with me into the backcountry, it would be a good straight handled tomahawk with a hammer-polled head. Easily replaceable handle, removable head for cutting and skinning, light weight, easy carry, the list goes on. The uses you get from a good hawk exceed almost …

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