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This Is the American Bison

When we were out in Colorado, I came across a couple books about the American Bison (Bison bison), commonly referred to as a buffalo. Yes, bison are the American mammal, though they usually aren’t at the top of the list of

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Central Colorado Fun

Between Denver and Silverthorne/Dillon/Frisco, there’s a lot to do even when the slopes aren’t covered with powder. Here are just a few of the options: In Golden you can visit the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Colorado Railroad Museum, and the

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Fisherman’s Island State Park

We were recently in the Petoskey area, so on our way out of town, we stopped by Fisherman’s Island St Park (MI DNR website) to see if we’d like to camp there. Verdict: we would. I see why this area

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More Knots, Fewer Devices

I was never in Boy Scouts, Pathfinders, or any other variant of a bushcraft/youth paramilitary organization. Ergo, I never learned knots.  I’m lucky to have lived through a decade of rock climbing. We engaged in such poor rope use while

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Backpacker: Top 10 Outdoor Apps

I appreciated the recent Backpacker run-down of “The 10 Best Apps For the Outdoors” (Ryan Wichelns, 11 May 2017). Some of them–like the SkyView–I’d heard of before, but others were new and engaging. I’ve wanted an app like Leafsnap or

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Paddling Pantheon

In the Pantheon of paddling greats, Michiganders have to know people like Verlen Kruger (more than 88,000 paddle miles; memorial) and Serge Corbin (18-time winner of the Au Sable River Marathon). As a side note, our family took 6 days to

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Vans and Homes and Kids

I’ve been watching videos about families living in vans. At this point, it seems that the films can be grouped into three categories: short-term, long-term, and this-was-not-my-plan. Because embedding videos slows down loading time for the blog, I’m going to

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