A special backpack will come in handy on those days when you wish you had more than two hands. Just too much stuff to carry? You need a special pocket for your phone. And one for your water bottle. How about large zippered pockets and smaller pockets within easy reach? And added to all this […]

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You may think you have a reliable sense of direction. You may think you don’t need a compass to tell you which way is north. And, like me, if you live in the Denver area, you know that the mountains are to the west. However, once you are in the middle of those mountains, that […]

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When I was a kid and my family went on a picnic to the mountains, we would load up our food in our trusty metal ice chest cooler. It was greenish, a little dented and scuffed from years of use. We had refined how to pack the most food possible into our beloved ice chest. […]

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Years ago, on a back-packing trip to the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico, we purchased a genuine, hand-made local hammock. We got the “matrimonial” size. Bill and I could both sleep in it — with our heads at opposite ends! It was cool and comfortable and easy to transport from one place to another. After¬† we […]

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We had packed our usual tent pegs for a recent camping trip. Usually we camp in forested areas, but this time we were headed for an open, sandy area next to a beautiful lake. Setting up our tent, we anchored it with our always-reliable-before flat-hooked pegs. We began to settle in for the evening. YIKES […]

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