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With its bright weather, longer days, and feeling that the world is just waking up, the Easter season is a perfect time to go camping.  You can see the forests coming to life, watch wildlife coming back into the hills, and see plenty of buds and brilliant new-born green leaves.  And because Easter is a holiday weekend, it's a great time to get away with the family. Tr...

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Camp Cuisine

Spring Fever Salads

Even before the first hint of spring warms the air, it starts to feel like salad season. After a long winter, our bodies crave the nutrients found in young lettuce leaves, fresh red tomatoes, and bright yellow peppers. You may still have snow on the ground outside your window, but there's no reason not to put spring on your plate.

Scour your local supermarket's produce section fo...

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Road Trip

Alabama Coast

Steve

We're logging in from Alabama Gulf Coast this month, a place I'd never seen before - though it's warm enough here to feel like summertime back home in Minnesota! Our son, Mike, and his family met up with us in Mobile for a quick vacation. They live in Denver, so they were happy to escape the snow for a warm beach vacation. And of course we were glad t...

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Hot Spots

Ski Southern California - Really!

It may seem like a contradiction in terms -- skiing in a place that's known for beaches and sunshine? But at Southern California's ski resorts, you'll find deep powder, massive slopes, and the same gorgeous scenery you'll find on ski mountains anywhere. If you're looking for a wintertime escape that leaves you just miles from sunshine, warmth, great golfing, and go...

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Camping Gems

Canyon de Chelly

Set in the rosy sandstone desert of northeastern Arizona, Canyon de Chelly National Monument is one of the most fascinating ruins in the nation. This land is filled with paradox, because while the ruins are expansive and remarkably intact, they give us more questions than answers. Clearly the home of a large, thriving population, the settlement at Canyon de Chelly seems to have been ...

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Fur Kids

Desert Hazards for Dogs

The desert is a fascinating landscape to explore, but it can pose some special dangers for dogs. With a little preparation and awareness, you can be on the lookout for these hazards and steer your dog clear, so you can both enjoy a safe desert camping trip. Bring plenty of water, rest in the shade when you can, and have a great trip to the desert!

Heat and Dehydration
Dogs and...

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Sport Spotlight

Snowmobiling

If you're looking for a way to have fun in the snow, cover a lot of terrain, and explore some gorgeous new territory, then it's time to give snowmobiling a try. This is a great activity for anyone who loves to drive and enjoys the challenge of steering through snow. Many snowmobiles are big enough to carry two, so one person can ride, if they prefer to take in the scenery and let someo...

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Camp Kids

Winter Family Fun

If your family has too much energy to be pent up indoors, then why not head out? There's no reason to let a little cold slow you down, especially with all the fun there is to be had outside in the winter. You'll keep your crew happy and busy building snow forts, crafting snowmen, and sliding down snow-covered hills. You might even try something new this year, like snow shoeing or ...

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New To Do

Polar Bearing

Winter snows never stop polar bears from diving into the water, so why should it stop you? From sauna-filled Scandinavia to coastal towns all over the U.S., polar bearing is a popular tradition with a growing following. This practice of taking a wintertime dip in icy waters is a new year's tradition in many places. Once you try it, you'll never forget how invigorating polar bearing is...

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Camp Styles

Romantic Camping

The crackling campfire, the stars twinkling overhead, and your best friend cuddled up at your side -- there's no question that camping and romance go hand-in-hand. Whether you're newlyweds or have been married for decades, your next camping trip can be the most romantic get-away of your life. All it takes is a little thoughtful planning and the right attitude.

As you start planning ...

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Top Picks

Top Picks | Places to Eat South Carolina

Top Places to Eat in South Carolina


Restaurants

Blue Marlin, 1200 Lincoln St, Columbia, serves seafood and more

Diane's on Devine, 2400 Devine St, Columbia, serves a variety of cuisine including seafood and italian

FIG, 232 Meeting St, Charleston, specializes in local and seasonal ingredients

Halls Chophouse, 434 King St, Charleston, serves steakhouse and American style cuisine

Hamptons, 4 West Hampton ...

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Fitness Forum

Yoga - Discover Your Inner Yogi

Yoga is an age-old practice that stretches the body and calms the mind. By performing a series of poses, called asanas, yoga students make themselves more limber and relaxed. This results in lower blood pressure, a decrease in stress, and healthy joints and muscles. But beyond its health benefit, yoga is a lot of fun! With poses that range from simple to challenging,...

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Gear Guides

Dress for Success - All-Weather Camping Gear Tips

There is something special about winter camping. Whether it’s the hush of a snow-covered world or the glint of sunlight reflecting off icicles, winter camping shows you things you could never see in any other season. In the winter you can see farther through the woods without leaves to block out the light, you can step onto frozen waterways, and spo...

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Snap Shots

The Magic of Fall Photography

The Magic Of Fall Photography

Fall is a magical time for photography. It is a time when Nature transforms the greens of summer into the muted reds, browns, yellows and oranges of fall. These colors at this time of year exist only during this season. It is an event we look forward to every year, however, many of us are disappointed with our results. Below are some tips on how to impro...

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