Hike to Arthur’s Rock in Fort Collins, Colorado
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Hike to Arthur’s Rock in Fort Collins, Colorado

If you’re looking for a fairly short and moderately strenuous hike along the Front Range, Arthur’s Rock Trail is a great option. It’s in Lory State Park and is a wonderful alternative to the more crowded (but wonderful!) Horsetooth Rock hike. It’s a hike to a granite outcropping named for an early settler. In the … Continue reading

Amazing Aqua Adventures – 5 Places in the U.S. to Cool Off This Summer
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Amazing Aqua Adventures – 5 Places in the U.S. to Cool Off This Summer

The pool, lake and beach are great places to beat the sweltering summer heat. But, if you’re looking for an amazing aqua adventure here are five unique water experiences in stunning scenery from the West Coast to the East Coast in the United States. Swampy Boat Adventure in the SoutheastCypress Gardens is in Moncks Corner, … Continue reading

Swamp Boat Adventure at Cypress Gardens Near Charleston, South Carolina
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Swamp Boat Adventure at Cypress Gardens Near Charleston, South Carolina

While visiting my longtime friend Wendy and her family in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, we headed over to Cypress Gardens for an afternoon. The 170-acre preserve was heavily damaged in historic floods in 2015 and then Hurricane Matthew in 2016, but has since recovered. We explored the Butterfly House first. It’s a large greenhouse is … Continue reading

Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra
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Road Trip Travel Must Haves: ORCA Walker Tote Softside Cooler and 22 Ounce Hydra

I gear tested the ORCA Walker Tote and Hydra on a road trip through northern Kansas and Central Nebraska. Both of them are now part of my summer travel necessities. Founded in Nashville in 2012, ORCA stands for Outdoor Recreation Company of America. The cooler tote is perfect for road trip, especially since it’s lightweight. … Continue reading

A Day at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2022
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A Day at Summer Outdoor Retailer 2022

A day at Outdoor Retailer means back-to-back meetings with brands for me as I search for innovative outdoor and travel gear. Priorities for me are multi-functional, sustainability, durability, compactability, and price. I also like to find fun products that would make great selections for my Holiday Gift Guide, which I road test every item. Acteev … Continue reading