How To

How To: Geocaching

While I was typing up the paragraph on our search for the geocache on the Peewah Trail in Trail of Tears State Park, I was reminded of just how much fun we have, as a family, searching for these little bits of hidden treasure. I'll admit, even as a supposedly full-grown adult, my eyes light up just as much as my daughter's each time we find a geocache, and I'm always anxious to see what is inside!... (click for more)

How To: Make Homemade Bug Repellent

There are a lot of good things about making your own bug repellent, for one, you know everything that is going into the batch, so if you have allergies or find that particular scents make you ill, you can easily change it up. You can also change how concentrated the repellent is by adding or removing water from the concoction and, you may even want to cackle maniacally as you fully enter your "mad scientist" mode as you mix, children LOVE this part (so practice your BWAAH, HA, HA's)... (click for more)

How To: Take A GREAT Day Hike

We've all been here. The TV weatherperson just called the upcoming weekend the "very best ever!" and the smiling sun graphic behind them has you wanting to get out, get in touch with nature, breathe in a bit of fresh air and nab some exercise while you're at it. If you're looking to hit every one of those points out of the park, get on out and take a day hike. If you follow a few simple steps, I'm sure you'll find that a day hike is simple, easy and TONS of fun... (click for more)

How To: Ticks

Did you feel that? That little tickle, running up your leg, or maybe that traveling tingle up your neck... You can feel it now can't you? Even though your certain they aren't on you... They're tiny. They're tenacious. They're TICKS and if you're out in the woods (or even your own backyard) you'll most likely see them. Here's what they are, what they may carry, how to avoid them, and how to remove them... (click for more)

How To: Wilderness Areas

Wouldn't you like to get away? Away from the streets teeming with exhaust spewing mechanical monsters, the constant singing of cell phones, crowded water holes, the chirping of emails in your inbox, the clamor of people as they march to and fro... Don't you deserve a break? A chance to leave technology and other people behind, a chance to take in a bit of nature's splendor in solitude?
Heck yea you do, and it's easier than you think, you just need to get out and experience your local wilderness areas!... (click for more)

How To: Use A Compass

Fleetwood Mac had it right, "You Can Go Your Own Way" anytime you like when you're out hiking and you don't need to be a Meriwether Lewis or William Clark either. All you need is a compass, a map and the knowledge of how to use it. Here's a how to on what a compass is, what parts make up the compass and how to put it all together with a map in order to find your way. Beware... Fist pumping is advised...
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