It wasn’t the pitter-patter of raindrops on the walls of my tent that woke me, but the incessant whine of Dolly, the black lab puppy who had been sharing my sleeping bag. I reached for my headlamp and my sandals, and fumbled with the zipper of my tent. The rain, combined with the totally starless night, made it impossible to see more than a few feet in front of me. I hoped Dolly would do her business quickly so we could make a quick retreat back to tent before we were thoroughly soaked.
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Are you planning the ultimate West Coast vacation this year? Before you jump immediately to Hollywood or San Francisco, take a minute to discover some hidden gems perched along the western shore. Whether you’re after relaxation or adventure, this region has more than its fair share of totally underappreciated destinations.
When you think of sand, surf, and sunshine, New Hampshire may not be the first place that comes to mind. But this New England state with just 18 miles of coastline will surprise you if you give it a chance. Along with New Hampshire’s beautiful Seacoast communities you’ll find plenty of sandy beaches as well as endless opportunities for hiking, camping, and sand castle construction.
Here are five compelling reasons to visit New Hampshire’s Atlantic coast this summer.
There are few things more relaxing than soaking in a natural hot spring while you take in the incredible scenery. These waters are perfect for easing sore muscles, relaxing your mind and soothing your soul. Here are seven incredible hot springs in the United States to visit in 2019.
The Green Mountain National Forest is one of Vermont’s greatest treasures. It encompasses nearly 400,000 acres of rugged mountains, wild woodlands, and secret valleys in southwestern and central Vermont. It’s within a day’s drive of 70 million people, and I count myself lucky to be a close neighbor to these vast lands.
Earlier this fall, I had the good fortune to head out to Grout Pond Recreation Area for a little paddling, hiking, and camping adventure. Located in Stratton, Vermont, Grout Po...
Dogs make fabulous adventure partners — they are resilient, rugged, and up for anything. But that doesn’t mean that accidents, mishaps, and illnesses won’t occur. If you share your home with a dog, you can prepare for minor and major emergencies with a bit of knowledge and a well-stocked first aid kit. Here are 18 essential items necessary for your dog’s first aid kit, as well as some preparation tips for dealing with medical mishaps.
Basic First Aid Kit Essentials
Many items in your human fi...
Are you embarking on a long-awaited theme park vacation this year, and wondering how you’ll foot the bill? While theme parks are awesome destinations for families, they can also be expensive. Instead of paying a fortune now and paying off a mountain of debt later, look for ways to save before and during your trip. With a little online research, and a bit of frugality, you can save money without putting a damper on your family getaway. Here are some of our favorite tips for saving money on you...
Is this the year you stop sleeping on the ground and give glamping a try? Glamping is quickly becoming one of the most popular ways to enjoy the outdoors. Think of it as luxury camping — you can spend the day hiking, kayaking, or watching wildlife, and come back to a real bed, along with other luxuries, each night.
Fall is such a great time to get away for a little rest and relaxation with your family. The temperatures are cooler, gas prices are usually down, and the autumn leaves paint the hills and mountains gorgeous shades of red, yellow, and orange. If you’re looking for a long-weekend getaway spot to recharge and reconnect with your family, look no further than these fabulous destinations.
When you think of east coast beaches, do you have visions of high-rise resorts, throngs of screaming children, and colorful beach umbrellas as far as the eye can see? The Atlantic Coast is packed with people, and just about everyone heads to shore when the temperatures rise. If the mere thought of sharing a beach with ten thousand people has you running the other way, we need to talk!
Ambassador Tara Schatz recently celebrated summer with a trip to the famed Blue Ridge Parkway! “Learning to pack effectively and economically for road trips is no easy feat, especially if your itinerary includes long days in the car, hiking with dogs, downtown dining, and evenings ‘round a campfire. No matter how light I try to pack, my car is almost always full, and space for clothing is severely limited. I love my Aventura pieces because they look good straight out of my suitcase, and can t...
Waking up before dawn and leaving my husband sleeping, I creep along the trail, coffee in one hand, camera in the other. It’s still dark, and I’ve forgotten my headlamp. Luckily, my eyes are adjusting - the rim of the Grand Canyon is no place to hike in the dark.
I’m heading to a spot I scoped out the day before, not far from our campsite at Desert View Campground in Grand Canyon National Park.
Applying for and using credit cards is often an exercise in trust. On the one hand, most credit cards are insured against fraudulent activity and theft. On the other hand, consumers give out a lot of personal information when they apply for a credit card. How do you know that credit card companies are keeping your personal information and money safe?
The Green Mountain State of Vermont is about as New England as you can get, with its quaint mountain villages, incredible recreation opportunities, and secret back roads. Route 100 runs right through the center of the state, from north to south. At 216.6 miles, it is Vermont’s longest state highway, and it’s also one of the prettiest.