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Backcountry Camping at Sloppy Floyd State Park

State parks are open in my state, so my friend and I went camping. We chose a backcountry campsite at Sloppy Floyd State Park, thinking that would be an easy way to social distance and still be outdoors. We were a bit disappointed by the campsites. There are 4 backcountry campsites situated on a little… Continue reading Backcountry Camping at Sloppy Floyd State Park

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Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in Florida

Gilchrist Blue Springs is Florida’s newest state park. It was recently purchased from private owners and the state is in the process of building out the campground, visitor center and other amenities. Currently there are picnic tables, a campground, restrooms, a shop to rent kayaks, and a small snack bar serving burgers, hot dogs, ice… Continue reading Gilchrist Blue Springs State Park in Florida

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How the Outdoor Industry Discourages People from Going Outside

It seems to me that the outdoor industry has claimed ownership of the outdoors. Paradoxically, they preach a message that the outdoors is for everyone while simultaneously acting as a gatekeeper that prevents people from going outside. I’ll explain, but first let me say that I’m not talking about diversity here. There’s a big push… Continue reading How the Outdoor Industry Discourages People from Going Outside

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Suburban Adventure- What It Is and Where to Find It

I grew up in a tiny village on a barrier island off the coast of North Carolina. When I was a kid, I roamed all over that island. You would think, since I was hemmed in on all sides by water, that I would run out of places to explore. I never did. Part of… Continue reading Suburban Adventure- What It Is and Where to Find It

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Hiking the Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville, GA

The Pine Mountain Trail is one of my favorite local trails. It has the kind of beautiful scenery that you would expect to have to drive further north to find. It has all of what I consider the Big 3 of a great hike- waterfalls, a view, and interesting terrain. (Granted, the waterfalls are tiny,… Continue reading Hiking the Pine Mountain Trail in Cartersville, GA