MosquiToes

MosquiToes
  Most of us already know that mosquitoes and other biting insects are attracted to the carbon dioxide emitted from our breath and skin. But new research shows that certain blood types tend to attract a greater share of mosquitoes. If you are Type O, you likely get more than your fair share of insect bites. ...

The Curious Adventurer

The Curious Adventurer
No Pain, No Maine? Long distance hiking or thru-hiking is challenging both mentally and physically. Whether you are hiking the Appalachian Trail or another long distance trail, the continuous step-by-step motion from dusk to dawn, repeated day-after-day requires considerable effort and determination. It can feel monotonous. And it may involve pain. At some point, you will ponder whether ...

Species Preservation

Species Preservation
 “What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.” – David Attenborough, British Naturalist and Broadcaster The decisions we make in our daily life — at home and away from home — in total, impact the wellness of our health, family, community, and the natural world. For ...

Listening In: Earthly Sounds in a Man-Made World

Listening In: Earthly Sounds in a Man-Made World
I always find it ironic when I see a jogger or hiker in the woods wearing earbuds. It seems that while this person is taking the time to travel through the natural world, they are at the same time filtering part of it out. It is the equivalent of visiting a museum wearing a blindfold. ...

Cooking to save fuel 4

Cooking to save fuel
Fuels, such as white gas, kerosene, isobutane, and denatured alcohols are regularly used for cooking with backpacking stoves. Fuel savings greatly depend on the efficiency of the cooking process, as well as the stove and type of cooking pot. One of the best ways to conserve fuel is to avoid energy loss during cooking. Running ...

Leaf Foliage Lesson

Leaf Foliage Lesson
“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” ~Stanley Horowitz Autumn is a spectacular time of color in many areas, and the Appalachians are no exception.  From radiant reds to mustard yellow, the vibrant display of color is short-lived, earning leaf-peeping peak priority. What causes ...