Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest

Where Bear Canisters are Mandatory in the US Parks & Forest
Carrying a bear canister is something that backpackers have to do in many US National Parks and most areas of the California Sierra. The heavy hard sided canisters tend to dominate the list of approved bear resistant canisters because they have a longer history demonstrating their effectiveness. The problem is that they’re bulky and cumbersome, ...

Bee Better

Bee Better
Bee Good Couscous to Bees After thoughtful consideration, we’ve decided to discontinue Bee Good Couscous for 2017. This product contains bee pollen, which comes from the pollen of plants collected by honeybees. Honeybees have been dying off in record number for more than a decade because of human interference. In good consciousness, we will no longer purchase products coming ...

Turkey Talk and Thanking a Vegetarian this Thanksgiving

Turkey Talk and Thanking a Vegetarian this Thanksgiving
When Wild Turkey numbers dwindled in the twentieth century from hunting and habitat loss, various states, such as California, adopted programs to reintroduce them. These programs have saved them from extinction. Today, wild turkey populations have recovered throughout the United States. Here in Northern California, wild turkeys are a daily occurrence. You’ll find them roaming ...

When is the Best Time to go Hiking?

When is the Best Time to go Hiking?
Most people think hiking season commences in the spring and concludes after the summer, however, fall and winter are some of the best seasons to visit the trails – especially the national parks.  The trails are less crowded than in the summer, which means you can take photos of scenery instead of tourists. Less Crowds ...

Interesting Facts about Turkeys

Interesting Facts about Turkeys
We seldom see wild turkeys while backpacking, although we were surprised to see a flock alongside the road while heading back from a trailhead at Linville Gorge in North Carolina. There were at least a dozen birds in the flock, but their natural fear of humans meant I could not get the camera out in time ...

Ah, Spring has Arrived!

Ah, Spring has Arrived!
Yesterday the twig was brown and bare; Today the glint of green is there; Tomorrow will be leaflets spare; I know no thing so wondrous fair, No miracle so strangely rare. I wonder what will next be there! ~ The Miracle,  L.H. Bailey Dust off your backpacking gear because it is April!  Spring has arrived here ...