Holiday Gifts for Backpackers and Hikers

Holiday Gifts for Backpackers and Hikers
Looking for gifts ideas for the outdoor explorer on your list? These are a collection of products that we use on backpacking trips and feel confident in recommending to you. Waterproof Phone Case You can lose your footing when crossing a river and there is always the possibility of a sudden rainstorm. Phones are an ...

Aquatic Critters in your Drinking Water

Aquatic Critters in your Drinking Water
That cold fast moving clear mountain spring appears pristine to the naked eye, but microscopic organisms are thriving in its water by the millions. If ingested, some of these microorganisms can cause severe gastrointestinal infections resulting in diarrhea and vomiting. Two such common microorganisms you might encounter in wilderness waters are Giardia and Cryptosporidium.  Here we ...

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease 2

What you need to know about Blacklegged Ticks and Lyme Disease
There are plenty of biting insects out there. Although annoying, most biting insects cause no harm to humans or animals. The exceptions are the blood-feeding pests that can vector many etiological pathogens, such as mosquitoes and ticks. In the U.S., the Black Legged tick, also known as the deer tick, can spread the Lyme disease ...

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 ...

International Travel: Backpacking Gear and U.S. Customs

International Travel: Backpacking Gear and U.S. Customs
If you are planning to travel to the United States to go backpacking, you might be wondering what items you can bring with you. We’ll cover what backpacking gear is permitted in your carry-on and checked luggage so you can quickly get through U.S. customs without a problem. Backpacking Food & U.S. Customs Generally, the ...

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 ...