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Many Homerites remember when they first came down the Sterling Highway and stopped at the Baycrest Overlook. The view of Kachemak Bay, the mountains and Cook Inlet is totally commanding and can reset a humble traveler's life priorities in a heartbeat.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:35pm

Besides the question all men have, "What do women want?" another question keeps nagging at me. What do fish want? Right up front, I confess that I have no idea. None. All my life I've wondered what fish want.

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:35pm

BOB MARSHALL WILDERNESS, Mont. — As Scott Bosse launched his packraft in Youngs Creek, it felt as if gravity disappeared. “I find it tremendously liberating,” Bosse said of packrafting. For the previous day and a half, Bosse and a group of five other packrafters had been lugging 50-pound backp...

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 2:34pm

ESTES PARK, Colo. — No adjectives can do Rocky Mountain National Park justice. The jagged snow-draped peaks, rocky tundra, green valleys, and roaring waterfalls render exclamation points inadequate. The beauty is almost unearthly, and autumn is one of the best times to experience it. Aspen trees t...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:42pm

Peer out the window or take a walk around the neighborhood asking yourself if the spruce trees bear an unusually large load of cones this summer. I do not know of anyone who keeps track of spruce cone crops locally, but this appears to be a mast year.  When a population of trees produces a larger t...

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:35pm

POWELL, Wyo. - Some city kids turned over a new leaf in the Big Horn Basin conservation field this summer.

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 2:32pm


Wed, 08/13/2014 - 5:08pm

Roses are red, violets are blue, but what are all the yellow flowers along Kalifornsky Beach Road?! Along almost the entire length of Unity Trail that parallels the road, there’s a plant blooming that at first glance looks an awful lot like the common dandelion. But stop and take a closer look –...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:08pm

HUTCHINSON, - Across developed Kansas, with its roads and communities, homes and farms, it's hard to imagine that millions of bison once roamed freely across these plains.

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:07pm

BEND, Ore. — With so many recreation-minded visitors descending on Central Oregon this summer, I’m almost hesitant to point this out: Besides Sparks, Elk, Cultus and other popular, crowded, bustling lakes, there are hundreds of named and unnamed wilderness lakes for the taking. The only differen...

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 2:07pm


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