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Picture of the Day: Kalalau Lookout

April 25, 2011

Kalalau Lookout, Kauai

Taken just as the sun set. You can see the glowing reflections of the sun on the lower cliffs and the clouds in the distance. In my opinion, this is one of the most amazing views on earth.

Author:Kaldoon

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Hike: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trails

April 24, 2011
Laurel Highlands Trail

Image by Chiot's Run via Flickr

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trails are considered part of the 100 best in the US. These trails span 70 miles and 5 counties. Take a day and hike a trail or take some more days and try doing the entirety of the trail. Either way, you won’t regret it.

Tales of the Trail Goddess: Laurel Highlands March 25-26

The LHHT-Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail-is the closest trail to me for this, using the first 8 miles of the trail: I believe it’s about 4000 feet of climb for the out and back, from mile zero to mile 8. It was a bit startling, …

Publish Date: 03/27/2011 11:37

http://ultranewby.blogspot.com/2011/03/laurel-highlands-march-25-26.html

John forgot to turn off the Ipod: Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail

Laurel Highlands Hiking Trail winter hike. Success. Young Bob and myself had planned a winter hike on the Laurel Highlands Trail. Leading into it, as we all know, it has been snowing a lot. We went for it anyway, and I got redemption …

Publish Date: 12/20/2010 11:54

http://thesteevo.blogspot.com/2010/12/laurel-highlands-hiking-trail-winter.html

8 Perfect Weekend Trails

The 70-mile Laurel Highlands Hiking trail serves as the backbone of a 218-square-mile forested area that’s called the Laurel Highlands. The area has 600 miles of hiking trail. The Laurel Highlands Trail runs from Ohiopyle State Park and …

Publish Date: 03/22/2011 15:31

http://www.blueridgeoutdoors.com/current-issue/features/8-perfect-weekend-trails/

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Picture of the Day: Arethusa Falls

April 20, 2011

Arethusa Falls

Author:Pear Biter

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Rattlesnakes: Don’t Tread on Me

Mountain Sickness and Gingko Biloba

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Hike Breakneck Ridge Trail

April 19, 2011

Breakneck Ridge

NEPA Trail Mix hiking at Breakneck Ridge

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Flying Falcon

April 8, 2011

Flight of the Falcon

I wasn’t very satisfied with my in-flight shots so far. Sure, once in a while one came out decently, but more out of luck than because I actually knew what I was doing. When I met the very sympathetic Falconer Gerrit van Zandvoort of Valkerij Rijssen , I asked if I could join one of their weekly trainings, just to practice the in-flight shots. I was positively surprised when he immediately agreed enthusiastically.

So, a beautiful Wednesday afternoon, I went to Rijssen. There were only a promising 2 people there when I arrived at the training in a local park. Both photographers :-).
I had good hopes that I could really witness the training quite .. eh… quietly..
But then…. some 300 pupils of a primary school came charging up onto the field… Gosh….

Must say, I was very impressed by one teacher who watched the tripod with the 500 mounted on it like a hawk (I had actually forgotten about it while shooting the wonderful birds with the other camera), when it got surrounded by dozens of school kids, lecturing them about being careful, polite etc. Hurray, for ‘old-fashioned’ moral!

It took all of my patience to be honest, to teath-grittingly see these beautiful birds fly, but always with one or the other school kid as background.

Then, Gerrit whispered “Stay put, we’ll train the young Falcons when they’ll all be gone”. And so they did. I was impressed by the dedication of the Falconers and the time and effort they put into the well-being of the birds. One of the young Falcons took off, soaring through the sky and it took the Falconers 1 hour of running after it, to persuade it to come back. As a side-line I must mention that this particular Falconry doesn’t practice ‘starving’ the birds forcing them to do anything for food; these birds are well nourished and pampered to bits. It’s up to them if they want to co-operate.. eh.. or not :-)).

I was watching a magnificent Eagle Owl meanwhile and I can tell you; it’s kind of psychedelic experience staring into the eyes of that beautiful Owl for an hour when he’s constantly staring back, turning his head 180 degrees while doing so. I felt a bit hypnotized afterwards. And who knows! Maybe I still am… 🙂

500mm Handheld

Author:hvhe1

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Hiking With Your Dog

September 9, 2010
Two friends at it again; Ninja and Huck have a...
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Hiking with your dog not only provides a great bonding time but also keeps your pet happy and healthy. Here are some great safety tips on making that hiking time an enjoyable and safe one.

13 Tips for Dog Friendly Hiking

The tag should have your cell phone number and any other information that someone might need if they find your dog. Here’s what we put on Ty and Buster’s tags. 9 – Watch out if it’s hunting season. Take extra precaution when hiking

Publish Date: 08/20/2010 3:00

http://www.gopetfriendlyblog.com/2010/08/13-tips-for-dog-friendly-hiking/

Safety Tips When Hiking With your Dog

There are a few things you should be aware of and you have to take responsibility as so to protect your dog from being hurt or even killed. Below are a few risks associated with taking your dog out hiking or traveling other outdoor …

Publish Date: 08/29/2010 22:29

http://fidoscityguide.com/info/2010/08/30/safety-tips-when-hiking-with-your-dog/

Hot dog! Prevent heatstroke and heat injuries in your pets.

If you take your dog walking, hiking, or running, don’t overwork him as this can cause heatstroke. If your dog shows signs of heat stroke get into air conditioning as soon as possible. Some of the signs include uncontrollable panting, …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 10:29

http://www.petsitusa.com/blog/?p=3306

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A Double Whammy against Insects

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Hike Bryce Canyon During a Full Moon

September 8, 2010
Bryce Canyon, Night

Image by Creativity+ Timothy K Hamilton via Flickr

Are you a night owl? If you are heading by Bryce Canyon National Park be sure to take advantage of their Full Moon Hikes, scheduled for September 23 and 24. Tickets to these hikes are free, just go to the Visitor Center, it is first come first serve as tickets are limited. Visit their website for more info.

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Lost? S-T-O-P

8 Trails with Views of Mount Saint Helens

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Channel Islands: Inspiration Point

September 7, 2010

Channel Islands National Park – Anacapa Island

Author:Mike Hornblade

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Purify Your Water or Not?

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Take Your Children Hiking

August 26, 2010
Hiking at Moore State Park 5
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Hiking with your children can seem a like a daunting “task”. Here are some ways to make that “task” into a fun activity that you and your family can enjoy.

Take Kids Hiking and Lower Childhood Obesity: Families Hiking

Hiking with children offers a myriad of rewards such as reduced childhood obesity, a greater attention span, and a heightened awareness of the natural world. Kids hiking with families create lasting bonds, become more physically fit and …

Publish Date: 03/30/2010 23:01

http://www.suite101.com/content/take-kids-hiking-to-lower-childhood-obesity-a215606

Hiking With Young Children: Getting Outdoors With Kids Under Five

With patience and flexibility, parents can continue to enjoy hiking while spending quality time with young children and fostering a connection with the natural world. … Young children focus on their immediate surroundings. Rather than focusing on the destination or the physical achievement of a hike, children experience a hike directly through their senses. They move slowly, take in the details, and stop when something catches their attention. Children take the time to …

Publish Date: 06/26/2008 22:41

http://www.suite101.com/content/hiking-with-young-children-a58333

Take your kids hiking: 10 tips to make the adventure fun for the

Hiking with kids is a great way to get them connected to the outdoors at a young age, but it can also be intimidating for the parent planner. We challenge you to get the kids in your life out on the trail this summer, because part of …

Publish Date: 06/03/2010 16:14

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How to Use Hiking Poles

August 26, 2010
A pair of typical trekking poles.
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Hiking poles can be very useful while hiking, especially if you have weaker knees. Here is some information on what hiking poles are and how to use them.

Using Trekking Poles: Poles Can Assist a Hiker in Many Ways During

However, the first thing is the proper name. Don’t refer them as a “walking stick”. Use the term “trekking pole” or “hiking pole” to differentiate from the image of a broken down old-timer shuffling along the track. …

Publish Date: 02/23/2008 23:50

http://www.suite101.com/content/using-trekking-poles-a45645

Consumer Reports Health Blog: Hiking poles: 4 legs are better than 2

How to use them: Adjust the poles, if possible, so they’re comfortable for your height. Make them longer for descents, shorter for uphill climbs. Let them move naturally with the rhythm of your walking, shifting weight to them as …

Publish Date: 08/18/2010 3:00

http://blogs.consumerreports.org/health/2010/08/hiking-poles-four-legs-are-better-than-two-hiking-tips-protecting-your-muscles-preventing-injury.html

Trekking Poles: What are They?

Other Cool Uses. Trekking poles can come in handy for several purposes besides hiking. They can be used as support poles for setting up a tarp shelter. Because they are adjustable, the poles can be lengthened or shortened for the …

Publish Date: 07/12/2007 1:00

http://www.suite101.com/content/treeking-poles-a26035

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Winter Hiking: How to Stay Warm When Temperatures Are Cold

Hiking Tips: Safety First and Last and Always

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