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Proof! How Hiking Actually Changes Our Brains - For The Better!

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Being a mental health junkie (seriously beyond being intrigued, so much so that I have taken up a career in the field), I am always looking for ways to share the benefits of physical activity, in relation to our minds. While it may seem obvious that a good hike through a forest or up a mountain can cleanse your body and soul, science continues to show us that hiking can actually change your brain… for the better! Hiking in Nature Can Stop Negative, Obsessive Thoughts Aside from the almost instant feeling of calm and contentment that accompanies time outdoors, hiking in nature can reduce rumination. Many of us often find ourselves consumed by negative thoughts, which takes us out of the enjoyment of...

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How to Stay Healthy On The Road

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About this time last year, I returned home from a month long vacation, extremely unhealthy. Normally, I eat well, get plenty of sleep and find time between lifting weights and boxing. We traveled across the country and down to Key West barely showering; sleeping and waking up sporadically; not eating well; living off of alcohol, red-bull, and occasional high-quality H20. With the limited amount of time that we had, we wanted to soak up every bit of the trip within that window and didn't want to waste it "traveling." During the trip, I was functioning well and didn't experience any warning signs. Once I returned home, my body completely shut down on me. Completely. I was cold in the middle...

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Gear up for this: Denali National Park

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                                        Alaskan Mountain Range                                                @blkbeargrylls) IMPORTANT for any hike:  Never underestimate a hike and plan accordingly for weather, in the event something happens. Some trails are marked easy, but be prepared for the walk - hydrate before, during, and after. You WILL run into wildlife at some point and always have a chance at getting lost; always communicate someone your location, when they should expect you back, the distance, etc. Additionally, avoid tough, thick brush and be wary...

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10 Easy Campfire Dinners That Make You Look Like the Campfire King

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So the weekend is right around the corner, you have plans for what vehicle you’re taking, who’s going, what clothes to pack, but now comes the biggest question to most when they are about to hit the trails: What are we going to eat? What do we need to bring to cook with? How are we going to bring enough food for the whole trip? Have no fear. We’re here to cut through the red tape and let you know what to pack for which situation and make everyone think you’re the next campfire Salt Bae. When it comes to deciding on what to eat for the weekend, the main things to consider is how much weight do you feel...

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5 Must-See Trails in Alaska

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Alaska is a massive state, home to nearly 500 hiking trails. With so many options, it can be tough to know which paths are worth doing. To help you out, here are some of our favorite trails:   5. Hatcher Pass – Mat-Su Valley Gold Cord Lake, Hatcher Pass. Photo Credit: Jim from Lexington, KY Admittedly, this one's cheating. Hatcher Pass isn't exactly a trail; instead, it offers easy access to your pick of the Talkeetna Mountains. Hatcher is friendly to hikers of all skill levels, making it a great family destination. While you're there, check out the historic mine, lakes, berry picking, wildlife viewing, and even cliff gliding that goes on during the day!   4. Flattop Trail – Anchorage View from Flattop Mountain. Photo Credit: Hike...

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5 Things You Need To Bring Camping

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Your camping bag does not have an unlimited amount of space. As tempting as it is, you can't take all the comforts of home with you. So, a new camper might be asking, how do I know what I need to take with me? Here's a quick list of our favorites.   1. An Appropriate Tent This seems like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how much of an impact a tent can make on your camping experience. Take it from someone who tried to squeeze four people into a two-person tent: Two-person tents are for two people. Apparently.   2. A Reliable Light Source   It gets dark at night, even in the bright Alaskan summers. For your safety, make sure you have...

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The Best 10 Tips for a Cross Country Move

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Packing up everything in your house is never fun, especially when you have to drive it thousands of miles across the United States. My wife and I first did it when we packed up my jeep and tripped across country to northern Alaska! Safe to say that the trip wouldn't be made better without a plan. We would like to help take some stress out of your cross country move by giving some tips that we have used over the years. Check out this article written by Patrick Newell.      1. Check to see if your company will help with relocation costs. We all know that cross country moves can be expensive, so any extra money to help out...

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Six Days on the Oregon Coast

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Blog Post by: Mike Perea (IG - @MikePereaPhotography) (MikePereaPhotography.com)   The Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. I was lucky enough to be able to spend 6 days driving and photographing the entire coast from South to North in February. Well, technically from North to South, then back North again. We flew into Portland, and drove 5.5 hours south to Brookings where we stayed our first night. Now we expected to have a typical Oregon winter trip full of rain and overcast clouds, however, we got up early and drove to the Oregon Coast Highway Viewpoint anyways. There are no markings for the place but it can be found with Google Maps. We parked on...

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A State of Wild

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Yosemite -  What a place, what a trip, what an experience that words cannot even fully express. The best way to experience Yosemite is to just go see it for yourself. But, if you're like me, and you're about a twelve hour drive away from this gem tucked away in the mountains of Northern California, then this read may have to suffice for now.  Yosemite is the third most visited National Park in the United States. With literally millions of visitors every year, this works out to be quite a crowded daily visit. When visiting Yosemite, it's best to plan your trip out a year in advance. This gives you time to potentially get a spot within the park to...

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Water Wheel Falls Trip

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Happy Monday everyone! We hope you all had an enjoyable weekend and got out of the house for some fun and adventure. This past weekend, we decided to drive to Water Wheel Falls in Payson, Arizona. We have been wanting to visit this place for a long time because of the beautiful pictures we have seen. We packed up the camping supplies, cooler, bathing suits, and of course our camera. The drive from Phoenix to Payson is absolutely beautiful! The change in elevation and windy roads around the Tonto National Forest were breathtaking. It was also amazing to see the vegetation change from cacti to pine trees while only being in the Jeep for less than two hours. After getting...

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