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Archive for 'June 2012'

    National Trails Day: California's Sonoma County Community Gives Back

    fileAccompanied by a radiant sun and cool breeze, more than 40 caring individuals celebrated National Trails Day® last Saturday during a 6-hour workday at Willow Creek People Powered Park, part of Sonoma Coast State Park. Using McLeods, weed whackers, pulaskis and rakes, the volunteers joined the REI Santa Rosa team, LandPaths and Sonoma County Trails Council to beautify and restore Watershed Vista Trail—a local multiuse spot that would be closed if not for LandPaths' dedicated volunteers and ...

    Posted by Bethany H on June 6, 2012 5:49 PM & Tagged LandPaths, National Trails Day, rei, stewardship and volunteer | permalink | Comments

    Did Astronauts Really Eat Astronaut Ice Cream? Would You? (I Know I Would)

    fileToday's question: Did astronauts really eat "astronaut ice cream"? The folks at the brainy website Mental Floss today reported yes, American space travelers did eat astronaut ice cream—once, during the Apollo 7 mission in 1968. I wonder if they washed it down with Tang? I'm not an astronaut, but I can confirm that on many trips into the backcountry ether I have eaten what is more commonly known as freeze-dried ice cream. Neapolitan is my flavor of choice, though I never mind chomping on any of ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 5, 2012 3:31 PM & Tagged Backpacker's Pantry, Mountain House, astronaut ice cream and ice cream | permalink | Comments

    Start Your Summer Season this Saturday with National Trails Day

    Looking for some inspiration for weekend family fun? Give back to your local trail this Saturday (June 2) during American Hiking Society's 20th National Trails Day®. Join REI and thousands of other caring volunteers across the country to help restore local trails, parks and waterways. Discover an REI-supported National Trails Day event in your area by visiting your local REI.com store page. If you don't live near an REI store, you can scroll through many other National Trails Day events—from ...

    Posted by Bethany H on June 4, 2012 5:29 PM & Tagged American Hiking Society, National Trails Day, rei, stewardship and volunteer | permalink | Comments

    Some Trail Trivia for National Trails Day

    fileHeading out to a National Trails Day event tomorrow (June 2) event on National Forest Service land? Good news: No day-use fees will be collected, meaning you can park for free at trailheads. Nice. With the hope that many of you will be participating in a National Trails Day service project, we thought we'd offer up some fun facts to know and tell about trails in these here United States: The National Park Service is the administrator of the National Trails System (NTS), a network of scenic, ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 1, 2012 8:44 PM & Tagged National Trails Day, national scenic trails and trails | permalink | Comments

    Name That Tune, and Location, in REI Videos

    fileA colleague tells me REI has received inquiries about the locations and music on display in new videos now showcased on the REI.com homepage. We're happy to share, but before we serve up the big reveal, take a shot at guessing the places and the musical backdrops used in the clips. It's fun to imagine being at such lovely places, such as this gorgeous spot: Hint: All 3 videos were shot in open spaces near Las Vegas. Can you identify specifically which nearby wild spaces were captured in these ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 1, 2012 4:56 PM & Tagged Hiking, Las Vegas, Mountain biking and paddleboarding | permalink | Comments

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