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Archive for 'June 2012'

    Backyard Camping in the Company of a Grammy-Winning Guitarist, Eric Tingstad

    fileThe Great American Backyard Campout arrives Saturday, June 23—a good excuse to beat this summer's early heat with a cool overnighter on your own back 40. Some other reasons why backyard camping scores high on the outdoor-fun scale: • Low travel time: About 15 steps from your backdoor. • Minimal setup: Maybe 15 minutes to prop up a tent and throw down a sleeping bag and pad. (Backyard camping = simplest outdoor adventure ever.) • A new world revealed: Frogs croaking, owls hooting, wildlife ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 22, 2012 6:25 PM & Tagged Eric Tingstad, camping and great american backyard campout | permalink | Comments

    Digging the Daylight; How Long Will the Sun Shine on Your Part of the Planet Today?

    fileSummer officially begins at 7:09 p.m. (EDT) today, the date of the summer solstice and the day with the longest sunlight exposure in 2012. In the Northeast and other parts of the United States where temperatures are near broiling, that's not necessarily welcome news. But outdoor types down deep are happy to see daylight hours stretched to the max. More light means more time to explore, more things to see. Interesting articles from The Washington Post and National Geographic offer fun facts to ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 20, 2012 5:25 PM & Tagged Solstice, daylight, longest day of the year, summer and sun | permalink | Comments

    My First Hike with Dad, Revisited 40 Years Later

    fileWhat experience got you hooked on the outdoors? For me, I can trace it back to the first time my dad took me hiking 40 years ago this year when I was either 11 or 12. Along with my older brother Robert (that's him with my dad in the vintage-1972 photo at right), we hiked up San Gabriel Peak (6164') in the Angeles National Forest, about an hour's drive from our house in Southern California. It must not have been too big of a deal to my dad, since I can recall only a couple of other occasions ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 19, 2012 5:18 PM & Tagged Father's Day, Hiking, San Gabriel Peak and fire | permalink | Comments

    Your Thoughts Wanted on The REI Blog

    fileWhat would you like to see or read about in future REI Blog posts? Please take our quick blog survey, and we'll enter you in a drawing for a $50 REI Gift Card. For two years now, The REI Blog has been regularly posting stories about the outdoors—everything from news about Half Dome climbing permits to an interview with an REI employee who rode his bike from Alaska to Argentina.   Share your thoughts with us via our blog survey no later than Sunday, June 24, to be automatically entered in the ...

    Posted by Steve T on June 18, 2012 1:37 PM & Tagged REI Blog and survey | permalink | Comments

    Volleyball Coach Jim McLaughlin and Family Rediscover Camping in Their Own Backyard

    fileThe Great American Backyard Campout, coming up on June 23, was created for people like Jim McLaughlin. McLaughlin, one of America's elite volleyball coaches who will begin his 12th season at the University of Washington in August, once conceded to me that he had not been camping for years. Make that decades. Since McLaughlin last went camping, he has won 2 national collegiate championships (with the USC men's team in 1990; with the Washington women in 2005), gotten married and become the father ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on June 15, 2012 12:27 PM & Tagged Jim McLaughlin, Margaret McLaughlin, Washington, camping, great american backyard campout, kids and volleyball | permalink | Comments

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