Bear Attack Guide: What To Do If Confronted

The thought of lions and tigers and bears may have frightened Dorothy and her friends when they entered the forest, but luckily, you probably don’t have to worry about encountering any lions or tigers when you explore the outdoors. Bears, on the other hand, are a different story. With a wide range and increasing population…

4 State Parks Where Famous Science Fiction Movies Were Filmed

An alien landscape on the big screen: something about it seems familiar and earthbound, yet something informs you that this is an alien world that exists light years away. On the other hand, a lower budget for science fiction movies or TV shows that does not allow for fantastic location shots can make it harder…

Go Here, Not There: State Park Alternatives to Popular National Parks

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone?” That Joni Mitchell was onto something, as we sadly found out recently when the government shutdown resulted in the closing of our beloved national parks. While luckily the government didn’t pave paradise or put up a parking lot (and…

Burn, Baby, Burn: Fire and Human Evolution

When one thinks of camping, the first thing that probably comes to mind is a campfire. Campfires keep us warm, they make us feel safe in the dark, and they allow us to cook up hot dogs and s’mores. We almost take fire for granted these days, but there was a time when people didn’t know how…

Five Bike Races in State Parks

Recently the Red Hook Crit came to Brooklyn, kicking off the bike season in an exciting way. A crit (or criterium) is a bike race where urban cyclists and messengers can compete against pros while racing on fixed gear bikes that have no brakes in a closed course. It’s an exhilarating show of street cycling…

Civil War Camping Recipes

Food of the American Civil War was kept simple by necessity. According to Hardee’s Rifle and Light Infantry Tactics, individual rations consisted of salt pork or beed, desiccated mixed vegetables, and a kind of tooth shattering biscuit called hardtack. In addition to dealing with few ingredients, Union and Confederate soldiers had little cooking know-how since meal preparation was…

7 Celebrities You’ll Want in Your Camping Party

t’s a (potentially embarrassing) fact: most of the world cares about celebrities. We want to know who they’re dating, where they’re going, who their friends are, what they’re really like when they’re not hanging out on the red carpet, or acting behind a camera, or giving interviews to the press. So, we’re planning an epic…

7 Musicians Who Are Way Into Cycling

As Bike Month continues, the thought of biking just keeps on cycling in our heads (get it?) Today, we’re going to give you the lowdown on a group of bikers best known for their musical ability! 1. David Byrne This former Talking Heads frontman has a massive passion for music. He even wrote a book that was…

Birds Stay Warm In the Winter

The weather outside is frightening, you’re freezing even under all those layers of clothes, and the birds? They’re doing fine, dallying from branch to branch, appearing brave and prepared. Though most birds migrate, some are year-round, staying for the arduous months. We wonder, how do birds stay warm in the winter? Like us, birds employ a variety of…

Symbols and Facts in the Butterfly World

With 20,000 butterfly species in the world, the probability of seeing one is very likely; after all a female butterfly will lay around 100 eggs in her short lifespan. Butterflies come in a variety of colors and shapes, all sharing the characteristic of wings and scales. Though most of us are in awe when spotting a…