Outdoor Tips – Got Milk?

If you want milk on your next travel trip, try taking a shelf-life or shelf-stable type produce. I've froze half pints of Parmalat milk which comes packaged like juice box drinks. This type of milk package, unopened, has a long un-refrigerated shelf life and is good for camping and backup food supplies where weight isn't an …

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Using “If-Then” Thinking to Achieve Your Goal.

When you first get one of those epic, crazy, fun, adventure ideas in your head, your thoughts may shift to all the problems you think you will face. This can be overwhelming and likely may cause you to look elsewhere for something easier to do. I recently read a management tip-of-the-day which struck me as …

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Outdoor Tips – Canoes

If you are using a canoe in rough or "white water", not having a keel allows you to maneuver the canoe much easier by allowing the boat to slide sideways easier during certain paddle strokes. On a fairly gently river like the Congaree River, a canoe with a keel is much easier to keep on …

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Hiking South Carolina – H. Cooper Black State Park

This park has a heavy slant toward horses and dogs, but don't be mislead. H. Cooper Black Jr. Memorial Field Trial and Recreation Area is an outstanding destination with unique facilities and terrain to explore. I found H. Cooper's openness a pleasant change from some of the smaller parks within the state. While there aren't …

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Who speaks for the trees? – (Part 3)

Following our lunch under the pines, we continue towards Poinsett State Park and the end of our hike. I know we're near the the end now, there is a public parking lot ahead for staging mountain bikes and horses, our hiking trail passes through it on the way to the state park. However as we emerge …

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Lunching in the pines – (Part 2)

Most of the trail in this section is wide enough to walk side-by-side, making conversation easier between hikers in a group. I enjoy listening to the path these conversation take. On some hikes the same theme may run for days.  Today the trail talk is mostly down memory lane. Some of our group will be …

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The morning is cool, the coffee is hot – (Part 1)

It's been a while, but it feels good to get out again. I'm sitting at picnic table in the dark cool pre-dawn hours at Mill Creek county park, enjoying a warm drink of coffee and hot chocolate. There are eight others in our group. We're hiking the High Hills of Santee. For some of them, …

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Hiking South Carolina – Colleton State Park

This one is a little different. With “just” a .3 mile interpretive trail, hiking is not really the main draw, but yet Colleton State Park is a hidden little gem in the South Carolina State Park system. Nestled on the banks of the amazing Edisto River, this 34 acre park serves as the headquarters of …

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Outdoor Tips – Layering

Layer your clothes. Rather than a single heavy layer use multiple thin layers. Layering helps build insulation you can add or remove from to maintain a dry comfort level. Use a wicking base layer; it will help draw moisture away from the skin helping to keep you dry. Remember at least three layers, a wicking …

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