Even the Biggest Cities Have Easy Escapes

The Eastern United States is a true feast for hikers. The full array of options extend from the mountains of the Northeast to the rolling hills of the Mid-Atlantic and the lush forests of the Southeast. The diversity of possible routes is impressive. And though many of these trails are located near some of the most […]

The 8 Least-Visited National Parks in the U.S.

We in this country love our national parks. Last year the National Park Service logged nearly 312 million recreation visits across all its units, from national historic sites to full-fledged national parks. I did the math and am happy to report that I’m responsible for several of those visits. Hey, I even bought a T-shirt […]

Boost Your Heart Rate in the Heartland

Whether your city touches the Rockies, drains the High Plains, or rolls into forests, if you’re in the central part of the country you still have access to incredible hiking routes that will knock your cushioned quarter-socks off. The best part? Many of these trails are located close to some of the biggest cities in […]

Raise a Glass to Protecting Seagrass

The historic Black Friar’s building sits in Sutton Harbor, on England’s southern coast. Once home to a Dominican Order monastery dating back to 1431, the building now houses the Plymouth Gin Distillery—the oldest working gin distillery in England. Plymouth isn’t just a moniker for the brand. The name is also a distinction for the style […]

Heather Ellis Trusts It Will All Work Out

Heather Ellis told her story to producer Lushik Lotus Lee for an episode of The Daily Rally podcast. It has been edited for length and clarity. The moment where I really thought I was going to die would’ve been about two days after leaving. It was the area where the sapphires were supposed to be. […]

The Best Way to Spend a Summer Weekend in Vail

When most people think of Vail, they think of the sprawling ski resort: winter, snow, the “legendary back bowls.” It’s a lot to consider and worthy of all the fanfare. But it’s hardly the whole story—especially come summer. Beyond Vail the ski resort, there’s also Vail “the village” and Vail “the valley,” as they’re known […]

Popular Lodge Burns Down in Olympic National Park

At about 4:30 P.M. on Sunday, a patrolling law enforcement ranger came across an unexpected sight: Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge, engulfed in flames, just weeks before the popular spot was expected to reopen for Memorial Day weekend. Clallam County Fire District 2 and Port Angeles Fire Department quickly responded to the incident, […]