Hiking, Safe + Healthy / 20.06.2017

“Hey Mister! Are those ski poles?” “Daddy, why is that man carrying metal sticks?” So, what does my nephew have to do with this post? He grew up to become an accomplished ultra marathoner, trail runner and amazing athlete. Some of his races are 100 miles over steep terrain. And he finishes under 24 hours. Yet, one day I took him on a leisurely eight-mile hike and he was amazed at how nimble and fast I traversed the trail. I even had to hold the outdoor juggernaut’s hand to help...

Hiking, United States / 10.05.2017

We’re fortunate to live just a couple hours drive from the Great Smoky Mountains, site of the most-visited national park in America. Its more than 11 visitors in 2016 more than double the second most visited park – the Grand Canyon with 5.9 million visitors. The park’s higher elevations get 85 inches of rain yearly – most anywhere in the continental United States except the Pacific Northwest. The moisture, temperature and varied altitude create an amazing collection of plants and animals....