Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 7, 2014

Ways to Take Full Advantage of Free Outdoor Events

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It may not be the holiday season just yet, but did you know something? The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offers us a gift each year that many outdoor-lovers don’t know about, or take advantage of. Next week, October 12 through the 18 is National Wildlife Refuge Week. And, on Sunday, October 12 (the first day of National Wildlife Refuge Week), free admission will be offered at many refuges to help you get better acquainted…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 22, 2014

One of the Easiest and Healthiest Fresh Fish Recipes Ever

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If you’ve been looking for tips on how to cook fresh fish in the healthiest way possible, look no further. One of the easiest, tastiest and healthiest ways to prepare fish is by allowing the filets to steam inside of a banana leaf. Banana leaves create perfect natural “cooking pouches” that help to seal in the flavors and moisture of the fish (without the need for oil or butter) and can be found at most…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
September 15, 2014

How Does Time Spent in the Outdoors Contribute to Creativity?

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Do you find yourself struggling to come up with new ideas when they used to seem to pop into your head fairly easily? Do you need to think “out of the box” for an upcoming school or work project, but aren’t sure how to get your creative juices flowing again? You may want to start by planning a boating or fishing trip since time spent outdoors has been proven to help boost levels of creativity.…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
September 11, 2014

Tom Keer

Why Leaf Peep when you can get a Full View?

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Sometimes it’s great to do things up close and personal, and hiking through the mountain trails are a great way to see autumn’s changing leaves.  But sometimes a close perspective means we lose our vision, sort of losing the ‘forest through the trees’ (sorry, I couldn’t resist).  Taking a few steps back gives that broader perspective, and looking at maples’ orange and reds, the yellows in the white birch, and the browns from the oaks…

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Posted by: Tom Keer
July 10, 2014

Tom Keer

For Space, Beauty, and Good Fishing, Nothing Beats a National Park

According to the National Park Service, our country (including Alaska, Hawaii, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) has a whopping 7804 parks for us to visit.  The largest is in the Adirondacks, and there are some 6 million acres for Upstate New Yorkers and visitors to enjoy, and enjoy they did.  In 2009, some 700 million visitors vacationed in all such parks, which means if you’re looking for a great fishing vacation, one that can also provide…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
November 14, 2013

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There’s Never an Excuse Not to Wear a Life Jacket

It’s tempting not to wear a life jacket while fishing or boating, especially on nice days. You want to get some sun, or you think you’ll get too hot. But whether you’re going fishing or just enjoying a ride on the boat, there’s never an excuse not to wear a life jacket. You can have a great time, even when wearing a life jacket. At the National Safe Boating Council, we believe life jacket wear…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
November 5, 2013

7 Weird Things to Bring on a Camping Trip

S’mores by the fire, the sound of crickets chirping, the sight of sparkling stars overhead… there are many things about the outdoors to appreciate when you’re on a camping trip with the family. However, every now and then, Mother Nature or other unexpected circumstances may throw in a surprise or two. As you plan an outdoor family vacation, you might want to consider bringing a few of these usual, but useful items along. Dryer Sheets.…

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Posted by: Debbie Hanson
October 28, 2013

3 Pieces of Portable Fishing Gear for Camping Trips

Anyone who has planned a family camping trip knows that it can be a challenge to pare down all of the gear that is needed for a few days in the great outdoors. Just when you think you have everything packed strategically in the vehicle, you find out that someone forgot to give you a sleeping bag or a heavy duty flashlight during the initial arranging process. This causes you to search desperately for even…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 21, 2013

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Family Camping Trips

Marriage. Lotta hard work, no? To have a successful one, much compromise is needed. At least that’s what Caroline and I have found. And the most amazing middle ground we’ve ever reached just might be the one we sleep on each and every summer. You see, I’m an avid camper. I go at least four times a year. One of those excursions is my annual section hike of the Appalachian Trail. When we first met,…

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Posted by: Stephanie Vatalaro
October 18, 2013

Stephanie Vatalaro

Fall for Fishing and Boating

Fall is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy a day on the water. Consider these five reasons to get out and try fishing and boating in Autumn. 1. Ideal Conditions: Autumn provides perfect weather for people and fish. Temperatures are cooler during the day for a picnic, and water temperatures are just right that fish are  active, which means a first-timer is more likely to hook their first catch. 2. Accessibility: More than…

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