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What I Learned From My Latest Trip


Every journey brings new lessons. This past summer we went on an extended trip. From Southern California to Kings Canyon-Sequoia National Park. Then up to Oregon. And back home. I love the freedom of cruising the open road in the truck and trailer. I enjoy being able to take my time because my rig is self-contained and I don’t need…

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The Shameful Misuse of our National Parks


The government shutdown offered a unique opportunity for Americans to enjoy our National Parks for free. To camp and wander unrestricted and prove ourselves worthy of this gift. And we showed ourselves dreadfully unfit by the shameful misuse of our National Parks. Shame on us! Unfortunately, vandalism, trash, human waste, and off trail destruction has been our return. Apparently, we…

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Boost 02 review


I have always had respiratory problems. Spending the majority of my adult life in the dryer air of the desert and the mountains has helped significantly. Being back in the city with the heat and the smog and the congestion has taken its toll. I haven’t had an asthma attack yet, but the breathing is a little bit labored. When we…

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5 Steps to Avoid Altitude Sickness


We normally reside at about 7500 feet, but even then, at above 10000 feet I notice the effects of the altitude. Cumbres Pass is over 10,000 feet in elevation. When we went on our hike, I noted several symptoms of altitude sickness in myself and immediately took steps to prevent it. Drink lots of water As we started out on…

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How to Use a Life Straw


One of the best portable water filters you can get is the Life Straw. We love ours. It does take a bit of practice to get used to. You could end up very thirsty before you figure it out. Our hike in the Cumbres gave us the perfect opportunity to practice with the life straw some more. The boy’s had…

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