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Jackets For Windy, Rainy Days

Jackets For Windy, Rainy Days

Unlike British aristocrats, I don’t have a coat of arms with a motto emblazoned on it.

(Lucas Flickr Photo)

But I do have a lot of coats in my closet, especially those I’ve purchased for travel and outdoor activities.

 

And since my “coat motto” is “One Can Never Own Too Many Coats,” I jumped at the chance when offered a free Men’s Windbreaker Travel Jacket by Global Travel Company.

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The REI Camp Bed: Sleeping on Thick Air

The REI Camp Bed: Sleeping on Thick Air

At the end of July I had an opportunity to “camp” in a cabin at Manzanita Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. The cabins have platform beds, which the park concessionaire’s Website described as being

“… a firm, three-inch mattress on a bed frame or platform. They come as double, single or bunk beds. The beds are quite firm, so if you prefer something soft, we recommend you bring an air mattress or pad to place atop the platform bed’s mattress to add a cushioning. No bedding is included. Bring sleeping bags or bedding, or rent the Camper’s Package which includes sleeping bags.”

Added cushioning made a lot of sense to me, but presented a night-time dilemma: Although I still had a sleeping bag, I had long ago given away the Therm-a-Rest sleeping pad I bought many years ago.

Here’s how I solved my need for a cushy bed.

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward on the Trail This Summer

Putting Your Best Foot Forward on the Trail This Summer

As the school summer recess approaches, students from K-12 and their families, those taking a break from their college studies, along with the everyone else with a hankering to spend time in the great outdoors, will be heading off on adventures in U.S. National Parks, such as Lassen Volcanic National Park, where day-hiking and backpacking are top visitor activities, or taking a “Big Trip” up or down the Pacific Crest Trail.

But if your feet ache or are covered in blisters at the end of a day on the trail, you may wish you’d opted for a trip to a tropical beach resort instead.

And that means you need to pick the right footwear in order to put your best foot forward when you go hiking.

Here’s my suggestion for a good all-around boot to check out, and tips from recreation retailer, REI, on making sure your choice in hiking boots is a good fit.

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