Get Over Your Fears and Get Out Adventuring

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When folks find out I ski, hike, and other outdoor stuff, they say, “Wow, I wish I could be that athletic.” Here’s my secret, I’m not athletic. It took months for me to get up on water skis. My triathlon swims end with me in last place. The first season I skied, I tipped over standing still. Here are a few tips to get you out there.

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Top Survival Books and the Best Tips from Each

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Lots of books will teach you how to build a fire, but not all survival scenarios can be prepared for. These books talk more about the psychological aspect of survival. I’ve listed the top tips from each and how each one has or could save me. Apparently, I’m ripe for dying based on some psychological factors I’m working to fix.

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A Weekend Itinerary for Goblin Valley State Park

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Goblin Valley is my favorite state park. If you could do me a solid and stay away, I’d appreciate it. This incredible place makes you feel like a five-year-old again. Most folks drive past the turn-off on their way from Capitol Reef to Arches or on their way to Lake Powell. It’s well worth a a stop and a long weekend.

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Campfires and Kisses: Spring Flings and Engagement Rings

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A fake engagement, two sworn enemies—what could go wrong? Rielle rarely saw her parents, but she found a surrogate father in John, the owner of a nearby children’s camp. Now he’s left half of it to her. A dream come true—except she has to share her inheritance with John’s neglectful son who abandoned his father years ago.

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Harvest Ranch: A Clean, Small-Town Romance Series

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Welcome to Harvest Ranch, a small town sitting in the shadow of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Folks come here for some good Southern cooking and plenty of outdoor adventure but find love along the way—with a little luck. Fall in love with the people as they fall in love with each other. Scroll to start reading the series.

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A Weekend Itinerary for Bear Lake State Park

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Welcome to Bear Lake, Utah, nicknamed the Caribbean of the Rockies. With its sandy beaches and clear blue waters, this oasis in the high mountains is well worth a visit. Escape the heat of the lower valleys by surfing behind a boat, stand-up paddle boarding, and finishing the day with a giant raspberry shake.

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5 FREE Family-Friendly Activities Near Disneyland

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It’s that time of year when half of American families make its pilgrimage to Disneyland. After days of standing in lines, tripping over strollers, and buying tickets in the three figures; anyone can use a day away from the parks. Here are five free, family-friendly day trips within a short drive of Disneyland.

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5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe in the Outdoors

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While taking my three nephews on a hike, I asked them what to do if they got lost. Much to my utter shock and terror, they replied, “run around to look for help.” I had figured these smart and capable boys, the oldest around twelve, would know the most basic safety rule to follow. I learned a valuable lesson that day.

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