Alexandra LeGrant

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These 10 Hiking Trails Will Blow Your Mind

Hiking

100 People Share Their Experiences Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail : The Art of Non-Conformity

I saw this trailer a few weeks ago, and immediately watched it three times in a row.<p>The full film is out now, and it’s completely free to watch. Fair …

Hiking

Elizabeth Gilbert: The 7 books that shaped me as a writer

“The only thing I have ever wanted to be for my whole life was a writer. I wrote all through childhood, all through adolescence, by the time I was a …

The 14 Foods to Consider Buying Organic

<i>Every week we get Down & Dirty, in which we break down our favorite unique seasonal fruits, vegetables, and more.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>If you're not</i> down <i>with pesticides, these are</i> <i>the foods to buy organic -- so they're a little less</i> dirty. <i>As we head into spring, we're revisiting and updating last year's</i> …

Agriculture

5 Creativity Myths you Need to Stop Believing

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>There’s a letter from an 1815 issue of <i>General Music Journal</i> where Mozart describes his creative process as instantaneous: no struggle or writer’s block. The muse simply showed up and he was ready.<p>“75% of European digital ecosystem is present at …

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone is a geological smoking gun that illustrates how violent the Earth can be. One event overshadows all others: Some 640,000 years ago, an area many miles square at what is now the center of the park suddenly exploded. In minutes the landscape was devastated. Fast-moving ash flows covered …

National Parks

What Mathematics Reveals About the Secret of Lasting Relationships and the Myth of Compromise

Why 37% is the magic number, what alien civilizations have to do with your soul mate, and how to master the “negativity threshold” ideal for Happily Ever After.<p>In his sublime definition of love, playwright Tom Stoppard painted the grand achievement of our emotional lives as “knowledge of each …

Our 86 Favorite Weeknight Dinner Ideas

Monday-Thursday you need dinner and you need it fast. We've got all the recipes you'll need.<p>These are our most popular, best-loved, and greatest weeknight dinner recipes of all time—and we're coming up with even more as we speak.

Cooking

Why Runners Shouldn't Diet (And What To Do Instead)

<i>(Photo: Pond5)</i><p>Runners have a reputation for being exceptional eaters. We’ve been known to out-eat our bigger, heavier friends while they look on in …

Trail Running? There's An App for That

4 must-have mobile apps for trail runners<p>Craig Slagel was sick of getting lost.<p>He’d added “bonus miles” onto already challenging race courses, like …

When to Visit Alaska's First National Park

<b>Location: Alaska<br>Established: February 26, 1917<br>Size: 6,075,029 acres</b><p>On any summer day in Denali, Alaska's most well known national park, hundreds of people see sights that will stay with them the rest of their lives. Perhaps a golden eagle will soar off the cliffs at Polychrome Pass, or 20 Dall's …

8 Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs for Breakfast

A simple scrambled egg and toast breakfast is quite satisfying–as long as you don’t end up with a tasteless, rubbery, yellow blob. Start by whisking …

A Runner’s Strength Workout That Can Be Done Anywhere

Out of town or short on time? Squeeze in this power-building routine.<p><i>I travel quite a bit for work, and I’m able to get in my runs. But I’d love to figure out a convenient way to get in regular strength training. Do you have any ideas for runners on the road? Thank you! ~Linda</i><p>Kudos to your …

13 Reasons To Get To Nicaragua Before Everyone Discovers It

Ahh, Central America. While most travelers spend their time plotting escapes to Europe or Southeast Asia, this little nugget sits unassumingly right under their noses (literally -- it's pretty much directly south, and a shorter flight than you'd think).<p>And Nicaragua may just be the best nation in …

The 20 most visited cities in the world

Euromonitor International recently released data on the most visited cities by international tourists in 2013, and Asian cities dominated the list.<p>Hong Kong took the top spot, with over 25 million international visitors. Singapore and Bangkok trailed right behind. In fact, 11 of the top 20 cities …

Fast running is as deadly as sitting on couch, scientists find

Running a few times a week at a moderate pace is the best way to improve health, say scientists, as they warn against overdoing it<p>Too much exercise really can kill you, scientists have discovered, after finding runners who speed along at 7mph or more are doing themselves more harm than good.<p>A study …

Biomedicine

15 amazing adventures for 2015

Rilke on What It Really Means to Love

“For one human being to love another: that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks… the work for which all other work is but preparation.”<p>The human journey has always been marked by our quest to understand love in order to reap its fruits. We have captured that ever-shifting understanding in …

10 of the Most Impressive and Exhausting Hiking Routes

For many, synonymous with the word “crusade” is A few hours walking the Transition, Which is more like A Walk good. But These Stories – no more than …

Four Basic Writing Principles You Can Use in Everyday Life

Writing starts way before you put letters to a page. It involves processes like critical thinking, communication, and creativity. Even if writing …

Creative Writing

I Needed to Create a Writing Portfolio; Let Me Show You How I Did It

Last year, with the help of two sample writing assignments (and a great interview), I convinced a Fortune 60 company to hire me to write the bulk of its digital content. A big career change from the last 14 years of my professional life — and an exciting one.<p>While happy in my role, big companies …

Top 10 Landmarks in U.S. National Parks

National Parks

Top 10 Underappreciated Parks

From vast wilderness to varied history, from swamp to desert, these places should be more famous.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>The 10 Best of Everything—National Parks</i><p>Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon deserve the appreciation they receive, but the National Park System includes nearly 400 units, …

National Parks

The 25 Golden Rules of Running

Time-tested, universally accepted axioms of the sport.<p>In most cases, these rules started out as a lightbulb over one runner’s head. After a while, that runner told a few running buddies (probably during a long run), word spread, and before you know it, coaches were testing it, sports scientists …

5 Keys to Running Healthy and Staying Injury-Free

Follow these rules, and you’ll spend more time on the road and less time in rehab.<p><b>AVOID THE TERRIBLE TOO’S.</b> Doing too much, too soon, too fast is the number-one cause of running injuries. The body needs time to adapt to increases in mileage or speed. Muscles and joints need recovery time so they …

These Striking Rock Formations Are up to 270 Million Years Old

Capitol Reef National Park is a place of dramatic beauty and serenity so remote that the nearest traffic light is 78 miles away.<p><b>Location:</b> Utah<b><br>Established:</b> December 18, 1971<b><br>Size:</b> 241,904 acres<p>The unifying geographic feature of Capitol Reef is the Waterpocket Fold. For a hundred miles its parallel …

Workout of the Week: 10K Overdistance Intervals

Photo: Shutterstock.com<i>This challenging speed workout helps build fitness and boost confidence leading up to your goal race.</i> The challenge of …

Tempo Runs Increase Speed and Endurance

Incorporate running paces between easy and hard into your weekly routine.<p>You know what it feels like to run comfortably—comfortable!—and you’re likely also familiar with the burn of going all-out. But what about the range of paces that lie in between these two extremes?<p>Workouts that target that …