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The Splendor of the Smokies

There is a rumor mill on trail the likes of which I haven’t seen since high school. Seriously, word gets around the trail, and it gets around FAST. …

Hiking

4 of the Most Dangerous Hikes in the World

Hiking, by most accounts, involves nothing more than putting one foot in front of the other over and over until you reach your final destination. …

Hiking

Strange Dog Joins Couple On Hike — Then They See What's Written On His Collar

"Hi, I'm Smokey."<p>As Scott Brown and his wife were preparing to embark on a snowy trek to a popular waterfall in Washington state this week, they …

Pets

Colorado's Guanella Pass: The Complete Guide

If you’re looking for views, head up, up, up. Colorado’s mountains provide some of the planet’s most breathtaking panoramas — and even some that you …

Hiking

Syrianus (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Damascius, in his “Philosophical History” (aka “Life of Isidore”) describes Syrianus as a strikingly handsome and tall man with admirable …

Stanford University

Fox News analyst quits, rips network as a “propaganda machine” in letter to colleagues

He signed off: “As our president’s favorite world leader would say, ‘Das vidanya’” — Russian for “goodbye.”<p>A Fox News analyst quit in a scathing letter that accused the network of degenerating into “a mere propaganda machine for a destructive and ethically ruinous administration.”<p>Retired Lt. Col. …

Donald Trump

A history of alienation

In the postwar period it was understood to be the fundamental malaise of modern life. Why aren’t we ‘alienated’ any more?<i>By Martin Jay</i>Read at Aeon

Sigmund Freud

The Best Cooking Gear for Car Camping and Backpacking

Lodge Cast Iron/Facebook<p>Whether it’s whipping together some quick grub for your climbing buddies or a romantic getaway to woo your lady, camp food is …

Soldiers don't believe this rare antelope-like animal is roaming around a Texas army base — but we saw one up-close

FORT BLISS, Texas — During my first couple days at Fort Bliss, I had heard smatterings from soldiers about a non-indigenous species of African antelope population that somehow inhabited the training grounds.<p>But no one really quite knew how the animals, known as the oryx, got there.<p>Many of the …

Wildlife

11 Amazing National Park Hiking in the USA You Can’t Miss

These remarkable trails will appease both novice and expert hikers.The great outdoors are great for a reason. It was Shakespeare who once said, “One …

The 12 Best Hikes In New York State That You Have To Experience

When many people think of New York, they think of New York City. It’s often the first point that comes to mind and I have to admit I’m guilty of this …

Hiking

10 Items of Gear Every Outdoors-Person Needs to Own

<b>What outdoor activity excites you?</b> Ski-touring? Stand-up paddleboarding? Canoe-tripping? Whatever turns your crank (cycling?), there's specialized …

The 10 Best Weekend Backpacking Trips in Tennessee

Surrounded by no fewer than three national forests to the south and east (plus the Great Smoky Mountains) Tennessee is a backpacker’s paradise, with …

Grand Teton National Park

<b>Location: Wyoming<br>Established: February 26, 1929<br>Size: 309,994 acres</b><p>The peaks of the Teton Range, regal and imposing as they stand nearly 7,000 feet above the valley floor, make one of the boldest geologic statements in the Rockies. Unencumbered by foothills, they rise through steep coniferous forest …

Zion National Park in 72 Hours

During your planning I would schedule to arrive in Zion as early as possible. If you are there before Thanksgiving you are going to be at the mercy …

Road Trip: Northwest Montana

A road trip is one of the most American travel concepts there is. Leaving home to explore a new world, while zigzagging through dusty roads and urban centers is only one of the thrills. The beauty of a road trip is that while you normally have a destination in mind, the journey is usually the best …

7 Campsites You'll Have Entirely to Yourself

You’ve planned a stellar camping trip—packed all the essentials, booked the site, brought your closest pals. Then you show up and it turns out you’re sleeping in a small, crowded outdoor city, with neighbors literally a few feet and a couple nylon walls away. That’s no way to sleep beneath the …

Jack Kerouac: mindless hedonist and word-vomiting miscreant. Or the humblest, most devoted American religious writer of the 20th century?

Jack Kerouac: mindless hedonist and word-vomiting miscreant. Or the humblest, most devoted American religious writer of the 20th century?Continue …

Jack Kerouac

Shall the truth make you free? Hinduism, Buddhism, Stoicism, Skepticism and the nature of philosophical inquiry

What is philosophy for? Is it a quest for truth? Is it really the case that the truth shall set us free, as the Bible says (John 8:32), and if so, is …

University of Tennessee

Tourist's incredible survival after staying in mountain hut for nine days at altitude of 6,000ft amid sudden snowstorm

A tourist survived an incredible nine days in a tiny mountain hut at an altitude of almost 6,000 ft after a sudden snowstorm hit.<p>The 44-year-old …

12 Trails to Hike Before They're Gone

From climate change to energy development, various threats promise to wipe out what’s best about America’s 12 most endangered trails. Hike them now …

When Trump Hatchet-Man Roy Cohn Sued Martin Luther King for Libel

Believe it or not, Roy Cohn, the slimy lawyer who unintentionally helped make ‘McCarthyism’ American for ‘smear,’ once sued Martin Luther King Jr. … …

Donald Trump

Trump Signed 96 Laws In 2017. Here Is What They Do And How They Measure Up

<b>Updated at 11:02 p.m. ET</b><p>When President Trump signed the $1.5 trillion tax cut bill on Friday at the White House, he made a bold claim — that his "legislative approvals" were off the charts. "No. 1 in the history of our country," he said, citing 88 as the number of bills he had signed into law.<p>The …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

American woman living in Sweden describes the 'socialist nanny-state' and it sounds amazing

Alison Gerber is an American woman living in Sweden and she went on a must-read Twitter rant describing what it is like to live in the highly taxed, …

Vegan

5 Awesome Ski Towns Even Non-Skiers Will Love

Some ski resorts are best for powder hounds chasing the steeps. Others are better for couples looking for luxe. Then there are the do-it-all, …

The Ultimate Guide to Planning Your Havasupai Adventure

An oasis in the desert. A place for you to witness the Grand Canyon walls surrounding you while listening to the sound of rushing water outside your …

5 Great Winter Hikes in Pennsylvania

If you're a hiker in Pennsylvania and you're not hitting the trail during the winter months, you are truly missing out. The state has more than its …

Uranium firm urged Trump officials to shrink Bears Ears National Monument

A uranium company launched a concerted lobbying campaign to scale back Bears Ears National Monument, saying such action would give it easier access to the area's uranium deposits and help it operate a nearby processing mill, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.<p>Interior Secretary …

Forests

The moral and intellectual bankruptcy of the Republican Party

The GOP strategy on taxes and climate: reject evidence and expert opinion, lie, and wage culture wars<p>The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion.<p>The Initiative on …

Economics

A British MP takes down Trump with a Dumbledore quote

MP Sam Gyimah said, “It takes even more bravery to stand up to your friends”<p>President Donald Trump was just owned by a British MP who quoted the popular fictional wizard, Professor Albus Dumbledore of J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series.<p>During a Thursday broadcast of BBC's "Question Time," British …

Harry Potter