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Sometimes, it's important to get the hell out of dodge. Luckily for locals and visitors to Seattle, there's plenty worth traveling for nearby, from wine country to the coast to the mountains.<p>But it can be challenging to pick a restaurant as memorable as the trip. Whether travelers are looking for …

Jeff Bezos Banned PowerPoint in Meetings. His Replacement Is Brilliant

Narrative memos have replaced PowerPoint presentations at Amazon. Here are three reasons why.<p>In his 2018 annual letter, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos repeated his rule that PowerPoint is banned in executive meetings. What Bezos replaces it with provides even more valuable insight for …

Public Speaking

Google Increased New Employee Productivity by 25 Percent With 1 Email. Here's What You Need to Know

Yet another example of when 'back to the basics' is great advice.<p>Onboarding, a term used to describe the period between job offer acceptance and assimilation (anywhere from 30 days to a year depending on the organization), is a critical time for new employees. Not only do they have to tackle a …

17 Journeys By Train That Will Change Your Life Forever

Take a slow and stunning journey by train across some of the world's most beautiful landscapes.<p><i>This photo essay is part of a series of stories about travel.</i>

The First 10 Recipes to Make in Your Dutch Oven

I like to think of the day I brought home a Dutch oven as the day my kitchen changed forever. That may sound dramatic, but seriously — there really …

7 Sheet Pan Dinners That Will Make Your Life Infinitely Easier

Confession: When we want to whip up a flavorful meal without spending more than an hour in the kitchen, we turn to quick and easy sheet pan dinners. …

These 10 destinations are perfect for winter in the Pacific Northwest

In the wintertime, many Pacific Northwesterners live by the credo: "If it's raining here, it's snowing in the mountains." This perspective-flipping …

Top Backpacks of 2017: Results from the Annual Hiker Survey

In this installment of The Trek’s 2017 Hiker Survey, we cover backpacks and shake downs. We asked hikers about the frame type, capacity, brand, and …

The 18 best trips for 2018

2017 was the year of traveling fearlessly. In a world so often portrayed as risky, dangerous, the reality is that when you actually get out there, …

Best Walking Trousers Reviewed 2017/2018

There are a number of things to consider when looking for the best walking trousers to suit you.<p>First of all, consider the season that you’ll be …

14 Gifts for the Hiker and Camper

12.13.17<p>08:00 am<p>Gifts ideas for that person in your life who's always itching to get outside.<p>We know, we know—sunshine and fresh air are technically …

Sous-vide Cooking

Apple will give you more cash for your dusty old Mac

Apple has increased its trade-in values for a bunch of old Mac models. Machines released in 2009 and later could now earn you up to $2,500. That’s a generous $1,000 more than the previous limit.<p>If you were thinking about treating yourself to a new Mac this Christmas, Apple just made it a whole lot …

MacBook Pro

Urban Hiking Gift Guide | Holiday Gift Guide

Urban Hikers love two things: trekking through a dense urban space, and the gear they trek with. It’s hard to know what to get the tech-savvy, always …

Camping

79 Airbnbs That Will Blow Your Mind (Not Your Budget)

There are holiday rentals, and then there are holiday rentals so unique, they’ll make you laugh and squeal with excitement. And, while Airbnb has …

Travel

How to Get Started With Fly Fishing | The Art of Manliness

Fishing with a rod and line, and an artificial lightweight lure made to imitate fish prey — that is, fly fishing — was first recorded around the year …

Fishing

The Book Mattis Reads to Be Prepared for War With North Korea

What America’s top military leaders have learned from a 54-year-old history of the Korean War.<p>Last Monday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general with a legendary appetite for military history, ticked off a list of book recommendations to a crowd of U.S. Army leaders and …

Military

Where to go this weekend: Squamish, B.C.

The best biscuit recipes to wrap you in a warm, buttery hug

A basket full of warm, buttery, flaky biscuits is within your reach this weekend. Try a few, freeze some pre-cut dough for later, or bake them all and take comfort in cracking open a steaming hot mound of bread.<p><i>[You should really make a batch or two of meatballs this weekend]</i><p>Buttermilk Biscuits …

Recipes

Trump's Shocking Recklessness

The president’s latest comments shouldn’t be surprising—but his deliberate inflammation of tense situations is no less stunning.<p>During last year’s presidential campaign, I conducted a running feature called the “Trump Time Capsule.” Its purpose was to chronicle the things Donald Trump said or did …

Donald Trump

This is the Kit This Pro Uses for Travel Photography And Why He Chose It

The dilemma for the travelling photographer is a tough one. What to take, what not to take. Can this lens cover all these situations? Will I need …

Will Donald Trump Destroy the Presidency?

He disdains the rule of law. He’s trampling norms of presidential behavior. And he’s bringing vital institutions down with him.<p>Donald Trump is testing the institution of the presidency unlike any of his 43 predecessors. We have never had a president so ill-informed about the nature of his office, …

Donald Trump

Epson just unveiled a 130-inch ‘screen-free’ laser TV that launches this fall for $3,000

The home projector market is likely far bigger than you think, and Epson is the market leader by a wide margin, with a 53% market share in the United …

11 books the US Army's top officer recommends to help understand the world

Secretary James Mattis has been heralded as a "warrior monk" for his prodigious knowledge and voracious reading habits.<p>But Mattis, a retired Marine general, is not the only US military officer who has supplemented his martial knowledge with academic achievement.<p>In that spirit, the US Army has …

Fresh Blackberry Cake Is a Summer Spectacle

Serious Eats<p>VIDEOS<p>Watch More Videos<p>More<p>All About Cheese<p>Everything you need to know about eating and cooking with curds<p>When I was growing up in Kentucky, blackberry jam cake was something that turned up at just about every picnic and potluck I ever attended, usually in the form of a Bundt cake with …

15 Must-Read Business Books on Leadership and Personal Development From the Past 5 Years | Inc.com

The problem with producing any "top" business book list is the elimination process. Over the last five years, there have been numerous publications by top authors worthy of mention.<p>For this list, I have focused heavily on science-backed leadership books that teach us where the future of motivation …

Self-improvement

17 Pie Recipes To Last You All Summer Long

Summer's here yet again, and so are our favorite fruits at their peak. Plump berries and juicy stone fruits, all fleshy and sweet enough to be bought by the bushel and eaten straight. But sometimes a pie is in order, and perfectly ripe fruit plus a buttery crust (and a <i>little</i> tinkering) is all it …

A Clarifying Moment in American History

There should be nothing surprising about what Donald Trump has done in his first week—but he has underestimated the resilience of Americans and their institutions.<p>I am not surprised by President Donald Trump’s antics this week. Not by the big splashy pronouncements such as announcing a wall that he …

Political Science

Road Trip: Washington’s National Parks

Seattle serves up more than great coffee: This seaside city puts you within striking distance of three national parks. North Cascades, Mount Rainier, …

33 Ideas For Your Most Organized Kitchen Ever

#11 is a total game-changer.<p>If you've struggled to keep your kitchen organized, you're not alone. The struggle is all too real, but there's hope for your biggest (and smallest) problem spots. These practical ideas really work, so you won't be overwhelmed by clutter — or veer into organization …

Lycan Powerbox Solar Power Generator with Interchangeable Battery for Camping Road Trips

All camping road trips are awesome, but don’t forget to carry a powerful battery pack for your mobile devices and appliances such as the Lycan …