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Wet-Weather Advice: Pitching a Dry Camp in the Rain

Into everybody’s life a little rain must fall, and while rain helps hydrate the land and prevent drought, it also can put a damper on your camping trip. This doesn’t have to be the case. Camping in the rain can be a pleasure, but to make that happen, you’ll need to be prepared, and you’ll have to know how to pitch a dry camp when rain is falling. Tamia explains how to make it happen.

by Tamia Nelson | May 20, 2018

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Rain has fallen at least some of the time on most of my multi-day trips by bike, boat, and on foot, but being prepared prevented those trips from being washouts. In truth I rather enjoy the experience. A day or more in a wet camp doesn’t have to be a prison sentence. Instead, it can be a time to relax and live life in the slow lane. The success or failure of a rainy camp comes down to a number of factors, though. And top of the list is to…

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The Art of the Miniature Adventure: How To Get Away From It All…

Overworked? Run-down? Need a holiday? But you can only spare a couple of days—or maybe just an afternoon? You don’t have to settle for binge-watching Peaky Blinders. You can get away from it all and still be back on Monday, and this week Farwell tells you how. It’s the first of a three-part exploration of the art of the “Miniature Adventure.”

by Farwell Forrest | May 15, 2018
Originally published in different form on May 24, 2005

There were four of us—George, and William Samuel Harris, and myself, and Montmorency. We were sitting in my room, smoking, and talking about how bad we were—bad from a medical point of view I mean, of course.

We were all feeling seedy, and we were getting quite nervous about it. … What it was that was actually the matter with us, we none of us could be sure of; but the unanimous opinion was that it—whatever it was—had been brought on by overwork.

“What we want is rest,” said Harris.

“Rest and a complete change,” said George. …

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Wooden It Be Loverly? The Wooden Boat Mystique

No doubt about it, wooden boats have a lot going for them. They’re elegant, traditional, and efficient. And they rot. (Yes, this is a good thing.) But is a wooden boat the right boat for you? Take three minutes to find out, with just a little help from Farwell.

by Farwell Forrest | May 8, 2018

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A canoe or kayak is, first and foremost, a hole in the water. The shape of the hull is what matters. The material it’s made of is less important. Serviceable boats have been built of everything from paper to concrete. Still, most boaters have strong preferences. This is especially true of wooden-boat buffs. It’s easy to see why. Wooden boats can be beautiful, and wood’s a pretty good material from an engineering standpoint, too. It’s rigid, naturally buoyant, an excellent insulator, and widely available. But is it a good material for your boat? That depends on you, and on the sort of boating you want to do.

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Twenty-One Ways to Get Away From It All: The Low-Octane Alternative

Thinking about getting away from it all this summer? For most of us, this means driving hundreds of miles or queueing up at an airport to be e‑frisked by the TSA. But for a happy few, getting away from it all means staying close to home. Does this sound boring? It doesn’t have to be, and Tamia has 21 (count them!) different ways to get away from it all without going far from home—and to have a mighty good time in the process.

by Tamia Nelson | May 1, 2018

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If you live in Canoe Country, you don’t need to hear the call of the cuckoo to know that “sumer is icumen in.” You don’t even have to look out the window. You can’t miss the torrent of advertorial copy that’s sure to appear in your in-box and on your display just about the time that your tax refund arrives. This will surprise no one, I suppose, accustomed as we are now to seeing colorful images of meticulously turned-out, perpetually smiling folks … Continue reading »