Every explorer needs a map, right? So here’s a map to Tamia Nelson’s Outside, or TNO for short. The Table of Contents just below allows you to jump right to indexes to main divisions at TNO.

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  • Home  Think of our main page as the staging area for the rest of our site. A welcome message greets you at the top of the left-side column. If there’s an important message, you’ll find it highlighted there. Moving down the left-side column, you’ll find excerpts of the latest articles from several departments. Simply click through the “Continue reading” links in these excerpts for the whole article. The right column is headed by a search bar and RSS subscription link. Underneath these you’ll find a trio of weekly photos, images, or artwork, each one a hotlink to something of interest. Finally, This Week’s Potluck collage at the bottom of the right column links to a surprise destination at Tamia Nelson’s Outside.
  • Practical Cycling  Want to know how to outfit yourself and your bike for lazy rides, touring, or for routine chores? Need advice on maintenance? Are you uncertain what kind of bike YOU need? On this page you’ll find a table of contents that will take you to indexes for articles on many aspects of the wide world of bicycling.
  • Cyclotouring Trips: From Overnighters to Long Jaunts  An indek to articles that should give you a start answering questions every cyclotourist has.
  • Let’s Eat!  Indexed articles that help guide you toward eating and drinking to build energy, help beat the bonk, and keep you healthy and hydrated.
  • In the Same Boat  An introduction to our sibling site devoted to canoeing, kayaking, and associated activities.
  • Inquiring Eye  Index to our archive of articles for photographers and artists who enjoy doing their thing outside. You’ll find evaluations of gear we’ve used, suggestions for outfitting and carrying your tools, tips on improving your technique, plus more.
  • Outside Afoot  Whether you enjoy strolling through the woods, brisk marches along windy beaches, scrambling up rocky crags, snowshoeing through deep powder snow, or wildlife watching, you’ll find something of interest in our Outside Afoot index.
  • Turtle Taxi  It’s Turtle Time throughout the temperate months, and this page describes how to give them a helping hand.
  • Contact  Everything you need to get in touch with us.
  • Links  An annotated list of links to
  • About Us  Who we are, including:
  • Sitemap  That’s where you are now, the Tamia Nelson’s Outside site index of Departments (ie, Pages), Pigeonholes (Categories), links to useful sites of interest, and our RSS Feed. So where are the individual article’s indexed? Look in the Departments listed above. Enjoy!


Think of these are repositories of themed articles. Clicking on a Pigeonhole link will take you to articles presented with the latest one first. Links at the bottom of each page take you to the previous and later articles. Be sure to check the comprehensive indexes above in TNO’s Departments.

Good Works

The websites listed here work hard to preserve or clean up their neighborhood while educating the general public.

  • Beavers: Wetlands & Wildlife  Educational nonprofit that has been helping people learn about a species that builds the land’s best life support system, and about lasting, win-win solutions for beaver-human conflicts.
  • Des Plaines River Stewardship Project  Help to improve the health of the Des Plaines River along the entire length of Lake County, Illinois. Tasks involve removal of trash and log jams, creating safe passage for watercraft use.
  • Friends of Camp Little Notch  Provides support for the development of Camp Little Notch’s property, facilities, programming, campers, staff, alumni, and user groups by engaging organized efforts in fundraising and diversity.
  • Friends of the Chicago River  The mission of Friends of the Chicago River is to preserve, protect, and foster the vitality of the Chicago River for the human, plant, and animal communities within its watershed.
  • Lake Jackson Ecopassage  LJE works with Leon County, the Florida Department of Transportation, and other agencies to construct a permanent ecopassage to prevent future mortality of turtles and other wildlife.
  • Martinez Beavers—Worth A Dam  Dedicated to Maintaining the Martinez Beavers in Alhambra Creek through responsible stewardship, creative problem solving, community involvement, and education.
  • New York Center for Turtle Rehabilitation and Conservation  Provides care to injured turtles and promotes principles needed to assure the continued survival of native turtle species.
  • NY Wildlife Rehabilitator Locater  Found injured wildlife? You need a wildlife rehabber! Check here for one near you.
  • Willamette Riverkeeper  A non-profit organization whose sole mission is to protect and restore the Willamette River.

Others’ Perspectives

These links will take you to websites of others who share interests and goals in common with us. It’s always good to get others’ views, right?

  • Car-Free America  Promoting the benefits of the car-free lifestyle.
  •  Devoted to the cyclist, artist, writer, and photographer Charlie Chadwick, founding member and first Chair of the UK’s Rough Stuff Fellowship.
  • Insight  “Insight is what you get when you sit still and pay attention.” Find insights into canoes and canoeing in Dave Birrren’s Canoeing pages.
  • Leonardo Esch  Travel Southern Brazil with photographer Leonardo Esch!
  • Marcos Netto on Twitter  Keep in touch with our Southern Hemisphere Correspondent.
  • Old Fat Man Adventures  Join Barney as he explores the south and beyond while having toooo much fun.
  • Out of Sight, Out of Mind  A trio of kayakers with a mission to promote the intrinsic and ecological importance of the world’s oceans, rivers, and waterways.
  • Sea Kayaking With  Imagine you are at the edge of the sea on a day when it is difficult to say where the land ends and the sea begins and where the sea ends and the sky begins. Sea kayaking lets you explore these and your own boundaries and broadens your horizons.
  • Stellaria: Where Light Meets the Ordinary  Keep up with Dutch photographer Rense Haveman as he explores the world around him with his sharp lens and keen eye.

References and Resources

Tamia Nelson’s Outside RSS feed

You can subscribe to our RSS feed with a web browser or smartphone app. Here’s the link that will let you keep up with what’s new at Tamia Nelson’s Outside:

Need help figuring out how to subscribe to RSS feeds? We’re not surprised. Every browser, e‑mailer, and app is different. The following off-site instructional pages may answer your questions. Please note that we can’t test RSS feeds on every possible platform, so if you have a problem or a tip, let us know and we’ll pass it on. Many thanks!

That’s it! Unless we add more Departments or Pigeonholes, that is. Check back often!

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