Olympic National Park is home to five microclimates that exist on the Olympic Peninsula. One of these is the Hoh Rain Forest, which receives an average of 140 to 170 inches in rain a year. That makes for some beautiful, vibrantly green old-growth flora.

  Start your New Year off right—with volunteering and working in the outdoors. Playing in the outdoors is one thing, but have you ever considered a job where you live and work in the backcountry? Many of us are fortunate enough to spend our hard-won vacations outside—whether it is hiking, biking, climbing, skiing or snorkeling.

Office dog

  Let’s face it, we all need a little light distraction from life from time-to-time. And there is no better way to do this than looking at cute animals on the internet. No, we aren’t talking about watching crazy cat videos on YouTube. Instead, check out some of our favorite animal-centric Instagram’s: Bay Breeze Labradors

mohonk mountain house

Referring to the Mohonk property as a “house” does this property no justice. The 1,325-acre resort boasts more than 250 hotel rooms, suites, and cottages in the Mohonk, historic building and the surrounding mountainside, all a stone’s-throw from the glistening Mohonk Lake. You’ll find 85 miles of hiking trails; canoe, kayak, cycling, golf, guided rock

Mt. Everest

Last month, ultra-runner Karl Meltzer broke the speed record on the Appalachian Trail, 2,200 miles in 45 days, 22 hours, and 38 minutes. That’s only a mere ten-hours faster than the previous record, and one that might hold-at least until the previous record-holder hits the trail. Either way, Meltzer’s accomplishment is an astounding feat, to

By James Kaiser @jameskaiser_ Everyone knows America’s national parks are visually stunning, but the story behind the scenery is equally impressive. Many of our most treasured landscapes were saved thanks to the passion and dedication of a few individuals. As we celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, let’s remember three inspirational people who helped

Man skiing through powder

Great literature, like a first-rate concert, clings to your every pore long after the music’s stopped. Peter Kray’s new book The God of Skiing delivers that same sensation—a feeling of being overwhelmed by something far bigger than any one thing, and at the same time belonging to a fabulously complex sport. Plus it’s a rollicking

Beautiful winter landscape Snow on the top of Alps Mountains

“Cold Man Winter did seem to be on vacation last year thanks to a very strong El Niño, but this year he’s back . . .” – Editor Peter Geiger, Philom. A couple of weeks ago, Farmers’ Almanac released their 2017 anniversary edition with its usual eclectic mix of weather, astronomy, humor, and everyday life