Category Archives: July 2006

The Measure Of A Man (Or A Woman)

America’s favorite storyteller and my favorite author, Louis L’Amour, wrote hundreds of books about life on the frontier – cowboys, Indians, gunslingers, outlaws, Texas Rangers, frontier marshals, cattle rustlers and more. All of his stories pitted good against evil, knowledge against ignorance, courage against hate, and greed against charity. And through all the gunfights, trail rides, campfires and hard work, one lesson stamped it’s indelible impression on my pre-adolescent brain – the true measure of a man (or a woman), … Continue reading

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Fast Facts About Skin Cancer

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, 80 percent of a person’s lifetime exposure to ultraviolet radiation occurs before the ages of 18 to 20. * Children’s skin is especially sensitive to direct sunlight because they don’t have as many pigment cells as adults do. Children burn faster, and cumulative skin damage starts with the first exposure. * Experts say that one bad sunburn in childhood could double the risk of melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, later in life. … Continue reading

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Turning Cool Spots Into Hot Cash

Whether its families, grandparents, picnickers, little league fans or fisherman, the one thing everybody appreciates on a sunny, hot day is shade. So much so, they’re willing to pay for it. At least, that’s the lesson park and recreation departments all across the country are learning. This demand, coupled with the health benefits (and public awareness campaigns) of keeping cool, has led the shade industry to develop a variety of colorful, cost-effective shade options that go beyond simply providing shade … Continue reading

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Canopy Tours

It was probably only a matter of time before some intrepid kid (or kid wannabe) figured out how to combine all of the best elements of childhood — tree houses, zip lines and the pure freedom and bliss that comes with safely free falling through the air — and packaged them for sale. In this case, the package is billed as a canopy tour — a series of platforms, zip lines and other challenge course and climbing wall features allowing … Continue reading

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The Basics Of Trip Leadership

I like to think of myself as a long distance hiker. Sure, I enjoy taking day hikes, especially as there’s usually a hot shower and a great meal waiting at the end. But, perhaps the core of my hiking/backing experience has been long distance hiking. A thru-hiker on the Appalachian Trail (AT) in 1972 (Georgia to Maine), I took some time off this past spring to revisit the AT, hiking some 662 miles north from Georgia to south-central Virginia. My … Continue reading

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