Why I Couldn’t Wait for My Daughter to Join the Boy Scouts

Why I Couldn't Wait for My Daughter to Join the Boy Scouts

“Mom—is this for real?” That was the text message my Eagle Scout son, who was halfway across the country serving in the military, sent me on the day that became a life-altering moment for our family. He was referring to the announcement that girls would be able to join all programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). This was stunning news. My 10-year-old daughter, Michaela, was in school at the time. I immediately sent an email to her teacher asking her to tell Michaela these words: “You get to earn your Eagle.” When Michaela first heard it, she couldn’t believe it. “I sat at my desk thinking it must be a joke. Then, I felt excitement rush over me like a wave. I

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Brew Guide to Making the Best Camp Coffee

Brew Guide to Making the Best Camp Coffee

Brew Guide On chilly mornings, unzipping your sleeping bag can feel more daunting than the miles you’re about to put in on the trail. Unless you’re the type that relishes leaping out of your tent into the predawn air, you probably need the promise of a warm cup of coffee to lure you out of your warm nest. Fortunately, brewing in the backcountry (or frontcountry) can be just as easy as brewing in your kitchen—only with much better scenery. Few experiences can match stealing a few moments of morning stillness on the edge of an alpine lake, coffee in hand, as you prepare for your day on the trail. Here, a guide to brewing camp coffee that’s tasty enough to savor while you watch the

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Motorcycle Adventures in Southwest Virginia

Motorcycle Adventures in Southwest Virginia

Motorcycle adventures in Sturgis, South Dakota, is what pops into most people’s minds when they think of motorcycle rallies. While this rip roaring party of a motorcycle rally is perhaps the most iconic, it hardly speaks for the lot of ‘em—there are a variety of places and ways to embark on a motorcycle adventure across our grand country. If you’re on the hunt for a spot steeped in natural beauty with options from serene rides to blood-pumping dirt road adventures, look no further than Southwest Virginia. Housing key sections of the increasingly well-known Dragon Motorcycle Series and offering some of the most customizable motorcycle touring you can get, zooming through Southwest Virginia on two wheels is a trip to remember. Two Slices of the Dragon

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Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park in the Off-Season

Why You Should Visit Yellowstone National Park in the Off-Season

Wondering where to go this Fall? Yellowstone National Park is the perfect place to visit in the off-season. If you drive into Gardiner, Montana, after the hustle and bustle of the short three months of summer, you’ll notice a tranquility settle upon the town. The locals relax, the wildlife wanders in from the park, and the crowds disappear. Glancing at the passing license plates, the traffic is distinctly more Montana based. Yet spring, fall, and winter are ideal times to visit Yellowstone National Park. According to the Park Service, only 35 percent of the yearly visitation occurs outside of summer, which means that the off-season is the best way to avoid the crowds and experience Gardiner—and Yellowstone—in silence and solitude. Spring A spring fog sits

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