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No Reception, No Guidance: How Understaffed Park Rangers Affects Millions of Visitors to National Parks

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park. Photo: Pamela Powell The US boasts 61 National Parks, many of which I have had the pleasure of experiencing. They’ve helped me cultivate a passion for hiking and backpacking, to escape the routine and confinements of everyday life. No cell phones (or at least that’s what I tell my family),…

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The Azores: Discover a Hidden Treasure

Photo By: Pamela Powell You’ve got your passport, but traveling abroad can be time consuming and expensive. Nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to Azores, Portugal. Spanning nine islands, Azores, Portugal has been nicknamed The Hawaii of The Atlantic. It’s a mere 4 1/2 hour flight from Boston or NYC thanks…

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A Personal Summit

Trekking through the wilderness in the backcountry of Oregon and Utah is nothing new to me, yet each and every trip through these mountain ranges, lacking cell service, and carrying only what I need to survive for days on end, never seems repetitive. But there comes a time to up the ante and add a…

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