Happy Anniversary to the National Scenic Trails Act

On October 2, 1968, America was given a gift – the creation and protection of some of Americans’ favorite places to discover the great outdoors and our nation’s history. The first two trails to be designated were the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail. Soon nine more trails joined the party. In the mood to […]

Thank you, CooloftheWild.com for the chance to guest blog

Cool of the Wild is an impressive website. It’s really more like the best outdoor magazines of yore with sections on gear, inspiration, skills, and destinations that make you want to jump up from your laptop or stick your phone in your pocket and get outside. It doesn’t get much better. Thanks to Joey and the team […]

Being optimistic — and staying that way — could save your life.

Photo of Smokey Mountains ©2017JeffRyanAuthor.com

To say I’m a hiking fanatic may be underestimating my enthusiasm. I’ve often wondered as I’ve hiked along, exactly what it is that keeps powering me up and over hills and exploring new territories. I always sensed that optimism played a part. I am optimistic by nature. I thought that a positive outlook was something […]