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OUTDOOR EXPEDITIONS: FALL & WINTER SPORTS EDITION!

Camping Hacks

FOR COOLER WEATHER

BIG GAME TIME

GEARING UP FOR BIG GAME HUNTS

BACK TO BASICS

SURVIVAL KIT ESSENTIALS

FALL 2018 | DISPLAY UNTIL 12/31/2018

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OFF-ROAD

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Heritage & Culture All-American Landmarks Both iconic and unique, these landmarks are not to be missed.

20 The Best of Fall Fishing Enjoy these top fall fishing hotspots and the abundance of variety you’ll reel in while there.

36 Camping Hacks for Cooler Weather

66 Back to Basics: Survival Kit Essentials

Take this advice to keep comfortable and stay in the know as you set up camp in the colder months.

Learn how the simplest tools could save your life in a pinch!


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Must-Visit Parks for Fall Foliage The scenery during this time of year is extreme, so grab your camera and get ready for some amazing autumn landscapes.

76 Salute the Troops: A Tribute to First Responders From the soldiers on the front lines to the heroes at home who are only a phone call away, this special tribute honors America’s first responders.

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78 Going Off-Road: Transportation Advancements This run-down of the latest advancements in the transportation industry will get you where you need to be, whether you’re getting there by RV, truck, or simply looking to update your hauling equipment.

88 Big Game Time With these expert tips on hunting mule deer, American mountain goats, and everything in between, you can step your game up – literally!

100 Travel & Excursions Explore everything these top-rated destinations have to offer America's outdoor enthusiast.


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WELCOME The Adventure Outdoors team and David-Jacobs Publishing Group are proud to present to you this fall issue of Adventure Outdoors Magazine. There is nothing better than being able to get away from our daily lives and just spend time in nature, exploring new mountain peaks, paddling through whitewater, and letting go of everything that isn’t as simple as the changing seasons. We think you’ll find this edition to be the ultimate guide to making the most of your time outside this fall. In this issue, you will get the chance to learn about big game species and helpful advice for harvesting. You will find out what parks are best for viewing fall foliage. You’ll read about our first responders and how to honor them. There are so many great things packed into this issue, from activities to tips, and everything in between. So, no matter what you’re looking for, you won’t put this issue down without finding your next adventure.

Adventure Outdoors encompasses all that we love about the outdoors. From extreme sports, like diving or off-roading, to fun that the entire family can enjoy, we consistently strive to bring you the most exciting content we can find to ensure that your next adventure is your best one yet. Grab your gear and get moving – adventure is waiting! With Warm Wishes,

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Heritage & Culture

ALL-AMERICAN

Landmarks

Route 66 • StAtUe Of LiBeRtY • MoUnT RuShMoRe • GrAnD CaNyOn

hether you’ve never seen them before, or you’ve seen them all twice, these all-American landmarks should develop some patriotism within you. Head out for a road trip on Route 66, stand small against the Statue of Liberty, turn your eyes toward the beauty of Mount Rushmore, and gaze into the wonder of the Grand Canyon. These icons should not be missed! ROUTE 66 Probably one of the most famous “landmarks” of all time in this country is Route 66. Jump onto Route 66 and head out for some amazing sights; this road is a classic option for a crosscountry road trip. Route 66 runs from Illinois all the way to California, and is so iconic it has been featured in countless works, including publications, novels, films, and songs. Parts of Route 66 were shut down some years ago, ruining the idea of this tradition of taking road trips, but the majority of the route has been restored and reopened now, so never fear! You can hit the road anytime. Take a drive and live out the glory days as you pass by the Cadillac Ranch in Texas and the Wigwam Motel – the one with the tipi shaped suites – in Arizona. Cadillac Ranch, the symbolic trail of old Cadillac cars sticking up nose-first in the ground, was first installed in the 70s, and has since become an American icon. Visitors passing by usually have a can of spray paint on hand for tagging the old cars. It is perfectly allowed, so bring your favorite color and leave your mark on a Caddy.

Bob's Gasoline Alley on historic Route 66.


Take a drive and live out the glory days as you pass by the Cadillac Ranch in Texas.

Don’t miss Shea’s Gas Station Museum near Springfield, Illinois. The museum is an actual gas station filled with original artifacts and memorabilia from old gas stations around the country. Walk through the doors of this place and you’ll see old pumps and antique signs from when gas was under a dollar. Those are the days we would all love to relive!

STATUE OF LIBERTY The Statue of Liberty is another extremely famous landmark in the United States. No one really thinks of America without thinking of the Statue of Liberty, at least on a “top ten” list. She may not look like a whole lot from the ferry or the city, but once you get closer, Lady Liberty is a magnificent sculpture with so much meaning behind it, your eyes will water with nostalgia. The statue itself stands at 152 feet, and it was placed on an 89-foot pedestal. The statue is made of copper, and was a gift from France in 1886 to celebrate the American people. There are plenty of things to do centered around the Statue of Liberty, so make a trip up to New York City to see this iconic landmark. You’ll find that there are many other must-visit spots in New York City as well, such as Central Park, the Rockefeller Center, and the Empire State Building.

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MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL Mount Rushmore is another iconic landmark in America that attracts over 3 million visitors annually. Located in the Black Hills in Keystone, South Dakota, the mountain is known for the sculptures of four very influential U.S. presidents that are carved into the granite: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. The protected park area consists of more than 1,200 acres, and the sculptures are 60 feet high. The sculptures were done by a father and son, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum. Construction began in 1927, and was in full effect until the faces were completed, which happened from 1934-1939.

Gutzon Borglum died in 1941, but his son, Lincoln, continued to work on the sculptures. In the fall of 1941, however, construction ended as a result of low funding. The original design was supposed to depict the presidents from the waist up. The idea for the carvings is said to be from a South Dakota historian by the name of Jonah Leroy “Doane” Robinson. Robinson, however, did not choose the presidents to be featured. Instead, Robinson wanted America’s western heroes to be sculpted out. These heroes included Red Cloud, Lewis and Clark, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Gutzon alternatively chose the four presidents, explaining their nationwide appeal, as the carvings were ultimately to bring more tourism to the area. Robinson also picked the Needles as the original carving site. After much opposition from Native American groups, and Gutzon’s explanation that the granite of the Needles was too unstable and skinny to get a proper carving out of, Robinson agreed on the Mount Rushmore site. The Needles still stand today, and are located in the Custer State Park. Because of their history with the Mount Rushmore carvings, and their natural appeal, the Needles still remain a widely visited site and are considered to be a landmark themselves.


The Grand Canyon naTional Park The Grand Canyon is something that you simply have to stop and stare at for a while. It is another iconic symbol of America, and is just as popular as apple pie and fireworks when it comes to American culture. Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is just over a million acres in area, and received a little over 6 million visitors last year alone. The popularity of the Grand Canyon is fleeting, in that most simply drive by it and take a few photos before moving on. However, we encourage you to stop in for a few days and take a hike in the park, through the canyons and cliffs that make this place so mesmerizing. If you’re not up for walking, there are plenty of other options available, such as riding the Grand Canyon Railway, horseback riding, or mule riding through the canyon and down to the floor.

“Located in Arizona, the Grand Canyon National Park is just over a million acres in area, and received a little over 6 million visitors in 2017.” In the Grand Canyon, you’ll find another icon in itself: the Colorado River. Paddle down the river for the experience of a lifetime, and visit two landmarks in one! You can enjoy two sides to the park: the North Rim and the South Rim. The South Rim is the more popular of the two, and where you’ll find the most visitors, but if you’re staying for a little while, you will have the chance to explore both. If you haven’t yet made your way to one or all of the landmarks on this list, then you should begin planning your trip now. It is so important to experience these famous sites for a dose of American culture. Everyone knows about them – it’s time to go experience them for yourself!

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Cody Wyoming

area abundant with beautiful mountains and rivers, but it’s also nestled next to one of the most scenic places on Earth: Yellowstone National Park. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, Cody is a great place to rest your cowboy hat. It’s home to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, which is the most comprehensive western museum around. With five museums, including the Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, and Cody Firearms Museum, you’ll have plenty to explore. And if you’re a history buff, you can also take a tour of Old Trail Town, where buildings were brought from the immediate area, including one building that was the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang’s hideout.

Here, the west isn’t just a direction. It’s our heritage and our soul. It’s something you can feel as soon as you get to Cody, Wyoming, a town that was founded by the world-renowned showman, Buffalo Bill Cody. Cody’s been the home base for epic adventures for over a century. Where explorers, trailblazers, outlaws, and natives once walked our streets after long days of adventure, you’ll now see mountain bikers, kayakers, photographers, historians, and hikers strolling through. That’s because not only is the

Looking for a show that’ll get your palms sweaty? Saddle up for Cody’s nightly rodeo - celebrating its 80th anniversary. Officially starting in 1938, the Cody Nite Rodeo is the longest running nightly rodeo in the country, and has earned Cody the title of “Rodeo Capital of the World.” In fact, the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association has named the Cody Nite Rodeo the “Best Outdoor Rodeo of the Year” multiple times. With the perfect blend of adventure and western history, there’s no doubt that Cody is home to the Great American Adventure. Start planning your Great American Adventure at CodyYellowstone.org or call 1-800-393-CODY.


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NATURE FOR A CHANGE.

Here, there’s always something to feast your eyes on. Wide open sunsets that paint the sky in unimaginable colors. Bison, coyotes, and bears that give you a glimpse into the way life looked thousands of years ago. And waterfalls that let you feel nature’s unbelievable power. You can’t record it on DVR, but there’s no doubt you’ll be replaying it forever. Start planning your Great American Adventure at CodyYellowstone.org or call 1-800-393-CODY.


BELOW, ABOVE, AND IN BETWEEN THREE APPROACHES TO SOUTHERN INDIANA Harrison County Offers Several Adventure Activities There’s more to scenic southern Indiana than what initially meets the eye—below rolling hills, beautiful forests, and rich farmland lies a network of caves containing Ice Age bones, underground streams, and fascinating biodiversity. Kayak a stream 200 feet underground on the Deep Darkness tour at Indiana Caverns, part of the Binkley Cave system—Indiana’s longest cave system, and the 7th longest in the country. Each tour begins with a 93-foot climb down a ladder with belay, then continues with another descent

down a slope to a subterranean river. The expedition continues upstream by foot, then by kayak as the water deepens. Wear comfortable clothing in layers and sturdy shoes, and the rest of the equipment will be provided for you. When you return to the earth’s surface, why not also soar above it? Squire Boone Caverns Zipline Adventures offers the longest zip in the region. You’ll fly through the forest canopy and over beautiful valleys. Choose from tours lasting 1 ½ hours

or 3 hours. A new way to fly will be coming to the area in 2019 with the addition of an aerial coaster zipline at Indiana Caverns, which will offer an experience unique to the area. There are still more ways to enjoy the natural beauty of southern Indiana. Peaceful nature surrounds you as you canoe the Blue River. Cave Country Canoes will drop you off upstream with your rented canoe or kayak, and they’ll be there to greet you at the end of your journey, which will conclude at their headquarters.


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O’Bannon Woods State Park is home to 18 miles of mountain biking trails. Unique features such as steep hills and deep ravines, limestone bluffs, caves and waterfalls can be found along the trails or within the park boundary, which is bordered on one side by the Ohio River. These trails are considered more challenging than many found in Indiana state parks, and mountain biking enthusiasts regularly visit the trails, which were expanded in 2015.

No matter how you choose to experience it, Harrison County in southern Indiana offers many unique opportunities for adventure. Visit thisisindiana.org to learn more about caving, ziplining, canoeing, and mountain biking. There, you’ll also find options for lodging and dining, making your next adventure just a few clicks away!

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The Best of fall

fishing A good

When it comes to fishing in the fall season, you’ll either find aggressive, active fish like bass, or lethargic ones that like to hunker down near shallow reeds, like crappie. What you reel in will all depend upon your bait and lures, where you’re fishing, and what you’re after. If you’re in the South, you can look forward to a longer span of warmer weather to get you through this late and technique. fishing season. If you’re in the cooler parts of the country, you’ll want to maintain your lure to mimic the food sources and activity in order to interest the fish without spooking them.

fisherman is built on

patience, simplicity,

Looking for a fantastic place to reel in some trophies? Head to the Toledo Bend Reservoir. If you have never had the pleasure of fishing here, you will need to know that Toledo Bend straddles the borders of Louisiana and Texas on the Sabine River. Therefore, it is the responsibility of both the Texas and the Louisiana Wildlife Departments. To be clear, you must have a fishing permit for the side of the reservoir you are on, but permits that cover the entire area for both states are available. It is best to obtain the combo permit, that way you don’t have to worry about which side you were on when you caught that big one.

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The Toledo Bend itself consists of more than 180,000 acres of area, and is one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the United States. A wide variety of clubs and angler associations come to fish at Toledo Bend, and there are tons of events and tournaments throughout the year. When you get a bite on your line at Toledo Bend in the fall, it will probably be a bass. Toledo Bend is known for its bass fishing, but other species are present in the lake as well, such as crappie and catfish. The fun in fishing here is that you have variety. With so many eyes on Toledo Bend, renting equipment and getting good bait is easy here, so if you need anything in particular, this place is a hotspot. Another great place to get the best of this fall fishing season is Clear Lake in Lake County, California.

“The site of Clear Lake is said to be one of the oldest lakes in North America, with lake history and findings dating back 2.5 million years.� Clear Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in California, and Clear Lake State Park rests on its shorelines, so there are plenty of other activities to do here as well, including hiking trails, swimming, and waterskiing. Boat and fishing gear rentals are available along the way at a plethora of marinas, so if you come unprepared for any reason, you can find everything you need right on site. Clear Lake has more than 60 square miles of surface area alone. The site of Clear Lake is said to be one of the oldest lakes in North America, with lake history and findings dating back 2.5 million years.


The water in the lake stays relatively warm all year round, so it makes for perfect feeding grounds. Species that reside in Clear Lake include catfish, crappie, bass, blackfish, and bluegill. Even with all of these other fish, however, Clear Lake is still known as the Bass Capital of the West. It is said that two thirds of all fish caught on the lake are largemouth bass, so if you’re hoping for a bass, you’ll definitely find one here. You can obtain a 10-day non-resident sport fishing license for roughly $45-$50, which will allow you to fish at your leisure. We recommend this for those of you who will be making a short fishing trip to Clear Lake, rather than buying an annual permit that you may only use once.


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Lake Marion South carolina

Santee Cooper Lakes in Marion and Moultrie, South Carolina are also offering up some great fishing waters. With over 400 miles of shoreline and 160,000 acres of land and water, these lakes will never let a fisherman down. Lake Marion is the largest of the lakes, and the largest in South Carolina, where locals often refer to it as the “Inland Sea.” Lake Moultrie is Marion’s little sister, and we say little in the most respectful manner, because her area alone makes up just over 60,000 acres. The two lakes feed into each other, and a variety of rivers, swamps, and creeks are accessible all up and down their expanse. Non-residents can obtain an annual fishing permit for $35, which includes access to both Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, encompassing the entirety of the Santee Cooper system. Fishing reports are available online, and even though anglers favor these lakes more in the springtime, the fish are definitely biting through winter here. The lakes will not freeze over during the winter months, and weather is fairly decent during this season, so planning a fall fishing trip to Santee Cooper is worth the while.


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Wherever you go to fish this season, you will want to check with the wildlife department in your fishing area of choice to make sure that certain baits are allowed before you can use them. You can also check with each area for updates on weather conditions, water health, fish activity, and more. It is important to pack a variety of bait and lures to ensure that you have something on hand to switch it up in case your preferred method isn’t getting you anywhere. You can choose to stay on shore in these places, or hop on a boat and go deep. Whatever brings you the most joy and relaxation is what this fishing season is all about. Everyone knows that fishing takes time and silence, so what better way is there to take a breather (and forget about the upcoming holiday chaos), than by taking some time out for yourself on the water? With winter well on its way, the time for a fall fishing trip has never been better. Catch your trophies before the snow rolls in, and the colder temperatures make everything lethargic. Remember, tactics vary depending on location, so wherever you are, do not ditch your tried and true methods. If something works for you and has worked for years, chances are that is your niche. The warmer areas, mainly the southern parts of the United States, don’t require shallow baits because the temperatures are naturally higher. Use this time of beautiful colors and crisp air in autumn to your advantage and get out on the water. Try all kinds of new lures and patterns. Put your rods and reels to the test. Be patient, and be consistent. You will not walk away empty-handed.

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ake a deep breath and inhale the fresh, clean, cool air. Hear the crisp leaves rustling and the gentle ripple of the water. Feel the stress and tension leave your body as you exhale. This is the vacation you need.

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Knox County, Illinois is just far enough from the bustle of the big city to be a quick getaway that feels like a true vacation. Southwest of Chicago, it is in West Central Illinois between Peoria and the Quad Cities. Galesburg, the county seat, offers the modern amenities of a contemporary small city among beautiful rural Illinois.

Home to Spoon River, Snakeden Hollow State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Lake Storey, Knox County is known for its fishing. Spoon River totals 147 miles in length, while Lake Storey and Snakeden together offer well over 400 acres of lake and pond water. Spoon River, also known as “The Spoon,” runs through Stark, Knox, and Fulton Counties. Fishing The Spoon tends to result in Carp, Channel Catfish, Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Yellow Bullhead, Crappie, Bluegill, and Sunfish. It is also home to the annual Spoon River Drive, or Scenic Drive, which occurs the first two weekends in October in towns adjacent to the river. Scenic Drive is a fall festival with arts and crafts, food vendors, family activities, antiques, garage sales, and more. If you’re looking to connect with wildlife, you’ll want to venture to Snakeden Hollow. Named for the small creek that snakes through the 2,497-acre property, it is known for more than just fishing. With 2,100 acres of grassland, bushy draws, briers, shrubs, cropland, and forest, it is home to numerous mammals, birds, reptiles, and is a nesting spot for Canada Geese. Dove, Teal, Goose, Archery Deer, and Upland Game are hunting prospects on the land.


A baited hook is likely to catch Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow and Brown Trout, Muskie, Bluegill, Sunfish, Walleye, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Bullhead. Located on the north side of Galesburg, Lake Storey not only offers fishing in 132.5 acres of water up to depths of 32 feet but also camping, picnic areas, and paved and unpaved trails. High density fish include Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, Bluegill, Muskie, Channel Catfish, Walleye, Crappie, and Redear Sunfish. When you’re done with the rod and reel, head into town for a good meal or a craft beer. Galesburg is known for its locally owned restaurants and bars. Knox County also has three campgrounds for those who enjoy roughing it. Allison Campground is located right at Lake Storey. Galesburg East Campground offers cabins in addition to RV and tent camping. Woodland Hills Camping and Recreation is under new ownership and has new and improved amenities. *Proper licenses, permits, and credentials must be obtained to meet Illinois requirements.

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Jacksonville, IL

Conveniently located between Springfield, IL and St. Louis, MO, Jacksonville is a thriving community rich in historical treasures, unparalleled educational institutions, growing businesses, and hospitality all its own. For history lovers, the city’s rich heritage includes numerous, interesting sites that help make the past relevant to all generations. Come follow in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln through historic Jacksonville. See the actual places and hear the real stories of Lincoln as told by his friends and associates while Looking for Lincoln in Jacksonville. Be sure to take part in the historic homes walking tour as well. Jacksonville was one of the many stations along the Underground Railroad and one of the busiest during the mid-1800s. Although most are private residences, many of the homes used in the Underground Railroad can still be seen in Jacksonville including Woodlawn Farm. Woodlawn is the showcase homestead of Jacksonville’s extensive Underground Railroad network which you can experience first-hand. Lastly, a trip to Jacksonville is not complete without a visit to the historic Governor Joseph Duncan Mansion, the only governor’s mansion still standing in the state (other than Springfield, of course). For visitors who would like to explore their “artsy” side, visit the beautiful grand structure of the David Strawn Art Gallery. This gallery features monthly changing art exhibits and permanent collections which include displays of Miriam Cowgur Allen Doll Collection. The Jacksonville Symphony Society is one of the top orchestras in the state, and visitors can even catch a live theater production at the Playhouse on the Square.


No visit in Jacksonville is complete without visiting the newly restored downtown. Visitors will find entertainment, dining, and shopping all in the heart of this downtown community. There is no lack of sports and recreation in the Jacksonville area. Multiple golf courses, an award-winning lake for fishing, parks, campgrounds,

and athletic opportunities are just moments away. Visitors will find lots to do, both night and day. Staying one night or even a week? Jacksonville offers national brand hotels as well as a locally-owned bed and breakfast in the historical part of town. Want to camp? Jacksonville offers that, too. There are three great locations that individuals

and/or families can enjoy. All provide a good night’s sleep. Choices are numerous, and visitors will be sure to have fun (and maybe even learn a few things, too). Further information is available by calling the Jacksonville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau at 800593-5678 or visit jacksonvilleil.org. Adventure Outdoors | Fall 2018 | 33


Fishing

Opportunities Will Lure You

to Coldwater Country

Michigan is home to more than 11,000 lakes, offering countless opportunities to get on the water. With more than 100 of those lakes, including two chains of lakes, Coldwater Country has many adventures waiting to be explored. Take your boat and spend the afternoon floating and taking in the sights. Anglers will find a hot spot for reeling in the catch of the day. The two collections of lakes, The North Chain and The South Chain of Lakes are each connected with channels and can be traveled by motorboats. The North Chain is 12 miles one way, while The South Chain is 17 miles, each offering a relaxing trip down the chain through 7 connected lakes. Both chains are rich with fish including bluegill, perch, northern pike, walleye, red ear sunfish, along with small- and large-mouth bass. With all the options, it’s no wonder Branch County sells more fishing licenses than any other county in Michigan. Bring your own boat and launch off one of the many public ramps or rent a boat, available on either chain.

Notably the largest of the area lakes, Coldwater Lake is home to an abundance of fish including catfish, crappie, large- and small-mouth bass, northern pike, sunfish, walleye, and yellow perch. This 1,650 acre deep water lake offers its best fishing from a boat from dusk until dawn. Try shore fishing at Coldwater Country’s Marble Lake for the best catch of bluegills and largemouth bass. Crappie, northern pike, smallmouth bass, sunfish and walleye can also be found throughout this 780 acre lake, located on the largest chain of lakes. As the weather cools, the frozen-over lakes offer another opportunity to get outside and breathe in the cold, clean air. Spend an afternoon outdoors with friends and family in the quest to catch fish or join in the festivities and contests at the Quincy Tip-Up Festival. This February weekend of family fun offers everything from fishing contests to snowmobile races, wood cutting contests, and a corn-hole tournament.


Need an incentive to drop a line this winter? Try it as part of the Free Fishing Weekend, February 16-17, 2019 (and again June 8-9, 2019). This annual weekend provides two days where no fishing license is required for residents or nonresidents, although all fishing regulations still apply. After a day on the lake, enjoy some down time followed by a mouth-watering meal at one of Coldwater Country’s locally owned diners, restaurants, or pubs. Whether looking for a quick bite to eat, a unique dining destination or a gourmet dinner, visitors will find it in Coldwater Country. So whether you’re looking for a relaxing fall fishing weekend with the guys, an ice fishing adventure, or a summer fishing getaway with the family, Coldwater Country has you covered.

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Camping HACKS FOR COOLER WEATHER Camping in the cooler months is enjoyable for many reasons: no mosquitoes, comfortable temperatures, later sunsets, and beautiful scenery. But setting up camp in the fall and winter can be risky if you don’t come prepared. Make sure you have all of these necessary items before hitting the road:

Metal Tray – This can be the metal lid from a garbage can, an old metal sled, or a specialized fire tray, but regardless, you will need a foundation to build a lasting campfire on cold, wet ground. If you’re camping in the southern region where it is still warm and dry, you won’t need to worry about having this item on hand as much, but it definitely plays a useful role in colder areas. Place the tray on the ground, lip side up, and build your fire up on the tray. The metal bottom will provide added heat as well.

Waterproof Layers – You will need a waterproof jacket and pants set, similar to a tracksuit, to keep you warm and dry. If snow or rain should penetrate your outer layers, you will still have vital insulation with a waterproof outfit. Waterproof boots are a plus as well, being that you will most likely be trekking through snow if you’re planning a camping trip in the next few months. Make sure you have a waterproof pack as well. Use that to keep all of your extra garments safe and dry.


Fire-Starting Kit – This is very important! A basic fire kit should contain waterproof matches and/or a lighter, as well as kindling, and fire-steel. This entire kit should be stored in a waterproof container; make sure to keep extra waterproof matches in your pocket, just in case you lose the kit. Camping without a campfire isn’t camping at all, so definitely don’t forget the fire starter! Tarp – If you are camping outdoors in a tent (rather than in a lodge or RV), or in temperatures that are lower than 30ºF, you are going to want to provide added insulation. Lay the tarp flat out on the ground in your tent and put your sleeping materials on top of the tarp. This will provide maximum insulation, and will also keep the critters away. Small Shovel – This will help when setting up your camp. You will be able to shovel out a small enclosure if you are in the snow, which will provide protection (creating a boundary of sorts that will ward off most animals) and keep you dry as well. Your campfire should help in keeping the larger “wild things” away. Collapsible shovels are available and are convenient to carry as well. If you’re not in the snow, the shovel will still come in handy if you have to level the ground around your camp or dig a makeshift fire pit. Packable Cooking Set – Hot meals are going to be your friend, especially in the colder months. Make sure you have a collapsible pot to make soups, and a thermos to keep them warm for when you are traveling. Lip Balm & Lotion – The last thing you want are your lips and hands so dry from the cold winds that they crack and bleed every time you move a muscle. Packing sunscreen is a good idea as well, as you will be under direct contact with the sun and outdoors at all times.

Insulated Sleeping Bag – Because it’s cold out there! With an insulated tent and a good sleeping bag, you will increase your body’s ability to rest to its full potential, providing you with a great amount of energy needed for high-endurance exercise. Even if you don’t plan on hitting the trails in high gear, and you just want to relax, you will still enjoy staying warm in a comfortable and durable sleeping bag.

Lantern – Fires are good, but not always the safest or most convenient option. If you are hunting while camping, or trying to stay invisible otherwise, you will want a small battery-powered or solar-powered lantern that you can use as needed, without preparation or cleanup. Lanterns are also great to have if fires are not allowed in the area you are camping in.


Food Supply

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Extra Food Supply – You will want to pack plenty of water, protein and nutrition bars, and at least one extra day’s worth of meals for your journey. Should you become stranded (knock on wood!), you will need all the nutrients you can fit in your pack to get you through. Water Filter – You can only carry so much water with you, and if you are not at a designated campsite with a water source, you will have to find water the natural way. Having a filter handy will protect you from any infections due to bacteria or foreign particles.

Duct Tape – You should NOT leave home without this stuff. It has 100+ uses, all of which will save your life in a pinch. Uses include patching sleeping bags and ripped clothing, creating makeshift hand and leg warmers, and providing a variety of waterproof surfaces.

Socks – Liner socks, wool socks, spare socks; bring them all! You will want to have at least 34 extra pairs. The most important thing to protect while camping and hiking through the wilderness are your feet. Keep toes dry and warm at all times for maximum agility.

Whether you’re just camping for a night, or you’re heading out for a long weekend, these items are essential and every camper should have them, especially when camping in the colder months.


Fall & Winter Sports Edition!

Outdoor Expeditions Looking for an awesome fall and winter water adventure? Try your hand at a sailing and powerboating adventure in the northeast, or kayak through Alaskan glaciers with orcas. If you prefer a land adventure, go hiking through the Shenandoah National Forest, or grab a snowboard and hit the trails in Park City. Whatever you’re looking for this season, these expeditions have you covered!

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Skiing & Snowboarding Park City, Utah is one of the top destinations for skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. If you love the snow and winter sports, Park City is a place you need to check out. There are two major resorts in the city, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain Resort, which offer a ton of amenities and things to do during your stay. The best time to check out this snow lover’s haven is from November to April, when the snowfall is prevalent and the weather is best for skiing and snowboarding. There is an annual snowfall here of nearly 400 inches, and because of this, the city is quite busy in the winter months. You will want to check out lodging and accommodations ahead of time, and book your stay in advance. Park City Mountain Resort is a great option for those looking for skiing or snowboarding courses and activities. The resort has made a significant investment in the property and the community, and has recently revealed new plans for the 2018-2019 improvements. They’ll be renovating the iconic Mid-Mountain Lodge, adding upgraded high-speed detachable lifts, and even new snowmaking to improve the quality of the surface and terrain.

Located along the eastern side of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mammoth Mountain in California is another excellent choice, especially for snowboarding enthusiasts. The Mammoth Mountain Resort is a four season resort that offers year-round opportunities for visitors of all ages and skill levels. Whether you want to hit the trails with your own board, or take a class and rent one of theirs, Mammoth Mountain has everything you need in order to plan the ultimate snowboarding adventure. Mammoth Mountains offers 3,500 acres of ride area with plenty of different trails or “pistes” to try out that range from open surface to tree-studded paths. Purchase your lift tickets in advance, and if you live locally, season passes are offered at a discount. Pack up the entire family and head out to either destination for an unforgettable ride on the snow.


WESTERN ADVENTURE VACATION

Whether you are looking to get your family to unplug and reconnect or to challenge and revive your body, spirit and mind in breathtaking off-the-beaten path locales, an all-inclusive dude ranch is the perfect vacation destination – paired with thrilling adventures, opportunities to recharge and a chance to explore the “Wild West.” Think horses, hats, hospitality, heritage, honesty and heart. And that’s just the beginning.

What will I do? While unlimited horseback riding is the main focus of all DRA ranches, the other adventures you can experience are endless. Hiking in National Parks and forests, white-water rafting, world class fly-

fishing on private waters, overnight pack trips, trap shooting, golf, children’s programs, mountain biking, cattle work and much, much more.

What will I eat? Dining at a dude ranch will be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Whether you are dining around a camp fire, under the stars, enjoying a pool side barbeque, or sitting at an elegant candlelit table, the food is simply amazing. The fare will range from home-style cooking to the finest in western cuisine. Many ranches have farm-to-table relationships with the local farming communities so you can be assured of freshness. Special dietary needs can be accommodated upon request.

Where will I stay? Dude ranch accommodations vary from luxurious to elegant rustic, to Cowboy Chic. Whether you are staying in your own private cabin or in a lodge room, rest assured you will be sleeping on comfortable beds, in superbly kept rooms with all the amenities you could need.

The Dude Ranchers’ Association (DRA) represents a broad spectrum of 100+ guest ranches across the U.S. (two are located in Canada), ranging from rustic, no-frills working ranches to luxury resort-style ranches offering five-star cuisine and spa treatments. A complete listing of DRA-accredited dude and guest ranches can be found online at www.duderanch.org


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Martinsburg-Berkeley County, WV

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where small town meets big adventure. Berkeley County offers the ultimate outdoor experience, from our rugged hiking paths to the scenic nature paths, public parks, fishing streams and nature preserves.

Sleepy Creek Lake, a 205-acre impoundment, provides trophy bass, crappie and northern pike, and it allows night fishing with permission. You can also fish from any of the public access streams flowing throughout the county.

visitors to observe the different plant species and trees that inhabit the reserves. Change your view from the office window to the beautiful scenery of Berkeley County, WV. Plan your custom vacation and outdoor adventures

If observing nature is more your style, Berkeley County has two nature preserves that house a wide variety of birds and plants. Stauffer’s Marsh Nature Preserve, in Back Creek Valley, and the Yankauer Nature Preserve each offer easy walking trails to allow

through the Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB’s website, www.travelwv.com or the CVB’s free app “Visit Martinsburg, WV.” The Martinsburg-Berkeley County CVB can be reached at 304-264-8801.

Lose yourself in the area’s lush scenery along the numerous hiking, walking and biking trails, from delicate West Virginia wildflowers to awe-inspiring waterfalls and incredible rock formations. Whether you want your outdoor adventure to span days or hours, you’ll never grow bored of the area’s extensive nature trails, catering to everyone from amateurs to hiking experts. Adventures can explore the 23,000-acre Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area that contains extensive hiking, camping, fishing and boating opportunities. The Route 9 walking and biking trail stretches between Martinsburg and the Charles Town/Ranson area and offers users wide open views and diverse terrain from flat land to sloping hills. Don’t forget to pack your lure and fishing rod beside your hiking boots and bike helmet.

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Oswego County, NY

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With more than 33,000 acres of public land encompassing rolling hills, woodlands and the expansive shoreline of Great Lake Ontario, Oswego County, NY offers year-round opportunities for hiking and exploring. Salmon River Falls: The legendary Salmon River is known worldwide for its tremendous fishery. Its 110-foot waterfall is a scenic treasure. A wheelchair-accessible trail leads along the rim of a long, steep gorge, while a more challenging trail takes hikers to the bottom. Visitors often look up to see bald eagles circling over the steep cliffs around them. Adventurous ice climbers have developed numerous routes on winter ice formations. The area is known for outstanding recreation with excellent fishing and paddling in two nearby reservoirs. The NYS DEC’s Salmon River Fish Hatchery is located nearby. Winona Forest: Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers, fat bikers, ATV riders, mushers and snowshoers enjoy this 70-mile trail network on the edge of the Tug Hill Plateau.

Comprising more than 9,000 acres, the former farmland was reforested during the 30s and 40s. The area enjoys extensive winter use, thanks to Lake Ontario’s epic “Lake Effect” snows. Volunteers organize a variety of events along the trail network, from SnoFatShu snowshoe and fat bike duathlons, to the Deer Fly Run in August. Deer Creek Dune Walk: Nestled along a 17-mile stretch of natural sand dunes on the eastern Lake Ontario shoreline, Deer Creek Marsh WMA is a diverse collection of dunes, wetlands, and beach bordering the open waters of Lake Ontario. The area offers quiet paddling on Deer Creek, and an observation platform with views of Lake Ontario and the expansive marsh. A dune walkover provides access to both Deer Creek and Lake Ontario. This is a great spot for viewing the sunset. In late summer, lucky visitors may glimpse migrating Monarch butterflies as they float the air currents over the open lake, and land on shoreline shrubbery to recover from their journey.

Oswego Canal walking trails: Portions of this unique trail were built on a former railroad line through historic Oswego. A pedestrian bridge 175 feet above the Oswego River provides a panoramic view of sites where battles were fought during the 18th and 19th centuries. Restaurants, shops and museums are all within walking distance. Stop and watch the river’s fishing action, or bring your own pole and tackle. Great Bear Recreation Area: This pristine area along the east bank of the Oswego River features a network of trails and an old canal lock. According to legend, a young Native American brave - some say the father of Hiawatha - was attacked here by a large bear. Great Bear is popular year-round and offers spectacular cross-country skiing along with hiking and cycling trails. Go to visitoswegocounty.com or call 1-800-248-4FUN (4386).

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Oneida County, NY

UTICA, ROME, VERONA & SYLVAN BEACH CENTRAL NEW YORK’S GETAWAY REGION Quality year-round and seasonal attractions bring visitors from across the nation and around the world to Central New York for an authentic American experience. Our convenient location, great value, premier events and attractions make Oneida County an excellent getaway destination! Climb aboard the Adirondack Scenic Railroad for an adventurous excursion into the six-million-acre Adirondack Park. Browse the world-renowned Munson-WilliamsProctor Museum of Art for Picasso, Pollock, O’Keefe and Whistler. Spend a day reliving Revolutionary War history at Fort Stanwix National Monument, Oriskany Battlefield, Steuben Memorial State Historic Site or cruise aboard the Lil’ Diamond III along the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor. Feeling lucky? Place your bets at Turning Stone Resort Casino or relax in their world renowned Skana Spa. Wager for more winnings at Vernon Downs Casino Hotel and its historic miracle mile harness racing track. Explore the wild side with a visit to Utica Zoo, Fort Rickey Children’s Discovery Zoo, and see millions of fish spawn at Rome Fish Hatchery. Discover Native American Indian culture and customs of the Oneida Nation at the Shako:wi Cultural Center.


Looking for a family fun getaway? Hit the beach! Sylvan Beach offers two miles of sandy beaches on the east end of Oneida Lake. Step back to a simpler time where family fun is number one at this quintessential beachfront community. It’s flip flops, fishing, fun and games, great local restaurants, beach houses, and spectacular sunsets that will make lasting memories. If you dare, stay up late for a Park After Dark Ghost Tour at Sylvan Beach Amusement Park! With 29 golf courses to choose from within 29 minutes you can play a different course everyday! Play like the pros at the breathtaking Atunyote Golf Club, voted one of America’s Best Public Courses by Golf Digest. We love winter here! Hit the slopes at Wood’s Valley Ski Area, traverse 30 miles of cross-country skiing at the BREIA Trails, or find your excitement sledding 560 miles of beautifully groomed snowmobile trails! Take a guided tour of F X Matt Brewery, the first brewer in the nation to sell beer after Prohibition and now famous for their Saranac brand of beers. Sample local craft brew, spirits and wine at eight more stops on the Heart of New York Craft Beverage Trail and earn a Friends of Fermentation t-shirt! See a Broadway show at the historic Stanley Theatre in downtown Utica or binge at the vintage film fest at the Capitol Theatre in Rome.

Visit us at OneidaCountyTourism.com for a full calendar of events and more ideas of things to see and do or call 800.426.3132 for a free Travel Guide.

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Kayaking & Canoeing Kayaking and canoeing are one of the oldest traditions amongst outdoor enthusiasts. The activity brings a sense of calm or a chilling thrill, depending on the type of adventure you’re looking for. A trip that incorporates both of these feelings is a kayaking trip on Prince William Sound in Alaska. Located in the Chugach National Forest along the southern coast of the Alaskan Gulf and on the east side of the Kenai Peninsula, Prince William Sound is a dream destination for all kayaking enthusiasts. The best time to visit is said to be summer because the temperatures are the highest, but if you’re up for a bit of a chill, head to the Sound in the fall for amazing scenery and wildlife interaction opportunities.

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Enormous glaciers, ice-blue water, and a snow-covered landscape is more than enough beauty for one person to take in. But that’s not all. As you paddle, be prepared to spot orcas in the water! Beware, this kayaking trip is not for beginners, as help is very far away once you’re in the sound. Be sure to plan and pack ahead of time, and always check in with the forest rangers. The area has so much to offer while you’re there, so don’t miss the opportunity to camp out in the park, take a wildlife viewing cruise, or a flightseeing tour in a plane while you’re there. A great spot for winding down a river is in the Ozarks. Take your vessel and get out on the Mulberry River, where you’ll be able to paddle down the clear, cool stream that flows some 55 miles through some of Arkansas’s wildest wilderness. The Mulberry River is great for many other activities, too, including fishing and nature viewing. Wildlife is quite prevalent here, and you’ll find one of the state’s more concentrated black bear populations in the area. Dense foliage and tree-lined banks make for a beautiful journey down the river.


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Annapolis, MD

Most visitors come to Annapolis as one of their stops while visiting the Nation’s Capital and the City of Baltimore. The iconic U.S. Naval Academy is the primary attraction for most visitors, but as they find their way to City Dock, Main Street or Maryland Avenue for a bite to eat or window shopping, it becomes obvious that there is so much more to experience in this historic town that is considered a “Museum Without Walls.”

If you find architecture and history to be of interest, Annapolis has plenty to offer. The town is home to four houses previously owned by signers of the Declaration of Independence, three of which are open to the public to tour and enjoy. Annapolis is also known for having more 18th century buildings than any other town in the United States that are still occupied by businesses and residents.

Along with the history, which includes the country’s oldest State Capital building in continuous use, it is also known as America’s Sailing Capital. Along with international sailing regattas, the local sailing community is vibrant throughout the year with weekly sailboat races and onthe-water events. And if you don’t arrive by boat, you can discover several options to get out on the water such as paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing charters, powerboats and sailboats. There is even a pirate ship option for the whole family to enjoy. During the warmer months of the year, a number of daily

tours are offered on boats including the Schooner Woodwind sailing vessel, water taxis, electric rental boats and cruise boats. While enjoying the City Dock area, it’s hard not to experience “Ego Alley” as boaters who sail or motor in this narrow strip of water display their vessels to those on the dock. Every October, Ego Alley and the harbor are a boat lover’s dream as City Dock is transformed for the annual, internationally acclaimed, US Powerboat and U.S. Sailboat Show, the largest in-water boat shows in the country.


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Autumn is also time for the annual Maryland Renaissance Festival, now in its 34th year, and Navy Football, the pageantry of college Football at its finest. As for after-hours, Annapolis’ casual nightlife features a wide variety

of restaurants and pubs, many that have been open and serving patrons since the 18th century, offering up the unique taste of the Chesapeake, along with options for American and International cuisine.

With so much to see and do, you will find that an extended stay can easily be filled with shopping, dining, entertainment, culture, on the water adventures, history and more. Want to discover more? Your moment awaits at VisitAnnapolis.org.

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St. George Island, FL

Every year,

thousands of fresh-air aficionados flock to the Forgotten Coast to experience unparalleled varieties of outdoor fun in and around one of the nation’s largest estuaries. The Apalachicola Bay, renowned for the diversity of its marine life, offers incredible aquatic opportunities for both sport fishermen and the average angler to cast a line. Nearly a dozen area outfitters provide the necessary equipment and local insight, and for those looking to hook larger, deep-sea specimens, more than 100 local charters are available to transform a basic expedition into something truly amazing.

Of course, some folks enjoy the waters around St. George Island without pulling anything out of them. Morning and afternoon adventures are quite popular for those who launch their canoes, kayaks, and paddle boards from St. George Island State Park and cruise with the dolphins around the east end of the island. The state park and Apalachicola National Forest offer the best of both worlds, where water activities are just as accessi-

ble as hiking and biking trails. And all a stone’s throw from the rare flora and captivating fauna that inspire the most passionate enthusiasts. Snorkeling is also a popular activity along the coast, and for the adventurous chefs out there, a little gear and a dive flag is all you need to collect scallops during the late summer season. And while you might not see lots of longboarders off St. George Island, beachfront action sports featur-

ing boogieboards, waverunners, and skimboards are very popular. In fact, Apalachicola’s own Chip Sanders was just crowned the 2018 Skim USA Champion. And the best thing about it is that all these incredible sights and activities are within a short walk or bike ride from the world-class homes of Resort Vacation Properties. Come experience the Forgotten Coast’s finest vacations.


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fishing, kayaking, outstanding bird watching and awesome stargazing. Our St. George Island vacation rentals provide visitors with everything they need for a dream getaway. Collins Vacation Rentals offers all of the best places to stay from beachfront homes and luxurious villas to quaint cottages. Not only do we offer incredible amenities, many of our properties feature private pools, hot tubs, elevators, private docks and more. Our array of 225 vacation homes can sleep up to 17 people, and some are even petfriendly, so you don’t have to leave part of your family at home. Whether you’re looking for a family vacation, fishing excursion or a ro-

mantic getaway, we know we have the perfect home for you. While staying at one of our St. George Island vacation rentals, you’ll be just moments away from all of the outdoor activities to do on the Island. Many of our accommodations are located in the best fishing locations, nature trails and uncrowded beaches. Every aspect of your getaway is sure to make lasting memories. Collins Vacation Rentals is ready to make your St. George Island vacation one to remember. Contact us at 855-868-3098 or visit www.collinsvacationrentals.com to learn more about St. George Island and book your vacation getaway!


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- GUADALUPE MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK Guadalupe Mountains National Park is located in Texas ( just east of El Paso), and with the heat winding down, this time of year is perfect for a visit. The mountain to see here is Guadalupe Peak, which is the highest point in Texas (over 8,000 feet!). Take a hike through the beautiful low country and head up into the mountains for the best views. Here, you’ll find maples with colors like fiery orange and golden yellow, and the greenery that surrounds the park will stay lush and make for a nice border. The rolling hills and high points in the park add just enough character, and the history is not to be missed. You should start at the Pine Springs Visitors Center, where you will be able to learn all about the park at your own pace. Stop in at the gift shop and bookstore for brochures and maps, hiking trail tips, and even some extra supplies – if you forget a water bottle or need a snack for the hike,

they’ve got you covered! Here, you will also be able to sit down in the theater for a 10-20 minute film about the park’s history, geology, wildlife timeline, and more. The Visitors Center also has a miniature museum inside, where you can view photos of wildlife and displays on what the park offers. Be sure to obtain your permits and passports when you stop in. While hiking, take the trail to McKittrick Canyon, which will lead you to a historic stone cabin that was built as the vacation home of geologist Wallace Pratt, in the 1930s. Pratt donated land here and helped establish the park, so there is rich history along this trail, as well as beautiful fall colors.


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Yellowstone is the world’s first national park, and is more than 2 million acres in size. The park is mainly located in Wyoming, but also stretches out through Idaho and Montana. The variety in this park is nothing short of spectacular, with geysers that go off on schedule, like Old Faithful, hot springs, lush foliage, thriving wildlife, and even mudpots, or mud pools. Waterfalls will cascade down around you. Mountains will stand high above your head. Birds will be chirping off in the distance, and the fall colors here will be magnificent. Visiting during the fall season is not just a good time to view the color changes, it's also a fantastic time to avoid the crowds, as the park is extremely popular and can get bogged down with tons of tourists in the summertime. Make your way to Yellowstone in the cooler months for excellent temperatures and far less crowds. Since the wildlife is so active here, especially during this time, you may be able to spot bears, elk, deer, and many other species mating, getting ready for hibernation, and migrating. These sights are unparalleled and with the blazing colors of autumn all around you, it will only make your visit to Yellowstone that much more impressive.

- SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK Shenandoah National Park, located in Virginia, is extremely popular in the fall season. As the colors on the trees begin to change, visitors from all over the country come to see what this park has to offer. The Skyline Drive is a popular driving route and a national Scenic Byway, where visitors can simply drive through the scenery in awe and wonder. The Skyline Drive takes you through more than a hundred miles along the Blue Ridge Mountains, and you can take a self-guided tour. The park itself has over 10 waterfalls to hike to, and backcountry camping is welcome in most of the park. With over 500 miles of hiking trails, there’s no excuse to not get outdoors this fall and hike the trails. Guides welcome visitors, and they will take you through the park and introduce you to almost any activity you can think of, including rock climbing, biking, and fly-fishing. If you’re up for it, try horseback riding through the fall foliage here – it is an experience unlike any other! Group hikes are also

open, so be sure to check the schedule and reserve your spot. Wondering which trail to hike? Try a section of the famous Appalachian Trail, and you won’t be disappointed. Not only will the colors amaze you here, but you will get a rich dose of history as well. If you are looking to make more than a day trip out of Shenandoah, try camping under the night sky. There are options available for campgrounds with amenities, as well as backcountry experiences, depending on your skill level. Whether you’re looking for mountain scenery, waterfalls, or wildlife, you'll find it all here in these parks surrounded by the beautiful colors of fall. Nature is a wonder to behold, and when you’re standing in the midst of it all, you won’t be able to snap enough pictures. But, wait! Don’t forget to put your camera down, even if just for a second, to take in the magnificence around you. Welcome to beauty. Welcome to fall.


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Wayne County, UT

CAPITOL REEF

referred to the barrier (now known as the Waterpocket Fold) as a reef.

Capitol Reef Country is located in the heart of red rock country, an area of southern Utah with a diverse landscape unlike any other, combining red rock formations, pristine meadows and alpine forest as well as lush green valleys. The landscape of Capitol Reef Country is ideal for adventurous outdoor activities.

Early inhabitants referred to the area as the “Land of the Sleeping Rainbow” because of its beautiful contrasts – multi-colored sandstone surrounded by verdant riverbanks and arid desert vegetation – all nestled beneath deep blue skies. The area was designated as a national monument in 1937 and reclassified as a national park in 1971.

Capitol Reef National Park lies in Utah’s south-central desert, an oasis of colorful sandstone cliffs, soaring monoliths and impressive domes great white rock formations that resemble the U. S. Capitol building. Prospectors that once visited the area

The western highlands include Boulder and Thousand Lakes Mountain which rise to an elevation of 11,000 feet. These high mountain zones offer serene getaways for hiking, horseback riding and blue ribbon fishing.

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The Eastern High Desert zone includes unique desert landscapes. It is a place where dinosaurs once roamed, a place with terrain that is similar to the planet Mars or our very own moon. The region was once the hide-out for famous outlaws, and offers access to the

western edge of Canyonlands National Park. Nearby, you will also have access to the Henry Mountains with its large herd of free roaming buffalo, and Lake Powell with over 2,000 miles of shoreline. Activities in Capitol Reef Country include: canyoneer-

ing, stargazing, horseback, riding, fishing and wildlife viewing. Full services can be found in local communities. Make beautiful Capitol Reef Country your next vacation destination.

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A Tribute to First Responders Sirens scream through busy streets lined with cars bumper to bumper. Inside them, people crane their necks like giraffes, turning toward the direction of the noise. Barely crawling, the line of traffic grows into a long snake on the freeway, as various horns honk in the distance due to the misuse of blinkers and distracted minds. Through the stream of red brake lights, I can see blue. The brightest blue, flashing and dancing, like an orb traveling down a dark hallway, and I blink. Once. Twice. Three times. The blue is getting closer. The sirens are screaming louder now. I can smell the oil, the gas. The taste of blood fills my mouth, and I hear people gasping and releasing long breaths, as if they’re trying to breathe for me, gifting me air. They are breathing for me. I begin to sigh. Hang on, they’re coming. The voice in my head sounds slightly familiar, but everything seems dim, and I can’t tell if it’s my own self talking me through the pain, or if I’m seeing spirits from another world. I forget what color my car is. I forget where I was going. All I can see are twisted lengths of metal and the tangled mess of an airbag, like a giant deflated balloon. Smoke blurs my vision further, but the blue lights are shining through, illuminating the swirls around me into the shapes of my memories.

“Don’t worry,

I got you. We’re going to get you out of here. Can you tell me your name?” A decorated figure hovers over me as I lay dying on the blacktop. “My name?” I questioned. What’s my name? I forget. “It’s okay. Stay calm. I’m right here with you. You’re okay.” The figure rests a knee next to my face and feels my body, touching and squeezing, pulling me out of the debris. I hear mumbling, “Thirty-four T dash one-nine this is deputy – dispatch – yes, bus is 30 seconds out…10-4.” My head bounces a bit from the movement and a drop of blood trickles into my eye. A few more figures appear and I begin to ascend. To heaven? No, to white. A white box. It’s bright and smells like bleach, much better than oil and gas. I see blue again, in the eyes of a young woman looking back at me. She smiles and squeezes my shoulder

while the others race around with tubes and wires and frantic faces. “You’re going to be

just fine, honey,” she says. “Thank you,” I replied. It was all I could muster up the strength to say before the oxygen mask covered my face. All too often, we pass by those who serve and protect without ever saying thank you. In fact, more times than not, we see people who are fearful of or frustrated with first responders. We see people screaming at firefighters for “not doing enough” to try and save their homes. We hear the horror stories about loved ones not making it to the hospital before passing, only to have their deaths blamed on those transporting them. What we don’t hear enough of, are the good things that are done in effort to save our lives as citizens every single day. How many times have we seen someone face danger head on? Almost never, because we have the privilege and the luxury of calling 911 for assistance. Of course, our first responders are heroes, but they are also human. They have fears and face challenges just like we do, yet we tie them to the stake whenever all hope seems lost and we need someone to blame. The good thing is that they fight through the pain, the anger, the confusion, and the blame, and continue to protect citizens as best they can. Some of them were soldiers, some of them have children in the military, and some of them have even given their lives just to ensure that one of ours is safe. It is said that without fear, there can be no courage. This must mean, for our service members and our first responders, that they, too, feel fear. They are not bionic. They are not machines, but men and women. And they deserve to be appreciated for all that they do. So, we say thank you for being our shield. Thank you for being our sword. Thank you for being a priceless resource. For all that you do and for all that you are, we can only say thank you. We cannot repay our debt, but we can recognize that despite various faults, bad apples, and accidents, our service members and first responders are worth more than all the gold in the world. We love you, and we appreciate your sacrifice. Just as our lives matter to you, your lives should matter to us. And they do.

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e’re learning that it’s time to say “so long!” to those good old days when vehicles were of a simpler time, crafted with care and ingenuity, and free of all the technology that plagues us today. But should we really be that sour about these advancements? Let’s rethink the notion that technology is bad. With the advancements being made in today’s off-roading industry, technology is actually becoming quite helpful. From backup cams to digital weight readers, upgraded 4WD, and more, it seems as though someone is engineering with us in mind. Let’s hit the stores before we hit the trails this season – gearing up with a whole new kind of OHV or ATV could be a bit pricey, but we’re willing to sacrifice our credit cards to the off-roading gods if that means we can get these cool gadgets that will be useful for years to come:

Backup Camera This idea is totally genius. Of course, you need to watch your surroundings other than just the little screen on your dash, but way to help us see directly behind our hitches! Backup cameras are equipped now with sensors that allow for distance measurements, sudden break assists, and more. The trailer backup cameras really shine through as a blessing. No more having to grab a spotter just to back your rig up. Now, with a trailer backup camera, you’re able to do it all by yourself, like a grownup. Hauling your boats, RVs, and off-roading vehicles has never been this easy.

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No more stalling or spinning tires – with this new type of 4WD

Terrain-Sensitive 4WD This is just too cool. Having 4WD is completely necessary, but having 4WD that can sense the terrain is just amazing. Imagine going from ice to rock, or from mud to asphalt, without a single jolt to your chassis. The good thing about Terrain-Sensitive 4WD these days is that you can easily manage the ground you’re exploring, and with more power behind the wheel. The ability to downshift with more power is there, and the offloading and traction control is superb. No more stalling or spinning tires – with this new type of 4WD, you can hit the road anytime, anywhere, and with utter confidence. Truck Bed Improvements For a long time, the bed was the place where you stacked your junk and that was it, minus the occasional dog in the back or kids on a lazy backroad drive. But creators now know that we use our beds to tailgate at sporting events, we lay blankets in them to take a date out for a night of stargazing, we camp in them, and we play in them – a multipurpose bed is extremely useful. So now, beds are being integrated as an extended part of your cab. They’re building in waterproof speakers to connect to your cab’s radio; they have new lift kits that support hardtop covers for warding off weather damage; and forget about your truck bed rusting out with the help of new rubber and plastic coverings, along with high-quality frames.

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Hybrids There’s something about coming home and plugging in your truck that immediately turns you off, we know this. But hang on… What if you’re out camping, and you thought you packed enough gas, but you were having way too much fun with the boys, and now someone has to go 20 miles into town to reload before you can get back to slinging mud? Would it really be that horrible in this case, to plug in your ATV for a quick recharge while you finish putting down that steak you grilled perfectly? We think not. So many different options are available now, from eco-friendly hybrids that can switch to power-saving mode at the touch of a button, to completely electric models that can outdrive most regular vehicles when it comes to distance. The least you can do is go check them out. Yes, it’ll be a learning process, and if you’re not ready for that, it’s okay. But some of these vehicles will blow you away with the many other features they include – and not all of them look funny.


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comfortable seats In our minds, having the luxury of comfy seats on the way to the compound before we ride out on our toys is what it’s all about.

/////////// Comfort Inside & Out New technology puts better wheels on your vehicles, and makes for a more comfortable ride across the board. Now, with newer trucks, you’ll find heating and cooling mechanisms in your seats, and you'll notice links and bonuses like Wi-Fi, built-in navigation systems, standard GPS tracking for remote locations, emergency calling capabilities, killer sound systems, weather-proof footings and LED lighting for added visibility. Most of these things come standard now with every vehicle, making comfort a necessity rather than a luxury. The same features can be found on some OHVs and ATVs, but those will come at a price. In our minds, having the luxury of comfy seats on the way to the compound before we ride out on our toys is what it’s all about.

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New Trailers Whether you’re looking for a box trailer or a flatbed, you’ll find what you need in today’s market because of the value placed on trailer progressions, just in the last few years. Trailers are being produced in safer ways, with more durable metal, upgraded aerodynamics, all-inclusive tow hitch packages, and the ability to digitally read the weight of your haul. Each trailer has a max out limit and will let you know when you’re reaching that point. Everything else is just up to what your rig can haul.

Whether you’re looking for a new truck, trailer, ATV, RV, hitch kit, 4WD assist, or anything else, you are bound to find options out there that will more than fulfill your needs as a driver. Because technology is so advanced at this point in the game, we can use it to our advantage by adding on all the things we never knew we needed to our vehicles. If you’re in the market for a new toy, there’s no doubt you’ll be impressed with this year’s advancements. We can't wait to see what the next decade brings!


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Mercer County, WV

ALL-TERRAIN ADVENTURES FOR ALL SEASONS

When it comes to all-terrain, we’ve got it all: a vast trail network and a county known for great food, brews and history.

Our ATV-friendly community starts with the famous HatfieldMcCoy Trails. More than 700 miles of off-road adventure wind through these southern mountains, and it all begins with Mercer County’s Pocahontas trailhead in historic Bramwell. This convenient access point to 1-77 has a spacious parking lot and rest area. Best of all, it’s open year round. Even if you don’t own an ATV, you can still experience the trails. Crazy Mountain Cycles offers rentals and features hotel accommodations for riders and their families. Close to food, gas and the trails, the best part of this property is the large 13-bed room with a full

kitchen and two baths. Whether for extended families or weekend celebrations, be sure to check out the specials for Polaris rentals when you book a room. If you are bringing a machine, Crazy Mountain Cycle’s locked storage is a great place to park your ATV for the night.

Perfect for families and individuals on vacation or business, you can rent ATVS from WV ATV Rentals, located in Rock near the Pocahontas and Indian Ridge trail systems. All of the ATVS are automatic and 4wheel drive with plenty of options to choose from: Can-Am 450 L, Can-Am 450 L (seats 2), Polaris Ranger Crew 570 (seats 4) and Polaris RZR 900, a sideby-side. Lodging options are available, so you can wake up to a sunrise every morning before your trip.


WV ATV Rentals also provides guided tours than can last an afternoon or several days—book an overnight excursion and camp in the woods. Choose from the all new RZR RS1, Can-Am X3, Polaris RZR XP 1000 2 seater and 4 seater or RZR Turbo. Don’t forget to get your pass and map from an authorized Hatfield and McCoy dealer before you set out on the trails. Trust an experienced guide from 304 Outlaw Trail Tours to show you the scenic locations and hidden gems offered along the way.

Hillbilly Heaven Trail Guide can also take you out on the trails as a guide. You must bring your own machine or rent them from WV ATV Rentals. Sandy Bailey, the guide, is a lifelong resident of Mercer County and can share plenty of history and stories about the area. Much of the land on the trail once belonged to the railroad and coal companies and you can still find many abandoned structures and small coal towns on your journey. Any time is a great time to ride the trails. Spring and summer are stunningly beautiful. The fall offers cooler weather. You can even bundle up and trek through southern West Virginia’s mountains in the snow!

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GEARING UP FOR BIG GAME HUNTS


If you’re in search of some pointers on big game hunting, you’re in luck. Here are the rundowns of three popular, yet tricky big game animals to hunt. From goats to whitetails, you’ll find your next hunting experience here, we just know it.

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////////// AMERICAN MOUNTAIN GOAT Even though you’ll have to take tons of precaution, draw special permits, get on a waiting list, and/or take mountain-climbing courses to get to this animal, the American mountain goat is worth it all. This goat (which really isn’t even a goat at all), is the smartest and most agile big game animal of its kind. If you get the opportunity to hunt the American mountain goat, the late season is the perfect time to do it. Its fur will be long and thick because of the weather, which will make for a great mount. Here are some things every hunter should know before taking to the mountains: The American mountain goat can be found in the upper northwest part of the country, like Idaho, Colorado, Utah, Washington, Oregon, the Dakotas, and Wyoming. These rocky lands are perfect for showcasing the nimble and athletic ability of the American mountain goat. The American mountain goat can weigh up to an astonishing 300 pounds, and its broad shoulders make for an interesting balance of body weight. The American mountain goat’s legs are very strong and sturdy, and they have rubber pads in the middle of their hooves which provide traction on the jagged cliffs. American mountain goats are known for their thick, white coats. They are soft and plush, and can range from bright white to yellow in appearance. American mountain goats have impeccable balance and can navigate through snow-covered mountains, steep cliffs, rocky slopes, and narrow passages, making them very hard to get to. If you are thinking about trying your hand at harvesting the American mountain goat, you will have to test your skills on the mountainside first. These animals have to be hunted very carefully. Not just for their sake, but for yours. You will need to make sure that even if you have a clean shot, you will actually be able to get to the animal. If the goat is shot on a narrow wall and falls into a ravine, the chances of retrieving your kill are slim to none. Think twice before taking the goat, and always watch your surroundings.

DID YOU KNOW

American mountain goats are known for their thick, white coats. They are soft and plush, and can range from bright white to yellow in appearance.


WHITE-TAILED DEER Whitetails can be found in nearly every state, and are widely popular in the hunting industry. The white-tailed deer is actually the most hunted of the big game animals in the country. But just because they are a common hunt doesn’t mean they are easy to harvest. Every hunter knows it takes some serious skill to take a whitetail. Here is some information you should know before gearing up: Whitetails can convert their routines completely to a nocturnal

state during hunting season. This is to avoid being out during their normal hours of early morning and dusk, because they can sense when you’re in the area. The best thing to do is to wait in your stand patiently. When you finally have your sights set on a whitetail, act fast – because they will, too.

Whitetails are known for being able to jump high and run long distances at speeds of up to 35 miles per hour.

Bucks are much bigger than does, but bucks can vary in size and weight drastically depending on their age. A mature buck can weigh anywhere from 100lbs to 300lbs, depending on habitat and food sources. The point system varies depending on where you are and what tips you count. On average, an 8-point buck is considered a trophy, but anything more than 8-12 points is extremely rare. Occasionally, you may even see a doe with an antler or two. This is very rare as well.


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Mating season for whitetails is now. The fall is a busy time of year for whitetails, so keep an eye out for does with their young. As hunter’s etiquette goes, most will only aim for a lone doe or a buck – never a mother and child. Whitetails have two different coats. Their coat in the summertime is short, wiry hairs of red and reddish-brown. A whitetail’s winter coat, however, changes into a gray color, and this begins in the early to mid-fall season. White-tailed deer can live for nearly a dozen years, and are highly adaptive to their surroundings, making the harvest of a mature buck all the more rewarding. Even a young buck is quick to outsmart a hunter, so consider yourself skilled if you’re able to fill your freezer this season.

MULE DEER Mule deer are not to be confused with the common deer, like the white-tailed deer. Mule deer are in fact, a cousin to whitetails, but are bigger in size and aren’t found in most states. The best place to go to find a mule deer is in the Midwest. Mule deer are hunted in similar season to whitetails, so in some places, you can hunt both with one license. Just be careful about tags and ground restrictions. Nevertheless, here are some facts you should brush up on before harvesting a mule deer:

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mature mule deer

can weigh up to 400 pounds. They have thicker legs than whitetails and are generally bigger in width. Just as with whitetails, though, the does are smaller.

Mule deer get their name from the large, wide ears that move side to side, similar to a mule. Mule deer also have two coats. The summer coat is usually tan, and mule deer are known for having a black patch of hair on the tops of their heads. The winter coat is usually gray and they will shed naturally. Females (does) are much smaller. Mule deer live in open country or semi-open country. They like the wide open spaces, which gives you an advantage during hunting season, as long as you’re able to hide

out along the edge of some brush. If that is not available to you, the best thing to do is blend in with the colors and surroundings, and patiently wait. Bucks will roam the land alone, and do not interact with other mule deer, except during mating season. The females, however, will travel in groups. Just keep an eye out for young ones, and be careful to not disturb families. Thankfully, since the fall season is mating season, you shouldn’t see too many babies. Birth usually happens in spring, as with many other species.

Mule deer mature after about four years, and can live for more than ten years in the wild. Mule deer are usually always on the move and will be surveying the land constantly, with little rest other than at night and sometimes during the late afternoon. They are most active in the early morning and during sunset. These facts should help you when gathering up information for your next adventure, so keep in mind that everything counts during a hunt, from the animal’s abilities, to the environment they live in. Ready to grab your weapon and head out? We thought so!


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Carbon County, WY

GET YOUR WEST ON WITH A BIG GAME OR BIRD HUNT. The great outdoors await in Carbon County, Wyoming. A variety of terrains from deep evergreen forests and high mountain deserts to riparian areas along Carbon County’s many rivers provides habit for a wide variety of wild game species. If hunting is on your agenda southern Wyoming is unparalleled. As the least populated state in the union, Wyoming’s wide open spaces offers some of the best hunting opportunities to be found. Hunt for Moose, Elk, Pronghorn Antelope, Mule Deer, White-tailed Deer, Big Horn Sheep, Blue Grouse, Wild Turkey, Mountain Lion, Black Bear and more.

GET YOUR WEST ON WITH CARBON COUNTY FISHING TRIPS. If you’re looking for picturesque mountain views and incredible fishing, Carbon County Wyoming is your destination.

N, ATE IN THE UNIO ST D TE LA PU PO T ME OF “AS THE LEAS SPACES OFFERS SO EN OP E ID W ’S NG FOUND. WYOMI RTUNITIES TO BE PO OP G IN NT HU THE BEST Places to fish in Carbon County include the North Platte River, Encampment River, The Little Snake River, alpine lakes, Seminoe Reservoir, Saratoga Lake and more. Rainbow, Brown and Cutthroat trout are numerous in our pristine rivers. Walleye can be found in Seminoe Lake and lower elevation lakes and make for great eating. Carbon County has numerous fishing guides with the experience to ensure a successful fishing expedition.

Whether you are here to explore Carbon County’s rich history full of colorful characters and infamous outlaws, crystal clear rivers, natural hot springs, mountain trails for hiking or biking, forests teeming with wildlife, pristine alpine lakes, small town western culture, local events and museums - we're glad you've decided to come explore Carbon County.


Whether you’re ATVing, cycling, climbing, hiking, horseback riding, nordic skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or taking a drive along our scenic byways, we are sure you will appreciate the serene mountains, fertile river valleys, and the exotic high desert. You'll understand why everyone who has discovered Carbon County as their personal getaway agrees that it is Wyoming’s best kept secret. Recreation in southern Wyoming is unparalleled. Our wide-open spaces coupled with low population makes for some of the best recreational opportunities to be found. If you love the great outdoors, Carbon County is the place to be.

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Dawson County, GA

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Dawsonville, Georgia is located 60 miles north of Atlanta and is the perfect escape for outdoor adventurers. Home to the beginning of the Southern Terminus Trail, Amicalola Falls State Park is your gateway to the Appalachian Trail. Whether you are an experienced trekker or day hiker, Dawsonville provides a connection to the longest hiking-only trail in the world, ranging from Georgia to Maine. The Adventure Lodge at Amicalola Falls State Park offers ziplining, archery, survival skills, guided hikes and more. Deriving its name from the Cherokee word meaning “tumbling waters,” Amicalola Falls is the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi (729 feet). The on-site Lodge features rooms with scenic views and an awardwinning restaurant. Five miles north of Amicalola Falls sits the Len Foote Hike Inn. Georgia’s only backcountry lodge is accessible by hiking a 5-mile trail. With an emphasis on conservation and sustainability, the Hike Inn provides rustic charm in a relaxed and beautiful setting that allows families to enjoy nature together. If the challenge of a hunt is more your thing, Etowah Valley Sporting Clays & Game Preserve offers guided hunts for pheasant, chukka and quail, or you can test your aim at one of their multiple sporting clays courses. Feeling called to the water? The Amicalola and Etowah rivers and Lake Lanier offer a multitude of experiences including finding unique varieties of native fish. Paddlers particularly enjoy the Amicalola River rapids which range from Class II-IV+ and include the scenic Edge of the World rapids. Gear and guides are available locally from Outside World Outfitters and Appalachian Outfitters. Contact the Dawson County Office of Tourism Development for a free visitor’s guide and for more information. Dawson.org 877-302-9271 What are you waiting for? Create your own adventure in Dawsonville!

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Gulf Shores & Orange BEACH, AL

ADVENTURE IS CALLING YOU TO THE ALABAMA GULF COAST

While slowly descending into the turquoise waters of the Alabama’s Gulf Coast, you slowly breathe into your regulator as your bubbles float to the surface, and you start to take in your magnificent surroundings. You’re surrounded by several swirls of schools of colorful red snapper, amberjack, mullet, flounder and Spanish mackerel. You slowly descend some more and spy the first deck and wheelhouse of the freighter LuLu sunk in 2013. While here, you spot an octopus disappearing into its lair, a sea turtle languidly exploring the area and a few juvey tropical fish flitting about. It hits you that this artificial reef is like no other dive you have ever experienced. After talking to your new scuba diving buddies on the return trip, you realize Alabama boasts 17,000 artificial reefs spanning 1,200 square miles.

It is one of the largest artificial reef systems in the U.S, and it has helped make Gulf Shores and Orange Beach one of the top fishing destinations along the Gulf Coast as well as a scuba diving hot spot. Speaking of fishing, did you know the area has one of the largest fishing charter fleets in the Gulf? Gulf Shores and Orange Beach have more than 100 experienced captains ready to take you out on the water and help you reel in the catch of a lifetime. You might also make a lucky catch from The Gulf State Park Pier. It offers 2,448 feet of prime Gulf Coast fishing space along its rails, as well as a concession area and shop for tackle and souvenirs. You don’t even have to pack your lucky fishing pole because rod and reel rentals are available at the pier. Another fishing option to consider is lounging in a beach chair with a baited pole in hand while you wait for the tide to deliver your catch. Whether you decide to explore fishing in the Gulf on a fishing charter, from the second longest pier on the Gulf or the sugar-white sand beaches, you will find plenty of snapper, amberjack, mullet, flounder, grouper and Spanish mackerel to satisfy your fishing wants and needs.


Gulf Shores & Orange Beach, AL

But diving and fishing aren’t the only outdoor activities in the area. Consider hopping in a kayak for a few hours and paddling Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, where you might see and hear some colorful migratory birds and maybe even spot some frolicking dolphins. If you prefer non-water activities, explore Gulf State Park’s 6,000 acres of pristine coastline and wildlife refuge including more than 27 miles of paved hiking and biking trails along the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail. You might even catch a glimpse of a bobcat on the Twin Bridges Trail, spy a white-tailed deer on Gulf Oak Ridge, or spot an alligator basking in the sun in one of the freshwater marshes or coastal hardwood swamps. Or play a round or two on one of the beautiful 15 area golf courses, some of which are PGA and Golf Digest rated. After all of the outdoor excitement you will surely have worked up an unquenchable thirst and huge appetite, so make sure you check out one of the mouth-watering restaurants found in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to grab a cold one and possibly cookup your fresh catch. While in the area, also explore the many nightlife options available. You will be thrilled you came to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach to venture into the outdoors, and you will be yearning to return soon to discover more. For further exploration and to book your stay, visit GulfShores.com.

“Consider hopping in a kayak for a few hours and paddling Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge.”


Gulf County, FL

WITH 244 MILES OF SHORELINE AND BOUNDLESS WATERWAYS, we invite you to explore Gulf County. Unlike neighboring destinations, water surrounds it and the residents and visitors interact with it daily. St. Joseph Bay is like an aquarium. With soft, grass flats and clear shallow water, it is a snorkler’s dream. Even in the deeper water, the current is calm for kayaking. Don’t miss the view of the sunset from Salinas Park overlooking the bay as it is breathtaking. The Gulf of Mexico in Gulf County has many faces. Whether walking at dawn or gazing at the stars along Cape San Blas or St Joe Beach, you can't tell where

the Gulf ends and the sky begins. Looking for wild, rustic and raw beauty? Indian Pass is your place. “The Pass” is celebrated most for fishing and an incredible variety of wildlife. St Joseph Peninsula State Park spreads over acres on the Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The park offers a tremendous amount of beauty with its wildlife and white sand beaches. The tupelo and cypress trees standing guard in the middle of the Dead Lakes in Wewahitchka will transport you to what feels like our prehistoric past. As the fog rolls off the water and you see stumps rising out of the swamp, you may actually wonder if you’re in a different world. Through the south flats you will see osprey, eagles and alligators, so be sure to book an eco-tour that will depart from Dead Lakes Park to get a bird's eye view.


Take a sail up the Intracoastal Waterway or a fishing charter into Lake Wimico. The freshwater fishing here is more protected from the weather, and the trees will keep you cool. There are so many bayous, creeks and rivers that you can spend hours exploring.

TAKE A SAIL UP THE INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY OR A FISHING CHARTER INTO LAKE WIMICO

Gulf County is an outdoor playground with a variety of beaches and parks to explore. Enjoying a day at the beach means something different for everyone. From the different shades of sand and the different shades of water, to the various heights of the dunes and the surf, visitors choose their beach location to meet their needs in Gulf County. Take a break from our waterways and enjoy one of the many activities for the landlubber. You can choose to hit the trail, explore a park or play a round of golf. Gulf County is one massive playground.


Navarre Beach, FL

Nestled along pristine, white shorelines and Mother Nature’s serene backwoods, you’ll find adventure like never before in Navarre Beach. Surrounded by state and federally protected parks, Florida’s Most Relaxing Place is waiting to be discovered. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be met with white quartz sand and peaceful waves of emerald green. Experience a fun-filled day of hiking through some of Florida’s most tranquil nature trails, paddle board in the Gulf of Mexico, or tube down Blackwater River with friends and family. You will soon find that there’s no better feeling than truly experiencing nature just before the sun sets, and you’ll wish your out-of-office message could be extended another week or two. When you’re ready to reel in the best catch of your life, saltwater and freshwater options await. Cast your line at Navarre Beach Fishing Pier, the longest in the Gulf of Mexico, or go at your own pace by kayaking through the freshwater bayous. Wherever you choose to drop a line, we guarantee you’ll never forget the time you spent navigating these waters. Challenge your adrenaline by zip-lining at Adventures Unlimited. Soar through the sky to get a bird's eye view of Florida’s gorgeous terrain. If relaxing is your goal, spend the day lounging beachside with a great book and cocktail.

“UNCROWDED, UNSPOILED, AND UNLIKE ANYWHERE ELSE, TRY “GLAMPING” WITH THE FAMILY AT COLDWATER GARDENS.”

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Uncrowded, unspoiled, and unlike anywhere else, try “glamping” with the family at Coldwater Gardens. Explore the untamed beauty of nature that Navarre Beach has to offer without sacrificing any of the comforts of home. Lounge around a crackling campfire while sharing stories with your loved ones, creating unforgettable moments. When you’re ready to take a break from the office, venture to Navarre Beach along Florida's Panhandle for adventure, relaxation and unrivaled memories.


Yancey County, NC The lush Pisgah National Forest; the panoramic Blue Ridge Parkway; the clear, tumbling rivers and the scenic Appalachian Trail further enhance the area’s natural beauty and provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, gem-mining, biking, tubing and white-water rafting. Burnsville, the county seat, is a picture of Americana, the kind of place that invites you to take a leisurely stroll around the Town Square. Downtown offers a charming mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. From the latest fashions & accessories at upscale boutiques to oneof-a-kind finds at a local antique shop, you’re sure to find a treasure in Burnsville. The majestic solitude of our mountains with their unspoiled, breathtaking beauty, the gentle pace of life and the warm, welcoming community atmosphere have enticed numerous people to live, work and play here. Come and experience our home – you may find you belong here! Golf, fish or hunt. Go camping, swimming, or tubing. Take a hike or picnic. Go horseback riding, or whitewater rafting. Play tennis. Enjoy outstanding summer theatre, movies, and concerts. Prospect for real gems and learn about the local mining and mineral history.

WELCOME BURNSVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA: HOME OF MT. MITCHELL Welcome to Yancey County, North Carolina. Distinguished as a scenic mountain destination, we’re also known for our unique blend of mountain music, world-renowned arts and crafts culture, thriving business community, superb education system and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Surrounded by the lofty Black Mountain Range, Yancey County is the site of majestic Mount Mitchell. This landmark, standing at 6,684 feet, is the highest peak in the eastern United States. Yancey County is home to six of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River.


Absorb some of the country’s finest scenery on our numerous back-road drives. Dare to power off that cell phone! For a peaceful place to unplug and unwind, look no further than Yancey County.

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On Saturday mornings, head to the local Farmers Market where everything for sale has been grown or prepared by the folks selling it. With charming inns, bed & breakfasts, motels, fine camping, good places to eat and to shop, and activity from vigorous to sedate, there’s no better “base camp” for exploration than Burnsville. At your doorstep are enough rewarding diversions to fill a vacation, or a season…or a lifetime. We’re pleased to share its bounty with you!


Farmington, NM

Well known as an outdoor lover’s paradise, Farmington, New Mexico is set in the scenic Four Corners area and is the perfect destination for exploring nature and taking in beautiful northwestern New Mexico.

A number of adventures await for families and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Farmington’s recreation areas feature a wide variety of terrain for off-roading adventures, and the area has received national attention, with Chokecherry Canyon located in Farmington being named as the #1 New Mexico trail on the 2015 Top Off Road Trails in America list, published by PartCatalog. Trails include world-class sandstone rock crawling, desert technical trails, steep hills and challenging slick rock for use in OHVs, ATVs, mountain bikes, motorcycles and more. In addition to Chockcherry Canyon, Farmington is home to the Dunes Vehicle Recreation area. It boasts a number of different terrain including, large sand dunes, steep to gentle hillsides and sandy arroyos, a steepsided gully usually created by running water. Visitors to Farmington can rent vehicles to experience both Chokecherry Canyon and Dunes Vehicle Recreation area trails, for as little as two hours or up to eight hours from family owned and operated Four Corners Explorers.

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Explore an area steeped in culture and history. Offering both self-guided and guided tours, Farmington’s rich history is showcased with a variety of historical sites, including the Salmon Ruins and Heritage Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument, the Dinétah Rock Art & Pueblitos and Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Farmington is also home to two private museums, the Bolack Museum of Fish and Wildlife and the Bolack Electromechanical Museum. Both museums are free to the public with appointment. After your adventures, check out the award-winning brewery 3 Rivers, and indulge in a Pineberry IPA or Papa Bear’s Golden Honey Ale. Located in a historic building, the location has as much personality as the beer itself.

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Sierra Vista, AZ

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WITH HIGH ELEVATION FOR SPECTACULAR VIEWS Sierra Vista in southeastern Arizona means big hikes and high elevation, and the soaring Huachuca Mountains, with her foothills skirting the city, deliver in spades. With a valley floor elevation at a cool 4,600 feet, the quick rise of the Huachuca Mountains make for some thigh-burning climbs, knock-out views, and surprisingly cool temperatures. At the end of the day, find a melting pot of yummy restaurants to reward your trek. The Huachucas (pronounce it “wahCHOO-ka” to sound like a local) are mighty and blanketed with wilderness areas. Four dozen trails (give or take) follow the mountain’s contours for gentle walks and zigzag toward high peaks. The trails are accessible all year long, although you might encounter some snow on the higher ones in winter. Miller Peak reigns supreme at 9,466 feet. Carr Peak, a close second, is 9,220 feet. Both dwarf Ramsey Peak and Pat Scott peaks, at 8,725 and 8,700 respectively. (“Dwarf” being a relative term; 1,000 feet of hiking elevation is quite a bit when you’re navigating switchbacks in thinning oxygen.) But you can keep it low, and there are multiple access points all along the foothills. A favorite on-point for horses, hikers, and mountain bikers is Brown Canyon Ranch. Part of the Coronado National Forest, the area was once a working cattle ranch; allow a few minutes to visit the historic adobe house and stroll around the windmill. After that, hit the trail for a shaded forest hike. Other excellent on-points are in Miller Canyon. The main trail goes all the way to the peak, but there are a bunch of lower loops and easier trails. Another favorite area is Carr Canyon (again, you can gain the peak or stick to the lower loops). If you have a mind to, you can hike the 3.7-mile Perimeter Trail (834 feet in elevation change) from Carr to Miller canyons.


The Hamburg Trail, accessed from Brown Canyon Trail or the gentle path in Ramsey Canyon Preserve, gains some excellent elevation to the Hamburg Overlook where spectacular views await. The Preserve, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is a haven for birds and wildlife. You’ll likely encounter the small Coues deer and a plethora of bird life. The big uphill hike is rewarding; small waterfalls burble down the hillsides past evergreens and deciduous trees (glorious in the fall) amid old homesteads. Scoot back down the trail to the Preserve (the gate is locked at 5 p.m., so watch the time or your vehicle will spend the night) or join up with other trails and keep going.

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Thermopolis, WY

Thermopolis, Wyoming, nestled among the foothills of the Owl Creek Mountains and beside the Big Horn River, is renowned for its world’s largest mineral hot springs. With only 3,000 residents, the small town offers big opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast or the traveling family. The Wind River flows through the breathtaking Wind River Canyon between Shoshoni and Thermopolis. Enjoy the splendor of the canyon on a white water rafting trip. The river makes a fall of 200 feet in 11 miles creating Class III and IV rapids. Enjoy a guided fly fishing trip on the blue ribbon Big Horn River.

The Wyoming Dinosaur Center and Dig Sites provide a great opportunity to discover the prehistoric world. It includes a world class museum, working dig sites, and a complete modern preparation laboratory. Dig for Day and Kids Digs are available by reservation. A museum gift shop offers fossils, gems, books, educational materials and games, apparel, and a snack counter. The trails around Thermopolis and the Hot Springs State Park offer vistas of bril-

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liant red hills, geologic formations, the aquamarine pools of mineral water, and distant mountain peaks. Visitors can take in the wildlife as well. Bison, deer, antelope, and soaring eagles can be spotted with regularity. Twenty-one miles northwest of Thermopolis is the most impressive petroglyphs display in Wyoming. Legend Rock is the work of three prehistoric cultural groups spanning from 500 AD to the 19th Century. Hundreds of yards of

sandstone cliffs contain at least 283 pictures on 92 rock panels. For family fun the town offers 18-hole miniature golf, a movie theater, and of course, swimming! The historic downtown boasts several unique shops from health food to antiques to books. The Wyoming Whiskey Distillery and Merlin’s Hide Out are two can’t-miss experiences for shopping and tours. There is absolutely something for everyone in Thermopolis!


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Okanogan County, WA

ICONIC FALL EXPERIENCES

In OkAnOgAn CoUnTrY Endless open spaces and unique opportunities for adventure can be found in rugged Okanogan County, the largest county in Washington State (and also the fewest people per square mile). Wildlife outnumber humans here by a dramatic margin. Grab your gear and head towards the rough, jawdropping landscapes that Okanogan Country has to show you. Fishing The waterways in Okanogan Country are teeming with fish and wildlife. The Upper Columbia region is a nationally renowned fishing spot, playing host to species of bass, salmon and trout. Don’t miss fly fishing in the Methow Valley, then head farther south and east to experience some of the most popular bass fishing sites in the state. Consider staying at Howard’s on the River on Lake Pateros and check out the fishing near Brewster, Bridgeport and the Grand Coulee Area. Hunting Our famous mule deer population - rumored to be the largest migratory mule deer herd in the US - brings a large draw of hunters when the season opens. There are also plenty of bird species for hunting, including grouse, geese and duck. Please respect private property and know your backdrop before you shoot. Get full rules and regulations from WDFW and USFS before you set out. ORVs, ATVs and Dual Sport Bikes Okanogan Country has over 300 miles of ATV trails and dual-use roads. The entirety of the North and Central regions of the county have ATV access into towns, so you can grab a burger and head back to camp if you’d like. Riders of both ORVs, ATVs and dual-sport motorbikes will find a supportive local motorsport community in Okanogan County, as well as a range of services to accommodate their needs no matter what time of year they arrive.

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Not to mention scenery that varies from winding roads along shimmering lakes to a variety of technical passages through narrow coulees and across broad plateaus with sweeping views of the distant mountains. The choice of exactly which roads or trails to ride depends on current conditions, and also seasonal and legal restrictions affect some access as do fallen trees, erosion, and game closures. Local maps are extremely helpful and can be found here: www.okanogancountry.com/atv-recreation Fall hiking throughout Okanogan Country is phenomenal. A brand-new free Hiking Guide will help you find new places to explore, from the Methow Valley to the North Okanogan to the Grand Coulee area. Okanogan Country has over 3,000 miles of trails and the largest Nordic ski trail system in North America. Known for its rugged beauty, snowy winters and big blue skies, Washington state’s best-kept secret is ready to become your weekend adventure.

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Corvallis, OR

In the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley is Corvallis, the home of Oregon State University and one of the nation’s best college towns. Outdoor adventure lovers appreciate the Corvallis area for offering more than 60 miles of both paved and unpaved biking and hiking trails. These trails provide ample opportunities for breath-taking views. Why do mountain bikers love Alsea Falls Recreation Area’s trails? They were designed by fellow fans who couldn’t wait to play on them. This 12mile network stands out through the artistry of specially designed flow trails, pathways that curve, weave and roll down the mountain with such natural fluidity the riders feel as though they’re following a river. The lush,

primeval, dense forest provides the perfect backdrop to this mountain biking playground. You can ride the trails at Alsea Falls from late spring to fall. Off-road experiences continue at Bald Hill Natural Area, part of a vast 1,200arce footprint of protected lands, offers a variety of biking and hiking trails

area that offer wide shoulders and light traffic. Routes offer a variety of terrains from rolling hills to the impressive climb to Marys Peak. Marys Peak is the highest point in the Coastal Range at an elevation of 4,097 feet, and on a clear day you can see all the way to the Cascades or the ocean.

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If you’d rather explore on two feet instead of two wheels, you have your pick as there are more than fifty great hikes nearby. You can choose a walk through town where you can trek along the riverfront or explore nearby Peavy Arboretum.


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Don’t miss lovely Starker Forest, only minutes from town and full of wonderful hiking trails. Corvallis’ natural abundance isn’t just for hikers and cyclists. Bird lovers will appreciate the care that William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge has taken to provide a winter habitat for migrating dusky Canadian geese. With more than 5,000 acres of protected land, you can view these nomadic fowl in the winter months and see other native species that call the refuge home year-round. The Corvallis Audubon Society offers frequent birding field trips around the area, both on foot and on bike. After a day of adventure, reward yourself by lifting a pint at one of our local breweries, ciderhouses, meaderies and distilleries. Or sip a local pinot noir at our boutique wineries while enjoying their gorgeous views. What are you waiting for? Start your outdoor adventure today. Learn more at visitcorvallis.com or 541-757-1544.


Juneau, AK

“ JUNEAU BOASTS SEVERAL GLACIERS, INCLUDING MENDENHALL GLACIER, ONE OF THE FEW DRIVE-UP GLACIERS ON EARTH. ”

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Juneau, Alaska is America’s most scenic state capital and the second largest U.S. city by area—almost as big as Rhode Island and Delaware combined (but with nearly two million fewer people). See wildlife like you’ve never seen before: humpback whales, bears, eagles and orcas (often on the same excursion).

Or check out a local glacier. Juneau boasts several, including Mendenhall Glacier, one of the few drive-up glaciers on earth. Alaska’s capital also features Alaska’s most accessible wilderness, with 250 miles of trails—from relaxed nature walks to strenuous uphill treks—and the Tongass National Forest right in our backyard. This means outstanding hiking, biking and trail running; the protected coastal waters of the Inside Passage also make Juneau a world-class destination for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and even surfing (wetsuit strongly recom-

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mended). Another popular local attraction: dogsledding on the Juneau Icefield (the helicopter ride up there is an unforgettable experience in itself). Of course, the Capital City counts Alaska Native heritage among its greatest strengths. The Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian communities have inhabited Southeast Alaska for 10,000 years. Today, Juneau remains a cultural hub, anchored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Walter Soboleff Center, a stateof-the-art performance, exhibition, research and living history center for Southeast Alaska Native culture.


In addition to murals, totems and carvings all over town, you’ll also find a comprehensive collection of Native art and artifacts at the State Library and Archives and Museum. Juneau’s downtown shopping district is its own adventure with unique art, clothing, and housewares. Explore Juneau’s burgeoning food scene, where a fresh batch of culinary artists creates contemporary cuisine showcasing Southeast Alaska’s wild bounty, including some of the freshest seafood you’ll ever eat. Speaking of which, Juneau also offers spectacular sportfishing, particularly for salmon and halibut but also rockfish, Dolly Varden and steelhead, rainbow and cutthroat trout. All this, just a quick two-and-a-half hour flight from Seattle.


Skagway, AK

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SKAGWAY SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE THE GLACIERS There are very few places in the world that you can see and touch glaciers! In Skagway, you can actually see one from our backyard, the Harding Glacier. Take a helicopter through the massive mountains and majestic valleys and experience a glacier trek. A walking tour of a lifetime! Or travel by train through beautiful mountains to a remote trailhead for a wilderness hike to either Denver or Laughton Glacier. Glaciers are a must see for any Skagway visit!

temscoair.com/skagway-tours packerexpeditions.com THE MOUNTAINS You only need to take one step in Skagway to realize you are in a place of unsurpassable beauty. There is no better way to truly experience its grandness than to go for a hike. Start with an easy hike out to Yakutania Point, only 1.6 miles roundtrip.

Or go big and tackle the Chilkoot Trail, “the world’s longest outdoor museum.” A thrilling 33 miles of spectacular hiking from tidewater at Dyea to Bennett Lake in Canada. Or pick up a Skagway Trail Map for all the local hikes in between from the Skagway Visitor Center!

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THE WATER Skagway is all about the water! In fact many of our visitors arrive by it. Take a Motorized Raft to explore the Lynn Canal, the deepest and longest ord in North America. Kayak on Fraser Lake or raft down the Taiya River. If you are looking for something more relaxing and self-guided, you can walk up to Lower Reid Falls past the Gold Rush Cemetery or to Lower Dewey Lake and relax by the water. No matter what you do in Skagway, you will find a beautiful body of water.

oceanraftalaska.com skagwayfloat.com For more information on all of Skagway’s active adventures or help planning your next visit, check out www.skagway.com.


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On wheels or on foot, fall in our Sullivan Catskills is full of fun and adventure. Wind your way through small towns and stunning scenery. Our rail-trails are ever-growing, and you can pick the hike that suits you best at Trailkeeper.org.

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