Author: Darlene Mase

The Seven Best Campgrounds in Tennessee

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There’s just nothing quite like sleeping outdoors. Those who have never tried it may say that they prefer the softness of a bed, but sleeping outdoors can rejuvenate your body, soul, and spirit in ways that nothing else can. Campgrounds in Tennessee are among the best in the South. In addition to the Great Smoky Mountains

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The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in Winter: 14 Winter Backpacking Tips and Winter Hiking Apparel

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Today, December 21st is the first official day of winter this year, but just because the first snow has fallen and temperatures have plummeted doesn’t mean that it’s time to put up your hiking boots. In fact, hiking in winter has its definite benefits. Much foliage has cleared off trees meaning that you can get some

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Best Christmas Gifts for Outdoor Enthusiasts: A Shopping Guide

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Christmas shopping is easy if you’re looking for a girl under five-years-old (hint: you can never go wrong with a baby doll). Otherwise, it’s hard. Does anyone feel me on this? I mean how do you pick something that won’t break the bank and that the receiver will actually enjoy? Do you take the easy way out

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Hiking Trails with Waterfalls in Georgia

Ira was the one who introduced to me hiking. We met in one of my college philosophy classes, and we instantly clicked. People who saw us together must have indeed thought that we were an odd couple — he was about 60 years old with a white beard and a bald spot smack dab in

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Cool Camping Gadgets Under $30

In just two days, we will be entering my favorite season: fall. Camping and fall are synonymous in my book. The weather is just right – cool enough that you don’t overheat during the day and perfect for a campfire in the evening. The changing leaves inspire wonder and make every landscape absolutely picturesque. It

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How to Overcome a Negative Mindset and Think Positive Thoughts

Most might say that I have a light-hearted and fun personality. But those who are well-acquainted with me might say that I’m more a combination of Ebenezer Scrooge, Hitler, and Branch from Trolls (before his adventure with Poppy). Ew. Yeah, I hate it too. After doing some pretty shallow soul-searching, I’ve come to attribute my

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The Best Stainless Steel Tumblers on the Market

With the hottest month of the year in full throttle, staying hydrated is a must. I don’t know about you, but there’s just something about a snazzy-looking cup filled with an ice-cold beverage that beckons me to drink. But with temperatures surging up into the 90s around the United States, keeping a cold drink on

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Seven of the Best, Must-Visit Places to Camp in Georgia

The fire crackles, propelling red hot embers into the evening air. Above you, the most impressive night sky you’ve ever seen. Millions of stars twinkle brightly while a few rebellious ones dart across the heavens, driven by some unseen slingshot. You lick the gooey marshmallow fluff off your fingers, walk into your tent, and snuggle

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Streams in the Wasteland

Every time I hear the word “wasteland,” I think of that huge map on Call Duty: Modern Warfare. That map where you’d be camped out in a shed and all of a sudden you get picked off by some unseen sniper in a Ghillie Suit. I miss playing COD. I miss all of it—the altercations with racist 13-year-old boys

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