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March 2020

Have you heard over the years that your family is descended from royalty?  Or, perhaps, your family came over on the Mayflower?  To find out if that is truth or myth, you will have to do a lot of research.  Welcome to genealogy. To begin your genealogical adventure, start with the known: yourself, then work you way back to the unknown.  Identify what you know about your family, and then find the vital records to prove what you know.  You will

Do you have hiking or camping on your agenda? Mapping out your wilderness nutrition needs is important: There's plenty to consider besides simply grabbing an energy bar or a bottle of water. Follow these tips to ensure you have a nourishing and safe food experience on your next outdoor adventure. 1. Have a Plan Your food and water needs are generally higher than usual on activity-based excursions. Pay extra special attention to packing plenty of fluids for hot weather adventures. Some other

What’s so great about birdwatching? It seems like all the kids are doing it these days, so there must be something to it. I’m joking a little here, because in reality not that many youngsters are into birdwatching. But this seems to be changing and I dream of a future where many more of our children are excited about birds and nature in general. Until then, let’s talk about why birds are cool and why you should start watching them. Birds are amazing

Being outdoors doesn’t only affect your physical, but your mental health, too. It has the power to completely set your mind at ease and make you forget about all your daily troubles. It’s simple, when we’re in nature we feel more connected to it and ourselves, which can only have positive outcomes. Of course, it’s also a matter of what kind of outdoor activity you choose and where you do it. Different places carry different benefits, and you can explore

An RV (recreational vehicle) has some serious benefits to it. One being that you can count on very decent accommodations wherever you go, including some of the best and wildest outdoor events the US has to offer. They are scattered all over the country, and you may do well to plan visiting some of them in advance, as you go along your journey in your own rig - or rent one. As a matter of fact, check out the local RV

In the past I have taken long-haul flights to Dubai x2, Thailand, and South Africa x2. If you consider the fact that I have a fear of flying, you know that these trips were major accomplishments. I decided years ago that I would not let that fear get in the way of me seeing the world. This post will be three fold. I will share tips & tricks for surviving long-haul flights, tips to help those with a fear of

Feeding wild birds is one of the best ways to impact the world around you. The simple act of putting out a bird feeder and keeping it full can greatly improve the chances that birds and their offspring will survive. Many believe that birds only benefit from feeders during certain times of the year. However, birds actually have a year-round need for reliable, steady food sources. The information below will explain what food types you should feed during each of

Fishing through the winter months can be very rewarding for a number of reasons. Cold temperatures keep fair-weather anglers home and hunting seasons lead many anglers to trade lakes for the woods. Winter is also the time of year when most freshwater species group up. The result: more fish for cold-weather anglers. During the coolest months of the year, preparation, research, and the proper tackle can make for memorable fishing trips. Pick the Perfect Spot The first step in a successful fishing

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