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Dispatch from Yosemite: Honoring National Parks’ Black Heritage

In the fading light of a late spring evening, gospel singer Sista Monica Parker sat humming on a bench at the Yellow Pines Campground in Yosemite National Park. There she waited patiently for others to gather. Quiet at first, her melodic voice gained strength as she swayed to the rhythm of a hymn perhaps not […]

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Faces of the Outdoors

  The outdoor industry has enjoyed a long history of diversity across a wide variety of people from many different backgrounds. Over the weekend a group of African-American outdoor enthusiasts made the long journey from the Presidio in San Francisco to Yosemite Valley in order retrace the path the Buffalo Soldiers took in 1903 to […]

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Before They’re Gone

Before They’re Gone by Michael Lanza is cautionary journey that explores the likely outcomes in store for our National Parks should we ignore the growing threat of climate change. And typical of most modern problems, not unlike our current economic crisis, those to be most directly effected by our generations’ failure to act won’t be […]

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The Camp 4 Experience

I rolled into Yosemite Valley late in the afternoon on a Monday in May. Three weeks before the Memorial Day Weekend rush the national park seemed almost vacant. Bluebird skies and warm temperatures made for great camping weather. And even though a friend offered me a bed for the night I headed over to Camp […]

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Adventures in Film: Play Again

“The landscape of childhood has changed.” From the opening frames of Play Again, directed by Tonje Hessen Schei, the documentary makes it clear that the world we knew as children is fundamentally different than it is today. With a proliferation of technology that captivates both the time and attention of young people, a generation of […]

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Madison area camping

Camping is always a welcome alternative to a hotel room. Aside from being significantly less expensive, there’s something truly rewarding about the freedom you enjoy when exposed over night to the wonders of nature. It’s perhaps the departure from the routine of daily life that makes camping a favorite pastime for so many. Around the […]

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