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Outdoor Research Outhouse Inspired

The most exciting thing I saw this year at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market was an old fashioned outhouse. That’s right. Surrounded by aisle after aisle of the latest in camping equipment, technical clothing, action footwear and flashy accessories, this sturdy wooden structure with a crescent moon carved into its door, set my mind and […]

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Ranger Betty Reid Soskin ~ Redefining Democracy In An Upward Spiral of Chaos

http://media.blubrry.com/joytripproject/p/joytripproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/RangerBettyReidSoskins.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS | Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project   At 95 years young National Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin is a national treasure. Stationed at the Rosie The Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historic Park in Richmond, California […]

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Tyrhee Back to Denali

  Young mountaineer Tyrhee Moore is heading back to Alaska for another attempt to summit the highest peak in North America, Denali! After an unsuccessful bid in 2013 he’s returning to climb with a small team of avid adventurers in hopes of encouraging youth across the nation to ascend the heights of their most ambitious […]

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Outdoors For All ~ An idea whose time has come

There is a moment in the life of an idea when it becomes a reality. For a few years now I’ve been thinking about teaching a university class on diversity and inclusion in the world of outdoor recreation and environmental conservation. Having written a book on the topic, along with more than a few magazine […]

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A Feeling of Being Disconnected ~ Impressions of the African-American Immigrant Experience

Like much of modern America I was appalled by a seemingly innocuous line in a recent speech by the newly appointed Department of Housing and Urban Development Director Dr. Benjamin Carson. On his first day in office he addressed staff members with a lecture on the virtues of hard work and dedication in the pursuit […]

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Campfire Stories ~ An interview with authors Dave & Ilyssa Kyu

http://media.blubrry.com/joytripproject/p/joytripproject.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/CampFireStories_01.mp3Podcast: Play in new windowSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | RSS | Subscribe to the Joy Trip Project   In 2016 the National Park Service celebrated its 100th anniversary. Throughout the year millions of people from around the world traveled across the United States to visit our historic […]

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Greening Youth Minding Nature

  Until the lion learns to write, the tale of the hunt will glorify the hunter ~ African Proverb   When I was collage-age I doubt that I would have had the poise or presence of mind to speak to a cabinet member of a sitting President.  The students who met with U.S. Secretary of the […]

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Overcoming Indifference

As fate would have it, I was heading to Yosemite any way. It was just a few days in advance of my departure on a two-week Joy Trip with stops in California then Utah, a sharp right turn to Washington DC and back to California. I had already arranged a few interviews to gain some […]

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Claim Your Inheritance ~ The National Parks belong to you

When visitors arrive at Yosemite National Park Ranger Shelton Johnson is there to greet them. With a broad smile and a twinkle in his eye he extends a warm hand of welcome to all who enter into this remarkable landscape that is a wonder to all the world to behold. Shelton is among the many […]

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Grand Canyon Vision

Through much of the summer of 2016 The Joy Trip Project has been on the road collecting stories to celebrate the 100th anniversary of our National Parks. In the hopes of raising awareness for the importance of protecting our public lands for future generations the Project is presenting a series of short videos and podcasts […]

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