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How to Grab a Bite to Eat and Help the Planet


You CAN grab something to eat, enjoy every bite, AND help the planet..

How to Save Money AND help the planet


Don't all of us love to have the money to do the fun things that bring us joy? Not that all fun things require money, mind you, on the contrary! But have you ever wanted to read that awesome-looking new book, eat at that new green restaurant in town or throw a party for friends and family..

Spanish Courses in Spain


Spain: sun, sea, sand and Spanish..

Maples for Autumn Colour


As the weather cools in late summer and the days shorten noticeably so the deciduous trees and shrubs begin to withdraw chlorophyll from their leaves in preparation for the winter shutdown. With less of that vital green pigment to mask them, the other colours within the leaves begin to show through.

Too much to do in London!


No one can truly say they know London well. To know London completely is impossible.

Shark Pictures Not The Real Thing


Pictures of a massive dead Great White shark on the back of a bakkie are doing the rounds on email with the subject line saying "Caught at Monwabisi and Strandfontein Beach yesterday" - but experts have dismissed it as a hoax.The grim pictures show the shark with a hook and trace still attached.

Japanese Garden of Monaco


Have you ever seen an authentic Japanese garden? Well, I had the chance of seeing the one in Monaco and was really impressed too. Wanna taste a little Japanese culture? Stepping on this ground is escaping from the real world into a fantasy land.

Greek Food


A meal in Greece is highlighted with a selection of hot and cold plates known as mezedes. Soups are few but they are meals by themselves.

Ultralight Backpacking Versus Traditional Backpacking


Contrary to what many think, ultralight backpacking is not just about the freedom to hike more miles or to take your whole pack up the mountain with you. It is also about comfort and safety.

Side-Tripping in Montana


Nightlife in Big Sky, Montana is more exciting than you would think. Especially for a pair of happy-go-lucky California girls in town just for the heck of it, on a spur-of-the-moment vacation in search of a Western adventure.

Three Places to Interact with Dolphins in Hawaii


Visitors to Hawaii frequently see dolphins from shore or on a whale-watching cruise or fishing boat. Visitors sometimes happen to be in the water snorkeling or kayaking when a pod of dolphins swims by.

Where to Find Some of the Best Beaches in the World


We think that Cape Town has some of the best beaches in the world.You can choose beaches which are on the Indian Ocean, with warm water, or those on the colder Atlantic Ocean.

Review: Russell Shortos The Island At The Center Of The World


Up to now the preponderant view held by many historians is that Dutch contribution to American history and particularly to that of New York has been one of irrelevancy. As we no doubt realize, the winners write history, and unfortunately, whatever the losers may have contributed, it seems to be lost or forgotten in the shuffle.

Amazing Trek Across TIbet!


Today Bookpleasures and Sketchandtravel are pleased to have as our guest, Brandon Wilson, author of Yak Butter Blues.In 1992, Brandon and his wife Cheryl travelled 40 days from early October to the end of November in 1992 over 1000 kilometers travelling along the ancient pilgrimage route across Tibet.

Traveling To and Around Hawaii, A First-Time Visitors Primer


Six different islands in Hawaii are open to tourism. Most first-timers planning a trip to one or more than one island have numerous questions relating to where exactly to go and how exactly to get there.

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05/17/2017 09:16 AM
Squirrely News
There are times when it feels like the squirrels in our yard are just as much a part of our family as our pets. Seldom do we look out our window or walk around our property, without a couple of squirrels scampering nearby. They race across our deck and railings. They dig relentlessly in our flower pots when we are not looking. Sometimes they even help themselves to the tasty heads of our favorite new blooms. We are constantly filling in holes where they are burying new acorns or digging up last season's crop.
04/30/2017 11:16 AM
Go Tidepooling in California
This article introduces the reader to the outdoor activity of tidepooling, which is the exploration of pools on rocky shores between high and low tides, the intertidal zone. The article includes tips on how to enjoy this activity safely and lists places to visit along the California coast. It also mentions animals you may encounter in tidepools, such as anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, chitons, crabs, sculpin fish, and others. There are book titles and smartphone apps that can greatly enhance the experience.
04/26/2017 11:25 AM
Isle of Colonsay - Why It Is Calling
The seven best reasons to visit an island in Scotland. If you are visiting an island, why you should make sure that it is Colonsay.
04/25/2017 03:46 PM
3 Tips for Maintaining Your Sanity on Houseboat Rentals
Houseboat rentals seem like the perfect guarantee to an awesome vacation, but disorganization and disagreements can ruin it. Use these tips to avoid that.
04/18/2017 11:34 AM
How to Choose the Best Tactical Backpack
It doesn't matter which kind of Tactical Backpack you are looking for your best fit. It might be a trip to your day out with friends & family or even the longest one. You must keep few thing in mind always to choose the best tactical backpack.
04/06/2017 09:22 AM
Don't Miss Out on the World Around You, Start Traveling Today
Almost everyone wants to travel more, but many continue to put off life-changing trips. You never know what tomorrow holds, which is why it is so important to start experiencing the world today.
03/28/2017 08:07 AM
How To Plan The Perfect Picnic In Garner State Park
If you are an outdoor enthusiast, and you enjoy spending time in beautiful state parks, then you will certainly want to add picnicking in Garner State Park to your bucket list. With nearly three miles of the Frio River flowing through the nature preserve, you will see some stunning canyon-like hills. With a beautiful river and hiking trails galore, you will have many options for stopping to enjoy a meal. Take a look at the following tips to help you make the most of your picnic:
03/07/2017 07:52 PM
Taking The Kids Along For Frio River Camping? Here Are 5 Things All Parents Need to Know
Frio River camping, as is the case with camping anywhere along a scenic river, can be quite the experience. Things can change, though, because the "river-centric" adventure of your single days is made very different by virtue of having children. As a parent, your are either the matriarch or patriarch of your family. Your job is to make any trip fun & successful, but you also have to make sure everyone is safe.
02/14/2017 08:55 AM
Five Surprising Benefits of Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor recreation has many different physical and emotional benefits. Instead of heading to the gym every day, change up a routine and participate in a sport or exercise in fresh air.
02/03/2017 11:35 AM
7 Fall Activities for Fitness and Fun
With gorgeous foliage and cooler temperatures, fall is the perfect season for outdoor activities. There's something invigorating about a breezy fall afternoon that quite simply revives the soul.
01/31/2017 08:34 AM
My Date With Beating Retreat 2016
Being in Delhi for more than three decades, I did not get an opportunity to see the Beating Retreat ceremony live. Since every news paper while reporting about the forthcoming event in 2016 stated that this year it is going to be colourful and more musical and the ceremony during 2016 will be at its best. After seeing that report both me and my wife got excited and don't want to miss the event this time.
01/28/2017 03:07 PM
Death Valley in Bloom
Springtime in Death Valley National Park can mean a search for wildflowers amid the dramatic scenery of rocky mountain ranges, rugged canyons, alluvial fans, and desert plains. Death Valley is the driest place in North America receiving an average of 2 inches (5 cm) of rain per year. So, in those once-in-a-century years when it gets 5 inches (12.5 cm) of rain, the landscape is covered by what rangers call a "superbloom."
01/28/2017 03:07 PM
The Northern Sierra: Plumas Country
Today's Travelers find Plumas National Forest and its surroundings bursting with fishing, hiking, long-board skiing, and memories of the Gold Rush era. All of the Southern Sierras in California are well-known thanks to treasures like Yosemite National Park, the northern end of this famous range also has a great deal to offer. Northern California and their counterparts across the border in Nevada find it especially attractive. And just where is the north end of this 400-mile-long range? Probably the words that say it best are Plumas National Forest.
01/26/2017 10:43 AM
Escape the Festive Season
The Christmas parties are upon us. They mark the start of a full bill of social get togethers, excessive eating and drinking and time with the family. Some people relish the buzz, the giving and the sharing of good times, but some people prefer to escape the festivities in favour for some 'peace on earth'.
01/26/2017 10:22 AM
See The Magic Of Greek Islands Unfurl In Front Of Your Eyes
Greece is a well endowed land of attractive landscapes, gorgeous sandy beaches with extended coastlines where travelers come to enjoy themselves tirelessly. Rent a boat to discover this part of Greece where life moves seamlessly with the flow of water.
01/25/2017 11:34 AM
When Nature Gives Us Back The Long Needed Energy
Nature gives us so much more than just fresh air and pretty flowers to look at. It gives us a chance to realize who we are and most how small most of our problems actually are when looking at them from another perspective.
01/18/2017 03:32 PM
Drone Use In The Marine and Yachting Environment
Modern Drones are incredible machines that are capable of doing amazing things in the marine and yachting environment. They can be used to spot schools of fish, locate a mooring or open area in a marina to drop anchor, locate an assigned slip, preview an unspoiled beach or island, locate items or persons that dropped overboard, capture great video and still photos of the boat either at anchor or underway, or even drop safety or other equipment to remote locations. However, Drones need to he handled differently when used in the terrestrial or land use environments, in addition to specific models that are better suited for the marina and yachting environments.
01/13/2017 11:37 AM
The Marble Halls of Oregon Underground
Cool off in the Beaver State's largest and most intriguing marble cave system. In southern Oregon, a marble cave has been set aside as Oregon Cave National Monument, which features stalactites, stalagmites, columns, and cave draperies. The visitor can also glimpse fossils of grizzly bear, black bears, and a jaguar from the Pleistocene era, while on the cave tour.
01/11/2017 09:17 AM
Your Guide to a Wildlife Jungle Safari in Nepal
Nepal's Amazing Ecosystem nurtures some of the most unique and rare species of Nature. The Terai region of Nepal which is a warm sub-tropical belt of the country is home to species like Royal Bengal tigers, rhinos, leopard's wild elephants, sloth bears, monkeys, crocodiles, and many deer species to Plus it has about 250 species of exotic birds both migratory and native. The Terai region hosts the two main national parks aka Royal Chitwan and Bardia in Nepal.
12/31/2016 02:29 PM
Reading the Clouds: Weather Watching
People who travel to outdoor destinations need to pay attention to weather conditions more intently than the regular traveler. These books and instruments can help make the local forecasts more reliable and give outdoor travelers the edge in knowing the conditions they face during their trip.
12/31/2016 02:28 PM
Nature's Staircase and the Pygmy Forest
In California, Mendocino County offers a naturally-produced forest of bonsai trees. You can reach the forest by hiking a trail that starts at the coast and stair-steps up-slope from one terrace to another away from the coastline.
12/30/2016 09:32 AM
Are You Eligible for These Sunshine State Travel Discounts?
If a Florida vacation is in your future, then find out if you're eligible for these travel discounts in the Sunshine State. Although they are relatively easy to get, if you don't know how or where to apply for them, you'll totally miss out on some hefty savings.
12/27/2016 09:25 AM
5 Places to Visit in Texas If You're Crazy About Scenery
If you are looking at places to visit in Texas for the views and scenery, then you are in luck. Texas boasts everything from canyons to deserts to oceans to hills to forests. In short, Texas has it all. With the wildflowers blooming in the spring and the leaves turning in the winter, there just really is no wrong time to take a vacation. Fortunately, there are more places than can be listed that are worth your time. But if you had to narrow it down, you would certainly want to give the following five spots a go:
12/24/2016 10:05 AM
The Tower of the Bad God: Devil's Tower
Standing among ponderosa pine and rolling grassland, Devil's Tower keeps watch over northeastern Wyoming. This magnificent feature inspired the designation of America's first National Monument.
12/16/2016 12:09 PM
Step Into History at Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a treasure trove of Americana. The heritage carved by the early settlers of this Tennessee valley is preserved. Over two million people visit the cove each year. They are drawn by the overpowering natural beauty, the plentiful wildlife, and a chance to step into another culture, another time. Cades Cove is the largest open-air living-history museum in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park.
12/16/2016 11:57 AM
A Touch of Paradise: Caladesi Island State Park
One Florida island paradise takes top billing for beautiful beaches. Caladesi Island State Park got the nod from Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach, as number one beach in the nation in 2008. Caladesi Island and the other islands that make up the state park are very close to Paradise.
11/10/2016 07:59 AM
Introduction to Magnificent Birding at Lake Naivasha
If you are a keen birder, then Lake Naivasha in Kenya is one place to add to your bucket list. This article tells of the birds we have seen there and the activities available that enable you to see different species - boating for water birds, cycling for ground birds, and walking for woodland species.
10/21/2016 08:52 AM
A Wildlife Refuge Can Be Beneficial to Both Animals and Humans
Species of animals are disappearing at an alarming rate across the globe. Helping endangered animals is just one of the many reasons why a wildlife refuge is important.
10/18/2016 09:57 AM
SJCAM SJ7, The True 4K Action Camera
How do you choose the sport cameras? For me, I will select the compact and portable body design with high-resolution. At this article, I will introduce a new product SJCAM SJ7 action camera, which features 4K shooting.
09/30/2016 11:10 AM
How To Get Ready For Your First Hill Country River Tubing Trip
Nothing spells more fun in Texas than hitting the road and heading out for some river tubing in the Texas hill country. It gives you a chance to enjoy a crisp, refreshing dip in the river and gently float down the river while hanging out with friends & family.
09/22/2016 03:52 PM
Suspended in the Delights of Nature
After a day's drive from Western New York, we cross the Bourne Bridge to Cape Cod and spend a delightful evening with friends in Mashpee. Early the next morning, we board the ferry for Martha's Vineyard. I stand on deck at the rail the whole trip. During the 45 minute passage, I feel daily civilization slowly sloughing from my body. A gentle breeze wafts from the Vineyard shore across Nantucket Sound as we steam toward port in Vineyard Haven. By the time we dock and drive off the ferry, I sense that we are in a different reality. We are delighted to reunite with our Vineyard friends and relish our stay with them.
09/19/2016 11:17 AM
Bike Trails Through The Alps Of The Sea
The bike trails through the alps of the sea are the objective of the cross-border project. Exceptional habitats, mild climate and a variety of landscapes make the numerous French and Italian valleys an ideal place to practice your favourite sport in total freedom.
08/23/2016 01:57 PM
The Rubies of the Silver State
The Ruby Mountains of Nevada can be described as "Nevada's Yosemite" because of its geologic past that includes glaciation. It's a place where travelers can enjoy high mountain scenery and wildlife, such as mountain goats, in the middle of the Great Basin, between the Sierra and the Rockies. This articles provides the reader with an overview of this high mountain landscape.
08/15/2016 11:08 AM
BlitzWolf BW-BS2: Extendable Selfie Stick With Bluetooth Function
I think most people like to take selfies. When people go traveling, it is a good time to take a selfie with the beautiful scenes. Also, it is very good to take photos with friends.
08/01/2016 09:54 AM
5 Tips Every First Time Frio River Cabin Guest Needs to Know
Thousands of visitors flock to the Frio River each year to enjoy the rugged and beautiful Texas hill country. For a lot of those vacationers, they choose to stay in a Frio River cabin to enhance their experience. A cabin on the river is a great option for those planning on taking advantage of the many water activities available. Cabins are convenient and certainly more comfortable than camping. If you are a first time cabin user, though, consider the following five tips to make the most of your trip:
07/19/2016 02:51 PM
How to Choose an Urban Scooter
The living conditions in the city influence the choice of transport we use. Against the background of the endless traffic congestion, crowding and lack of air buses and minibuses, the scooter has gained its popularity all over the world, especially in cities. Reviews suggest that the most popular urban scooters are used for commuting and just walking through the streets.
06/28/2016 08:47 AM
A Wise Man Does Not Own A Boat
Boat owners are decision-makers. Usually, their initial decision is to buy a small, nearly worn out boat. They fix it up, and advance their knowledge on the art of sailing with it. They name their boat, and they spend every available moment on it, transforming the boat into their mistress of the sea. Then, they begin to notice the other mistresses, the sister boats in the marina that look younger, sleeker, quicker, and they want one of those. Thus, begins their unrelenting pursuit of the better, faster, more expensive boat.
06/16/2016 04:36 PM
The Rainforests You Didn't Know Existed (Ireland to Malaysia)
Rainforests are more than just a fascinatingly biodiverse environment to explore - they play a crucial role in preserving the future of mankind, with a recent study showing that rainforests absorb more than half of the carbon emissions around the world. This means the preservation of rainforests goes beyond a mere conceit - it's an imperative. So what better way to spend your travels than learning about these environmental powerhouses, and perhaps even pitching in with some conservation efforts?
06/03/2016 02:55 PM
5 Cool Facts to Know About Garner State Park
Would your ideal vacation spot be a perfect natural haven filled with hiking, canoeing, tubing, geocaching, and even dancing? For many the answer is yes, and each year many outdoor enthusiasts choose Garner State Park as their ideal summer destination. Chock full of numerous nature-based activities, loaded with Mother Nature's wonders, and highlighting the beauty of The Frio River, this state park could be your prime location for summer outdoor adventures as well. Are you unfamiliar with this amazing state park in Uvalde County? Here are 5 cool facts to know about Garner State Park.
05/25/2016 03:05 PM
Lake Baikal, World's Deepest Lake of Freshwater, Turning Into Swamp
The world's oldest and deepest body of freshwater, Lake Baikal, is turning into a swamp, Russian ecologists warn. They say that tons of liquid waste from tourist camps and water transport vehicles is being dumped into the UNESCO-protected lake.
05/19/2016 03:54 PM
The Dangers of Rip Currents to People and Pets
A rip current is a strong, localized and rather narrow current of water. Rip currents are usually strongest near the surface of the water and they move directly away from the shore, cutting through the lines of breaking waves. From oceans, seas and large lakes rip currents can occur at any beach that has breaking waves.
05/10/2016 08:27 AM
Capsule History of Breckenridge, the 10th Mountain Division and FDR
Before the ski resort developers arrived Breckenridge, was a small mining town with dusty streets rusty implements sticking from the ground. The elected Summit County sheriff was sole county law enforcer. If he needed backup, his grown sons were sworn in as temporary deputies. The former mining community had been in decline for some time. Little could Breckenridge inhabitants imagine the upscale ski resort and condos that was to come. During World War II the United States Army's 10th Mountain Division trained in the mountains near here, that winter training lead to their victories in the Alps Mountains. The army chose a site at 9,300 feet altitude and named it Camp Hale. Trails were cut and the longest T-Bar in the country installed. Built in 1942, Camp Hale was decommissioned in 1945.
04/15/2016 11:27 AM
Take It Outside: New Orleans Outdoor Fun
Spring in New Orleans means perfect temperatures, perfect for enjoying its many outdoor activities! Here are our 3 favorite New Orleans outdoor spots for when you need to take it outside.
04/06/2016 11:53 AM
A Seaplane Adventure to Dry Tortugas National Park
Some 70 miles west of Key West Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, lies one of North America's most inaccessible national parks. Renowned for pirate legends, shipwrecks, and sheer unspoiled beauty, Dry Tortugas National Park harbors spectacular coral reefs and marine life, an annual birding spectacle, and majestic Fort Jefferson, the largest masonry stronghold in the Western Hemisphere.
03/24/2016 02:32 PM
Snowmobile History and Fun Is a Family Affair
Snowmobiling can be family fun in the great outdoors. Getting together as a family will be the best memories for a lifetime. Riding snowmobiles in a group is the best fun ever.
03/23/2016 12:56 PM
Solo Travel: A Magical Experience!
Are you afraid of travelling alone? Read on to find the pros and cons of solo travel!
03/16/2016 08:39 AM
Access Upgrades Abound in America's National Parks
Although not all areas of America's national parks are wheelchair-accessible, there are many accessible options for wheelchair-users and slow walkers. And the good news is, more and more access upgrades and improvements are added every year. With that in mind, here's a sampling of wheelchair-accessible trails and attractions in select national parks across the country.
03/16/2016 08:38 AM
Four Scenic Utah Wonders for Wheelers and Slow Walkers
Known for its five stunning national parks, Utah is packed to the brim with scenic beauty. At first glance this rugged terrain may appear inaccessible to people with mobility issues; however, upon closer examination a number of barrier-free options are revealed. Although not every trail, attraction or outdoor area in the state is accessible, here are some good choices for wheelchair-users and slow walkers.
02/19/2016 11:25 AM
Exploring the Largest Tropical Botanical Garden in the Americas
Lancetilla Botanical Gardens are located in Atlantida, Honduras. They are the largest Tropical Botanical Garden in the Americas. A research center managed by ESNACIFOR also operates on premises. Original established as a research center and experimental plantation site by the Tela Railroad Company, part or United Fruit Brands.
02/12/2016 04:39 PM
5 Ways How Outdoor Adventure Relates To Entrepreneurship
How outdoor adventure relates to entrepreneurship? After much deliberation, I have streamlined 5 key qualities that could be gained through the outdoors for the entrepreneurship journey.


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