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Caught In A Thunderstorm
I WAS FLY FISHING Colorado’s South Platte River one summer afternoon when a thunderstorm blew in. I left the river (most fly rods are made of conductive materials, so the last thing you want to do is wave around a lightning rod while standing in wate
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3 May Flowers
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TN Every April, snow gives way to white of a different kind when phacelias, trilliums, and bloodroots burst into season. You don’t have to go far to see the show on the hike to Fern Branch Falls: The flora starts
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Private by Nature
THE SMALL TRAILHEAD parking lot was packed. Over a dozen cars were sardined in, with more in the overflow lot 100 yards down the road. My heart sank. This was not what I’d expected when I planned a family-and-friends backpacking trip in California’s