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Oo Roo, Uluru: a Trek In the Australian Outback

OO ROO, ULURU
The Australian saying "see ya later" is often "Oo Roo."

Top 5 Regions in Tibet

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Culture and heritage runs in the veins of Tibet, and the cities are an amazing reflection of that. Encompassing extraordinary geographical structures, beautiful rituals, and a unique lifestyle, Tibetan cities are graceful. Some ancient cities are present in the region and they tell stories of a glorious past. The cities hold great value, and they always give something unique to the visitors. Once you tour to Tibet closely, the cities hold an enchanting appeal.

Artist of the Month: Dan Miller

by Dr. Jessie Voigts / Feb 03, 2017 /
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I've never seen anything like it - and am so grateful to the internet for the discovery! When first seeing our Artist of the Month, Dan Miller's art, I was stunned. Every time I see something by him in my feed, I am happy, pause, reflect, breathe. He has an unusually calm and detailed way of sharing the natural world with viewers - one for which I am grateful. His medium? Colored pencils!

The 7 Natural Wonders of Taiwan

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It can be a bit confusing figuring out what is and isn’t ‘supposed’ to be a wonder of the world. It seems there’s a new list all the time, detailing the ancient wonders, the new wonders, the natural wonders, the underwater wonders…there’s even a list for the 7 wonders of the solar system!

How Nature Can Answer the Problems of Human Experiences: Escapism: Words + Photos

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When I first heard of the book Escapism: Words + Photos, by Candice Lee, I was excited. Nature plus poetry plus lived experience? YES! Then the book came in the mail, and I opened it and happily dug in. 

How Nature Can Answer the Problems of Human Experiences: Escapism: Words + Photos

Snowmobiling Inside...in Detroit? Exploring Michigan’s Outdoor Adventure Center

by Culinary Spelunker / Sep 26, 2016 /
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My face must have shown my confusion when my new neighbor in suburban Detroit gave me a cooking mitt. I was grateful, of course, but a bit bewildered at what seemed like an unusual housewarming gift.
 
“It’s Michigan,” she smiled. “We’re the glove state.” Enthusiastically, she held her hand up to show that the state of Michigan has an uncanny resemblance to a gloved hand. Then she put up her other hand. “And this is the UP. You know, the Upper Peninsula. Up north?”
 
I didn’t know.
 

Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks

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Some books come into your life and stay with you. For whatever reason, they strike a chord and fit right in. And while this is rare, it does happen. One book that is forever lodged in my heart is Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America's National Parks, by Mark Woods. It's a personal look at natural spaces, at family and friends, at moving and doing, at being in nature. It's a thoughtful record of exploration and listening and thinking, of love, of essence of place.

Raptors, Science, and Essence of Place: Avenging the Owl

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Being a teen is hard. Being a teen with a series of life changes is even harder. One new YA book that explores this theme is Avenging the Owl, by Melissa Hart.

6 Destinations Perfect for Walking Holidays

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For some people, relaxation during a holiday is all about a leisurely walk, while for others, walking is more of a sport. Whether it is in a park, mall, or on a hiking path, walking is an activity that can be enjoyable in more ways than one. With this in mind, if you are looking for a place that can be visited for a walking holiday, below are some of the best options. 

Postcard From Plitvice Lakes National Park

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As Croatian folk music blasts in the background, my family makes our way through windy mountain roads in our tiny rental car. We drive quickly by tiny villages and rolling green hills, dotted with trees, where happy sheep graze. The mountains are very beautiful, but only a preview of the spectacular place we are soon enter. Before long, the drive is over, the music turned off, the tickets bought, and we are entering the park. 

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