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    Guest Post: Kayaking In New Zealand
    October 18, 2020
    Guest Posts, Paddling
    Close your eyes and picture everything you enjoy and love about being out in...
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    Guest Post: The Gorgeous Gorges of Verdon
    August 26, 2020
    Uncategorized
    Not only is this guy a writer, researcher, and consultant, but he is also...
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    Guest Post: What Should You Always Bring On A Day Hike?
    August 21, 2020
    Uncategorized
    I am proud to introduce to you James Woods, a fellow avid outdoor enthusiast,...
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    Guest Post: 10 Small Business Ideas For Those Who Love the Outdoors
    December 19, 2019
    Guest Posts
    I'd like to introduce to you a fine young man and fellow outdoor enthusiast...
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    Fishing Trip Tradition I Hope Never Dies - 2019
    June 21, 2019
    Exploring, Fishing
    I just returned home from my annual fishing trip, and what an awesome trip...
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    Guest Post: Yellowstone Wheelchair and Stroller Accessible Hikes
    June 8, 2019
    Guest Posts, Hiking
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    A Hike To Heal A Broken Heart
    June 4, 2019
    Family Stuff, Hiking
    After the dear, dear loss of my doggie companion and best friend, Kacy, I...
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    Guest Post: My First Fishing Experience; What An Adventure!
    April 26, 2019
    Exploring, Fishing, Guest Posts
    My First Fishing Experience; What An Adventure!A guest post written by Fishing Guy I was...
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    Guest Post: Mountain Careers Is Changing The Job Market In Mountain Towns
    March 29, 2019
    Exploring, feature post, Guest Posts, Winter Outdoors
    MOUNTAIN CAREERS IS CHANGING THE JOB MARKET IN MOUNTAIN TOWNSHow a job board is...
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    Is It Hiking Season Yet? A Hike In Hopes Winter Is Over
    March 21, 2019
    Uncategorized
    The weather hasn't been very cooperative lately for hiking; at least in my neck...
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    Guest Post: The Risks In Camping and How to Stay Safe: Written by Billy Trotter
    February 19, 2019
    Camping, Guest Posts
    I know that many of you wait impatiently, tapping your toes, sweating profusely, pacing...
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    How To Bust Through The Winter Blues
    February 2, 2019
    Winter Outdoors
    You've probably noticed lately that I haven't written much. You're not wrong. I've noticed...
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    A Christmas Tradition For My Outdoor Family; Twas The Night Before Christmas Outdoors
    December 15, 2018
    Camping, Exploring, Family Stuff, Hiking, Winter Outdoors
    It was just a few days before Christmas 2017 and I had some time...
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    Snowshoe Season Is Coming...Are You Ready?
    December 6, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff, Hiking, Winter Outdoors
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    Words To Live By...My Life, Guided By Proverbs
    November 13, 2018
    Family Stuff
    Growing up in my parents' household, there was always a lesson to be learned...and...
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    Nature Is My Psychiatrist; My Form of Release
    October 30, 2018
    Exploring, Hiking
    What do you do for release when life gets tough? Sometimes, life can seem...
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    The Outdoor Soul's Family Fall Color Tour 2018
    October 21, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff
    As I have stated before, many, many times, fall is by far my favorite...
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    11 Breathtaking Fall Color Tours in Michigan, Including The Ultimate Detroit Downtown Fall Color Tour
    September 30, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff
    As we inch closer and closer toward my favorite time of year…peak fall season...
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    Fall Hiking Season Is Just Around the Bend
    September 18, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff, Hiking
    Well, here we are, folks. The stifling summer season is winding down and autumn...
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    Hiking Mistakes That'll Cost Ya': A Labor Day Adventure
    September 6, 2018
    Exploring, Hiking
    What an awesome holiday weekend it turned out to be...well, for the most part....
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    Best and Worst Campground Finder Apps Reviewed
    August 31, 2018
    Camping
    There are some people out there who choose to camp at the same campground...
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    Trail Brews - Breweries of the North Country Trail - Michigan's Lower Peninsula
    August 21, 2018
    Exploring, feature post, Hiking
    This one is for all of you thirsty hikers out there. If you're anything...
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    Yoopers For A Weekend at Tahquamenon Falls
    August 6, 2018
    Camping, Exploring, Family Stuff, Hiking
    I have to say that I was a wee bit nervous and a touch...
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    Climbing Adventures at TreeRunner Adventure Park
    July 24, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff, feature post
    Good morning...and what a beautiful morning it truly is. I have to say that...
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    One Kayak Paddle Blade Is Better Than None; A Clinton River Paddling Adventure
    July 9, 2018
    Paddling
    It's been HOT outside lately. So hot, I kind of understand how the Wicked...
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    Hiking Hocking Hills and Camping Hullabaloo
    June 29, 2018
    Camping, Exploring, Hiking
    What do you usually think of when you think about traveling through Ohio? If...
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    Father's Day Bike Ride on the Southern Links Trailway in Central Michigan
    June 19, 2018
    Exploring, Family Stuff
    Ahhh, Father’s Day. Dad’s Day. A day for us guys, that have kids of...
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    Pesky Pests of Northern Michigan
    May 31, 2018
    Camping, Exploring, Family Stuff, Hiking
    In preparation for my youngest daughter’s first camping trip, I began thinking about what...
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    Get The Kids Started Loving Nature Early
    May 6, 2018
    Family Stuff, Hiking
    I know that it has been a little while since I’ve written, but I...
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    Oh, Go Take A Hike, Would Ya'?
    April 8, 2018
    Hiking
    What is with the world today? Media is everything. Media is everywhere. Media is...
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    Tranquil Trails of Farmington Hills; Heritage Park Bestows Repose
    March 25, 2018
    Hiking
    After the long, cold winter we just made it out of, it feels like...
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    A Discouraging Attempt at Imperturbation
    March 14, 2018
    Hiking, Uncategorized
    This past weekend, I had a little bit of time to kill when I...
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    Post-Winter Hike; A Cure For Trailsickness
    March 4, 2018
    Hiking, Uncategorized
    Let's begin with a lesson. A word that is most likely new to all...
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    Camping Tips and Tricks
    February 15, 2018
    Uncategorized
    Wow! Holy snow, Batman! We just got dumped on with the powdery, cold white...
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    Michigan Weather Is Ridiculous
    February 6, 2018
    Exploring
    Living in southeastern Michigan during the winter is a roller-coaster of different weather patterns,...
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    Is Storytelling Dead?
    January 23, 2018
    Exploring
    I am despondent, doleful, woebegone, heartbroken even. I consider myself a teller of tales,...
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    A Different Perspective Can Provide Possibilities
    January 16, 2018
    Exploring
    Sometimes I forget about the entirety of the world around me. My personal issues...
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    It Ain't Too Cold for Snowshoeing and Sledding
    January 8, 2018
    Uncategorized, Winter Outdoors
    Saturday, January 6, 2018. Average temperature was only about 5 degrees. Wind chill at...
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    A Look Back On 2017 and A Look Ahead On 2018
    January 5, 2018
    Exploring
    What a year it has been! Full of all kinds of surprises, adventures, obstacles,...
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    'Twas The Night Before Christmas Outdoors
    December 24, 2017
    Uncategorized
    Twas the Night Before Christmas Outdoors ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the...
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    Nature-Deficit Disorder - Our Children Need More Nature
    December 21, 2017
    Camping, Exploring, Family Stuff, feature post, Hiking
    Nature-Deficit Disorder? Is this for real? Actually, as a father in today's day and...
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    North Country Trail - Hike 100 Challenge
    December 16, 2017
    Hiking
    I am extremely proud to say that I am a supporting member of the...
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    No Matter the Cost...I Will Not Give Up
    December 11, 2017
    Exploring
    It seems so long ago. This is delightfully surprising to me, especially because everything...
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    Beyond the Mallow; 8 Scrumptious Campfire Dessert Recipes
    December 6, 2017
    Camping, Uncategorized
    You just aren't doing it right if you don't have at least one amazing...
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    Camping Hiking Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide 2017
    November 29, 2017
    Camping, Family Stuff, Hiking, Winter Outdoors
    Are you stuck trying to decide on what to get the camping or hiking...
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    Giveaway : The Outdoor Soul New Website Launch
    November 23, 2017
    Uncategorized
    Well hello there. How ya doin'? Me? Well, I've been a little busy lately. Actually,...
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    Gear Review - Swerve Backpack from High Sierra
    November 14, 2017
    Camping, Gear Reviews, Hiking
    If you are anything at all like me, you may not always have the...
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    Ever Experienced An Aerial Adventure Park? - The Adventure Park at West Bloomfield, Michigan
    November 9, 2017
    Exploring
    A few months back, my wife and I had elected to take part in...
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    I Want To Live In The Mountains
    November 6, 2017
    Uncategorized
    As the title states, I really want to live in the mountains.  I've dreamed...
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    West Bloomfield Woods - Pining For A Nature Hike
    November 3, 2017
    Hiking
     A Nature Hike Posted on November 3, 2017 It’s been a crazy couple of weeks in our...
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    Happy Halloween From The Outdoor Soul
    October 31, 2017
    Uncategorized
    The Outdoor Soul would like to wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!  Trick...
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    Hiking Etiquette; Discussing The Unwritten Rules...Inspired By Real Hikers and Backpackers
    October 30, 2017
    Hiking
    I was brainstorming on what to write for my next article, and decided to...
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    Best and Worst Hiking Trail Finder Apps Reviewed
    October 24, 2017
    Hiking
    There has been a lot of craziness in our house lately with renovations, hosting...
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    Outdoor Michigander - What Is To Come This Winter?
    October 18, 2017
    Winter Outdoors
    Being an Outdoor Michigander, a true Midwesterninian, a Lord of The Great Lakes State...
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    I'm Not Just a Blogger
    October 15, 2017
    Uncategorized
    Please don’t be mad at me if I don’t post a blog entry every...
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    Fall Color Kayak Adventure on The Pine River, Manistee National Forest
    October 12, 2017
    Camping, Paddling
    I never knew what an adventure we would encounter on the first weekend in...
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    What Do I Need When Camping For Just A Weekend?
    October 7, 2017
    Camping
    This is the big one.  The big bad mama jama.  The tsunami of all...
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    Posting versus Editing: The Main Event
    October 4, 2017
    Uncategorized
    I have come across a daunting dilemma lately.  I have been torn between two...
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    Friday Night Flashback Number Two
    September 30, 2017
    Friday Night Flashbacks
    I want to start off by apologizing to my wonderful, amazing, loyal followers, friends,...
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    Haven Hill Historical Hike
    September 21, 2017
    Hiking
    It was Friday, and the day at work seemed to never end. I needed...
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    A Self Defining, Soul Searching Adventure on Bishop Lake
    September 13, 2017
    Exploring, Hiking
    I want you to do something for me. Stop.  Stop whatever you’re doing.  Right...
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    Little Allie's First Daddy Daughter Day Hike
    September 9, 2017
    Hiking
    TGIF.  That’s what I have to say about that.  What a week at work...
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    Labor Day Weekend Outdoors With the Family
    September 5, 2017
    Family Stuff, Hiking
    I just have to start this with, what an absolutely amazing Labor Day weekend...
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    Friday Night Flashback Number One
    September 2, 2017
    Friday Night Flashbacks
    As I drive to work this morning, seeing nothing but barrages of orange cones...
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    After Work Hike
    August 31, 2017
    Hiking
    As my day at work was coming to an end, sitting at my desk...
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    Made Me Feel Like A Kid Again
    August 28, 2017
    Family Stuff
    Today turned out to be a much better day than I thought it would.  Being...
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    Hidden Away Suburban Oasis
    August 27, 2017
    Hiking
    My drive to work this morning was kind of boring.  I took the freeway,...
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    Take Time To Cleanup Your Email
    August 24, 2017
    Uncategorized
    Okay, now I know that this isn't an Outdoor entry, and I apologize in...
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    GYLBO?!?
    August 23, 2017
    Exploring
    So, I bet you’re wondering…what the heck is GYLBO? Well, it stands for Get...