I peeled up two more strips of bacon from the paper sheet and put them into the plastic bag with the others. I handled them delicately so they wouldn’t break apart. Zipping up the bag, I nestled it in the box of frozen hamburgers, pitas, and bagels. Sunday afternoon in the storehouse bay was always …

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As a child, Dr. Antonia “Toni” Neubauer declared, “I will go places, see people and do things.” Now in her 70s, she can look back with pride, knowing she has accomplished so much more than most ever dream of attempting. Some people are able to realize their true calling through their profession, but Dr. Neubauer …

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I arrived in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with a significant amount of travel experience under my belt. In addition to numerous shorter trips, I had spent the last 2 years of my degree “studying” in the Czech Republic and South Africa (a.k.a. backpacking across Eastern Europe and basking on the beaches of Cape Town). My travel …

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Katie Albert could be described as a “small town girl,” but only technically. Sure, she is just seventeen and her hometown of Waterloo, Illinois has under 10,000 residents. Her perspective, however, stretches far beyond the horizons of the southern Illinois heartland. In fact, Katie has her sights set on visiting all seven continents – a …

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Now, plenty of people’s perfect weekend will go something like this: go out to a pub or a nightclub, get steaming drunk, and crawl in at the wee hours — but not this girl. I will be in bed by 10pm and up by 5am to see a few mountains. Here is a guide to what …

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Recently I was packing for a hiking trip that would take me through Colorado’s Weminuche and Rio Grande Wildernesses. When I reached for my small first aid kit – something I bought in an outdoor store years ago – I was reminded of its overall inadequacy. As an EMT, I have a hefty medic bag full …

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Mia Flanagan, stylist and tastemaker, found and paired the following images to remind us that fashion inspiration is everywhere. Behold, art does mirror nature. We suspected so. All of the outdoors photos are from National Geographic and all fashion photos are from W.                   

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You’ve been hiking since 5:30 this morning and still have two miles to go. You know you’re on the homestretch but you’re tired, your feet hurt, you’re covered in dirt, and the only dangling carrot that is keeping you in a forward motion is the knowledge that you are going to destroy some delicious dinner …

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“I began a lifelong love affair with a pile of rock.” ~ Edward Abbey Growing up I had never heard the words “rock climber” uttered and, to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t actually aware that it was a sport that people dedicated their lives to. I come from a pretty conservative family. It was all …

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In sixth grade I woke up with the Big Red Dot. The Big Red Dot. I sat in the bathroom coddling the whirlwind of feelings in my stomach: excitement, panic, triumph, naivety, dread. Mostly dread. The Big Red Dot was the epic tag of womanhood that I’d been anxiously awaiting since they introduced us to periods in …

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On Saturday morning we awoke to a flood of brilliant light at our base camp near the Two Pan Trailhead in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains — Eagle Cap Wilderness. The sun was so bright it made the drops of rain still clinging to leaves into prisms and gave the air a fresh taste. There were over …

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“Clarity” reads a license plate in the parking lot at work. I sulk as I walk past it to my car. It’s ironic to find a plate like that in the Pacific Northwest, where it remains cloudy and gray and rains most of the year. I immediately despise the driver for his blatant optimism. When …

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