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Deserts are some of the harshest places on Earth. While humans can live off the land in several, severe climates, being stranded in the desert is virtually a death sentence for even the most capable wilderness survivor. It’s this particular reason that makes deserts so interesting. They’re devoid of almost everything life needs to thrive, but it perseveres anyway. Deserts...
namib desert with landmarks and cities
Along the southwest coast of Africa, you’ll find the expansive desert known as the Namib. Aptly named, Namib translates to “vast place” in English. The desert exists along the coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa and covers over 1,200 miles of the African landscape. Thanks to its interesting geological conditions, the Namib is one of the most interesting deserts...
lake in front of mountain at yellowstone national park
Yellowstone National Park is the first National Park, and has is a park with one of the highest traffic per year.  As these statistics, are released, I turn to the park and wonder, "How do they meet the goals set by the NPS mission statement?"  If you do not know National Park Service Mission Statement, it states the following. The...
otter cliff acadia national park
Once again, as the traffic to National Parks increases yearly, I am driven to ask: "How are they fulfilling their mission statement?" Of course, every park has a different approach, but the mission is the same. "The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration...
delicate arch at arches national park
As an estimated 300,000,000 people visit National Parks every year, I have to ask the question: "How are they fulfilling their Mission Statement?" The National Park Service is expanded all over the country, and has a rich history of conservation. "The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the...

5 Scenic Bike Trails

person mountain biking in front of lake and mountains
I know it's winter right now, but if you're like me, you're ready to hop off the stationary bike and hit the trails. I am presenting this list, from my personal archives of goals, for scenic bike trails in North America.   Carriage Trails, Maine On the already beautiful Mount Desert Island, in the heart of Acadia National Park, lies the gorgeous...
huanglong china
Do you dream of traveling to space? If you lament the fact that you can’t hop in a rocket and travel the solar system, you may want to plan a shorter jaunt to one of these incredible destinations on planet Earth. We live in a world of great geological and ecological diversity, and right here at home you’ll be amazed...
sarma cave
A lot of different landscapes form part of our day to day existence.  Most of us, even city dwellers, have spent time in the forest, mountains, desert, or plains.But how much time have you spent underground, plumbing the depths of the earth?  Many people can only remember a handful of times they ever had a chance to explore a...
Popocatepetl, Mexico (Russ Bowling/Flickr)
Volcanic activity is a regular and harsh reminder that the planet we live on features an ever-changing geology. Located along the edges of tectonic plates, volcanoes are fissures that allow the boiling magma, ash, and gases from beneath the earth’s surface to explode violently in response to shifts in the tectonic plates. The mercurial and cataclysmic nature of volcanic eruptions...
Victoria Falls
Anyone who's seen a waterfall up close will agree that their majesty is almost indescribable. If even a small fall can inspire these feelings, imagine what it's like to look at the world's largest waterfall.These are the 10 biggest falls on the planet, based on their width, rather than height or volume. Each one is wonderful in its own...