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Cool Find: Patagonia Girls' Re-Tool Snap-T® Pullover

Patagonia Girls' Re-Tool Snap-T Pullover

There's a can-do philosophy that seems to characterize the brand Patagonia, no doubt an attitude forged by founder Yvon Chouinard, and it reflects well in this new pull-over fleece for girls. Meaning this: this synthetic fleece is composed of 51% recycled materials . . .

What National Park Rangers Have to Say About the Closed Parks

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Park rangers are not allowed to share their personal opinions on the issues at hand because they're federal employees. So the National Parks Conservation Association assembled this video using letters written by anonymous Park rangers read by narrators. It offers us a glimpse into what's on their minds during this bizzare time for our most cherished lands . . .

Climbing Devil's Tower: Jenn Flemming Ascends America's Classic Climb, Credits Her Parents

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If I had to chisel my bucket list down to three things, they'd be cycling across France, rafting the Colorado River, and climbing Devil's Tower. Devil's Tower is a 1200-foot-tall volcanic plug in Wyoming, and it's protected as a National Monument that President Teddy Roosevelt established in 1906. Depending on the route to the top, it could be as many as 6 pitches of climbing . . .

When The Best Bike in The World Gets Stolen from a 12-Year-Old Boy

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It was the best bike money could buy in the early 1980s. He enjoyed the satisfaction of it for just a short time, though

In the mid-1970s a pimply faced adolescent named Perry Kramer probably had no idea whatsoever that he'd be making one of the longest standing marks on the fledgling, and largely amateur, early BMX racing world. He was just about 15 or 16 when he started snatching titles around the southwest and scored some sponsorships. In 1976, the year I was born, he ranked second in the first pro national event, the real deal that made a circuit from California to Florida. Not quite 18 years old, he landed on the cover of Bicycle Motocross Magazine in May of '76.

And then things got really interesting for Kramer, if you're not already impressed. SE Racing, a company he co-founded, launched a new and pioneering bike frame made out of aluminum. Building aluminum frames back in those foggy days most often resulted in lackluster, fragile bikes because the material is more finicky to work than hi-tensile or chromium-molybdenum steel. Because aluminum is so light, it promised to make a ripping-good BMX bike if the boys could figure out how to make a viable frame from it. And that they did. The company had dialed in the process, the geometry, the tube shape, the joints, the welding and yielded a highly durable bike that could take all the pounding administered by a 17-year-old kid chasing the riches of a $200 race purse. Because of the difficulty and expense of working with aluminum, and the great measure of badassness, the bike was nearly legendary overnight.

The Art and Beauty of Handmade Globes in the Age of Google Earth

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Just last week my six-year-old daughter asked to play on my wife's iPad in the final moments before bedtime. "Sure," I told her, "but just for ten minutes. What do you want to play, anyway?"

She thought for a second, shifted her eyes around the room and considered her choices. "I want to play Google Earth." You know as well as I do that it's not a game. Nevertheless, when she gets to use the iPad, she has a handful of games to play but more often than not she wants to soar around the world looking at things through the window of Google Earth. Like Rome. The South Pole. Her school. Grandma's house. She blows me away with this stuff.

Tomorrow Somewhere New: Here's How One Family Travels Full-Time in an Airstream Trailer

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Josh and Jessica have a young son, and they used to have a lot of stuff. According to their manifesto, that included some pretty normal things: a second car, a 72-inch TV, home theater system, dining table, three sofas, a bed, piles of children’s toys and games, a wardrobe, a snow shovel, and oh yeah a five-bedroom house in the 'burbs of Manhattan, Kansas. But they grew highly dissatisfied with their life, not so much because of their possessions but because of how little free time they had. Who doesn't know that feeling well? Nevertheless, the couple brewed up a solution with a pretty potent main ingredient: "So we decided to sell our stuff . . ."

 . . . and they launched a dream.

Recipe: Campfire-Grilled Smothered Chicken Tenders

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The trouble with grilling chicken is that it's awfully easy to cook it until it's dried out. Sure, there are a few tricks, especially for boneless skinless breasts, like pound them flat first and turning them often. But another way around it, perhaps, is to use the much smaller breast tenders.

Bob Burnquist's Backyard Is Named Dreamland For a Reason

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Earlier this year, I put in a 16'x20' paver patio in my backyard with my own two hands and I was pretty proud of it. Apparently, that's chump change. You know what pro skater (and father of two) Bob Burnquist put in his backyard? A world-renowned mega ramp that's longer than a football field, cost just shy of $300,000 to construct, and a braving boarder can hit 55 MPH on this sucker....

Parenting And The Eye of The Beholder

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This cool short video is jammed with inspiring time lapse landscapes, gorgeous mountains, and fresh, wild air. If you listen to the narration penned by my friend Meghan Ward, an outdoorswoman, writer, and a brand new mother, you'll hear what her take is on what it means that everything changes when you have children of you own.

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