How to Become a Zero-Waste Hiker

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If you’ve ever stopped in a town near a long-trail, you’ve probably seen hikers re-packaging their food. We trade cookie tins and cartons for Ziploc bags, creating a compact food bag. And by the time we’ve completed our weekly resupply, many of us end up with a pile of trash that’s destined for the landfill. 

This re-packaging makes it possible for us to support ourselves as we travel on foot, but it also means that we leave behind a large trash footprint in the places we love. With a little

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Rebel Road roars back in Muskegon with stunt shows, live music

MUSKEGON, MI – Stunt shows and live music helped welcome motorcyclists to Rebel Road on Friday, July 16.

Stephanie Jenkins, who attended every Rebel Road rally since it began in 2015, said she’s looking forward to being back after two years without an event.

“It’s good for Muskegon. It brings money to the town and bikes,” Jenkins said.

Motorcycles lined the streets in downtown Muskegon Friday for the return of Rebel Road and Bike Time. The rallies, held over the same weekend in Muskegon, draw thousands to the city for a celebration of bikes, food, music and more. Both events

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“Food sovereignty’: Community gardens, urban farms in Sacramento

This is the third installment in a Sacramento Bee series on local food insecurity. The first and second parts are available to read online.

Alexandria White’s garden doesn’t look like a traditional garden.

The crops aren’t planted in perfect rows in the side yard of her Oak Park home. The tomatoes are tucked between bright sunflowers. Cucumbers grow next to eggplants and peppers. She had to cut back her rosemary bush because it was starting to take over.

But White said growing her own food over the last five years or so has been both fulfilling and empowering. She and

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Awesome at Hiking, Terrible With Money


In an essay at Outside magazine, Gloria Liu explores a phenomenon that hits close to home for herself: Young, outdoorsy types tend to be terrible with money. Liu, now in her late 30s, uses herself as Exhibit A, but she notes that many of her friends also fit the description. In her 20s, after ditching a nice-paying job in financial services, she embraced what she calls the “dirtbag lifestyle.” She’d survive on wages operating chairlifts in a ski town, for example, before moving on to the next town. She’d save just enough cash—her “f— you money”—to

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Canada border reopening to fully vaccinated US citizens Aug. 9

Canada will reopen to fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents next month.

“On August 9, 2021, at 12:01 a.m. EDT, fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents of the United States (U.S.), currently residing in the U.S., will be permitted to enter Canada for discretionary (non-essential) travel,” Canada said in a statement.

A COVID-19 vaccination must be complete at least 14 days prior to entry. 

Children under the age of 12 or who are not yet eligible for vaccination in the U.S. or unvaccinated dependent children will be allowed to enter the country with a fully vaccinated parent, step-parent,

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Exploring London Via Hostel Is A Great Experience, And You Can Start With These

There is so much to see and do in the historic city of London; landmarks, museums, pubs, architecture, culture, and more—with something for every traveler. However, the city can get expensive, and this is why many visitors decide to bunk up in more affordable accommodations like hostels.

RELATED: A Travel Guide To London: 10 Things To Know While Planning Your Trip

But don’t be intimidated by the word ‘hostel,’ as these offerings are a far cry from a dingy, dirty room packed with saggy beds in someone’s attic. The new wave of hostels is chic, trendy, clean, affordable, and best

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Iggy Azalea Plans to Take a Few Years Off from Releasing Music

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Cannes Gives Slot to Hong Kong Protest Film Revolution of our Times’

In a late move, the Cannes Film Festival has announced the addition of a new film to its official line-up. The documentary, “Revolution of Our Times,” depicts recent political and social events in Hong Kong, and will play on Friday in a special screening.

Cannes this year is chock full of issue-led programming about climate change, crises in Africa, diversity and equality. Few topics are as pressing or complex as the ideological clash between the liberal west and China’s modern brand of Communist-badged totalitarianism.

The front line in this undeclared war is Hong Kong, a former British colony that returned

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Over 1,900 acres of crown jewel Garst family farm set for August auction

Interest is growing in a historic family farm described as a “crown jewel” by Peoples Company and Community Insurance Agency. The eight parcels in Coon Rapids, Iowa, that are up for auction on August 17 have a lot working in their favor.

The land is being sold by the agriculturally innovative Garst family, who famously hosted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during the Cold War in 1959.

Long-term soil conservation practices have been implemented over decades on the land parcels going to auction. They include no-till practices in place since the 1980s, the introduction of cover crops in 2013, terraces, buffer

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Michigan couple spends 6 months hiking

Four days after their April 2 wedding, Michigan residents Nick and Kara Saur were covering their skin with industrial-strength bug repellant, not SPF 30 suntan lotion.

And the adventure-seeking newlyweds – Kara is a native of Canton; Nick was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area – were lacing up hiking boots, not slipping on sandals, for a six-month, 2,193-mile journey on the Appalachian Trail.

“It started out as a joke, to be honest,” Kara Saur said, chuckling, as she and Nick neared the 1,300-mile mark of their journey July 8 somewhere in northwest New Jersey. “We thought, ‘What

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