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  • How to Explore Michigan Like a Local

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Where can you find stunning coastline, charming shoreline towns, and a variety of restaurants serving up dishes with locally sourced ingredients? All signs point to Michigan—the perfect destination for sustainable adventure. To learn all about why eco-minded travelers will love this Midwest state, we tapped Michigan local and sustainable…

  • Getting a Dog Taught Me to Love the Outdoors All Over Again

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> I was on a Backpacker winter gear testing trip when I knew I was ready. It was five days of skiing and camping in Oregon’s Wallowa Mountains. Cotton candy sunsets and perfect corn turns punctuated the long skins, sticky snow, and frigid nights. There was plenty to be blissful…

  • My Partner Is Looking for Bigger Adventures, but I’m Ready to Slow Down 

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Welcome to Tough Love. We’re answering your questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Our advice giver is Blair Braverman, dogsled racer and author of Small Game and Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Have a question of your own? Write to us at toughlove@outsideinc.com. My boyfriend of three…

  • My First Kiss at a Campfire Actually Taught Me a Lot About Life

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> I had my first kiss—not a Spin-the-Bottle peck, or a Truth-or-Dare mini-smooch—in front of a campfire. Unfortunately, it was also in front of about 100 other summer campers, and a handful of camp directors who didn’t appreciate the PDA. And it was hardly a show of genuine affection. Rather,…

  • For the Love of Summer Camp

    Michael Roberts: Please leave your message for Mike.  Paddy O’Connell: Hey, hey Mike. It’s Paddy O, your favorite podcaster. The summer camp story is all ready to go but it’s missing your introduction. I know you’re heading out on your own summer camp-y vacation, but we really just need you to explain that Outside contributor…

  • Should I Care About the Carbon Footprint of Celebrities?

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Dear Sundog: Periodically, celebrities get blasted for flying their private jets all over the place or committing some other kind of wasteful, climate-hurting action. Should I care? —Papa Rossi Dear Papa: The hand-wringing over celebrity excess is, for many, yet one more reason to be anxious and outraged about…

  • Why I Live in a Mountain Town

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Even with decades of familiarity with the Mad River Valley of Vermont, I’m constantly surprised by the beauty and unique experiences the area has to offer. Sure, there are days when I become entangled in the fast pace of my daily routine. But all I ever have to do…

  • What if I Introduce My Friend to Backpacking and She’s Better than Me?

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> Welcome to Tough Love. We’re answering your questions about dating, breakups, and everything in between. Our advice giver is Blair Braverman, dogsled racer and author of Small Game and Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. Have a question of your own? Write to us at toughlove@outsideinc.com. My friend has told…

  • I Did A Plank Every Day For 120 Days. Here’s What Happened.

    (All illustrations: Brendan Leonard) The post I Did A Plank Every Day For 120 Days. Here’s What Happened. appeared first on Outside Online.

  • How to Change the World

    “],”filter”:{“nextExceptions”:”img, blockquote, div”,”nextContainsExceptions”:”img, blockquote, a.btn, a.o-button”},”renderIntial”:true,”wordCount”:350}”> For more than 70 years, the Land Rover Defender has been the vehicle of choice for people making a positive dent in the world. That’s why Land Rover launched the Defender Service Awards—to recognize and support organizations that are contributing to the health of their communities, the environment, and…

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