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3 May Flowers
GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, TN Every April, snow gives way to white of a different kind when phacelias, trilliums, and bloodroots burst into season. You don’t have to go far to see the show on the hike to Fern Branch Falls: The flora starts
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Private by Nature
THE SMALL TRAILHEAD parking lot was packed. Over a dozen cars were sardined in, with more in the overflow lot 100 yards down the road. My heart sank. This was not what I’d expected when I planned a family-and-friends backpacking trip in California’s
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Assisted Pistols
This squat variation demands balance and core strength, building stability to navigate thigh-high snow and turbulent waters. Sets 3 Reps 8 (each leg) 1. Stand with your back to a chair or bench (or log) as if about to sit. 2. Standing on your right l