Outdoor Enthusiast’s Heaven – Smoky Mountains National Park

smoky-mountainsThe Smoky Mountains offers an incredible range of diverse activities for visitors to take advantage of. Hiking, cycling, fishing, and the exploration of wildlife and historical sites are available for all people; whether you are brand-new to the tangled wildlife of a national park or an expert, there are opportunities for everyone. Shorter trails are available for those who are more inexperienced, and there are even specially designated child-friendly trails are offered.

A basic understanding of what to do in a dangerous situation involving black bears should be maintained before a trip to the Smoky Mountains. Black bears are often unpredictable and violent animals, and one should not approach them or allow them to approach. In order to not encourage problems between humans and bears, do not throw away food into the wilderness, and certainly do not offer food to the bears.

However, black bears and other forms of wildlife is always a pleasure to view from a distance with a camera or telescope, and should definitely be done. Just remember that safety is first!

Gem of United States Nature – The Grand Canyon

grand-canyonA summer vacation idea not to be missed is a road trip to the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is split into two rims; the North and South rim. Due to the disparity in their elevations, the two rims seem like two completely separate parks. If you’re interested in visiting the North Rim, be sure to save the trip for a date between May and October, or you may risk being trapped by snowfall. However, a visit to the North Rim is well worth it because of the breathtaking views and solitude that can be experienced through a day hike.

Both rims should be explored through day hikes, and can be explored in a variety of different ways. Park rangers are available to offer information on the history and science of the park, and mule trips are offered for both rims. The South rim offers a Desert View drive, whitewater rafting trips through the Colorado River, and a photo hot spot for nature photographers trying to find the best lighting to capture views of the park. The North rim offers a myriad of different hiking trails and roads, and should be explored as thoroughly as possible for some truly awesome sights.

Yosemite – the Infamous!

yosemiteYosemite is one of the most infamous national parks in the United States. It also has one of the most infamous mispronunciations of all time. Contrary to popular belief (and my personal long-held one) the word does not rhyme with “hose-might”, and rather is pronounced “yo-sim-it-tea”.

But let’s not limit this magnificent piece of nature to its name. Yosemite is a buffet of the various spectacles of nature: waterfalls, mountains, rivers, you name it.

A classic visitor stop is the Merced River. A beautifully blue, bright body of water, it is an aquatic resource important to Yosemite and the ecosystem it supports within. Certain points along the river offer clear views to the mountains that rise in the distance, a feature that satisfies the most avid photographers. But the river is not limited to sightseeing: it is also a popular spot for rafting, especially in the summer. Swimming through the clean, clear water is enjoyable as well. But be careful, the water is often cold and the currents can be fast and dangerous.

The river and various lakes aren’t the only aquatic beauties of Yosemite. The waterfalls located in Yosemite are stunning, and some of the lesser known ones serve as a real treat for those looking to wander in solitude. A few to put on your list of potential destinations include Illilouette and Chilnualna Falls.

A visit to Yosemite would not be complete without a visit to one of the stony marvels along the Sierra Nevada. The most popular include El Capitan and the Half Dome, both situated in the Yosemite Valley. But there are other worthwhile peaks, such as the Sentinel Rock and the Cathedral Rocks and Spires.

One of history’s legendary photographers, Ansel Adams photographed Yosemite often. His photographs capture Yosemite’s sites at their most beautiful, and if you visit the gift shop, be sure to pick up a few copies of his pictures!

The Best Campsites Collection #1 – Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is a true bucket list destination. It’s unlikely a list about camping has ever missed this American treasure, though that doesn’t discount its awe inspiring nature. In fact, views from the North Rim are in effect the very definition of breathtaking. The area’s most accessible campground features tent and RV camping and is the kind of place you’ll still be talking about months later.

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The Ultimate Hiking Trail – Appalachian

A hiking trip is a great way to get back to nature and to escape urban life, at least for a little while. The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world and runs across 14 American states from Georgia to Maine, passing mountainous terrain, forest and lakes. Practice your boots before you set off into the wilderness. Our road ahead t-shirt will keep you motivated and cool each and every of the 2160 miles!

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Rangers point at things

Park Rangers are wonderful people who serve millions of park visitors. The first formally appointed park rangers were Charles A. Leidig and Archie O. Leonard of Yosemite National Park starting in 1898. Since then Park Rangers make your visit all the worthwhile by first protecting the nature and then helping the visitors with useful  working knowledge about the park and the wonders of nature in it.  They also know to have fun while pointing at things. Check out ‪#‎rangerspointingatthings.  As you hit to trails at your favorite national park, check out our excellent collection of hiking shirts and grab one that suits your taste.

Photo Courtesy of National Park Service
Photo Courtesy of National Park Service

New Arrivals – T-Shirts, Hoodies & More

Today we have added about a dozen new products to the shop – fans of fly fishing, hiking, and snow sports will really dig these new designs. We have a mix a short sleeve tees, long sleeve t-shirts, hoodies and women fit tees. Only the long sleeve tees are not made from organic cotton, but all products are guaranteed to be the softest most comfortable garment you’ve ever put on. Now is the time to add a few items to your closet, whether you’re looking for something to keep you warm on the trail or just ready to hang out with friends at the local bar.

Let’s take a look at just a few of the new items

1. Women’s Snowflake Organic T-shirt – $19
Classic women’s fit organic t-shirt featuring a stylish snowflake design. They say no two snowflakes are alike … show up at a party in this tee and you’ll be as unique as the snowflakes on it.

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2. Evolution of a Hiker – $19
Organic cotton t-shirt featuring the evolution of a hiker. It didn’t take 10 million years for this progression to happen – as soon as our eyes first set watch on a sunset over the Rockies, man has been ready the hike for enjoyment and not necessity.

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3. Adams Dry Fly Hoodie – $40
This hoodie is made from a comfortable 55% organic cotton / 45% recycled polyester blend. We know it gets cold standing in the river during the early March weather. This hoodie makes a great base layer to wear under your waterproof top.

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