Category Archives: Hiking

Right on Target


I was greatly heartened by the news that Target will be featuring a curated line of American made products in the upcoming months.  Target’s “Collective” features products from six brands; all the products in the Collective will be produced by … Continue reading

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And the winners are!


I recently learned about a great competition for outdoor products being made in America. The American Made Outdoor Gear Award is the brainchild of the paddling firm Kokatat, where 150 members of our extended American family have been making all things … Continue reading

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An embarrassment of riches


Well, I have lots of goods made by members of your extended American family to tell you about.  So, in no particular order, here we go. Goruck Goruck makes all sorts of great packs, dufflebags, wallets and other assorted good.  I … Continue reading

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What the Wild Things wear


Growing up, I loved the Wild Things.  When Ben was born, we got him a copy of the book and read it to him all the time.  Written in 1963 by Maurice Sendak, the book has sold over 17 million … Continue reading

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Fire when ready Gridley!


My dad used to always use the phrase “Fire when ready Gridley” when ever we were about to begin a task.  I finally found out its origin the other day.  At the beginning of the Battle of Manila in the … Continue reading

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Well that makes it a lot easier!


Sometimes finding products you want that are made by members of our extended American family can be a bit of a struggle.  But thankfully, a lot of websites of well-known retailers are now including a “Made in America” search function … Continue reading

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What is the world’s most precious substance?


We all need water. Plenty of water. But I have to admit, 3 liters a day seems a bit extreme. But what do I know? It’s not like I am a doctor.  I’m a lawyer, and I can’t remember a class … Continue reading

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A worthy read!


It is a simple formula. We need new jobs in this country. We can create new jobs by buying American made shoes, socks, pants, cars, freezers instead of foreign-made shoes, socks, pants, cars and freezers. So I am always on … Continue reading

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The one thing we all require


Nothing enforces utility like backpacking. We just got back from hiking up to the Necklace Valley.  During the steep stretch of the hike, we gained 2600 feet of elevation in two miles.  It makes me tired just writing that.  When … Continue reading

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How to hike like an American without breaking a sweat


Hiking is a trifecta for me. I get to exercise my somewhat rotund body. I get to see beauty in the form of mountains, trees, animals and flowers. And best of all, I get to spend lots of time with my son.  … Continue reading

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