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Hercules Glades Wilderness

Hercules Glades Wilderness
It's Fall now and apparently quickly turning into Winter with the temperatures dropping so quickly! This is my favorite time of year for backpacking and kayaking. It's also the time of year that I begin to fight my number one outdoor battle…getting a comfortable night's rest! I'm going to dedicate some blog space and gear testing time during this cold season to the pursuit of a comfortable night's rest in cold weather.
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Springfield Conservation Nature Center

Springfield Conservation Nature Center
I have to be ready at all times to carry or alternately chase after a 25 pound bundle of energy. Thank you Chaco USA for understanding and making these Z2s especially for the thrill-seeking Mothers of toddlers. What? You made them for river guides? The box must have said River Rats, I thought it said Rug Rats. Well, I would never have known if you hadn't said something ;)
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Platypus Platy Bottles Review

Platypus Platy Bottles Review
Some of the other great things are that it weighs less than any other water storage method I know. Platypus says that it actually weighs 80% less than a hard bottle of equal volume…every ounce counts. Also, it's BPA free and I've never noticed that "plasticky" taste that I often get from hard water bottles.
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