Tag Archives: family hiking

Outdoor Safety for Families: How to Stay Safe this Hiking Season

With the end of winter and the start of spring comes warmer weather, blooming flowers, and peak hiking season. While you should absolutely enjoy the trails, be sure to keep an eye out for some dangers the warmer weather brings: poisonous plants, fungi, insects, and arachnids all pose some significant dangers to hikers. The best thing that you can do to stay safe is to keep an eye out for these dangers and prevent poisoning in the first place.

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Emeralds and Rubies, Muck and Luck

Hiddenite, NC is a tiny town with a sparkling history.  Back in the late 1800s, Thomas Edison hired a mineralogist named William Earl Hidden to look for platinum in the foot hills of Alexander County, NC.  Hidden found an intriguing green gemstone instead.  Named for Hidden, the gemstone was soon …

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Camping at Vogel State Park, Georgia

As part of our family’s Appalachian Trail backpacking trip, my wife and I took our daughters camping at Vogel State Park in Georgia.  Apart from the terribly twisty road that gave my wife and one daughter motion sickness, the park was beautiful and well worth the trip.  It has a …

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Joseph Babson Bio

From a young age, I have enjoyed the outdoors and the adventures the natural world brings.  My brother and I ran rampant through the fields and forests of North Carolina.  We hunted, fished, camped, hiked, and explored as often as we could.  I learned to love and respect nature and …

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