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  • Social Security Hike: Is it enough?
    Social Security Hike: Is $22 a more a month really enough?
    CNN Money reports a hike in social security benefits for 2015 of 1.7%. How much does that translate into financially for the average retiree? He or she will rake in an extra $22 per month. Based on the cost of living, this amount doesn't sound...
  • Five hikes in Irvine Ranch
    Five hikes in Irvine Ranch
    Irvine Ranch bills itself as the "National Landmark in Your Backyard" and with 40,000 acres located in and around the neighborhoods of Orange County, stretching from the ocean to the mountains, that's actually a pretty fair claim....
  • Join the Stray Cat Strut on the Cross Florida Greenway
    Join the Stray Cat Strut on the Cross Florida Greenway
    Walk, bicycle, or horseback ride for felines at the Stray Cat Strut at the Cross Florida Greenway (SR 200 to CR 484) on October 11, 2014. The funds raised by the participants will support Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) programs provided by Sheltering...
  • Take a Hike: Warehouse District Tour
    Warehouse District 'Take a Hike' Walking Tours
    Take a HikeGoing on now through September 16, 2014Enjoy five, free, guided walking tours of the Warehouse District, Gateway District, PlayhouseSquare, Canal Basin Park in the Flats and the Civic Center. Each tour lasts approximately one and a half...
  • Ballston Pond
    Tagging the trails through Arlington
    Sometimes one trail leads to another, either intersecting or dovetailing. However it happens it is most often well marked. After a while, experienced hikers become well oriented. Inexperienced hikers should grab a bike trail map.“These loop...
  • The orchard
    Mrs. White's orchard
    Today’s hike is at Potomac Overlook Regional Park. It is the choice for several reasons:It is warm and blustery, and walking in the woods can be more interesting than sedentary.Mrs. White’s orchard may be bearing fruit.I am taking...
  • Saturday news: Coopers hawk nearly nabbed a crow
    Saturday news: Coopers hawk nearly nabbed a crow
    Hiking the Custis Trail and back through the Cherrydale Park today, we encountered crows loitering along in the shade. Suddenly, a Coopers hawk nose dived from high in the trees and came very close to catching a crow. That is why crows and hawks...
  • Steamboat Springs Mountain
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado-The otherside of the mountain
    Descending over the Rocky Mountains snow-capped peaks in July thrills travelers heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. A three hour drive from Denver, winding through some of the prettiest scenery in the state, Steamboat Springs attracts the...
  • Biking Arlington
    Bike, hike, and roses: Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden
    First, I headed down Custis Trail and there was a continuous stream of bicyclists today. There must have been a local rally. All ages and all types of bikes are going by as we hiked to Bon Air Park.Blue Jays are feeding their young. Squirrels are...
  • Zinnias
    Green Friday garden walk
    Today’s hike included a tour of the herb garden at Bon Air Memorial Rose Garden. At different stages, the herb garden may be as interesting as the roses.Before departing the starting position, I had to grab some reachable cherries. They are...
  • Family canoeing
    Hike, bike and paddle along the canal
    Hike, bike and paddle along the canalCanal history in America began here when George Washington, one of our early commercial developers, contemplated how to move people and their supplies around the Great Falls on the Potomac River. Following a...
  • Deer along Military Road
    Gulf Branch Nature Center is alive
    Filled with about fifty children, teachers, and nature specialists, the Gulf Branch Nature Center was teaming with enthusiastic visitors on a muggy Friday morning. What they may have missed are the deer feeding along the roadway not far from the...
  • Ceramic bunny
    Hot walk, but lots to see
    It was 86 degrees at about 2:00 p.m. today and the duration of the walk was 3.5 miles. There are lots of flowers blooming now, and I had a cup of coffee and watered them before taking off.There’s a ceramic bunny on Wilson Road that is about...
  • Stimulate creativity hiking a trail for National Trails Day
    Stimulate creativity hiking a trail for National Trails Day
    Trails open up the natural world to the everyone regardless of their physical abilities and age. Depending on the type of experience one is looking for trails of different types can provide an enriching opportunity to explore the wilderness. The...
  • Out-of-the-ordinary Mother's Day activities around San Jose
    Out-of-the-ordinary Mother's Day activities around San Jose
    Taking Mom to a nice Mother’s Day brunch? Or maybe cooking something yummy for the special lady?This year, consider doing something a little different for Mom. Depending on which activity, shown below, you can pair it up with a brunch before...