How to Choose the Right Bug Repellent

You’re at your cabin throwing some things into a backpack for a day hike: water bottle, trail mix, sunscreen, trail map, GPS unit and insect repellent. But what kind of bug blocker? Some people have very strong opinions about their choice of insect repellent. There are some hardcore outdoors types in my friendship circle […]

The Joy of Riding

The morning is still, cold and clear. Last night’s fresh snowfall has covered the landscape, wiping everything clean. It’s just you and the great wide open. This is the joy of riding. Whether your ride of choice is an ATV or snowmobile, your options are only limited by your imagination.

Arctic Cat’s TRV 550 has a […]

The Secret to Spectacular Fall Colors

Why are some years good for fall colors, when others are not? The best autumn colors come in years when we’ve had plenty of rain (so the trees are not stressed), warm sunny days and cool cool nights. Other factors such as soil conditions and genetics also contribute to the color change equation.The whole process […]

Tick-Borne Illnesses & Diseases

Q: I’ve heard that ticks can carry Lyme disease, but are there other diseases they can spread that I should be aware of? Also, do different kinds of ticks carry different diseases? How can I reduce my exposure to ticks while at my cabin?
– Cassie, via email

A: There are many different varieties of ticks and, […]

Hiking with GPS

Let’s say, for instance, that you’re out on a hike when you spy a little off-shoot trail snaking across a ridgeline where you bet the views are amazing. Except this little, unknown trail isn’t on your map. Of course, you’ll have to explore it, but what happens if a fog rolls in? What if the […]

2014 ATV Model Roundup

Ride ‘em in, load ‘em up, drive ‘em out, ride ‘em back, roundup!

Sometimes I make up my own words to ATV-riding songs, like the old theme to “Rawhide.” How can you not have fun doing work on these 4-wheeled fun machines? I picked these five for this year’s ATV roundup.


Staying Safe Hiking & Exploring in the Mountains

Preparation and safety are the keys to a positive outdoor experience. Take the time to prepare correctly and you’ll have a much more enjoyable time. So many components of staying safe in the mountains consist of planning ahead.

Here are some safety tips I’ve learned through training and experience:

Consider factors like the time of year, terrain […]

Autumn Hiking

Come the day after Labor Day, lots of folks act like the jig is up. Time to get back to work, back to school, back to schlepping the kids to soccer, tennis, gymnastics, cheerleading, football and on and on. Your time at the cabin most likely gets more restricted or slowly disappears altogether as winter […]

Avoid the Itch!

First, Identify the Enemy Poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac – all closely related species of the genus Toxicodendron – are the most detested and feared of all weeds. The first step in preventing trouble is taking the time to recognize the plant’s characteristics so that you may avoid […]

10 Great ATV/ORV Trails in the U.S.

One of the best things about remote cabins, cottages, camps and lakehomes is that they are never far from a good wilderness path. When you get the itch to hit the trail, there are plenty of options for hiking, biking and riding ATVs or other off-road vehicles (ORVs). Here are just a few worthy ATV/ORV […]