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May 22, 2020

Summarizing a mountain’s worth of stories, current events,
creative ideas and stuff that makes us lol

#sh*tkidssay

Son: dad there's a monster under my bed, can I sleep in your room?

Me: look it's you he's after why make him my problem too...

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weekly survival tip

The air is getting warmer, the national parks are opening and the bears are out. Visitors got glimpses of a mama grizzly and her four cubs in Grand Teton National Park earlier this week. So it’s probably about that time to start reviewing your bear safety knowledge 

trail talk

As the nation begins to open up and loosen restrictions imposed to slow the spread of covid-19, we’re all having to make new calculations about how we go about our daily lives. That includes if, when and how we might start seeing friends and family again. It’s not an easy negotiation, principally because there is still so much we don’t know about this virus. That said, given what we do know, there are ways to start conversations with those you may want to include in your new, slightly larger, quarantine bubble. Here’s a handy guide on how to do just that, the considerations to weigh and the ground rules with which to start.

trail matters

Global greenhouse emissions are way down as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, what might seem like a major silver lining, is really only a good thing, experts say, if the global recovery and slow return to normal includes – even prioritizes – green policies . Without initiatives in place that will build on these recent reductions in air pollution, while simultaneously providing jobs and spurring renewed economic health, the impact on the climate will amount to little more than a blip. All the sacrifices of the coronavirus lockdown will be for naught. But, don’t despair yet. This moment presents unique opportunities to start thinking creatively about a greener, more prosperous future, according to Stanford University professor Rob Jackson . Think: clean power and renewable projects; more electric cars; more pedestrian-only streets; more remote work and telecommuting – to name just a few options. After all, “the environment is resilient, and people are too” Jackson says. “Good things may come from COVID-19.”

trail mix

Depending on where you are and what’s happening in your world, getting outside still may be tough. Here are a few ideas from IKEA for home-made forts that you and the littles are sure to love, because there’s nothing like a cozy nook for creative play to keep the kids busy. Most don’t require anything too special, just household products you should have lying around. You could even get your dose of outside air by putting these in the backyard. And, if you’re lucky, the kids just might let you squeeze in for some of the fun, too.

OR, if you’re feeling the need for more adventure but still can’t get away, just try camping in your backyard. Here’s a handy guide to glamping it up right outside your door.

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