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Sourwood: Honey Queen of the Summer Forest

In a six-week summer window between mid-June and the end of July, tens of thousands of workers near our office are busy creating a rare Southern delicacy. Made in tiny batches in the smallest facilities imaginable and produced only in the region where North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and…

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Backpacking for Foodies: Freezer Bag Cooking

  Finding trail food that packs up light and is inexpensive, tasty, easy to prepare, and simple to clean up has always been a challenge for backpackers. Jim Parham found a solution he’s been using for years. It’s been decades…

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A Motorcycle Touring Classic, Revised & Expanded

One thing we know is true: the minute you publish a touring guidebook with information on attractions and amenities, that information will change. Even if the routes remain the same, a restaurant will be sold and reopen as a gift shop, a…

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The Joys of Hiking—With an Infant

Not long after he became a hiking guidebook author, Jonah McDonald became a parent. Here's his account of how having a newborn changed his hiking life--and didn't. Before she was born, I didn't believe what people told me. Everyone assured me my…

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Hiking South Carolina’s Foothills Trail

It's always an exciting to announce a new guidebook. After months of writing, editing, and design work, the finished product arrives from the printer and the  information within is available to adventurers everywhere. Spring is here! A new guidebook is just one more…

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Stalking the Wild, Elusive Oconee Bells

  Oconee Bells are blooming now. This elusive early spring wildflower is found only in a few locations in Upstate South Carolina and just over the border in North Carolina—mostly in the Jocassee Gorges region. If you want to see them,…

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