Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Acadia National Park
During our recent trip to Maine, in addition to visiting lighthouses along 200 miles of the Maine coastline, we also hiked all over Acadia National Park. From the Beech and Canada Cliffs, to the Seawall. From Sargeant Drive along the Somes Sound to Bass Harbor. From Pretty Marsh to Jordan Pond. In fact, the only part of Mount Desert Island that we didn’t visit was Bar Harbor because that’s where all the casual tourists flock.
In addition to the beauty of the mountains and coast, of particular note was the Asticou Azalea Garden of the Mount Desert Land & Garden Preserve which was designed to resemble a Japanese stroll garden. Having spent 16 days in Japan only 2 months ago we were impressed by how a much the garden, which was designed for a coastal Maine setting, looked like the gardens that we saw in Tokyo and throughout Japan.
You can see all the photos of our Adventures in Acadia on the Adventures/North America page.
Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Maine
We just got home from a trip to Maine where, as a part of the trip, we visited seven of the larger active lighthouses (there are ~60 active lighthouses) along the Atlantic coast to include:
1) Cape Neddick (Nubble) Lighthouse - York, Maine
2) Cape Elizabeth and Cape Elizabeth West Lighthouses - Cape Elizabeth, Maine
3) Portland Head Lighthouse - Portland, Maine
4) Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse - Portland, Maine
5) Pemaquid Point Lighthouse - Bristol, Maine
6) Owls Head Lighthouse - Rockland, Maine
7) Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse - Acadia National Park, Maine
You can see all the photos of our lighthouse Adventures on the Adventures/North America page.
If you want to learn more about the lighthouses in Maine here is a great website that has detailed information on 29 of the lighthouses:
Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Japan and South Korea
In April we took a 16-day trip to Japan and South Korea - and I’ve finally had time to catch up, review, edit and post some of the 2,500+ photos that I took during the trip. It was a great trip that allowed us to see a lot of spectacular sights and hike all over the countries (both in the woods and in the urban areas). Here’s a short list of the places that we went and the sights we saw:
You can see all the photos of our Adventures on the Adventures/Asia page.
Added Video Reviews of Firearms From Various YouTube Channels
Recently I’ve had a few people ask about video reviews of the various firearms listed on our website. Since we haven’t recorded any YouTube reviews ourselves - we decided to add the best YouTube reviews that we had seen to the site. These reviews include the following:
You can find the YouTube firearm video reviews on the Handgun, Carbine, Rifle and Shotgun pages.
As an example, here’s the Uzi review from the Military Arms Channel.
Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Maryland, Washington DC and Gettysburg
We just got back from a trip to Maryland, Washington DC and Pennsylvania. Saw lots of interesting historic sites as we hiked through the Maryland countryside, the heart of DC and Gettysburg.
In Maryland we saw the sites of Point Lookout Prison (the largest Union prison camp for Confederate soldiers of the Civil War), Fort Lincoln (one of three forts constructed for the defense of Point Lookout) and the statue commemorating Benjamin Welch Owens Confederate States of America (CSA) Medal of Honor actions at Gettysburg.
Although not "backcountry" hiking our trip to DC qualified as a 10 mile "urban" hike. We walked everywhere and saw everything that we could fit in. Saw the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, National Archives, National Gallery of Art, Capitol Building , Washington Monument, WWII Monument, Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Monument, Korean War Monument, White House (even got to see the President's helicopters fly in) and the Hamilton statue at the Treasury Building. The weather was 70 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze and reasonable humidity - so it was as close to a perfect as you could hope to have in DC.
In Gettysburg, after going through the museum and the Cyclorama (a 360° cylindrical painting of the battle, originally commissioned in 1884, that's 42 feet high and 377 feet in circumference), we hiked all over the battlefield - focusing on Little Roundtop, the Devil's Den, the Bloody Wheatfield and the Peach Orchard since that is where the most critical fighting occurred.
You can see all the photos of our Adventures on the Adventures/North America page.
Added Downloadable Hiking, Camping and Shooting Gear Checklist PDFs to Site
Everybody that has been Hiking, Camping and Shooting for a while has a list of gear that they always take with them on their adventures. For some people their method of keeping track of this gear is to keep it all in one place. Others make a checklist to ensure that they have everything that they need. We do both.
Based on our experience the gear that you need for Hiking comes in 10 categories, Camping has 10 categories and Shooting gear comes in 17 categories:
To make it easier for you we have added downloadable PDFs of the Hiking, Camping and Shooting gear checklists that we use. The checklists include the types of gear that we think you need in each of these 37 categories..
Our website also has the details on the specific gear that we use (304 items from these 37 categories at latest count), the reasons that we selected it and links to Amazon, or other locations, where you can buy the gear.
You can find these downloadable PDF checklists on the main Hiking, Camping and Shooting pages.
Launched A Facebook Page for HCS
Last summer we launched our Hiking, Camping and Shooting (HCS) website. This year we're taking on Social Media. First up was Facebook - so last week we launched our Facebook page. Take a look if you want to see what we are up to - or if you want to see the latest in Hiking, Camping and Shooting gear and adventures.
You can get to our new Facebook page by clicking either the Facebook icon in the footer of our website or here: Hiking, Camping and Shooting Facebook Page
Recently Added Photos of Our Summer Trip to Canada
Today I added some photos showing a small part of the Adventures that we had on our recent hiking and camping trip to New Hampshire, Maine and Canada. During our trip we drove a total of 2,110 miles and saw sights in:
Recently Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in Europe
Today I completed adding the photos for many of our larger Adventures in Europe. These photos show a small part of our Adventures in the following locations:
Recently Added Photos of Some of our Adventures in the Caribbean
Today I completed adding the photos for many of our larger Adventures in the Caribbean. These photos show a small part of our Adventures in the following locations:
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