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My Irish boss wants near-Chicago americana vacation tips!

My Irish boss wants advice on a week vacation in Chicago, and an outdoorsy week outside the city. I need midwest log-cabin americana recommendations quick! [more inside]
posted by conch soup on Feb 20, 2008 - 14 answers


My indoor cat wants out.

Our indoor cat desperately wants to go outside. Help! [more inside]
posted by anotherpanacea on Feb 15, 2008 - 16 answers

Creative outdoor exercises for bootcamp fitness program?

Been to any good fitness bootcamps recently? [more inside]
posted by notcomputersavvy06 on Feb 14, 2008 - 10 answers

L.A.-area picnic spot?

what's an awesome picnic spot in L.A.? [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Jan 10, 2008 - 14 answers

Digital pathfinding

Is it possible to take a Digital Elevation Model of my favorite wilderness area and using OS X run some slope calculations in order to find new hike-able paths though an otherwise treacherous terrain? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Dec 1, 2007 - 8 answers

How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter?

How do I ensure that I stay healthy while spending time outdoors during the winter? [more inside]
posted by gregb1007 on Nov 23, 2007 - 19 answers

How do you know if a found pet is actually lost?

If you see a cat or dog wandering around outside, how can you tell whether it’s lost or just hanging out in its own neighborhood? If you can’t tell, should you act as though it’s lost or just leave it alone? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Nov 9, 2007 - 28 answers

Help me maintain 2 wooded acres. Please.

We just bought a house on 2 acres of wooded land. I need help with leaf management (fall is coming soon!) and path/trail maintenance. More specifically, I think I want suggestions for leaf blowers and string trimmers/brushcutters. [more inside]
posted by JMOZ on Sep 26, 2007 - 14 answers

What the heck kind of plant did my son get into?

What the heck kind of plant did my son get into? While on vacation in Quebec, my son started complaining that his hand was hurting. He had brushed it against some sort of plant. Within ten minutes he was screaming in pain. [more inside]
posted by bondcliff on Jul 30, 2007 - 9 answers

Top 10 Worst Survival Stories

Ok, so this is a long shot, but I am dying to find out: Looking for a magazine article about the "Top 10 Worst Survival Stories". [more inside]
posted by Hackworth on Jul 29, 2007 - 9 answers

Repairing Outdoor Stairs (Brick, framed by RR Ties)

[Landscaping-for-Beginners-Filter] Where can I buy railroad ties (or a green-friendly alternative) for a backyard brick staircase? What's the best way to repair the staircase [more inside]
posted by Alabaster on Jul 7, 2007 - 8 answers

Are there any good hiking trails near NYC for an autoless gal?

I am looking for some good hiking trails near NYC that are easily accessible via public transportation that aren't too long (over 6 miles total) or too steep (no Breakneck Ridge for me yet, thanks). I am also looking for a good hiking club to join in NYC. [more inside]
posted by Empyrean_72 on Jun 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Cycle fitness

How can my push-bike stay healthy if stored outdoors? [more inside]
posted by ajp on Jun 24, 2007 - 4 answers

Good hikes around Seattle.

Good hikes around Seattle. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Jun 15, 2007 - 12 answers

A Walk in the Woods

A few friends and I are looking to start backpacking this summer but on a budget. [more inside]
posted by god particle on Jun 14, 2007 - 23 answers

How best to visit Costa Rica

What is the best plan-of-action for doing a 10-day outdoor-focused trip to Costa Rica? [more inside]
posted by cmorris on Jun 12, 2007 - 7 answers

How to keep the neighbors entertained?

We have a block party in our (Chicago) neighborhood every year and I've been asked to help with kids' games. I'm not a fan of traditional competitive games. So, I'm looking for some unusual ideas that will appeal to kids and adults alike... [more inside]
posted by jeanmari on May 14, 2007 - 13 answers

How do I learn the names of plants and animals?

How do I learn the names of plants and animals, particularly trees and birds? [more inside]
posted by monsterhero on May 1, 2007 - 14 answers

Laptops and the great outdoors

I love sitting in the backyard working on my laptop. The problem is its often not very readable. What is the best way to use a laptop outside? At the moment I am squinting a lot. I'm open to all practical suggestions including devices, positioning, shading etc. (I own a Thinkpad T42 if it's relevant)
posted by zaebiz on Apr 19, 2007 - 9 answers

Wristwatches for Field Educators

Recommend some classy, but rugged, women's wrist or pocket watches for me! [more inside]
posted by nelleish on Apr 12, 2007 - 13 answers

What are NYC resturants with gardens?

Please guide me toward restaurants in Manhattan and Brooklyn with gardens and/or great outdoor areas. [more inside]
posted by Silverlantern on Apr 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Honeymoon Help!

Secluded Rustic cabin Honeymoon getaway [more inside]
posted by slowtree on Mar 24, 2007 - 5 answers

Camping in Arizona

I'm looking for a good campground in Arizona. [more inside]
posted by TungstenChef on Feb 21, 2007 - 5 answers

Things to do outside in the autumn

I'd like suggestions for outdoor activities during autumn. [more inside]
posted by La Gata on Oct 21, 2006 - 18 answers

Look, it's just a dead bug. What's all the screaming about?

So, I was recently told that I would be joining the Girl Scouts. Here's the thing... I'm a 35 year old male. Help me be a great Girl Scouts dad! [more inside]
posted by BruceL on Sep 18, 2006 - 16 answers

Log Cabin Rental (In Michigan)

I'm in S.E. Michigan and looking to rent a log cabin for a weekend with some friends. Aiming for Sept 16/17. Do you have a good place you think we should look at? Or know where I can I get any reviews of log cabin rental places? [more inside]
posted by parma on Sep 4, 2006 - 4 answers

Driving from Alabama to Seattle.

I'm driving cross-country and I'm looking for an online guide as to what I need to see along the way. [more inside]
posted by bamassippi on Aug 12, 2006 - 8 answers

Living in a fishbowl

I have been searching in vain for a way to make my outdoor space more private. Can you all help me find a specific type of screen (if it exists)? [more inside]
posted by ninjew on Jul 26, 2006 - 7 answers

Desert hiking safety

Desert hiking safety for a Northeasterner? [more inside]
posted by ilyanassa on Jun 30, 2006 - 10 answers

what to see in Mt. Rainier National Park?

what are the "must see" sites in or around Mt. Rainier National Park? [more inside]
posted by tperrigo on Jun 8, 2006 - 3 answers

California hiking references like bahiker.com?

I love Bay Area Hiker (that's San Francisco Bay) — do you know of any great hiking sites for other regions of California? [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Apr 28, 2006 - 9 answers

How to get a job sea kayaking?

Where can I get a job as a Sea Kayak guide with little/no previous experience? [more inside]
posted by myodometer on Apr 19, 2006 - 4 answers

Let there be light

what is the best way to take down trees of moderate size on my own? [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Apr 14, 2006 - 11 answers

can I take kitty outside safely?

Is it dangerous to let a cat outside supervised? [more inside]
posted by entropy on Apr 7, 2006 - 42 answers

How do I become an Outdoor Educator?

I live in the big city, but I want some days on the mountains - how can I get the qualifications I need to become an outdoor educator? [more inside]
posted by Happy Dave on Mar 30, 2006 - 6 answers

Kids bike for an adult?

Is there a compelling reason for an adult woman not to purchase a 24" bike if that is most comfortable for her? [more inside]
posted by raddevon on Mar 25, 2006 - 18 answers

How to be an Outsdoorman

Whats a budding outdoorsmen like me supposed to do? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM on Mar 13, 2006 - 12 answers

What options do I have to keep milk cool in an outdoor refrigeration unit.

What options do I have to keep milk cool in an outdoor refrigeration unit. [more inside]
posted by goalyeehah on Nov 30, 2005 - 7 answers

What to do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon in mid November?

I'm looking for things to do in Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks this Veteran's Day weekend. [more inside]
posted by DakotaPaul on Nov 8, 2005 - 3 answers

Outdoor sandals

I'm looking to get some new sandals with the intention of going hiking/camping/rock climbing/etc in them. I already know of Tevas, but even those have multiple variations so I turn to y'all's experience and suggestions of specific sandals to buy for outdoor use. I'd like to stay under $100, but I understand it might not be doable.
posted by jmd82 on Jul 16, 2005 - 17 answers

There's a better life... and you think about it, don't you?

Dropping-out-of-the-rat-race Filter: Suggest good work-study or scholarship programs for someone looking to spend about a year taking a break from the 9 to 5. [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Jul 14, 2005 - 6 answers

Alaska trip advice

One week in August to do a 5- to 7-day outdoor adventure in Alaska - what should we do? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Jul 3, 2005 - 5 answers

Do speaker enclosures matter, outdoors?

I am building a stereo system designed to be used out of doors. Do speaker enclosures matter? [more inside]
posted by Mars Saxman on Jun 7, 2005 - 3 answers

What to do in Royal Oak, MD?

Travel Advice Filter: I'll be in Annapolis and Royal Oak, Maryland, for a wedding this weekend. My husband and I will have a couple of pockets of time to use as we wish, and I'd appreciate first-hand advice on what to do in the area. [more inside]
posted by handful of rain on Jun 6, 2005 - 10 answers

Memorial Day Weekend

My girlfriend and I have had alternating business trips over the last month or so and we're looking to spend some quality time together this weekend. I live in the Washington DC area and would like to keep it within three hours drive time. [more inside]
posted by aspenbaloo on May 24, 2005 - 8 answers

When(ish) do Appalachian Trail walkers pass through New Jersey?

When(ish) do Appalachian Trail walkers pass through New Jersey? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Apr 24, 2005 - 11 answers

On which beaches can I have a campfire?

This weekend (Friday, actually, hopefully before the rain), we will be taking 6 kids out for a campfire on the beach. The problem is that we don't know where we can do this. We live in Marin County, north of SF, and would prefer a place up here. Any place here or in SF will do, though. Any recommendations? Any thoughts on where I should look to find out if we can have a beach campfire?
posted by xorowo on Apr 20, 2005 - 10 answers


Friday I'll be near Calistoga, CA. I need to be in San Francisco by Saturday late afternoon. What kind of outdoorsy-scenic-type thing can I do between the two. Bonus points if there's a cool place to stay near by. [more inside]
posted by FreezBoy on Apr 19, 2005 - 5 answers

Good trail shoes?

I do a lot of hill hiking in hot weather, up and down on both paved and unpaved trails. I have a high arch and underpronate. How can I zero in on some good trail shoes? I don't want full-fledged hiking boots, just cushioned trail runners with toe & sole protection for the pebbly & stony parts.
posted by mono blanco on Apr 19, 2005 - 6 answers

Hiking in US/Canada

HikingFilter: Two fairly fit, moderately experienced hikers looking for some new challenges. One would be for February, one in April and the limitations include anywhere in the Northern US/Canada. Suggestions?
posted by dflemingdotorg on Jan 6, 2005 - 16 answers

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