5 Reasons To Plan a Long-Distance Walk

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Walking – it was the first way we as humans got around, but it can seem like many people do anything they can to avoid it these days. But walking can be one of the most rewarding ways to travel, especially for those adventurers bold enough to plan a long-distance walk. But why exactly would you want to head out to explore the world on foot, for miles at a time? Let’s take a closer look.

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Monday Morning Moment: McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area, Montgomery County, MD

Nestled in an obscure corner of Montgomery County, MD, is an explosion of vibrant yellow, set against the lush green forests set just off the Potomac River. Thousands of sunflowers stretch out before you in rows, craning their necks toward the sky. It’s nearly silent, save for the buzzing of the bees and the calling of a few birds. This is McKee Beshers Wildlife Management Area.

It can be hard to believe this peaceful place is located just 25 miles from the pulsing power corridors of Washington, DC. Let’s take a closer look at how and why this under-the-radar but Instagram-worthy spot came to be.

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Ocean City, NJ: What To Do In A Family-Friendly Shore Destination

Imagine wide, sandy beaches with plenty of room to spread out and a kid-safe boardwalk with lots of wholesome fun, all just a short drive from several major metro areas in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. This is exactly what Ocean City, NJ offers, as one of New Jersey’s top shore destinations. Let’s take a closer look at what makes this place so unique.

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Monday Morning Moment: Boulder Flatirons and Chautauqua Park, Boulder, CO

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Boulder Flatirons from Chautauqua Park – Sept. 2018

Good morning. Southwest of the city of Boulder, CO, the Flatirons of the Rocky Mountains sit perched high above the surrounding area, on the eastern flank of Green Mountain. It’s a breathtaking sight, just minutes from downtown Boulder and less than an hour from Denver. We’re traveling there in today’s Monday Morning Moment.

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Corson’s Inlet State Park – State Park Spotlight

South Jersey’s coastline is primarily made up of a series of barrier islands, separated every ten miles or so by bays, inlets, and other passages to the inland waterways that separate them from the mainland. Just south of the popular vacation destination of Ocean City, you’ll find Corson’s Inlet and Corson’s Inlet State Park. We’re taking a closer look at this under-the-radar section of the shore in this State Park Spotlight.

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Schooley’s Mountain Park – State Park Spotlight

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Schooley’s Mountain Park and Lake George – July 2021

Tucked away near the Pennsylvania border, Schooley’s Mountain, NJ is a hidden treasure of nature and history dating back centuries. One of the best places to experience both of those is Schooley’s Mountain Park, a quaint county park located near the towns of Long Valley and Hackettstown. With more than a half-dozen trails, a lake, and tons of room for outdoor activities, it’s the destination for this State Park Spotlight.

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Wildwood: Doo-Wop, Boardwalks, and Wide Beaches

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Wildwood Sign – June 2021

The Wildwoods of New Jersey are a beach community unlike any other. Few towns have such an extensive claim to parts of music history, not to mention one of the best boardwalks and beaches in New Jersey. But those outside of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic may have no idea that this treasure of a town even exists. So let’s take a closer look at the beaches, boardwalk, and of course, Wildwood Doo-Wop style that has made the area a summer destination for decades!

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Cape May Lighthouse and the Lost City of South Cape May – State Park Spotlight

At the very southwestern tip of New Jersey, you’ll find the Cape May Lighthouse. The 157-foot tower has protected ships in the area for more than a century and a half, and seen the rise and fall of military defenses and even an entire town! So let’s take a walk and learn more about this structure and the area that surrounds it.

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Monday Morning Moment: Lauritzen Gardens

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Sunpu Castle Gate and Mt. Fuji Replica – Sept. 2018

Good morning. If you’d like to see one of Japan’s natural wonders but can’t make it across the Pacific, try Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, NE. The botanical gardens include 100 acres of year-round plant displays, including this part of the Japanese Garden.

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Park Views: Theodore Roosevelt Side Trail and Pulpit Rock

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Pulpit Rock, Rock Creek Park – June 2021

Teddy Roosevelt loved to hike, and Rock Creek Park was his favorite place to do it while president. We’re taking a look at one of his favorite spots and the trail that leads there and bears his name in another installment of Park Views. Let’s head on down the Theodore Roosevelt Side Trail and see what we find.

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