The 7 Most Secluded Hikes in the U.S.

In my younger years, I frequented the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area (WMA), deep within Louisiana’s 1 million–acre Atchafalaya River Basin, to hunt migrating waterfowl or whitetail deer in fall and winter. In summer, I always returned to hike and camp and was usually the only soul on the maze of trails or in the bayous, making the region a far cry from the crowded state parks nearby. The property became a place of solace, where I knew I could trek for miles in the backcountry, sharing it only with bears and alligators.

These WMAs exist in most states and are maintained for wildlife habitat. They make for fantastic hiking trails and pristine forests after hunters pack up for the season. With our national parks growing ever more crowded, we rounded up seven of the best WMAs around the country for those who want to avoid the masses.

These Are the 7 Most Secluded Hikes in the U.S.

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How to Write Blog Posts People Actually Read

The difference between a blogger and a diarist is that bloggers want other people to read what they write. The whole point of blogging is to get yourself, your knowledge, or your business out into the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging about science, entertainment, your business, or fiction, your ultimate goal is to capture eyeballs.

Gone are the days of click-bait headlines being the best way to draw visitors. Thanks to Google’s ever-evolving algorithm, content is king again.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to get your blog noticed by writing quality posts that can turn visitors into loyal readers or customers.

Not sure I’m following these rules with a link post oriented blog...but there’s some fantastic ideas in here.

Write Better Blog Posts: How to Write Posts People Actually Read

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Pros and Cons of Hiking with Trekking Poles

Lately, whenever I go hiking I always find myself grabbing my trekking poles, regardless of whether I am hiking 1 mile or 20 miles. It doesn't matter if I am ascending one hundred feet or descending several thousand, they have become an essential part of my outdoor gear I never leave home without. They are simply a part of my kit nowadays, ready at a moments notice, and I don't see leaving them behind anytime soon. That being said, here are some pros and cons for you to consider when thinking about using trekking poles on your adventures on the trail or in the backcountry:

I’m on the ‘pro trekking pole’ side. I hiked Mt. Whitney without them and regretted every painful step on the way down. Having them after that, saved my knees, made me more stable, and (the more I used them) I found more uses for them than just for ‘trekking’.

The Pros and Cons of Hiking with Trekking Poles

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The Power of Positive People

“I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network,” said Mr. Buettner, who advises people to focus on three to five real-world friends rather than distant Facebook friends. “In general you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation,” he said. “You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”

I'm pretty sure this is why people have been drawn to the up and coming YouTuber Cody Wanner. His energy and positivity are infectious.

The Power of Positive People

 image via New York Times.com

image via New York Times.com

Forget the Click Bait...Content is King Again

The difference between a blogger and a diarist is that bloggers want other people to read what they write. The whole point of blogging is to get yourself, your knowledge, or your business out into the world.

It doesn’t matter if you’re blogging about science, entertainment, your business, or fiction, your ultimate goal is to capture eyeballs.

Gone are the days of click-bait headlines being the best way to draw visitors. Thanks to Google’s ever-evolving algorithm, content is king again.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to get your blog noticed by writing quality posts that can turn visitors into loyal readers or customers.

Here’s what we’ll show you:

  • How to come up with a blog strategy
  • How to brainstorm blog post ideas
  • How to write and format attention-getting posts
  • SEO basics
  • Tips for avoiding errors and breaking through writer’s block
  • Some killer online tools for bloggers

There is a TON of good stuff here. If you want some good tricks of the trade...this is a good place to start.

How to Write a Good Blog Post

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Die Hard: The Quintessential Action Movie

The first shot of John McClane in Die Hard is his left hand digging into the armrest as his plane lands at LAX. We can see he’s wearing a wedding band on his ring finger. His seatmate then gives him an unusual piece of advice about surviving air travel: once he settles in, he should take off his socks and shoes and make fists with his toes on the rug. Then he reaches up to the overhead bin, revealing a holstered gun dangling from his midsection.

All of this is mundane stuff. It’s also a prime example of why Die Hard remains the greatest American action movie since it was released 30 years ago this week.

I still love watching this movie...every Christmas season. :)

Die Hard at 30: how it remains the quintessential American action movie

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