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Beaux Bridge, LA--A slight tickle frisks my exhausted thigh: Over two mountains and down again we finally find ourselves wearily reclining on a Lay-Z-Boy-Rock: content and starving. The pesky tickling is vying for my attention but nothing can top the need for lunch, for canned tuna and a block of sharp cheddar. Spoon in hand, I dig into the tuna, now repackaged in my twice-before used Ziploc, and take a bite off the “block oh-cheddah”. I get that watery mouth feeling of pure enjoyment and as my spoon crescendos for another chomp, the hair on my legs begin to stand and the tickling becomes...

Layering 101

Charleston, SC: As Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers we chase adventure in all kinds of weather environments across the country. During the past three weeks Team East has lived in the southeast, northeast, and vacationed in the western desert. Throughout our adventures, we have been able to test out many different layering systems, each offering different levels of comfort depending on the weather. Have you thought about your layering system? After all, the more comfortable you feel, the better your overall experience will be. Layers keep us comfy, warm, and dry, but piling on five...

Kings Mountain National Military Park

Kings Mountain, SC: The beautiful and secluded National Military Park offers visitors a chance to step back in time while enjoying a peaceful out-of-doors experience. Kings Mountain was the location of a critical battle between Patriot and British forces in 1780, which prevented British forces from advancing northward. Many agree that the battle fought here was the turning point of the Revolutionary War. The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers spent three days with visitors and rangers in the effort to protect the trails and monuments of Kings Mountain National Military Park , a beloved...

Andre Houser - Texas State Advocate

Spring, TX: Without volunteers Leave No Trace couldn’t accomplish our mission to teach people to enjoy the outdoors responsibility. We are fortunate to have people all throughout the country putting on awareness workshops and trainer courses, promoting Leave No Trace to schools and scout troops, and land management personnel advocating for our message. As an organization we are fortunate to have the support of individuals all around the country that volunteer as State Advocates. State advocates put on a variety of trainings from: Awareness Workshops, Trainer Courses, Master Educator Courses,...

4 Reasons Why Parks Are Important

Oxford, MS— Hungry...Stop for a picnic lunch in a municipal park. Have an urge to fly a kite or toss around the ol’ pigskin? There is a field in the nearby urban oasis with your name on it. Have you been cooped up in the office all day and need to stretch your legs? Pop on some roller-blades and hit the paths at your local green space for some easy-to-access and much needed time outdoors. As outdoor enthusiasts we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainer East Central Team, take every opportunity to visit local parks and green spaces while on the road. City and neighborhood parks provide a...

The Hammock Life

Charleston, SC: After a busy day, how do you like to unwind? For some, the couch is a beckoning force, a place of solace and an opportunity to elevate ones feet. Life on the road as Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers offers adventure at every turn. A bit of relaxation is important to stay balanced though, so at the end of the day we opt out from the couch and trade it in for an ENO Hammock. Put up your feet and take a load off. Enjoy the sounds of nature, a great book, and a cozy place to enjoy a warm meal. Our ENO Hammock is a sacred place for rest and relaxation. Whether it’s strung...

Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

Breaux Bridge, LA—The Trash Bash and Boogie an annual event that takes place along the Bayou Teche that stretches 135 miles through the heart of Cajun country. Bayou Teche has recently been designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior and is one of 18 waterways that have received this prestigious designation in the United States. Ribbon cutting for one of the eight new floating docks along the Teche This sign just about sums it up A smile that says, "Sunshine!" on what was otherwise a rainy day Although the Teche has been so highly...

Have You Ever Wondered What To Do With Your Toothpaste?

Asheville, NC: Fall is here and the colors are in full swing, time for backpacking, camping, and great adventures. You wake up in the morning; drink a cup of coffee or tea, eat a little breakfast, and prepare to start you day’s adventure. You stop, first thing’s first, time to brush those pearly whites. A thought comes to mind, “I’m not sure what to do with my toothpaste-waste.” Have no fear! The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers share a great technique to minimize impact while tooth brushing in the wilderness. Brushing your teeth at home has a go-to ritual. Wet the brush, apply some...

Protect Your Privates

Jasper, AR--There are two schools of thought about choosing your career, or the work you do: 1. It defines who you are; it is what you live for. 2. It offers you a means to do the things you want to do or have the things you want to have? For many people the latter is becoming the case more and more as we see a shift from days spent in a corporate world to nights spent in WV Vanagons traveling the country in search of the next great adventure. Regardless of how you view the work you do, we can all agree on one thing, everybody is working for the weekend . Whether you like to camp,...

Keeping Wildlife Wild

Cherokee, NC: Great Smoky Mountain National Park is home to some to some of the most impressive landscapes found in the eastern United States. Waterfalls, exposed rock cliffs, and mountains that seemingly go on forever. This area is home to more than 60 mammals including black bears, elk, white-tailed deer, and the elusive bobcat. Visiting any national park is a special experience, an experience worth protecting. It is our job as visitors to understand the ways to protect wildlife while we are in their natural habitats. By doing so, we can preserve the quality of the experience for future...

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