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The New York Times

At Katmai National Park in Alaska, Bears Rule

Katmai National Park is visited by thousands of bears near its campground every summer, so visitors must follow the rules....

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sierraclub.org

Tune In to the Best Backpacking Podcasts | Sierra Magazine

It’s just about high season for hitting the trails, and there’s no time like the present to start gathering your gear and upping your skills. Not sure how to get started? Hit Play on these podcasts. And if you’re a seasoned backpacker seeking to go bigger this season—hitting tougher terrain for longer periods of time—you’ll find wisdom in these episodes, too.

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rodalesorganiclife.com

5 Things Your Dog Needs This Winter | Rodale's Organic Life

Ever notice how, when they step into a fresh snowfall, most dogs get all bouncy and goofy? There’s a lesson there. They benefit from time outside when it’s cold just as much as their owners do. To find out how to keep tails wagging when temperatures plummet, we checked in with vets in spots where winter hits hard.

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Entrepreneur

Meet the Machine That's Turning Grocery Stores' Food Waste Into ...

Larry LeSueur is used to former peers from the software world asking him, “What the heck are you doing?” It’s a reasonable question, considering the decidedly different turn he and his former Microsoft colleague Jose Lugo took in 2010 when they founded Redmond, Wash.-based WISErg, anxious to solve the growing problem of food waste in America.

Marriott Traveler

Road Tripping Montana and Wyoming's National Parks on a Budget

From Devils (Tower) hot to Glacier (National Park) cool, a road trip that starts in eastern Wyoming before heading northwest into Montana will overload your mind with the wonders of nature — in the best possible way. Another perk? You can make the drive without taxing your wallet.

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extracrispy.com

Black and White Cookies Helped Me Find Balance During Chemo

After opening the tin that came with the day’s mail, I cried. I was weeks into a new role: breast cancer patient, 43 years old and just 11 months into my life in Alaska—which I’d finally moved to after falling in love with it a decade earlier on an expiring frequent flyer miles-motivated trip. My new home city, Anchorage, is 4431 driving miles away from NYC’s delis, bagel bakeries, and bodegas. This was the cookie version of my friend coming over to sit with me, to just listen.

Marriott Traveler

Bluegrass and the Blue Ridge: A Mountain Music Road Trip

Bluegrass and old-time Appalachian music pair beautifully with a Blue Ridge Parkway road trip — after all, the genres grew out of the area.

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Medium

How to Move a Wood Bison — The Magazine on Medium

The wood bison is a cousin, if you will, to the better-known plains bison—both are subspecies of the American bison—and their scientific names seem straight out of a Belushi-era Saturday Night Live skit: the wood bison’s Bison bison athabascae to the plains bison’s Bison bison bison. (Bison are not buffalo.)

“In the United States…wood bison have been gone for somewhere around…we don’t really know, but let’s call it a couple of centuries,” says Tom Seaton, a wood bison biologist (and all-around ungulate guy) for theAlaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G). “Now is our chance to correct that and put them back where they were. Most of the really amazing and grand wildlife recovery adventures have already played out. This is really the last one.”

Marriott Traveler

Top 10 Road Trips to Take this Summer

Whether your style skews red-hot convertible or comfy, old-school Caddy, life’s better when you’re road tripping. Don’t worry, these trips aren’t about speeding ahead; the only rules of the road for our top 10 are fun, sights aplenty and collecting stories tell for years to come.

Marriott Traveler

Travel Smarter: 8 Summer Vacation Planning Hacks

Summer travel shouldn’t be a chore. With the help of these travel hacks, you’ll give the headaches of travel planning (and, OK, some of the traveling itself) the heave-ho and get to work on your tan in no time flat. Just don’t forget the suntan lotion. Alas, our hacks won’t fix a sunburn.

Marriott Traveler

Traveling with Your Dog? Pack These Essential Items for Your Next Trip

Your four-legged family member deserves a vacation, too. After all, she brings you back to happy when you get home from a long day of work and errands. Such is life. (Sigh.) Until you see your pooch and all is well, right?
Well, there’s good news, pup lovers. Heading out on the road — or up in the air — with your furry tyke doesn’t require much gear. Whether your dog’s style leans toward basic or fancy (those poodles!), pups are generally easy to pack for. Here is some of the best go-to gear for dogs-on-the-go.

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EveryDay with Rachel Ray

Cruise Alaska for Less!

Explore Alaska's glaciers, orcas, humpbacks, grizzlies and tons of mouthwatering seafood on America's only all-water National Scenic Byway -- aka the Alaska Marine Highway System. You can take ships to some of Alaska's coolest corners for as little as $37 a leg. Click on to choose your own adventure and...

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Entrepreneur

How an Off-Season Hobby Grew into a Slick Business

Brent Christensen's Ice Castles creates frozen fantasies, and business is heating up....

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Smithsonian Magazine

Bringing the Wood Bison Back to Alaska

Once nearly extinct, the subspecies is set to return to the United States...

American Way

The Sound (Purchases) and the Shopping Fury

When an impulse shopper takes on the World's Longest Yard Sale, sellers bask in the (hot-as-all-get-out) sun.