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Photos of the Day: Colorado’s Collegiate Peaks Cutts

Written by: Jon Hill


The author shows off a gorgeous high-country cutthroat.
All photos by Jon Hill

At least once a year, I get away for a long backpacking trip, and this year Tom, Shawn, and I took five days off and headed into the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in Colorado. The hike was a. . .

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Indoor Dog Gates: Separation Solutions

Written by: Deb German

Three-Panel Dog Gate with Door
Photo via orvis.com

If you live with a dog or dogs, you probably already know a dog gate is a useful piece of equipment, and if you have a puppy, it’s essential.  Now throw a toddler into the mix, or a senior dog, or a pair of contrary canines—or all of the above. An indoor dog gate is a simple way to keep the canine peace, and it’s indispensable for limiting dog detritus to one area of your home…

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Adventure Travel: Packing for a Mixed Itinerary

Written by: Deb German

Alaska Adventure Cruise
Photo via orvis.com

Your much-anticipated vacation is upon you. This time you opted for something extraordinary for yourself and your family, a more meaningful getaway than sitting by the hotel pool with your paperback while the kids play with their squirt guns. But you didn’t want to give up a hot shower, nor sacrifice your palate in the name of roughing it. These days more travelers are opting for active and entertaining vacations that don’t sacrifice comfort and security. Your kids have the global community at their fingertips like never before, and this adventure trip will be their opportunity and yours for hands-on exposure to exotic wildlife and nature, perhaps ancient civilizations, and distant cultures. Still, you want to come home to luxury at the end of the day: you might call it camping with a wine list…

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Photos of the Day: Chasing Arctic Grayling and Native Cutthroats in the Utah High Country

Written by: Mike Mazzoni


Mike Mazzoni shows off the spectacular dorsal fin of a Utah grayling.
All photos by Mike Mazzoni

Once again, I find myself enjoying a sort of fly-fishing novelty: targeting arctic grayling, like chasing carp, is often overshadowed by eastern Utah’s superb trout fisheries. Grayling have a special place in my fly fishing memories; while working in Colorado four years ago, I landed an arctic grayling, a rare catch in a fishery known mostly for its. . .

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Linen Shirts: Rock the Wrinkles

Written by: Deb German

Double-Layer Shirt
Photo via orvis.com

I recall feeling I had truly arrived in grown-up shoes the day I opened my closet to survey a tidy row of creamy neutrals and pastels on wood hangers: linen shirts, dresses, slacks, blazers—they were all there, obediently waiting to do my bidding in the heat of a Southern summer. Not long before that day I stood in a close friend’s gracious Southern foyer speaking frankly about that very thing, coming of age in earnest, which seemed somehow to go hand in hand with never suffering fools gladly. Her benchmark, she quipped, was being able to look somebody in the eye and tell them a boldfaced lie without flinching, if it made her life as the parent of two young children easier. Hmmm. The acquisition of a linen wardrobe is maybe a tad less sinister and dramatic than telling lies, although her point was well taken at the time…

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Dog Collars, ID Tags, and Microchips, Oh My! How to Help Bring Home a Lost Dog

Written by: Deb German

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Teddy Blue and Maggie
Photo courtesy of Deb German

The reassuring jingle of tags on her dog collar is a joyous noise, music to your ears every time you walk through the door, as surely as the rattle of your keys in the lock is to hers. You’re a responsible person: you’ve made an effort to keep current ID tags on your dog’s cheerful collar. It’s even personalized with her name and your phone number (there’s a good human). And of course you had her microchipped when she was a puppy. Nobody needs to tell you there’s no place like home for a tail-wagging wanderer.

But you are a minority among humans according to recent statistics: only 33% of pet owners keep identification on their critters. Sadly, the return-to-owner rate (RTO) for a lost dog in particular is only about 10% to 30% in most places, worse still for cats. It’s a no-brainer: your dog needs some kind of ID on her. And if you are not doing this one small but important thing for her, why on earth not? Dog ID tags, a personalized dog collar, and the microchip: they are three inexpensive but important lines of defense against lost—and even stolen—dogs…

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Photo of the day: An Atlantic Salmon of a Lifetime

Written by: Alberto Rey


A Great Lakes steelhead-and-trout guy struck silver on a trip to Iceland.
Photo courtesy Alberto Rey

I was fortunate to land this gorgeous Atlantic salmon last night at 8:15 here on the Jokla River in eastern Iceland. My 14-year-old son, Diego, and my buddy, Matt, video taped the ungraceful. . .

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