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How to Choose the Perfect Backpack for Hiking with Your Child

Your child’s first serious hike or backpacking trip is an exciting event for all nature-loving parents.  You want that little face to light up as they throw on their pack and run enthusiastically into the wooded unknown.  As with all endeavors, we want our children to be safe.  Keeping safety, features, size, and quality in mind, we’ll give you a rundown of how to choose that perfect backpack for a successful hike. Research & Shopping Let me give you the secret mantra you should be repeating in your head while deciding on a backpack for your child.  “He/she is going to be comfortable.  I am making the smart, quality choice.  He/she is going to want to carry it.”  If your...

Planning to take on a Southwest Virginia adventure? Here are the 10 Best Hikes the area has to offer

Southwest Virginia boasts of many hiking trails and destinations. Take some time off to enjoy this scenic natural area. We recommend starting with these: Cascades National Recreation Trail One of the great things about the Cascades National Recreation Trail is that it is open all year. The cascade journey is just over 12 miles long and leads to Barney’s Wall near Pembroke. You will love the 66-foot waterfall and the multitude of activities to take part in here. Dogs are welcome, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends. Try your hand at fishing or just take in the beautiful scenery and wildlife. The most popular route is rocky, but not too difficult. There is an easier path as well,...

10 Northern California Views That You Should See

California is a legendary place for many outdoor lovers. The land offers such a diverse collection of natural playgrounds. Will you spend a few minutes to enjoy some of the views? Listed below are ten destinations begging to be explored. Yosemite National Park Yosemite is known for its magnificent granite cliffs and glaciers. It also features high standing waterfalls and clear streams, not to mention the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Breathtaking cliffs and valleys give reason to pause with respectful observation. As the winter snow begins to melt in spring, waterfalls pour from the cliffs causing hikers to stare for hours. In this majestic park, you will find the tallest waterfall in North America. Just more than 2,400 feet tall, Yosemite Falls...

How to Stop a Muscle Twitch / Spasms

Muscle twitches can happen in any part of the body including the skeletal muscles like those in the hand, back, calf, and thigh or the smooth muscles in the digestive system. Twitching is an involuntary contraction of the muscle usually from depletion of the necessary electrolytes, excess muscle overload, or dehydration. Also, it could be as a result of nerve stimulation. The treatment depends on the affected muscles and the cause of the tremble, but a majority of them are not severe, and you can treat them at home. In this article, we look at various ways to stop a muscle spasm and possible prevention measures. Treating Muscle Twitch At Home  Stop the action Twitches can happen during exercise or...