My most recent story for USA Today.
The Gateway Arch National Park gets expanded museum, new entrance and more. Grand opening will be July 3.
It’s America at her best. Visit if you can.
Throughout the summer I will have an occasional story about camp cooking. Here are a few tips on coffee.
Camp cooking: How to make a great cup of coffee
Roof top tents aren’t new but they are gaining a new audience. My most recent story from USA Today/Travel.
Gear review: A tent that mounts on top of your car
Ft. Niagara was established nearly 300 years ago at the mouth of the Niagara River. France, Great Britain (twice) and the United States have claimed ownership. The 22-acre site is soaked in history. It’s worth a visit.
Schedule an extra day because the fishing on the Niagara River is fantastic. Contact Capt. Frank Campbell. Capt. Frank will put you on fish.
From USA Today https://usat.ly/2H1vnZu
Check out this article from USA TODAY:
Chuck-wagon cooking: Historic throwback, competitive sport
Kentucky’s 2018-19 sport license year begins March 1. Prices have gone up.
There has been considerable grumbling about this across the outdoor fabric of the Commonwealth. The price hike is across the board and is fairly hefty. Example: beginning today the resident combination hunt/fish license will be $42. A year ago it was $30.
Non-residents won’t generally see a boost in fees. Non-resident rates were raised in 2014. The most previous hike in resident license fees was 2007.
Details and a full rundown of the new pricing is at www.fw.ky.gov. You can also buy your license at this site.
If you’d like to voice an opinion about the fees contact the Department of Fish and Wildlife headquarters at 1-800-858-1549. If you’d like to voice an option with someone who actually made the decision about the price hike contact your district commissioner. You’ll find their contact information at https://fw.ky.gov/More/Pages/District-Commission-Members.aspx.
Recently had an opportunity to tour the Wonders of Wildlife museum and aquarium in Springfield, Mo. It’s an impressive and educational facility and worth a visit. My report for USA Today: https://usat.ly/2oqtryc
I will occasionally profile state parks and other public use areas for USA Today. Here’s a glimpse of a hidden jewel: Kentucky’s Columbus-Belmont State Park. https://usat.ly/2oekF5p
One of the perks of my job is testing new gear. A Genesis Base Camp Cooking System recently arrived. I immediately set it up on the tailgate of my F-150 for a brief test run.
The Genesis stove is a two-burner system. High tech, high heat output and simple to use. Boiling water on the tailgate is hardly a thorough field test. That will come later. I simply heated water and made a cup of tea to see how the stove worked, which was very well. The quality of construction is evident. The base camp system includes a 10-inch frying pan and 5-liter pot and wind shield, all of which nest together in a handy, easy-to-handle soft carrying case. The Genesis stove can be purchased without the pots. A HalfGen (one burner) model is also available.
And my thanks to Sam Petri at www.dennyink.com for helping with this project.