Sleeping in your Car


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Outdoors and Action Sports

10 Tips for Sleeping at the Trailhead

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We’ve all seen the Instagram account of the guy with the tricked out Sprinter, complete with custom solar panels, multi-sport racks and off-roading wheels. But you don’t need a decked out camper van to sleep in your car. In fact, with the right planning and proper gear, you can rest well in virtually any vehicle. Whether your goal is to...
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Armadillo


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Wildlife and Science

Armadillos Are Like Your Gawky, Weird Little Sibling

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If armadillos were human, they might be likened to that stage of adolescence sometimes described as “awkward.” The small, cingulated creatures waddle around on tiny feet with oversized midsections and scales covering most of their body. They have mousy ears, pig-like snouts, and are not uncommonly the bearers of scraggily beards— females included. With squinty eyes and...
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Orchid


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Human Interest and Features

Seductive Beauty: The Lure and Lore of Orchids

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Explorers have long met gruesome fates in search of treasure, zealous in their thirst for power and glory. But it was another kind of obsession that killed the men listed above: flowers. Fresh and dewy, aromatic, mist-covered flowers—orchids specifically—brought these soldiers down. And while their circumstances were unique, historians say it’s not...
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American flag


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Opinions and Commentary

The Hard-to-Grasp Business of Patriotism

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This year I worked on the Fourth of July which, as a newsie, means driving around the county to see what people are up to. I wanted to get to each part and had mapped out an extensive route, beginning in the east and heading west with checkpoints along the way. I began in Bickleton for the town’s Patriotic Pig Roast. The scenes heading out there were pretty typical: kids playing...
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Magpies


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Wildlife and Science

Frumpy Fowl Makes Bad Company

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As far as birds go, the robin might make a good dinner date. With her coquettish eyes and soft, auburn plumage, one imagines she would be pleasant company. The same could be said about the graceful swan, the peaceful dove, or the resonant nightingale—a creature whose seductive song has long inspired...
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Snowboarding Boots 2017


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Outdoors and Action Sports

Slash lines in comfort with the year’s best snowboard boots

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Oh, the importance of snowboarding boots. Is it even possible to count the ways? A nice pair of boots turns your day into a heavenly montage of cozy lines and cushy pow turns, underscored by warm, toasty feet. A crappy pair creates a horror sequence of frozen toes, cramped ankles, and smothered circulation — not to mention that aching band of ankle numbness known only to snowboarders, especially those who’ve ridden with cheap or ill-fitting boots...
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Happy dog with stick


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

23 delightful photos that show why it’s great to be a dog

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Life isn't too shabby when you're a dog. You eat whatever you want, sleep whenever you want, and let the world around you take care of your needs. No one cares what you look like, and when you do clumsy or stupid things, people find it cute. Beyond that, nature has...
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Sicily


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Food and Culture

Italy, with a Touch of France and a Pinch of Spain

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Anchored in the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea and set beneath the pyroclastic eyes of Mount Etna, lies the aging island of Sicily. The sovereign Italian region—famed for its poetry and painted wooden carts—was first...
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Arlington


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Human Interest and Features

Some Memories Never Fade, Vets Say

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Each one of the tattooed barbs on Rick Waddell’s arm represents a fallen soldier—the Marine is willing to concede that much. Furthermore, he will tell you that each Memorial Day he does something special to honor them. Beyond that, the matter is private. Some things, he says, you don’t even tell your wife. “I lost 11 Marines total and not...
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Snowboarding


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Outdoors and Action Sports

Whether shredding resorts or backcountry, these snowboards perform the best

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Surf-inspired styles continue to dominate the powder scene in 2017, with widening noses and an ever-expanding range of tail shapes. There were poppy park boards with pressy noses, free-riding slayers stocked with backcountry slash-tech, and an expansive array of all-mountain shredders. This year produced so many exceptional boards, it was difficult to...
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Hospital


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Human Interest and Features

Two-Year-Old Shows Family His Will to Live

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Belinda Cuevas was secretly hoping for a boy. When the ultrasound technician announced she would get her wish, the mother-to-be was thrilled: her baby’s heart was beating, his body was moving and, according to doctors, everything looked normal. She and her husband Joe left the...
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Wind Turbines


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Human Interest and Features

Hilltop Turbines Signal The Winds of Change

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Twelve years ago, a train of cars headed up the long, dirt road that winds towards Arenal, loaded with piles of steel, concrete and rebar. The final goal was to erect 57 wind turbines along the top ridge. At the time, wind energy was nearly unheard of in Central America and, in a developing country still 73 per cent hydroelectric, one might have called the $35 million project visionary. At the...
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Moped


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Opinions and Commentary

Freedom Vs Safety: Where Do We Draw the Line?

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When I was nine years old, I was the Seat Belt Girl. I say this not only because I wore my lap belt religiously as a child, but because Oregon at the time was trying to introduce mandatory safety belt laws and they had these campaign ads during the election with a montage of child voices and faces. I was the kid in the magenta jumpsuit who...
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Celebs with butt implants


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

15 hottest celebs rumored to have booty implants

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In today’s world, there is nothing Hollywood loves more than a plump round booty. Gone are the days of tiny waists and huge cleavage—instead, we’ve arrived at the magical era of the big, curvaceous butt. Watch any music video and you’ll see rumps shaking and booties twerking, whether it’s Nicki Minaj backing it up in “Anaconda,” or Meghan Trainor reminding all the regular girls to bring the booty back in...
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Cat mug shot


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

19 photos of good pets gone adorably bad

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) When your pet is born, it is nothing but a bundle of sweet, fluffy innocence. The little fellow looks up at you with wide eyes for guidance and greets the world with childlike exuberance. But then, the teen years hit. Suddenly, your sweet kitten or puppy changes. Fido joins an all-dog band. Fluffy dyes her fur green. You can't seem to reach them. You try taking doggie treats away, removing scratching post privileges — nothing works. Stay calm, pet owners. Usually...
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Forest Fire


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News and Politics

Forest Service Should Have Managed Fuel, Officials Say

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The severity of the Cold Springs fire that has been raging near Trout Lake for almost two weeks might have been prevented with better forest management, officials said this week. Agency heads lamented too much fuel was allowed to build up prior to the fire, which struck on...
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Roxy Biotherm


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Outdoors and Action Sports

Keep your hands warm and moisturized with Roxy’s new line of ski gloves

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Ski gloves have gotten innovative in recent years with hi-tech features such as battery-powered heating units, infrared fleece, touchscreen-compatible finger pads, insulating reflective strips, convertible glove-to-mitt features and even wireless rechargeable liners. Until now, however, there haven’t been any mountain gloves on the market that moisturize your hands while you ripped lines. Enter Roxy’s now three-year-old partnership with skincare company Biotherm, which includes...
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GLCR Paclite Multi Jacket


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Outdoors and Action Sports

Get rid of your jacket quiver, this hi-tech 686 GLCR works for every sport

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Spring is here — that beautiful but annoying time of year when you can’t quite get comfortable. Thankfully, the apparel brand 686 just launched a new three-season jacket meant to address this very problem. Dubbed the GLCR Paclite Multi Jacket, 686’s latest release is a brand-new, high-tech piece of apparel specifically designed to...
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People Who Don't Care


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Celebrities and Pop Culture

13 funny photos of people who don’t care what you think

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(ARCHIVED FROM MSN.COM) Ever get to a point in life where you just don't give a sh*t anymore? These people certainly have. These liberated folks know it's tough to keep up with appearances all the time and have responded by not even trying. When presented with any "Should I..." question (ex: "Should I get dressed before I go to Starbucks?" "Should I wait to read Playboy?" "Should I put a shirt on before I leave the house?" etc.), they always...
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Surfboard


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Food and Culture

Surfing Duo Make Breakfast Waves

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No shirt, no shoes … no problem. In fact, if you are indeed wearing sandals, kick them off, toss your surfboard in the pile, and pull up a plastic chair. You won’t find formal dining at Playa Tamarindo’s Breakfast Grinds. On the contrary, you’ll discover a cache of locals milling over bottomless coffee and digging into stacks of hotcakes at the...
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Rachel Cavanaugh
Portland, OR

Rachel Cavanaugh is a long-time journalist based in the Pacific Northwest. With more than 13 years of experience as a news reporter, writer, photographer, editor and digital producer, her work has been featured on MSN, Men's Journal, Bustle, Elite Daily, Digital Trends and Matador Network, as well as in dozens of local newspapers, magazines and print publications. She's worked as a digital producer for MSN News, as well as a digital content writer on Nike's Global Consumer Services' team. She currently splits her time between covering fitness and the outdoors for Bustle's E-Commerce platform and writing outdoor gear reviews for Digital Trends' Outdoors and Sports section. She also runs two commercial photography studios in Portland, OR and spends her free time snowboarding, playing outside with her dog and talking her friends into last-minute dance parties.