$100 Thru-hike: IKEA backpacking challenge

Could I create an entire ultra-light backpacking setup, all from IKEA products, for under $100? Backpack, shelter, sleeping-system... and as much of the extras as possible... maybe not shoes, but... maybe! I've had this odd notion ever since reading "Beyond Backpacking: Ray Jardine's Guide to Lightweight Hiking" and more recently Mike Clelland's "Ultralight Backpackin' Tips. …

Revisiting Lonesome Dove, the Western maybe EVERYONE should read

My life has been all filled up with books, but only a surprising few have been as all-consuming, enjoyable, and emotion-wrenching as Larry McMurtry's Lonesome Dove. But there are a lot of reasons I might never have read it, were it not for a coworker's bothered insistence: It looks like a grocery store paperback It …

A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World

There were 110 years between Columbus' 1492 voyage and the pilgrims' arrival... what happened in between? That question stumped author Tony Horwitz, college history major, as he visited the touristy Plymouth Rock site and realized our popular history is missing about a century long chapter. So there's the simple premise of the book, digging into …