A Tourist Guide to the Berkshires

1. Introduction: Characterized by rolling hills and peaks, and dissected by river valleys, the Berkshires, considered southern extensions of Vermont's Green Mountains, traverse Western Massachusetts and Connecticut, diminishing in elevation and profile from both north to south and west to east. Named by Sir Francis Bernard to honor his home county in England, they constitute both a highland geologic and cultural region, attracting significant tourism during the summer months. 2. History: Wind, weather, and erosional chiseling of once towering mountains that formed the Housatonic, Green, and Hoosic River valleys after retreat of the last ice age some 25,000 years ago created the current hills and low-elevation peaks. Mohican Indians, who had defected from the Hudson River Iroquois settlements during the …

North American Motoring – What Happens When the Electric Grid Goes Down?

"The more you prepare, the better off you are going to be, even if you haven't quite anticipated the thing that happens", former Mayor of New York City, Rudi Giuliani. Ever wonder what would happen if one major part of the country is without electricity and the rest of the country has power? Imagine your motoring through an area without power. All you want to do is get to the closest area that still has power. Will the area with power have the facilities to help you? What if the area with power does not have the infrastructure to help you and you're motioned to keep on driving. To where, for what? We know the United States is the target …

Top Tips for Successful Navigation in the BackCountry

As an outdoor enthusiast you will at some point make a decision to learn how to navigate in the backcountry. Whether you use a map, compass, GPS receiver or all three, there are several things you should know about successful navigation. Your safety and the safety of your companions depend upon it. Backcountry activities such as hiking, orienteering, hunting, climbing, geocaching, fishing, four-wheeling and camping are all loads of fun – until you get lost. That’s why you should know how to navigate. But navigation doesn’t start when you find yourself hopelessly lost. Navigation begins BEFORE your adventure begins so that you don’t place yourself in harm’s way. Let’s take a look at the top tips for successful off road …

Pacific Crest Trail – History and Hiking It

The Pacific Crest Trail runs over the mountain ranges dividing the west coast and the rest of the nation. There is a lot of history tied to the trail and it offers great hiking. Pacific Crest Trail – History Running from the border with Mexico to the Canadian border, the Pacific Crest Trail was used by settlers in the 1800s looking for the good life in California, Oregon and Washington. This 2,500 mile trek offers a variety of environments including burning hot deserts and mountains peeks stacked up one after the other. Since most settlers came from the north, the trail area they encountered was definitely of the mountainous variety. While hikers of today will find it a beautiful and …

Pacific Crest Trail – History and Hiking It

The Pacific Crest Trail runs over the mountain ranges dividing the west coast and the rest of the nation. There is a lot of history tied to the trail and it offers great hiking. Pacific Crest Trail – History Running from the border with Mexico to the Canadian border, the Pacific Crest Trail was used by settlers in the 1800s looking for the good life in California, Oregon and Washington. This 2,500 mile trek offers a variety of environments including burning hot deserts and mountains peeks stacked up one after the other. Since most settlers came from the north, the trail area they encountered was definitely of the mountainous variety. While hikers of today will find it a beautiful and …

Northeast Summercamps

If you’re planning on sending your kids to a summer camp during this following months you will be very happy to learn that there are Northeast summer camps that have the option of allowing your kid to experience magnificent landscapes and activities in which he will be very comfortable and he will also be having lots of fun. In Northeast summer camps you will notice that there are much more possibilities of performing activities and that the programs are much more extensive than in other places. The reason why Northeast summer camps are so popular is because they have access to the most beautiful landscapes in the whole country, in there you will find many different lakes and mountains that …