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Visiting Steelhead Falls requires a certain doggedness. The lovely stretch of the Deschutes River isn't listed in William Sullivan's books chronicling myriad hiking trails in Oregon. The U. S. Bureau of Land Management owns the parcel but doesn't say much about it on its website. Getting to Steelhead Falls requires navigating the maze that is Crooked River Ranch. Our outdated directions left us searching for…... more
The holiest plant of the Christmas season may be a raggedy shrub with peeling bark that seems to grow best in a dusty backyard in Tempe, Ariz. This is Boswellia sacra, better known as the frankincense tree. The shrub’s gum resin is one of the three biblical gifts that the wise men bestowed on the infant Jesus. Until recently, Americans who wished to cultivate their…... more
An analysis of published research backs the notion that healthy adults who engage in strength training will build muscles better if they take protein supplements. The review, published recently in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, looked at 22 studies published between 1995 and 2010, which included almost 700 subjects. Twelve of the 22 studies supplemented with a combination of whey, casein, and/or milk proteins;…... more
In its many forms — from road to mountain bike to BMX — cycling and road rash go together like hiking and blisters. The former inevitably produces the latter. Because of their high speeds and close proximity, cyclists racing in a bunch are most susceptible to a tangle-up that results in a skin-burning slide across the road. This past weekend, however, at the BMX Great…... more
Move over, large lap pools. Smaller swimming holes are making a big splash. Sure, the economy is playing a role in making this luxury littler: Smaller pool equals smaller budget. But it's more than that, says Brett Berry, owner of Landscape Renderings, a Missouri business that designs and builds outdoor living environments. “You can create a fantastic sense of intimacy and atmosphere with a small…... more