The Socks We Wear


When hiking, it is completely acceptable to be a little bit extra when it comes to attire and clothing because you are literally on your feet the entire day, and you want to be at least mildly comfortable. I am in no way claiming that all hiking is comfortable because if you believe that, you are in for some bad news. As hikers, we like to do what we can to be more comfortable, and we need to protect the most important hiking tool we have, our feet!

My favorite pair of socks for hiking.

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#SundayFishSketch: Whale Shark

This #SundayFishSketch comes from Ichthyologist, Rene Martin. Visit her shop on InPrint to see more of her artwork or to order prints!

Whale Sharks—are they whales or are they sharks? Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet, which of course means they aren’t whales at all since whales are marine mammals. Much like a whale, however, these gentle giants gracefully glide through the ocean filter feeding on some of the tiniest creatures in the sea such as plankton, small fish, and crustaceans. They can reach lengths of around 65 feet and weigh more than 35 tons, or 70,000 pounds—more than 3 school buses!



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New to Hiking? We’ve Got You!

For most of my life, I have practiced the art of “sauntering”. I first discovered this term when studying Thoreau’s essay, “Walking”. It is essentially being present with yourself in nature and allowing the nature to guide you. As a child, I just did that, and as I grew up I learned to follow the trail. I am not asserting that one is better than the other, but today I am talking about hiking. Hiking is unique because it most usually follows a trail. For the sake of keeping the surrounding ecosystem pristine, it is not recommended that you leave a trail unless it is actually necessary. This is one of the many things you should know as you begin to add miles to your hiking experiences.

Me at Interstate State Park on the border of MN and WI in 2017.

I have created this list to assist you in starting to hike. So often, I am asked questions about hiking, and the following list contains these answers. Now, these answers are my opinion, and there will always be people that disagree. I will say that I learn from talking to people and asking questions all the time. So start here, and this brings us to our first item:

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Mid-Season Finale S1E4 Taste For Blood: Nature’s Vampires

In our mid-season finale, we have a story that takes us all the way from Copenhagen, to the rain forest of South America— from the belly of the beast, to it’s excrement—as we explore nature’s Vampires

Our guest is Dr. Marie Lisandra Zepeda Mendoza, whose recently published research on vampire bats and how they survive on such a peculiar diet is at the center of this story.

Blood is a challenging food source for a variety of reasons—a lack of nutrients, access, and potential for disease, to name a few. Vampire Bats, of which there are only 3 species, are the only mammals that manage to do this. Scientists have long wondered about how they are able to sustain themselves on such a bizarre diet—until now! To hear the full story and learn about some of nature’s other natural vampires, listen below:

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S1E3 Myth-Understood: Busting Bat Myths

Belief…belief is an interesting thing. Some of our beliefs are very close to our hearts, untouchable, unchangeable. Some of our beliefs are more flexible, changing if you have some kind of evidence or experience that can convince you otherwise. Belief can be harmless and belief can be harmful. Belief can be truth and it can be myth.

This week, we are going off format in the first of an intermittent series we are calling Myth-Understood in which we explore commonly believed myths about different misunderstood animals and examine the truth behind the legends. This week we focus on an animal that has been the victim of superstition and fear for thousands of years.

Despite what many believe, these creatures are extremely important to our everyday lives. Dollar for dollar, they are worth more than Elon Musk, they hold secrets of aging, rejuvenate the rainforest, and they’re the most essential ingredient… of a Margarita.

As promised, here is a resource where you can find out everything you need to know about White-Nose Syndrome

And here are a few links to organizations you can either donate your money or time (or both!) to:

Organization for Bat Conservation #SaveTheBats

and here is some information on Citizen Science opportunities they have put out.

Bat Conservation International

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