Mount Mazama blew up and formed one of our favorite national parks. History time!

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Mount Mazama blew up and formed one of our favorite national parks. History time!

This entire area of southern Oregon (about 80 miles from Medford) is an ancient lava paradise. Mazama in particular went through puberty around 400,000 years ago, and continued to grow and shape and form until about 50,000 years ago. It would then erupt occasionally, go dormant for a while, and then WHAM! All that hard work and growing pains for nothing. It had a little bit more glory and formed Wizard Island (the small island in the lake you can see above), but would always be a shell of its former self.

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Why I Gave Up on Being a Fashionista Traveler

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Why I Gave Up on Being a Fashionista Traveler

It was one less thing to carry.  It was one less thing to worry about.  And for the first time, I embraced myself for the rugged traveler I truly am. I’ve always admired trailblazers like Nellie Bly, Amelia Earhart, and Jane Goodall — all unconventional women who, no matter what outfit they wore, looked fabulous to me.

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It's National Park Week, you guys!

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It's National Park Week, you guys!

You know what means! All national parks are open and free to the public from April 16 to the 24th. So in honor of National Park Week (AKA, Nature Porn Week), let's look at some park pictures accompanied by useful facts we totally didn't make up for the sake of this post. 

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LOTR fan in New Zealand? Skip it all and go to Mount Sunday.

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LOTR fan in New Zealand? Skip it all and go to Mount Sunday.

My boyfriend's opinion on Lord of the Rings? About as interesting as a pack of gum. But one filming location he could get behind — and my absolute favorite — was Mount Sunday. Why? For starters, it's freakin' Rohan. Not to mention, we had the whole place to ourselves. And while it may not have turned the boyfriend from a hater into a fan, it did inspire him to watch a 64-second clip on Youtube. That's progress, right? 

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