A guide for what you need to buy, read or consume to enhance your recreation and travel experience
Torch T1 bike helmet
$120-$130, www.torchapparel.com/ collections/all
Torch Apparel has come up with the best idea since Reese's combined chocolate and peanut butter into a tasty confection. It's a bike helmet with 10 embedded LED front and back lights that run on rechargeable USB cell batteries. The shell is made of lightweight, vented polycarbonate, and the lights can be set on either flashing or solid beam.
"A Field Guide to Edible Mushrooms of California," by Daniel Winkler
$7.95, Harbour Publishing, www.harbourpublishing.com
This slim volume little more than a glossy, full-color pamphlet, really just might save your life. If you're a 'shroomer, you need to know and identify that, say, a Zeller's Bolete is black, velvety and edible, while the Snow Mushroom with a wrinkled yellow-brown cap can be deadly. Mug shots show you the good and bad 'shrooms.
10 Best Road Trips in America
What? No mention of Highway 49 especially in the fall in the Huffington Post's list of cool drives? At least two California road trips made the cut.
1. Big Sur (Highway 1)
2. Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina and Virginia
3. Million Dollar Highway, Colorado
4. Seward Highway, Alaska
5. Sonoma and Napa valleys (Highway 128)
6. Highway 1, Maine
7. Going-to-the-Sun Road, Montana
8. Hana Highway, Hawaii
9. Red Rock Scenic Byway, Arizona
10. Sea Islands, Georgia
From Joey Parr, writing in Adventure Journal about running in lion country in South Africa: "I casually mentioned I was going to go for a run to my ranger, forgetting that I wasn't in a petting zoo. He gave me the hairy eyeball. 'You're fast food here,' he said. 'No running without a gun following you.' Being trailed by a guy with a gun was not exactly what I had in mind."
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