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Friday Favorites #27

Friday Favorites is a weekly round up of my favorite stories and products from around the web. See what I’ve loved in the past here.


  • I’m not much of a swimmer, but this list of the best swimming holes in the nation has me ready to pack my bags for an adventure.
  • Looking for an easy way to carry maps in the backcountry? You might want to check out Fatmap or any of these map apps designed for even the most intrepid explorer.
  • If you’ve never volunteered with your local Special Olympics, I highly recommend it. If you still need some persuading, check out Mariah Gilbert, who won the new Stand Up Paddleboarding class at the USA Games after only paddling for a year.
  • We’re lucky to live in a state with lots of backcountry horseback riding opportunities. But if most of your non-arena riding takes place on the road, this new saddle-mounted traffic detector could make your ride safer. (Also, PSA for you non-equestrians out there: If you’re driving and you see a horse and rider on the shoulder, please please please slow down, pass safely, and whatever you do, DON’T HONK. This is not a joke.)
  • It takes a lot of work and passion to train a winning racehorse. See how they get their start in this fascinating video, which was first brought to my attention by my racehorse-loving sister. Thanks, Kate!





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