Seize the Day

How to soak up every hour of the summer solstice Published by Salt Lake City Weekly | 2014 By L. Clark Tate The summer solstice, the longest day of the year, is our one chance to truly max out on daylight fun. This year, June 21 falls on a Saturday, so there’s no excuse to while […]

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Reach for the Stars

Explore the night sky on a dark desert hike Published by Salt Lake City Weekly | 2014 By L. Clark Tate Isn’t it time you explored another Utah-provided national treasure: world-class dark skies? A new-moon night sky in the deep desert is like a mini big bang of beauty; it will crush your heart and expand […]

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Summer & Fall Outdoor Rec Guide

Published in City Weekly‘s 2014 Summer & Fall Outdoor Recreation Guide Reach for the Stars Isn’t it time you explored another Utah-provided national treasure: world-class dark skies? A new-moon night sky in the deep desert is like a mini big bang of beauty; it will crush your heart and expand your soul. Patterns of glowing […]

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The Save The Whales App

The Spotter Pro app aims to reduce whale deaths in shipping lanes through crowdsourced reports. by L. Clark Tate April 15, 2014—Surely a world full of iPhone-smartened citizens can pool our collective brainpower to protect our own environment. With all that combined power, Captain Planet is sure to pop up somewhere, right? While we may […]

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Ano Nuevo State Park

Published for Hilltromper Santa Cruz | 2014 by L. Clark Tate Charming and picturesque (almost) beyond belief, Año Nuevo State Park enjoys an embarrassment of cultural and natural riches. A quick 21 miles up Highway 1 north of Santa Cruz, the area feels remote but is steeped in human history. Native American, Spanish, Mexican, and […]

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Bringing Science Class to Life

Monterey Bay Aquarium co-founder Nancy Burnett turns her groundbreaking PBS series into a classroom tool. Hilltromper Santa Cruz |2014 By L. Clark Tate Feb. 24, 2014—Observing the schools of tots swirling through the Monterey Bay Aquarium, it’s easy to see that those wild little creatures are part of the animal kingdom. Thrilled by their marine […]

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Desert Days

Photo by Katie Darby CC. Head to southern Utah for your own spring awakening Published by City Weekly | November 2013 By L. Clark Tate Southern and central Utah is about as wide-open as spaces get, and the combo of the red rock, pale-green scrub and bright-blue sky is pretty outstanding. But come summer, this wanderer’s paradise is […]

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So Tubular

The best spots to fly down a hill on a rubber circle Published by City Weekly | November 8 By L. Clark Tate There’s always a good excuse to go tubing: legs weary after too much riding, clamoring kids or just a straight-up love of old-school laughs. But where’s the best spot to throw down your […]

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Back to Basics

Pay no attention to the trends and forgettable gadgets—this is the gear you really need Published by City Weekly | November 2013 By L. Clark Tate GPSing, altitude-reading, iPhone-integrated gadgetry is great. But, be it blizzard or bluebird, a winter day in the mountains—even lift-serviced ones—can get serious in a hurry, so dress appropriately. Freezing fingers, […]

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Resort Report

Utah’s hills are alive with new deals, lifts and more Published by City Weekly | November 2013 By L. Clark Tate Fifteen ski hills (11 within an hour of Salt Lake City) sprawl across Utah’s topographical wonderland, ready and waiting for winter—and each and every one wants you. This year’s prices, pass benefits and on-mountain offerings reflect […]

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