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Best Destinations for Fall Colors

Now’s the time of year to unleash your inner “leaf-peeper!” With the growing season giving way to autumnal wind-down, deciduous trees and shrubs are easing off photosynthesis and therefore production of grandly green chlorophyll, and showing off the crimsons, goldens, purples, burgundies, and browns of other pigments before shedding their leaves and settling in for the long barren haul of winter. The perfect combination of botanical diversity, latitude, and climatic factors gives the northeastern United States and adjoining Canada perhaps the world’s most celebrated fall colors, but America’s got no shortage of other leaf-peeping hotspots: from the North Woods of … Continue reading

8 Amazing (and Lesser-Known) Natural Wonders of the Lower 48 to Experience This Summer

Summer’s here, which means it’s high time for road-tripping, paddling, and backpacking your way around the natural wonders of the United States: from glaciered mountaintop to subtropical seashore. Here at Mountain House, we’re right there with you, supplying the awesome freeze-dried meals to go along with the wilderness scenery and adventure. To inspire some summertime trip-planning, we thought we’d round up some destinations worth adding to that itinerary of yours. Now, maybe you’ve got some of the truly famous natural landmarks of the U.S. on your to-do list this year: the Grand Canyon, the redwood coast, the Great Smoky Mountains, … Continue reading

Spring Natural Phenomena to Enjoy

Everybody has their own favorite season, of course, but in North America, the hallmarks of Spring are very nearly universally appealing. It’s hard to resist, after all, the perfumed scent of blooming wildflowers on the breeze, the happy trickle of meltwater streams, the symphonies of birdsong in the marshes and meadows, and other signs of vernal reawakening on the heels of winter chill and quiet. As we all take advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures for hiking, camping, paddling, and other outdoor fun, let’s take a moment to spotlight just a few of the classic natural phenomena that … Continue reading

Spring Backcountry Safety

It was a long, gnarly winter in many parts of the country, but spring is most definitely here and undoubtedly singing a very sweet siren song to any and all outdoors-folks. It’s an exciting time to get into the backcountry, whether on skis or snowshoes or along hiking trails that have thawed out. The days are lengthening, the angle of the Sun is increasing for warmer weather, and the intoxicating phenological signs of the season are unfolding: north-bound flocks of waterfowl, melodious songbirds in the budding thickets, frog choruses from the marshes and hollows, wildflowers starting to strut their stuff … Continue reading

The Best Mountain Lakes in the USA

It probably comes as no surprise to you, given our brand name and our backpacking-ready products, to learn that we here at Mountain House are big fans of mountain lakes. And we’re going to go out on a limb and assume that you Mountain House blog readers are, too. Though the first snows may be piling up in the heights this time of year, there’s no reason why we can’t start dreaming of blissful backcountry lakes to escape to next summer, right? Here we’ve compiled a list of some of the best lakes in North America’s high country: from sprawling … Continue reading

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