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REI Changing Famous Return Policy

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Published on: September 17, 2013

The basement at the flagship store of REI Inc., the privately held sporting goods chain based in Seattle, is like an evidence locker for how the outdoorsy retailer earned an endearing nickname: Return Everything Inc.

Hundreds of returned items are stacked in bins, hanging on racks and lining shelves. Tags detail the customer complaints: “suddenly not waterproof” on a frayed, blue, men’s rain jacket from a previous decade; “don’t fit well” on a pair of thick, black, women’s clogs so well-worn that their original design has faded.

Read the article here.

It’s Hot Outside

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Published on: June 28, 2013

I know – it’s ridiculously hot outside already, and that’s when the thunderstorms aren’t wreaking havoc across town.  We recently went for an evening hike, and still – it was hot.  That being said, let me plug a product:  A cooling pad/towel to wear while outdoors. Full disclosure:  I’ll probably be recommending a few products from time to time.  Check them out and help me fund the site.  Thanks for listening!

Plans in the works for Exchange Club Island

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Published on: May 10, 2013

From the Jacksonville Daily Record:

The mayor’s office and City have begun reviewing possible projects in and near the St. Johns River, with both expressing interest to make improvements to Exchange Club Island below the Mathews Bridge.

Mayor Alvin Brown has released his prioritized list of projects he would like to seek matching funds for from the Florida Inland Navigational District.

The City’s Waterways Commission district subcommittee discussed the list at a Jan. 7 meeting and the full commission will discuss Jan. 28.

The proposed Exchange Club Island project is to design and permit a small boat dock and shoreline kayak area for the island to improve boater access. The project also calls for a hiking trail and pavilions with tables and grills. (more…)

Black Creek Outfitters – Pint Night 4/25

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Published on: April 25, 2013

Tonight, Black Creek Outfitters is combining two great things – the outdoors and beer.  The guest speaker is Greg Bleakney who cycled 18,500 miles from Alaska to South America.

From the site:

First 200 to arrive get a free Black Creek collectable pint glass and one fill up from Green Room Brewing.  Gourmet Aviator will be on hand with food for purchase with 10% of sales going to the Sierra Club.  To learn more about our guest speaker Greg Bleakney visit: gbleakney.com

For more information visit BCO’s webpage.

Hiking the USA

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Published on: April 22, 2013

For your viewing enjoyment, here’s an infographic about National Scenic Trails in the US:

Treasure hunter searches for long-lost Spanish galleon in Nassau Sound

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Published on: April 15, 2013

Nassau Sound is known for its tricky waters to navigate, shark infestations and a remote, narrow pass where the Nassau River meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Doug Pope also sees the sound as a possible site of treasure from the long-lost Spanish galleon San Miguel that wrecked in 1715. Pope is president of Amelia Research & Recovery LLC, based in Fernandina Beach, and his quest to find the San Miguel’s loot is the basis of his business.

Pope said the find of a jeweler’s furnace in 1993 near Amelia Island is believed to be from the ship that was part of a fleet of about a dozen that went down during a hurricane nearly 300 years ago. The treasure salvaging season for Pope commences in about two weeks, when area waters are most calm. (more…)

April Art Walk Goes Green

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Published on: April 2, 2013

side_artwalkApril’s Art Walk theme is “Earth without art is eh”.

-Headquarters @ Hemming Plaza • Enjoy the sounds of fiddles, banjos and more
with The Knotty Pines and check out Paul Mitchell School’s Alice in Wonderland fashion
show at 7:30 p.m. on the stage.

-Eco Zone on Laura Street • Learn about green initiatives between Adams and
Forsyth streets with The Catty Shack Ranch Wildlife Sanctuary, Jacksonville Reef
Research Team, The Girls Gone Green, Sierra Club, the Kona School and more.

-Southlight Gallery • Features a plant sale with proceeds benefitting the
St. Johns Riverkeeper.

-Perdue, Inc. • Hosts Bristol Rose’s nature photography.

-Dalton Agency • Presents Dalton Cares poster exhibit on windows.

-Koja Sushi • Enjoy live music with John Shaffer and a free sushi tasting.

Mason’s Mission

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Published on: March 22, 2013

COAST is sponsoring an event on March 30th to honor the legacy of Mason McLeod. As a result of this event a donation will be made to a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization called the Duke (TIP) Talent Identification Program to  provide the Mason McLeod Scholarship for a high school student to attend a three week Marine Science Seminar at the TIP Program this summer. Mason attended the Duke TIP program and it was a truly transformative program for his development into the amazing man he became.We thank all of you for your support!

If interested in making a donation, checks can be made out to COAST with the “Memo” line reading Mason.They can be mailed to COAST @ 9601 Oceanshore Blvd St. Augustine Fl 32080. If you would prefer to make a secure donation online, you may click the donate link and then send John November an email at john@coastecology.org to let him know that this donation is intended to benefit the Mason McLeod Scholarship Fund.

Hiking the A.T. – 2013

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Published on: March 19, 2013

Over the next few weeks, hundreds of backpackers will be starting their northward journey to Maine from Springer Mountain in northern Georgia.  Many have been planning for years, and quite a few have started blogs to share their adventure.  Below are a few links that I’ve come across to hike vicariously through them.  It’s a good way to get a feel for the adventure and the trials along the way.  Enjoy.

 

http://wanderingthewild.com/

http://kaletrail.com/

http://www.trailjournals.com/entry.cfm?trailname=14390

http://withthewind2013.blogspot.com/

http://www.trailjournals.com/half-life

http://nobo13.blogspot.com/

Fort Caroline National Monument

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Published on: March 11, 2013

Today, MetroJacksonville has a good article on Ft. Caroline and the surrounding natural and historical attractions – many of which have been mentioned or detailed here.  It’s worth a look, and provides some more information on the Theodore Roosevelt nature area, Spanish Pond, and even the gravestone of John Nathan Spearing.  If you ever get the chance, take a day to make it out to this area and see the sights.  They’re literally right across the street from each other.  In the meantime, read the article here.

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