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Marissa Leonard

Marissa Leonard left Florida for the mountains in 2014, seeking a little extra adventure in her life. A former Yosemite National Park employee, she currently spends her time exploring the eastern Sierra Nevada. Marissa is an environmental activist, a travel enthusiast, a little bit of a hippie, and a proud adventure cat parent. This year, you'll be able to find her on the shores of Mono Lake or bagging peaks in Yosemite.

What Are the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace?

Created by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, the Seven Principles are a guideline for minimizing our impact on nature when we’re hiking, camping, or just exploring. It goes beyond the simple mantra of “take only pictures, leave only footprints.” The act of leaving no trace extends to proper preparation for your trip, …

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Confronting Overuse Of Natural Hot Springs In The Age Of Social Media

There are many reasons why the overuse of hot springs is problematic, including threats to human safety, but the core issue is the fact that the land cannot repair itself fast enough to keep up with the damage that people are causing. So, are hot springs threatened by overuse and constant visitation? Hot springs are …

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Vail’s 10 Best Winter Activities For Families

Bringing your family to Vail in the winter is a one-of-a-kind Rocky Mountain experience. From its world-class skiing to its events and activities, you’ll surely have a vacation packed full of good mountain fun. There’s always something going on in Vail. Vail prides itself on being a family resort, so there are quite a few …

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