Forest Bathing-Inexpensive/Free Travel Experience

Studies show that most people spend 93% of their time indoors or in cars, averaging 12 hours a weeks outside. The Japanese have come up with a program called "Forest Bathing" in which individuals immerse themselves in natural environments. Sound, smells, the air and temperatures, colors and textures are observed and appreciated. The idea is …

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A Nearby Journey, One Country Road

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."   Marcel Proust   Every  weekday morning before I retired, I drove to school down the same country road. You won't find my route in any guidebooks. It is just an ordinary rural asphalt passage through Northern New York State. …

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An Army Base as a Community Unifier-Fort Drum, New York

For many of us civilian citizens who live around Fort Drum, an army base in northern New York State, this military reservation seems very mysterious and remote. We are familiar with the Army helicopters and jets, are used to the booms of practice maneuvers, and are no longer surprised by the red glow of flairs …

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