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Written by ExploreMore Backyard Guide, Sarah De Leon   When is the last time you said “yes” to something that scares you? Back in March a friend of mine who runs ExploreMore DFW reached out to me with an offer to go on an all women’s 3 day backpacking trip in Hill Country. I immediately said yes! And then I immediately started thinking… oh no… what did I just get myself into? What if I hold everyone up? What if I can’t carry the weight? What if no-one likes me? Can I even do this?? Now here I am two months...

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The Leave No Trace 7 Principles were originally made for the backcountry but can also be helpful for your local hikes. More people than ever are exploring the outdoors and that is amazing but it is our responsibility to be good stewards of these green spaces so more people can enjoy them. LEAVE NO TRACE SEVEN PRINCIPLES 1. Plan Ahead and Prepare 2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces 3. Dispose of Waste Properly 4. Leave What You Find 5. Minimize Campfire Impacts 6. Respect Wildlife 7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors © Leave No Trace: www.LNT.org Leave No Trace...

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It is time for a trail highlight! Check out this write up on Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center from our very own Backyard Guide, Sarah De Leon. As is the whole point of ExploreMore, there really is SO much to discover right in your own backyard. Like the Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center for instance. Just 20 minutes south of Dallas, in the same area as Cedar Hill SP and Cedar Ridge Preserve, the Dogwood Center is the lesser known beauty of the area. With over 200 acres of plants and wildlife from east, west, and central Texas, the center is home to...

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Grounding (also known as earthing) has shown to have many mental and physical health benefits. The earth has a natural charge and many studies have shown that when we have direct contact with the earth, our bodies respond positively. In reviews published in the Journal of Environmental and Public Health and The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine chronic pain patients reported improved sleep, subjects saw improved skin conductivity, moderated heart rate variability, improved glucose regulation, reduced stress and boosted immunity. Even more studies show lowered risk of heart disease, reduced stress and regulation in all areas of the body....

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One of the most common questions I get is what kind of shoes do you need to go hiking. Well that really depends on your personal needs, where you are going and how long you will be exploring. In this video, I do a quick summary of the 3 main shoe types. Hiking boots, hiking shoes or trail runners and water shoes or camp shoes. I personally save my hiking boots for long backpacking trips or really rocky terrain. I use my trail runners to most for day hikes and I use my water shoes for river crossings and to...

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