Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children.

Car Camping Revolutionized: This Bed Folds Into a Suitcase

If you’ve ever tried camping in your car, you probably found yourself getting less than perfect sleep. Between curling up into the majorly lumpy back seat, or reclining the front seats for an equally lumpy/bumpy experience (one that makes side/stomach sleeping impossible), the options aren’t that inviting. Enter the SwissRoomBox – an ingenious invention that will convert even tiny hatchbacks into a flat sleeping area. And yes, like the Swiss Army knife it claims as a namesake, this smart system folds up into a small package – a rolling suitcase.

This Russian Salt Mine is a Strange Psychedelic Wonderland

Near the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, more than 650 feet below the surface, is a salt mine straight out of a psychedelic drug trip. The walls, ceilings and floors are covered with colorful swirls of reds, yellows, golds and even blues caused by natural layers of mineral carnallite – a source of magnesium, and mainly used in the manufacturing of fertilizers. Here the hidden minerals have been revealed as excavating tools created subterranean tubular labyrinths that stretch for miles. Most of the mine is abandoned now (requiring special permission to enter) but photographer Mikhail Mishainik made his way underground to capture the eerie place for all to see.

Detroit’s Rapid Decline Captured in Past Google Street Views

Once famous as the prosperous hub of automobile manufacturing in the US, Detroit is now far better known for its precipitous fall into dilapidated ruin. Nothing makes that more apparent than a look back through Googles recently released Street View “time machine” feature. Here we can cruise the streets of Motor City in years past, marveling at how alarmingly quick the city has crumbled.

Google Sent One Man to a Deserted Japanese Island… to Map It

Forget roads. Google is more and more frequently found mapping the entire face of the planet, often with their 360 degree recording, backpack-based Google Trekker. In one recent adventure, they sent one man to document abandoned Hashima island off the coast of Nagasaki Prefecture in Japan. With buildings deteriorating so quickly that it’s reported you can hear concrete collapse when the wind blows, it could be the Trekker’s most dangerous foray yet. Don’t worry about wearing a hard hat though – you can now tour the island from the safety of your screen.

My First Rifle: Photos of Kids and Their Guns

For much of the western world, owning a gun is near unthinkable… let alone giving one to your young child. That’s part of what prompted Dutch photographer An-Sofie Kesteleyn to jump on a plane for America, just one month after seeing the tragic story of a 5-year old boy in Kentucky who killed his 2-year old sister with a practice rifle (an event which was deemed an accident).

These Photos Capture Unbelievable Cargo Transported By Motorbike

Your tiny bike basket can only dream of transporting the incredible amount of things carried by these bikers in Vietnam. In his book entitled Bikes of Burden, photographer Hans Kemp provides a glimpse of the towering piles of precious cargo transported by motorbike each day in Vietnam. Ranging from common items such as baskets and eggs to more motley collections like hula hoops and goldfish, the perfectly-packed loads reveal the quirky scope of things offered for sale and seem to completely disregard the physics of high-speed movement, gravity, and acceleration. 

Corey Arnold Captures the Fun of Working the World’s Most Dangerous Job

Beating into towering walls of freezing water in search of fish, crab and octopus might not sound like the most enjoyable form of employment, but photographer/fisherman Corey Arnold’s fantastic book Fish-Work: The Bering Sea surely makes it look that way (besides an odd missing finger or two).

Completed in 1878, This Isolated Sea Fort is Now a Luxury Hotel

When it was completed in 1878, the soldiers who occupied Spitbank Fort had no idea it would one day be a luxury hotel. The isolated sea fort is located in the Solent, near Portsmouth, England, and originally intended as a line of defense against ships that made it past the larger forts further out. As always, Spitbank Fort is only accessible by boat – a level of isolation rarely available in our highly connected world. Now, billed as “the UKs most exclusive private island” it features 8 luxury rooms and a rooftop spa with unrivaled views. It’s also one of the few hotels that can boast about having armor plating on its seaward side.

See a Little Dog on a Big Bike Tour from the East Coast to the West Coast this May!

Next month a little dog named Petunia, and her human, will be leaving their hometown in New Jersey, by bicycle, and heading to Virginia to start cycling Adventure Cycling Association’s TransAmerica route all the way to Astoria, Oregon! A journey of over 4,000 miles, the duo will be documenting their travels and turning them into a documentary. According to this adventurous dog’s human, “Petunia is seat belted into her dog pod via a chest harness that has a seatbelt low in the front, and another one on the back that prevents her from getting too far out when she’s enjoying the fresh air. She likes to ride and hasn’t tried to jump out. She has a special signal for when she needs a potty break (and she’s pretty regular so I can anticipate break times mostly).” It’s clear that this pup was born to ride!