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Piaw Na
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Review: The Invincible Iron Man Epic Collection
When growing up, I remember reading the initial Spiderman and Fantastic Four stories in black and white shrunk-down paperbacks. I'd never read the Iron Man Collection , so when Marvel had a sale I picked it up. I had no idea that Iron Man was launched under...
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Review: The Miracle of Dunkirk
The Miracle of Dunkirk  is about Operation Dynamo, the evacuation of Dunkirk by the British Expeditionary Force at the start of World War 2 after the rout of the French Marginot line . The book attempts to do what I think is pretty much an impossible job, a...
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Long Term Review: CamelBak Kid's 2016 Mini MULE Hydration Pack
Since acquiring the Kid's Camelbak in April, Bowen's traveled to England with the pack, did a walking vacation , then a 10 day bike tour , and finally a backcountry camping trip, all wearing the backpack. He's still not completely grown into the pack --- th...
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Bowen's first Sierra backcountry camping trip
I don't know where the tradition of "summer camp" for kids come from. As far as I can tell, none of the summer camps I see from Facebook posts actually involve real camping. So when Arturo suggested a real backcountry trip in the Sierra with real camping wi...
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Review: Merrell Men's All Out Blaze Mid Waterproof Hiking Boot
I couldn't find my custom hiking boots for the England trip , so was forced to buy a new pair of hiking boots. The Merrell Men's Blaze Mid was my pick, mostly because it was the lightest shoe available at a decent price when I visited REI. I was nervous abo...
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Long Term Review: Vivoactive HR
The Vivoactive HR proved itself all through England, the BVI, and a recent hiking/camping trip. The battery life has stayed incredibly good, mostly because I only have to charge it every 3 days or so, rather than nearly after every activity. That's because ...
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Review: REI Sahara Convertible Hiking Pants (Boys)
I will admit that like many men, I let my wife do my shopping for kids clothing. This is usually for the best: not only am I red-green color blind, I also have zero fashion sense. But when it came to the England walking and cycling trip, I had to get my act...
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Review: The Telomare Effect
The Telomare Effect has 2 outstanding authors, including a Nobel Prize winner in Medicine. I expected a detailed explanation of the process of discovery, at least some high quality speculation on how telomares get shortened or lengthened due to lifestyle ch...
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Review: Parable of the Talents
Parable of the Talents is the sequel to Parable of the Sowers, Octavia Butler's novel about a post-apocalyptic America. Let me remind you that the special thing about the novel is how real it seems, because the cause of the apocalypse isn't some weird disea...
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Day 14: York Train Museum
We checked out of the hotel in the morning after eating in the room, and then walked over to the train museum, which was free! The kiddie rides weren't available, though there was a turntable demonstration. Bowen and Boen spent most of their time in the pla...
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