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Find Downhome's Geocaches
Magazine staff have hidden three Downhome geocaches in the spectacular great outdoors of our beautiful province.

For those of you who don't know, a "geocache" is a container filled with small toys and other inexpensive trinkets. Seeking them is the goal of "geocaching," a high-tech treasure hunt that spans the globe. When a ...
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The trinkets contained in one of Downhome's geocaches
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A WILD Encounter
There are two main reasons to visit the Little, Big Bear Safari, located about 90 minutes from Moncton in Acadieville, New Brunswick. One, of course, is to safely view black bears as they roam onto the wilderness site. Another is to meet Richard Goguen, a.k.a. "the bear whisperer."

"My husband has a gift with animals," says Vivianne Goguen, who co-owns the attraction with her partner. The couple built an observation tower in 1998
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25 Ways to Survive May 24 in NL
Whether you're spending the weekend boating, camping or partying at the cabin, here are some tongue-in-cheek, but surprisingly practical, things to take or do to make the most of this May Two-Four. (In order of no importance.)

1. Pack several changes of clothes: rubber clothes, wool clothes, flannel clothes, summer clothes. Be like the Scouts, prepared for anything.

2. At least 5 tarps - one to cover the cold, wet ground; one to
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The Bear Necessities
Hikers and campers will soon be headed into the great outdoors in droves for some much needed wilderness therapy after a long, snowy winter. Of course, there's nothing like a wildlife sighting or two - perhaps a moose ambling along the trail or a hungry gray jay sneaking off with some picnic lunch - to feel at one with nature.

But what if you come across a bear?

According to Todd
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Birds of Winter | Slideshow
Winter in Newfoundland and Labrador is a great time for bird watching. Whether it's a walk in the woods or just looking at the backyard bird feeder, birdwatching is a great way to appreciate the cold season.
We've put together a slideshow of bird photos sent to us by our readers. While the photos may not have been taken in the province, you'll find all of these birds in Newfoundland and Labrador during the winter months.
To find out where exactly you'll find them, how to attract them to your feeder, and the sounds they make, pick up our January issue.
This link will take you to a slideshow of birds in Newfoundland and Labrador.
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One Wild Day
By Lin Crosbie-Marshall

As I was about to pass Long Gull Pond on my way from Corner Brook for a day's jaunt to Stephenville, I remembered a mention of Trapper Joe's Hiking Trail in last year's provincial travel guide. If memory served correct, the hike only took 20-30 minutes and was rewarded by a view of Bay St. George, Long Gull Pond and the Lewis Hills.

On impulse, I pulled off the road
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Small Town Celebrities
While it may be far removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, Newfoundland and Labrador has had starring roles in more books, movies and television shows than you can shake a stick at. The capital city of St. John's alone has played the leading lady in countless productions - do the book/film The Divine Ryans or the more recent hit TV show "Republic of Doyle" ring any bells? If you're touring around this summer,
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10 Steps to Beating Jet Lag
Trips to faraway lands can be exciting and rewarding, but the jet lag caused by long or multiple flights, changing time zones and improper rest can be a drain on your vacation. People generally associate jet lag with a feeling of sleeplessness and fatigue. But the symptoms are wider ranging and can include nausea, constipation, diarrhea, sweating, dehydration, poor coordination, headache and even memory loss.

Jet lag remedies abound, with suggestions for before, during
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Reunion Memories: End of an Era
By Joann Fantina
Bernardsville, New Jersey, USA

My mom is a native of St. John's; she wed a G.I. and moved to the U.S. in 1946. Once the kids got old enough, our family began the annual trek to visit "the relatives" in St. John's.

A dozen or so aunts and uncles and an army of cousins celebrated, ate, played, fought and forged lasting memories. However, as the old set of relatives slowed

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