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Stargazing

Source: The universe struts its stuffover Utah’s Uintas. For more stargazing trip ideas, visit backpacker.com/view-the-cosmos. 

The northern Minnesota sky was clear and blue, and the water slid beneath our canoes with only a gentle swish. In a few hours, I knew, these same lakes would hold

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