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(Family Features) Traditional getaways may seem like a thing of the past due to travel restrictions and safety concerns, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Many people are considering ways to create new experiences, take in landscapes and make memories with friends and family, and are looking for options.

The maker of Sea-Doo personal watercraft, Ski-Doo snowmobiles and Can-Am on- and off-road vehicles, BRP, launched Uncharted Society, a collaboration bringing together its lineup of powersports vehicles with leading adventure providers across North America.  This partnership provides people an opportunity to get out of their quarantine-induced funks by exploring nature with friends and family and trying something new.

Professionally curated, the adventures vary from action-packed, one-day rides to multi-day, fully guided, off-the-grid, all-inclusive escapes. All vehicles are provided and no previous riding experience is needed. All you have to do is show up and make memories, all while respecting social distancing guidelines and health precautions.

With options for every season across varying terrain, from exploring hard-to-reach places accessible only to off-road vehicles, to scenic highway rides, to fishing from a personal watercraft or hitting the mountains on a snowmobile, there’s something for nearly everyone.

Consider these experiences to try:

  1. Full-Throttle Adrenaline from Zion to Bryce National Park, Utah

This four-day adventure covers more than 500 miles of high-adrenaline, off-road driving through the Zion area backroads onto Dixie and Fishlake National Forest and into Bryce National Park. This outing includes perks like a professional cook, photographer, videographer and all necessary camping gear provided.

  1. Dads and Kiddos Adventure in the Grand Canyon

Connect with your children while marveling at one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This professionally guided, four-day, Can-Am side-by-side off-road experience to the Grand Canyon is a perfect opportunity for fathers and kids to have an adventure of a lifetime. Mileage, food and activities along the way are especially designed with kids in mind and the trip is set up to maximize fun while creating a no-stress vacation.

  1. Hook a Big Adventure in Lake Powell, Utah

Over two days and one night on scenic Lake Powell, this trip covers 130 miles in total with time for exploring canyons along the way. During the day, you can fish along rocky outcroppings, troll in narrow canyons and relax in the shade of large overhangs called glens. Evenings are just as spectacular as you will be able to view the stars exactly like the first inhabitants and explorers of this great region did.

  1. Women’s On-Road Ride to California’s San Gabriel Mountains

This women-only, full-day ride is a chance to escape the ordinary through Angeles Crest to the Mt. Wilson observatory perched 5,700 feet above the sprawl of Los Angeles, stopping along the way to take in the sights and stop at hidden gems. This trip is specifically designed for people with and without motorcycle experience since no motorcycle license required.

  1. Powder for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner in the Rocky Mountains

For those who like to get their hearts pumping, this full-day experience includes riding groomed snowmobile trails into Idaho to reach Saint Charles Peak. At an altitude of 9,700 feet, you’ll be able to see from the Grand Tetons of Wyoming to the Uinta Mountains of Utah. This Ski-Doo trip includes adventures through large basins and deep powder all the way to a mountain luge with high banks on either side.

Find your next adventure and learn more at unchartedsociety.com.

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Enhance your home’s style with stone

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(Family Features) One essential step in planning a home renovation is choosing the right materials. Natural and textured walls continue to be trendy choices, and many building pros and homeowners are gravitating toward stone siding to add comfort, character and beauty.

Panelized stone siding offers the look and feel of natural stone and manufactured stone veneer, but in a panelized format that can be installed with screws. With a wide range of exterior and interior applications, panelized stone siding can complement almost any home style. On the exterior, in particular, stone siding can boost curb appeal and provide a multi-textured facade with a solid return on investment.

Although stone veneer, or manufactured stone, is commonly used on home exteriors, indoor applications are gaining popularity as homeowners are increasingly interested in bringing natural elements inside.

Given its design flexibility, ease of installation and affordability, the experts at Westlake Royal Building Products recommend manufactured stone siding as an ideal option for interior and exterior applications like these:

Siding
If you love the look of natural stone but want a more affordable option, panelized stone siding offers an authentic look and simple application with a cutting and installation process similar to traditional siding panels. Some homeowners choose to mix stone with other exterior materials to create a one-of-a-kind appearance. For example, adding manufactured stone siding alongside existing brick or vinyl siding can infuse visual texture, dimension and impact. Complementing colors can provide a more balanced, traditional look while contrasting colors present as modern and bold.

Entryways
Wrapping columns with panelized stone can make your home’s entrance a focal point, adding curb appeal and creating a welcoming effect.

Accent Walls
Panelized stone siding can also be used to elongate the appearance of a wall while bringing texture and contrast into the home. Warmer tones can make the space more inviting and cozier while cooler hues can bring a modern, industrial feel.

Fireplaces
Manufactured stone siding makes it easy to give a fireplace a facelift or make it a focal point, changing the look and feel of a room. Available in a variety of colors, textures and shapes, it can elevate your living room’s style and create a more inviting area.

An affordable option like Versetta Stone panelized stone siding from Westlake Royal Building Products provides the beauty of hand-laid stone with virtually undetectable joints and seams for world-class design featuring timeless colors and textures, natural shapes and hand-crafted details. It’s a practical choice for experienced DIYers since there’s no need for mortar. What’s more, the tongue-and-groove interlocking system can be installed in any weather.

Learn how panelized stone siding can bring your vision to life at VersettaStone.com.


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Chores to tackle to get your home ready for spring

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(Family Features) After months spent largely indoors while harsh elements battered your home’s exterior, many homeowners are throwing open the windows and embracing spring’s arrival.

Every home requires ongoing maintenance to ensure it’s living up to its aesthetic and functional best. This checklist can help you create a comfortable home setting for enjoying the warmer months.

Check gutters. During the colder months, debris can accumulate in the gutters, which can be problematic when spring rains arrive. Clogged gutters prevent water from flowing efficiently away from the roof and house. When they’re backed up, they can cause water damage in a short amount of time. Faulty guttering can also cause slow leaks that lead to damage you may not discover until major repair work is needed. Properly functioning gutters are clear of debris, flow freely and are securely attached to the home.

Inspect the roof. Your roof takes a real beating in all kinds of weather conditions. Making it a common practice to carefully inspect the roof with the change of seasons can help you identify potential problems while they’re still in early stages, before a big storm hits and major damage occurs. Some roof issues can be addressed with simple repairs you can do yourself while others may require a professional. A roofing expert can help you determine whether any trouble areas can be patched or if a more complete restoration is in order.

Replace the dryer vent. Upgrading your dryer vent is an opportunity to conserve energy and prevent flammable lint build-up in your dryers. One option for updating the exhaust system is a paintable version of InoVate’s Prime DryerWallVent. Engineered for both vent replacement and new construction, the vent includes features such as a gravity-assist damper, integrated magnets and a drip edge to provide extra protection from the elements as well as pests. A large, clean opening and lightweight angled damper promote exceptional airflow efficiency.

Service air conditioning units. Your heating and cooling system works hard to keep your indoor climate comfortable when extreme temperatures make the outdoors unbearable. That’s why it’s important to have your systems serviced by a professional, and spring is a smart time to do so before they’re hard at work throughout the warmer months. Service can correct problems and ensure everything is operating efficiently, which can lead to money savings as well.

Repair window screens. Throughout the winter, your home’s window screens can accumulate a layer of dirt and grime that isn’t just unsightly; it blows indoors when you open the windows to welcome a fresh breeze. What’s more, if your screens have rips and tears, pesky bugs and other critters can make their way into your home more easily. Cleaning and repairing your screens can make your home more secure and help protect your indoor air quality.

Find more information to help get your home ready for spring at DryerWallVent.com.

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Tips for fostering dogs

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(Family Features) More animals are staying in shelters now than before the pandemic, according to a report from Shelter Animals Count, and just over half (53%) of dogs in shelters are adopted. However, the report also found that fostering dogs is a proven way to help pets find new homes.

For those looking to support rescue dogs in need, the PEDIGREE® brand and its FOSTERVERSE program offer tips for a positive fostering experience and show how you can help end pet homelessness. To learn more and get involved, visit Pedigree.com/Fosterverse.


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Learn the Dog’s Background

Every dog has a unique personality and set of needs, which is why it’s important to learn as much as you can before fostering a dog. Try to gather detailed information from the rescue organization or animal shelter before bringing the dog home, including age, breed, health conditions, dietary needs, energy level and even likes and dislikes. Learning about your foster dog’s background ahead of time can help you prepare and ensure a smooth transition to your home.


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Prepare Your Household

Spend time making your home as dog-friendly and safe as possible by keeping electronics, cleaning supplies, sharp objects and other potentially dangerous items out of the way. This may mean taking a look at items in your home from the dog’s eye level to see what might be within reach. If you will be introducing a foster dog to other pets in your household, try to provide ample space to allow for slow introductions. Also consider looking for ways to designate spaces and belongings (like beds) between your pets so they can have comfortable places to retreat and rest.


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Train for Eventual Adoption

Once your foster dog has adjusted to the new environment, consider gradually implementing routines. These routines may include activities like obedience training, physical exercise, house training and crate training. Teaching your foster pup good habits in preparation for adoption can increase the likelihood of finding a forever home.


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Market Your Foster Dog

Spread the word in your community in person and on social media that you are fostering and helping find a forever home for your four-legged friend. A survey from AdoptAPet.com revealed the simple act of sharing information on social media about adoptable pets at local shelters can save a pet’s life, with 8 out of 10 (84%) organizations reporting that sharing pet content online increases the likelihood of pets being adopted. Help get the word out and show your community members why they should consider adopting your foster pup.

Try Virtual Fostering

While many people might want to foster a pup, there are many factors that may not allow them to foster pets in real life. That’s why the PEDIGREE brand is bringing fostering opportunities to the Metaverse for anyone who owns a digital property in Decentraland, offering a new platform for dog adoption. Users may interact with dogs they meet in the FOSTERVERSE program and learn about their backgrounds and adoption status, as well as ways to support dogs in need across the country. Dog lovers can choose to adopt a dog they meet virtually through AdoptAPet.com or donate to PEDIGREE Foundation to help similar adoptable pets in need across the country.


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