Remember gorp, the funky trail mix of the '80s? It went the way of hair bands when PowerBars hit the market, but today's outward-bound will find bona fide sustenance at GORP.com (Great Outdoor Recreation Pages). The home page kicks things off with editorial essays, travel deals and Web links -- all geared to experiencing the world outdoors.
Seasonal and regional offerings make the site relevant locally. Click on "Close to Home" for day trips and current activities nearest you. GORP currently features "Fall Hiking: 7 of the Best" -- including Wisconsin's Door County and Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park. Nearer to home, the "Top 10 Fall Forests" section praises the fall foliage at Inyo National Forest, with references to cool autumn spots such as Lee Vining Canyon near Yosemite and Rock Creek near Mammoth Lakes.
GORP is well-stocked with year-round wilderness options -- a much tastier prospect than those yogurt- covered raisins of yesteryear.
-- Shermakaye Bass