Emily H. Bratcher

Author's Bio

Emily H. Bratcher is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Iowa City, Iowa. When she's not chasing after her posse of young children, you can find her clicking away at her Mac, jogging alongside the Iowa River or perfecting her Larabar recipe.

Kids: Not an Excuse to Gain Weight on Vacation

There has to be a happy median between fitness and a fun vacation. After all, you're on a family vacation, with the intent of making sweet memories with your family rather than with the hotel treadmill or your food diary.

Where Can I Run a Seaside Marathon in the U.S.?

The United States has 12,383 miles of coastline. For you runners out there, that translates to roughly 472 domestic marathons. And while charting your own route can be fun, there’s something to be said for an organized event: the aid stations, the swag, the camaraderie that develops when putting in 26.2 miles with a bunch of strangers. If you’re up for letting the experts do your planning for you, check out the following five of our favorite seaside races.

4 Winter Olympic Host Cities Worth Visting

Except for two interruptions during World War II, the Winter Olympics have been held continuously since 1924. Over a period of nine decades, these snowy competitions have played out in 21 mountainous enclaves on 3 continents.

10 Hot Springs Escapes for Valentine's Day

These ten places, which are scattered throughout the States, are sure to thaw your frigid body and maybe even melt your bitter cold spirit. So go ahead, shimmy the ice off your shoulders, and ease...

The Size of GW’s Nose—and 13 Other Rushmore Facts

Near South Dakota’s western boundary and tucked into its Black Hills, you’ll find the colossal countenances of four of America’s most celebrated presidents. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson,...

Where Should I Surf in Costa Rica?

One of the most popular places to catch waves in Costa Rica is the Guanacaste province located on the country’s northwestern “gold coast.”

Backpacking 101

Although it might seem that backpackers are free spirits who fly by the seat of their pants, most experienced hikers will tell you that good planning is what determines a good trip.

Is Antarctica the Only Place To See Penguins in the Wild?

If the thought of seeing a real life march of the penguins gives you happy feet, then you’re in luck. There are actually a number of places you can witness the exultant event, and they’re not all in Antarctica.