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Cumberland Falls, KY. Photo by Attila Horvath.

2010 GO! Readers' Choice Awards

We asked again. You answered again – what are your favorite destinations in the Ohio Valley? The results are the best places for adventure, chosen by those who know – GO! readers.

Halfway through the Ohio River swim.

Swimming the Ohio River

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

There are moments in life when you have to stop and ask yourself, What the hell am I doing here? I’m having one of those moments right now.

(Donald Duck ring not included). Photo by Mary Reed.

Family Staycation 2009

By Mary Reed

Sure, the recession is on, but you haven’t pawned your tent yet. A family camping trip is the most affordable summer vacation out there.

Cumberland Falls from the Sheltowee Trace Trail, KY. Photo by Attila Horvath.

GO! Readers' Choice Awards

We asked about your favorite places for adventure in the Ohio River region. You answered. The results? Beta on the best places to visit in 2009.

Jade Pearce in the Squeezebox finals. Photos by Attila Horvath.

Carter Caves Crawlathon

By Mary Reed

My plan is this: Wear all my clothes, wear my heavy boots – hell, shove rocks in my pockets if I have to.

Almost heaven. Courtesy Christians for the Mountains.

Christians for the Mountains

By Meghan Holohan

Hours have passed since the coal company blasted at the mining site, but dust still hangs in the air. Tonya Stanley climbs up a steep grade and slips underneath a fence.

These are not members of the Great Mancation of 2008. They are members of the Penultimate Mancation of 2008. Photo by Attila Horvath.

The Great Outdoors Mancation

By Stephen McKean

I had never been so happy to see other human beings in all my life.

Keith sits in his Mohawk tandem canoe (about $1,000 new; $375 on Craigslist, along with oars and PFD); he’s wearing a Dockers shirt ($28 new; $3.50 at Goodwill) and Bugle Boy shorts he found in his ’88 Honda Civic wagon.

The Reincarnation of Gear

By Cynthia Rice, photos by Attila Horvath

As the Princess Bride taught us, when true love is involved, something mostly dead can always be brought back to life.

Joff Summerfield, riding his high wheel bike around the world. Photos by Attila Horvath.

Warm Showers Bike Tour

By Attila Horvath

My riding partner Mike Knutson and I are both gleaming with sweat.

Meadow Run in Ohiopyle State Park, PA. Photo by Mary Reed.

Best of the Ohio Valley - Rivers, Waterfalls, Swimming Holes

Moving water – whether it’s flowing, falling, riffling, foaming, steaming or smashing – that rush of the earth’s energy is what energizes our lives.

This little dude is having a slow adventure. Photo by Mary Reed.

Slow Adventure

Because fools rush in

By Mary Reed

I make a mental checklist of what I’ve brought for today’s morel mushroom hunt: knife, bag, journal, pencil, spade, water, mushroom guide, wildflower guide.

Say, hike these powerline cuts often?

Rachel Carson Trail Challenge

They Call It a Challenge for a Reason

By Mary Reed, photos by Attila Horvath

I believe the landscape of my nightmares from this day forward will be powerline cuts.

Portaging near Brinkhaven Dam

In the Wake of Johnny Appleseed

Canoeing the route of an American legend

By Mary Reed

This morning we put in our canoes under a cloudless sky and started taking in the riot that is spring in Ohio: tadpoles, ducklings, flowering trees and swift water.

Courtesy of LNCI-GC

Leave No Child Inside

By Jennifer Oladipo

For the first day in a long time it feels like spring might actually return to Louisville.

Outdoors woman Michelle Anderson

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman

By Michelle Anderson

Sitting in the lot of a derelict gas station with the Indiana Gazetteer on my lap, I confirmed my suspicion. Crap. I had missed the last turn.