National Trails Day ... let's make it every day
Each year, on the first Saturday of June, "American Hiking Society and the trails community invite Americans of all ages and abilities to find their own adventure and discover their unique story at one of the thousands of events hosted throughout the country." "Natio
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39+ million travelers on road Memorial Day weekend
More than 39.3 million Americans are expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, according to the American Automobile Association. Of those traveling 50 miles or more from home during this unofficial start of summer, my wild guess--based on the huge (and growing) p
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'Synchronous fireflies' displays are magical
Jimmy and I were born in prime lightning bug territory--Jimmy in the Allegheny River country of southwest Pennsylvania; and I spent my first dozen years in Charleston, on the Kanawha River in the hills of West Virginia. Our childhood stomping grounds sit at the humid
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Yippee -- National 'Kids to Parks Day’ (May 20) celebrates family outdoor fun
The 7th annual National Kids to Parks Day is set for Saturday, May 20, the week before the official start of summer. Hundreds of special events are planned at local, state and national parks, and other public lands across the country. Sponsored by the National Par
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Outdoor enthusiasts who love playing in the woods care that 15 billion of Earth's trees are lost annually
Ask any RVer who is looking for a camp site at a state park if they want a shady spot or one without shade--the vast majority will always opt for a shady camp site. We all love trees and on Earth Day, April 22, let's remember that this precious planet of ours "is cur
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Weekends (4/15-16 & 4/22-23) of National Park Week = No gate charge, camping fees still apply
National Park Week weekends, April 15–16 and 22–23, are the perfect times to take your family to one of the National Parks  and advantage of  the *free entrance days. Other free days that remain in 2017 include: Friday, Aug. 25, National Park Service birthday.
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'50 States, 5,000 Ideas' ... worth a look
Spotted recently in the RV Travel weekly newsletter was a small item on a book full of places to go and things to see that would appeal to most active RVers: '50 States, 5,000 Ideas: Where to Go, When to Go, What to See, What to Do'. "This richly illustrated book fro
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Beginning with MLK Day, 10 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2017
Kicking off its second century, the National Park Services opens its doors free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 16.  All together there will be 10 *free entrance days to more than 2,000 National Parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and other fede
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Joshua Tree National Park - Black Rock Canyon
Another night hovering at 4000-feet elevation -- this one dry camping at the Black Rock Canyon Campground at Joshua Tree National Park in the mountains north of Palm Springs, Calif. The Joshua Tree NP website states: "Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and th
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Last chance to take advantange of final 'fee free day' this year at National Parks
The National Park Service winds down this year's "fee free days*" on Veterans Day Nov. 11, 2016. According to the National Park Service, many of the more than 400 national parks never charge an entrance fee. The fee-free days apply at the 124 national parks that usua
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