'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
Autumn camping destination #3: Bessey Campground, Nebraska National Forest
This is the third in a series of posts that are exploring lesser-know public campgrounds to discover dazzling scenery, spectacular fall color, and an abundance of outdoor activities. In the midst of the central Nebraska Sandhills is the largest hand-planted national
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Trekking through Autumn in America's wildlands
The USDA Forest Service has designed a Fall Color 2016 Website "to provide a lots of great information about Fall Colors on your National Forests and Grasslands." You are invited to  "spend some time while you’re here looking and learning about one of the greatest na
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Public lands provide families with low-cost fun and opportunities for lessons in 'stewardship'
Jimmy and I are huge fans of America's Public Lands and are avid supporters of National Public Lands Day on Sept. 24, 2016. Whenever we have the opportunity to visit any public lands facility -- whether canoeing a community reservoir, camping on BLM land, or hiking a
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'Helping hands' for National Public Lands Day on 9/24/16 + free entrance day in all National Parks
If you are looking for a perfect outdoor service project for you and your family--and want a bargain at the same time -- consider planning an RV camping trip the last weekend in September to America's Public Lands. The 23rd National Public Lands Day  is  Satur
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RVers Diana & Jim Garot's summer journey centers on family, friends & unplanned stop at a Cummins shop
Longtime friends Diana and Jim Garot veered their 1998 Holiday Rambler Endeavor off I-5 in Southern Oregon to say hello to Jimmy and me, share some simple food, and visit for a short spell. Up until May the Garots of Oceanside, Calif., had no travel plans for the su
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Hiawatha Trail = healthy RV travel break
If you are an RVer who is traveling the Pacific Northwest this summer with a bicycle strapped somewhere on your rig, one of the must-do rails-to-trails is the immensely popular Route of the Hiawatha Rail-Trail. This 15-mile compacted gravel trail stretches between t
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2015 'Share the Experience' photo contest underway
This year's popular 'Share the Experience' Photo Contest is accepting entries through Dec. 31, 2015. If you're an amateur photographer, this is a great chance to get your photos seen by millions of people simply by submitting inspiring images of America's federal lan
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Three favorite print directories for RV camping on national public lands
As we were wrapping up our recent 'Winter Texans' visit to the Lone Star State, it was time to start lining up possible places to camp along the nearly 3,000-mile journey between Rockport, Tex. and our homebase in the Pacific Northwest. We favor national public land
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'Share the Experience' looking for Autumn images of public lands
Are you an amateur photographer who has an amazing image of your experience on the magnificent public lands of America? Here is your chance to share it with America... and maybe just win a little money in the process. Review your collections of photographs and su
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