'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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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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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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Roadtrippers' great planning tool for your ultimate RV road trip to America's iconic national parks
I've loved America's National Parks since I was 12 years old and my family visited the magnificent Grand Canyon on our cross-country trip (towing a 35-foot travel trailer). As a youngster, standing near the rail on the South Rim, my jaw dropped as I took in that vast
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National Park's final free entrance day in 2016 on Veterans Day, Nov. 11
Veterans Day  Friday, Nov. 11, is 2016's last National Park Service's *free entrance day. This is a meaningful opportunity to take your children and grandchildren to one of the National Park Service's battlefields, military parks, or historic sites that commemora
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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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