Beginning with MLK Day, the first of 4 free days at 2,000+ National Parks, public lands sites in 2018
The National Park Services has cut it popular *free entrance days by 60-percent this year.  In 2018 there will be only four, down from 10 in 2017. This year the first admission free day is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.   America's "national p
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Looking for a quick, easy gift for your favorite outdoorsy friend, a tax deduction ... and support our National Parks
As John Muir, America's most famous  naturalist and 'Father of our National Parks,' said: “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” "America’s national parks embody
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Thank you Veterans ... Enjoy your weekend, you deserve it ... and much, much more
One day isn't enough to thank all our veterans, (including James "Jimmy" Wesley Smith, U.S. Coast Guard and Army), for serving our country and us. And, of course, we extend a huge appreciation to all the loved ones who support our veterans and active-duty military wo
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National Park's final free entrance day for everyone in 2017 is on Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 11-12
Veterans Day Weekend, Nov. 11-12, are 2017's last National Park Service's *free entrance days. 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 commem
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AirScream ... Classic scary campfire stories
Halloween camping is the perfect time for telling a few spooky campfire stories.  Airstream has come out with five "Do Not Read Alone!" scary tales. "Ghoulishly woven webs of terror that make your hair stand on end and your blood run cold belong, like a hairy, f
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Remember National Public Lands Day, 'Go. Play.' 'Go. Discover.' 'Go. Help.' - Sat., Sept. 30
"America's state and national park systems are popular destinations for RV trips," according to the Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Of the RVers surveyed, "77% percent will visit a state park, and 74% plan to visit
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Free National Park Entry Day on Friday, Aug. 25
The National Park Service was created on August 25, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act. Each year, the NPS works with partners to celebrate this anniversary. In addition to numerous special events, all parks waive entrance fe
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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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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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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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