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It’s a new year and that means an entire set of new freebies when it comes to visiting national parks in and around the United States. Uncle Sam is once again throwing open the gates on certain days during 2014, so now’s the time to start planning on when to skip out of work.
The government usually just doesn’t give stuff away, so when they do it’s a good idea to take advantage of it. This year there are nine days in which you can leave the admission fee back at your house, and the very first of them is just about a week away. Things start on January 20, as Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the first free one of the year.
It’s not quite the wide-open ocean, but it sure feels pretty big when you can barely see New York State and the Adirondacks in the distance. They call Lake Champlain the sixth great lake—and according to Wikipedia it actually was for a bit in 1998—and it sure feels that way when you’re standing along its shores. A visit now probably isn’t quite the same as it is in the summer, but strolling or riding along its shore on the bike path is certainly a welcome distraction.
Be sure to bundle up, as the wind off the lake isn’t the warmest of welcomes. However, once you’re basically numb you can no longer notice the chill, and you’re just able to focus on the waves, the rocks, and the water—the ducks seem to downright enjoy it. Heading south out of town is the best option as it points you in a more scenic direction, and it eventually leads you all the way over to one of Burlington’s hidden attraction—the earth clock.
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We hope you’re enjoying the time change in your area, as we can’t help but smile—we’re kidding—as we see the sunset a whole hour earlier. It definitely feels like winter is just around the corner now more than ever, but at least there’s one thing to which we can look forward and that’s ski season. The cool weather is already just enough to get things open, as resorts, mountains, and the bunny slopes across the country are just starting to do their thing.
Out in Colorado it’s not just the manmade stuff, as a couple resorts have had already had snowfall and are open for business. If you want to brag to your friends that you’ve already hit the slopes this season check out spots like Copper Mountain and Keystone Resort—in Frisco and Keystone, respectively. Other spots out in the Centennial State include Loveland, Wolf Creek, and Arapahoe Basin, so if you’ve been waiting since the spring to get back on the mountain now’s the time to do so.
Here in the nifty fifty, we enter another week in which our government is out of order and services, departments, and centers continue to be closed. Last week we mentioned that one state was getting sick and tired of things, and now it looks like they’re not the only ones. Regardless of the bickering in the government , some states are taking the high road, as they’re working to open national parks, monuments, and other tourist hotspots.
Up first is the state of Utah, which plans to fund the opening of its five national parks. Utah has agreed to shell out around $165,000 per day to the National Park Service for the next ten days or so to open up Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion parks.
In New York City it’s the Statue of Liberty that’s reopening this week, as the state is coughing up roughly $60,000 per day to keep the torch lit. Arizona is opening up the Grand Canyon to visitors, and again, they’re doing it through private donations and state funding.
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So far we have celebrated the season with pumpkins, apples, and we’re still looking for you to show off your best snapshots of the fall foliage. However, as we enter the middle of all the fine fall weather we’ve got one more autumn activity for you to enjoy—corn mazes! Here’s three that will keep you busy and potentially frustrated:
Happy Day Farm – Manalapan, New Jersey
Just about an hour south of New York City sits Happy Day Farm in Manalapan, New Jersey, and when it comes to building and maintaining a corn maze they certainly know what they’re doing. This year they’re celebrating next year’s Super Bowl—which will be played in New Jersey of course—as their maze features a picture of the New York City skyline as well as an image of the trophy from the big game. The 10-acre maze opened a few weeks ago towards the end of September, but it should be going strong through October 27. It’s $13 for adults and kids—those under the age of two are free—and admission includes access to the corn stalk tunnel, pig races, and even a hayride as well.
The state of Arizona is already sick and tired of this government shutdown bologna, and it's not going to sit around and watch its biggest assets lay dormant. The state isn't sending men in black suits to Washington, DC or anything like that, but it is trying to open up some of its natural attractions—and is prepared to foot the bill that comes along with it.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has offered up some cash and funding to the feds—state money, not her own—to keep the Grand Canyon up and running during the pesky government disagreement. Sounds like a reason for permit holders to celebrate, but unfortunately the federal government couldn’t care less. Apparently the National Park Service has rejected the state’s offer to help open the Canyon for business. Some local businesses also offered to pitch in, however, once again no means no.
Two Senators from the state are now getting involved, so stay tuned if you’re headed to the Grand Canyon anytime soon. We’re kind of thinking that the outside funding requests will eventually get their way, and that big hole in the ground will once again be up and running. Until then, you'll have to find something else to do in Flagstaff.
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Here in the US, the bike sharing thing is still catching on, as even spots like New York City are getting used to pedal power. However, Paris is pretty much and expert, as their bike share system—Vélib'—has been doing its thing since around 2007. Unfortunately bike sharing may have caught on too well, as the Paris system is going through a rough patch.
It’s not just bicycle theft that’s a problem, as vandalism is also to blame for the city’s dwindling pedal population. According to Le Monde there were around 9,000 bikes damaged, stolen, or uh—misplaced—just last year alone. They’re expensive to repair and replace as well, as new bikes cost around €650 per vehicle. All in all the city thinks it spent like €1 million just last year to keep things rolling.
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At this point we’re pretty familiar with what’s allowed—and what’s not allowed—when it comes to stuff that you can bring to the airport. Swords, nunchucks, and other weaponry utilized by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are all bad ideas, and of course things like guns are always frowned upon. You’d assume that bows and arrows would also be on the do not bring list, but apparently at one airport it’s totally fine to bring them in and around airport property.
Okay—we’ll admit we’re arguing semantics a little bit here, but yes bows, arrows, and associated archery items are allowed on the grounds of Pittsburgh International Airport. That’s because the land surrounding the airport is apparently a darn good spot to hunt for deer.
Anyone who has actually been to Mexico in the past few years knows the majority of the places are safe, filled with friendly people, and packed with a hell of a lot of culture. But the country sure has a knack for splitting the room down the middle, doesn’t it? There’s incorrect information on safety spread by those who've never visited the country, and those that aren’t afraid to visit are sometimes scared off by the fact that the most prominent destinations in the country, Cancun and Cabo, tend to be a bit touristy.
This Jaunted contributor is doing his best to help with the formerto squash the idea that a trip to Mexico is synonymous with imminent deathbut the Internet certainly isn’t doing us any favors. A quick Google search for "Mexico safety" reveals a mess of news articles about kidnappings and murders, but a search for "United States safety" reveals only the websites for U.S. safety commissions. Considering that Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans, D.C., Atlanta, Philly, Chicago, Cleveland, and Miami all have higher murder rates than Mexico City and Mexico on a whole, the results of the search seem...strange?
New Orleans has the highest murder rate in the States and more than triple that of Mexico, yet a million or so people go to Mardi Gras every year. Go figure.
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For those who get their kicks from scaling peaks, climbing mountains, and repelling down the face of cliffs, there’s some great news out of Nepal. It looks like the country is getting ready to open up a few new thrills for those visiting the area.
There’s concern that Mount Everest is getting a little too popular for its own good, so the thought is that opening up alternative routes and mountains might boost tourism—and reduce the crowds over at Everest.
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Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll on one of Chicago-O'Hare's runways, and that's by registering for the 5K/10K On The Runway.
Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged race, but the highlight is without a doubt the ability to run down an actual runway and, when you've finished and caught your breath, visit a United plane for a photo op. United is one of the sponsors of the event alongside the Chicago Department of Aviation and WLS Radio, and they've brought a 747 for the photo op in the past. Fingers crossed the 787 makes an appearance this year, but it's best just to focus on finishing the race for now.
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There are a number of indoor facilities throughout the world that let you train your ski skills during the warmer months on manufactured snow, but it’s not too often you come across a place where you can practice indoors without snow of any sort.
While it's not the first or only one in the world, Progresh in Denver (Thornton) features a synthetic snow surface made of vinyl that allows skiers and snowboarders to practice park tricks and land on massive airbags.
Many parks at Colorado ski resorts are open well into the summer even when the rest of the mountain is closed, but they can be icy, choppy, and crowded, not to mention an hour or two drive from the city.