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Skip Powerball and Enter This Grand Canyon Lottery Instead

February 11, 2015 at 6:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Powerball jackpot is approaching $500 million, but there’s another lottery worth checking out this month. That’s the one over at the Grand Canyon, as it’s time for the annual entry period to score a chance for a non-commercial river trip.

Winners won’t be heading out on the Colorado River until 2016, but with only 472 permits available for 12 to 25 day river trips during next year, this could be a big win for an outdoor enthusiast. For those looking to put names and information in the hat for a chance to win note that applications are accepted between now and noon on February 24.

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New Year, New Free Admission Days to U.S. National Parks

January 7, 2015 at 10:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

Those credit card bills from the holidays are going to be here sooner than later, so it’s time to take advantage of some travel freebies. Just as in years past Uncle Sam is giving away access to a slice of his backyard, as there are a bunch of free admission days to national parks across the nifty fifty during 2015.

The government will get you back around Tax Day, but for now look forward to the following free admission days:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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What Does Christmas Island Get for Christmas? Crabs. Millions of Crabs.

December 22, 2014 at 12:07 PM | by | Comments (0)

Let's draw attention to Christmas Island, a tiny little speck in the middle of the Indian Ocean which, while named for a festive holiday, is expecting a little more than Santa. In December of every year, tens of millions of freshly hatched red crabs cover the landscape on their annual crab migration and, if the weather and lunar cycles go to plan, this weekend will have been the peak of season.

The crabs call the island home year-round, but it's at this time that their life cycles causes them to spawn in the ocean. The female crustaceans make a trek from the wooded areas down to the water where the egg immediately hatches, thus multiplying the island's crab population. The forests, roads and beaches of the island are utterly inundated by the crabs (and the tourists who travel here to watch them), closing roads and parts of the national park.

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National Parks to Raise Entrance Fees in 2015

October 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

You best review those freebie days for your national park visit once 2015 rolls around, as it looks like Uncle Sam and friends might be raising admission prices.

Nothing is set in stone as of yet, but the National Park Service is kicking around the idea of increasing admission costs. This would be the first time in eight years or so in which they have done something like this, so we can only assume it’s not something they decide quickly. The proposals for fee increases are due early next year, so it’ll be at least around spring before we hear anything official.

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Plan Now for 2015's National Park Free Admission Days

October 23, 2014 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s never to early to start thinking about 2015, as there are trips to plan, tickets to book, and vacation days to take. That’s why we wanted to pass along the free offerings from the National Park Service, as once again they are offering up free entrance to plenty of parks across the country for several key dates.

Here’s what to expect for 2015:

· January 19—Martin Luther King Jr. Day

· February 14-16—Presidents Day Weekend

· April 18-19—Opening Weekend of National Park Week

· August 25—National Park Service Birthday (number 99 this year!)

· September 26—National Public Lands Day

· November 11—Veterans Day

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Visiting the Wyoming Ghost Town Amelia Earhart Hoped to Call Home

June 16, 2014 at 12:42 PM | by | Comments (0)

Everyone always talks about taking "the road less traveled." Well, just in time for prime summer road trips, have we got a barely traveled road to suggest: the route to Wyoming's ghost town of Kirwin.

Just outside Cody, known as the gateway to Yellowstone, is the Shoshone National Forest. it's here you'll find the abandoned mining town nestled in an alpine meadow. Originally incorporated in the late 1880s by William Kirwin and Harry Adams, the village saw its heyday in 1902 when the population reached about 200.

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From Caves to Waves: What to Do on Christmas Island

April 7, 2014 at 1:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Now that you've reached the island and braved the native crabs, what else should be on your itinerary while spending some time surrounded by ocean? Naturally you'll want some beach time, but there's also snorkeling or scuba diving, nature walks and animal-spotting.

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Crabs, Crabs Everywhere But Not a One to Eat: Spotting the Christmas Island Locals

April 3, 2014 at 4:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

A tiny stamp of land in the Indian Ocean, Christmas Island is a haven for crabs, birds, and, as a territory of Australia, even for asylum-seekers. Why would anyone pay the expensive airfare and trek so far to visit Christmas Island? This is the question we'll be answering all week.

Yesterday we showed you how to get to the distant tropical paradise of Christmas Island, so it's about time we highlight what's actually worth doing on the island.

Along with rocky shorelines, killer sunrises and sunsets, the island is home to a plethora of exotic animals. The most popular of these, and certainly the most visible, is the red crab, which migrates across the island to spawn and hatch their young once a year. Although the island is completely taken over by the crabs in the Southern Hemisphere's early summer, rest assured spotting the crabs isn't a difficult feat any other time of the year. These little red decapods can be found all over the place, mingling with plenty of other crab varieties, like robber, blue, hermit, little nipper and ghost crabs.

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Wish You Were Here: The Middle of Nowhere in Wyoming

March 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the best things about traveling is riding down roads less-traveled and one state in the U.S.A that's perfect for doing that is Wyoming. It's one of the least densely populated states and offers up a big sky and gorgeous surroundings, not to mention a little slice of the wild, wild West. Fresh air, mountain scenery, outdoor adventures and wildlife are all in the cards for a trip to this western state.

We snapped this shot while out riding the plains, not on horseback, but four-wheelers. Just about an hour from Yellowstone National Park and a view of never-ending prairie land in front, we thought this "little" cabin was a perfect image to represent the area.

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There are 9 National Park Free Entry Days for 2014

January 7, 2014 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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Oh, Go Bike Down a Mountain (in California)

August 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM | by | Comments (0)

You're in California! Get out of your hotel! We yell this doubly loud at anyone staying just off the Pacific Coast Highway and triply so if you're near Santa Barbara, as we recently had a chance to go bike down a mountain in the area and, boy, was it awesome. Over one afternoon with Santa Barbara Adventure Company, we got a suntan, caught the breeze, and glided for nearly 20 miles while hardly breaking a sweat.

The biking itself begins after being driven up (bikes and all) to the the top on one of the higher peaks of the Santa Ynez Mountains. During the drive up the mountain, the guides point out scenic spots as well as evidence from a major fire that devastated the area a few years ago. We noted that many trees were still charred and black, while new plant growth flourished around it. Once we reached the peak, we got our bikes ready and set off down the mountain.

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The National Park Service's 96th Birthday Wish? An iPhone App.

August 27, 2012 at 2:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Happy birthday to the National Park Service! Not only are they responsible for maintaining Uncle Sam’s backyard and making sure you aren't mauled by grizzlies, but they're behind the scenes working on spruce-ups to celebrate their 96th year. Sure there are some national parks older than that, but it’s been almost 100 years since the government decided to organize the parks into one big happy family.

Up first is a new mobile website—www.nationalparks.org—optimized to look great and load quickly on your phone or other device. Here they’re promising a one-stop-shop source for news, commentary, videos, photos, and pretty much everything else you’d want to know regarding each and every one of the country’s national parks. The website can also pinpoint some of the parks closest to your location, and it’ll provide the current weather and related information—so you know whether it’s safe to venture out of your RV.

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