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May 26, 2010, 7:24 am
Thanks to healthier economic conditions, Memorial Day travel is expected to increase this year. According to an AAA report, approximately 32.1 million Americans are planning to travel—a 5.4 percent increase from last year. They'll spend an average of $809 on their holiday trip, money that I’ve decided to put ...

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jennifer....
I would like to do some lake kayaking in Glaicer. Is there direct lake access or do I have to portage the kayak to get to the lakes?
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Glacier National Park, Kayaking, Gear, Park Passes and Fees, Safety
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Read all the boating regulations and locations at Glacier National Park's homepage. Have a great time.

http://www.nps.gov/glac/planyourvisit/boating.htm

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christine
In Glacier, can you tie ropes to trees for tarps?
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Glacier National Park, Kayaking, Gear, Camping
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As long as you're not doing any damage to the tree or the surrounding flora, then yes, you can tie a rope to the tree for a tarp.

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armondell...
I am hiking down the Grand Canyon end of September (staying 2 nights @ phantom Ran. How much water will I need on the S. Kabob trail?
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This is a question we get a lot and a very good one.  For typical hiking conditions, three quarts per person per day is a good rule of thumb (depending on the length of the hike, the weather and your level of fitness).  However, for the Grand Canyon given the climate and elevation changes, we'd recommend at least 4-5 quarts per person per day.  Again, this is only a general rule of thumb so please make sure you are listening to your own body.  Dehydration in the Grand Canyon is a big deal and you will feel much more energetic when you are well hydrated.

Also, don't wait until you are "thirsty" to drink.  Allow for consistent stops along the way to drink before you feel you need it.  It'll give your body a chance to rest, your muscles will stay loose, and you'll remind yourself to look around a bit!


Enjoy!  Phantom Ranch and the Grand Canyon are special places!

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Augmented Reality: Zeal Ski Goggles

March 17, 2010, 11:29 am
When Avatar came out this winter in 3-D (and IMAX for the truly lucky) just about everyone on the block ran as fast as they could to see it. They're still running! And not just once or twice mind you, some people I know (generally sane people I might ...

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neffwalke...
What can be burned in the fireplaces in Death Valley N.P.? Artificial logs?
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Anything can be burned in the sanctioned firepits in Death Valley NP, it just has be brought in or bought in the park.  All vegetation in the park is protected and CAN NOT be used or collected for fires!  Firewood and charcoal are available at the Furnace Creek General Store, or again, you can bring your own supply.  Fire pits or grates are provided at Furnace Creek, Texas Spring, and most of our other campgrounds.

For more information on local regulations and general rules for the park (and region) regarding fires, check with the area cvb or the NPS:

http://www.visitdeserts.com/death-valley
http://www.nps.gov/deva/index.htm

Have a great time, and be safe!

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Don’t Fear the Groundhog

February 9, 2010, 12:16 pm
The Groundhog doesn’t lie. There are six more weeks of winter ahead of us so get off the couch and get ready to go outside. Of all of the holidays, both secular and religious, none is quite so polarizing as Groundhog Day. Celebrated for more than a century, Groundhog Day ...

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george ca...
To get the best views from a raft trip. White water and float trip. From where? Phone numbers? Do you need reservations?
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Grand Canyon National Park, Gear, River Rafting, Health & Fitness
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Gear Review: Snowshoes and Portable Hot Chocolate

January 19, 2010, 2:13 pm
Next month, the Winter Olympics roll into Vancouver following a quadrennial tradition that has lasted more than a century. The Summer Olympics feature events that, while unrealistic, I felt that at some point in my life I had the potential to participate. Perhaps if I made some different decisions ...

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Camping in the Rain

January 18, 2010, 7:48 am
Camping doesn’t have to be a summer-only activity. Here are some great tips for making camping in the rain more enjoyable, from the folks at TheOlympian.com. “A good friend of mine says ‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear,’” said Kevin Bacher, a ranger at Mount Rainier ...

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