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Spend a Night Under the Stars with NOC’s Great Outpost

June 22, 2010, 1:40 pm
Remember summer evenings catching fireflies, star-gazing and sharing campfire stories? The National Wildlife Federation’s Great American Backyard Campout reminds us all of simple pleasures we had as a child and how these memories can inspire the next generation of children to appreciate the wonders of the outdoors. On June 26, ...

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Looking to go to Brookville Lake, IN. Best spot for picnic, playground & fishing?
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Brookville Lake is over 16 miles long and is actually made up of three separate Recreation Areas:  Mounds, Quakertown and Whitewater.  Just past the entrance to Mounds, on the way to the water, there are picnic tables and shelters.  Whitewater has a brand new playground are and is typically considered the best part of the lake for fishing.  There's so much to do on the lake, we absolutely suggest talking with the folks at the Indiana Department of Natural Resrouces at more length before you go.  Click here for more information and/or call: (765) 647-2657.

Have a great trip!

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Park Profile: Cuyahoga Valley National Park

May 25, 2010, 5:00 pm
Located just outside of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers an oasis from the environments that surround it. Since the region was dubbed a national park in 2000 it has grown in popularity and has become the 6th most visited national park in the United States. Named ...

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The Legend of Sleeping Bear

May 25, 2010, 11:21 am
One of our favorite bits of national park lore is the Legend of Sleeping Bear, which inspired the naming of Michigan’s Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. American Indians have lived in the area of Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for thousands of years, hunting, fishing, and making maple syrup; enjoying ...

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We are driving a 40' motor home towing a car. We were told highway 14/16 between Custer and Yellowstone is not recommended. Any suggestions
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It's a little bit longer, but you can also take US-20 E to get from Custer to Yellowstone.

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I agree US-20 would be the best but a tad longer.

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Are you allowed to go to the park at night? (Acadia)
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The gates at Acadia National Park are open 24 hours a day, but visitor centers typically close in the evening. For operating hours and seasons, visit the park website.

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Will travelling be impaired with a hitched trailer -10' LX 6,W by 8'high -to a Tahoe - travelling in mountainregions and higher elevations?
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Sorry- did not mean to click SUBMIT so many times !!

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I don't know about Top of the Rockies specifically, but I usually drive the Chief Joseph and Beartooth highways (Wyoming and Montana respectively) at least once while I'm working in Yellowstone during the summers. Neither of these roads forbids trailers, and I suppose they could be driven while towing, but I wouldn't do it. The high mountain roads are notoriously narrow and winding, often with little shoulder between you and a frightening drop off a cliff. If possible, I'd recommend leaving the trailer at the campground or whatever, or just driving extra carefully in the mountains. The mountain byways are beautiful drives, but they're unforgiving, always respect them.

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Weekend Getaway: Big Thicket National Preserve

March 31, 2010, 9:44 am
 Big Thicket Springs to Life  Some old timers say, “This time of year, if you sit very, very still, you can hear things grow in the Big Thicket.” This subtropical meeting place for people, plants, and wildlife, less than two hours from Houston, is famous for its biodiversity. The observant visitor can ...

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Olympic National Park: A must-see for nature-loving families

March 25, 2010, 7:14 am
Olympic National Park, located on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, is an outdoor paradise. Best known for its rare temperate rain forest, the park actually contains three distinct ecosystems: old-growth forest, rugged coastal beaches, and snow-capped mountains. Plus there are rivers, lakes, waterfalls, and hot springs, all fed by the region's ...

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Are there any Indian caves in Yosemite?
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Here are two examples of American Indian caves at Yosemite:

Yosemite Falls Indian Caves
These caves consist of a series of meandering fissures (cracks) between boulders. A single boulder with three mortar cups (a depression in the rock formed from pounding acorn) situated beneath the overhang of a larger boulder occurs at the site.

From the parking area, walk to and from the base of Lower Yosemite Fall using the western trail. Here you can explore the talus caves or "spider caves." In addition, visitors may participate in interpretative walks and other educational activities such as learning games or cave exploration conducted by the Yosemite Institute and the National Park Service.

Hot-low, or Lah'-koo-hah
This Indian cave, immediately under Washington Column at the mouth of Tenaya Canon is a low, broad, and deep recess under a huge rock. It is said to have been occupied as a winter shelter, and also when attacked by the Mono Lake Piutes. The overhanging rock is black from the smoke of ages, and far back in the cave large quantities of acorn-shells have been found. The word Lah-koo-hah, often applied to Indian Cave, is a call meaning "come out."

Here are some other places to discover American Indian culture at Yosemite:

Mirror Lake Trail
Mirror Lake interpretive trail is a short loop adjacent to Mirror Lake, a seasonal lake on Tenaya Creek. Exhibits focus on the rich natural history of the area and American Indian use. To reach the start of the trail, walk one mile from shuttle stop #17 to the disabled parking spaces near the lake. The trail begins here.

Indian Village
This short loop winds through the Indian Village of Ahwahnee, a reconstructed Miwok-Paiute village. A booklet is available at the trailhead and in the Visitor Center. The trail begins behind the Yosemite Museum.

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