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Is the share your favorite park moments sponsered by hi tech gear over
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Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Auto/Motorcycle, Backpacking, Bears, Fly Fishing, Native American History, Guided Tours, Elk, Gear, Ranger-led Programs, Camping, Fishing, History/Culture, Hiking, Kids Activities, Safety, Picnicking, Touring
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Hi-Tec (not Hi-Tech) http://www.hi-tec.com.  You can find out more at http://www.ohranger.com/you.

The site will be up again on 7/14/10.

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The program is back up www.ohranger.com/you

Have fun, and good luck!

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Acadia Park gun law changes

July 12, 2010, 8:26 am
A new law goes in to effect Monday that will change the firearms law at Acadia National Park. But the law isn't sitting well with some gun advocates. Earlier this year, a federal law went into effect, allowing guns in national parks and wildlife refuges. Under that law, states are permitted ...

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kimtahoe
Are there places inside the park where smoking is permitted in designated areas? We are staying in Curry Village.
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Yosemite National Park, California, Safety
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Smoking in buildings, on boardwalks, or in vegetated areas at Yosemite is prohibited. Smoking while traveling on trails is also prohibited, though you may smoke while stopped. (Crush out and dispose of cigarette butts in a trash receptacle.)

The NPS has designated all public areas, including Curry Village tents and other lodging and dining facilities inside the park as "non-smoking" and smoking is not allowed in these areas.

For more information, check out the Curry Village Camp Etiquette page.

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jujubee62
Where does the i & m cannal start and end.
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Visitors can follow the I&M Canal State Trail beginning at Rockdale along the old towpath to LaSalle and experience 61.5 miles of scenic views of the canal and the Des Plaines and Illinois rivers.

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Geese behind plane's NY river landing still around

July 1, 2010, 1:12 pm
Should USDA Wildlife Services be able to euthanize Canada geese at Jamacia Bay Wildlife Refuge--near JFK Airport--to help prevent run-ins between airplanes and flocks of geese? An interesting debate has devloped. Here's a snippet, via the Associated Press: A year and a half after Canada geese forced an airliner to splash ...

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Everything you need to know about our 2010 guides is available here!

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Not sure when you're leaving. If you e-mail me your address, at [email protected], I will send you a complimentary copy of the Yosemite National Park Guide. Are there any others you would like?

Happy trails!

-Brigitte @ Morsel Munk

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PaPa G
We're plannig on driving to Glacier Park from Helena, but was wondering about the road conditions up there.
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Spring plowing is underway on the Going-to-the-Sun Road at Glacier National Park.

As of this morning, June 21, there are 41.5 miles of the Going-to-the-Sun Road open for travel. Visitors can drive 28 miles from the West Entrance to Big Bend, and 13.5 miles from the St. Mary Entrance to Jackson Glacier Overlook. The section of the road between Big Bend and Jackson Glacier Overlook is closed due to snow plowing operations.   

Updated road conditions for the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and all other roads at Glacier National Park is available at the NPS Glacier Road Status site.

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JLJudy
How much should we be concerned about mountain lions when hiking in and around the cascade mountains?
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Mountain lions, known is the Pacific Northwest as cougars, live in the Cascade Mountains. Since they are mainly nocturnal creatures and are rarely seen, they're sometimes called "ghost walker" and "ghost of the wilderness." Cougars favor dense forests that provide good stalking cover while hunting. They also take advantage of steep canyons and rock outcroppings to remain hidden.

If you visit the backcountry, you are in cougar habitat, in their territory. Keep this in mind and follow some basic rules. Cougars are shy, secretive cats and typically avoid contact with people. Few people ever see this elusive cat in the wild, but sightings and encounters have increased in recent years.

For your safety:

  • Never approach a cougar, especially a feeding one. Cats are unpredictable, but will normally avoid a confrontation -- give them a way out. In areas of known cougar sightings, do not hike alone.

  • Keep children close to you when hiking and pick them up if you see fresh signs of a cougar.

If you encounter a cougar:

  • Do not run. Avert your gaze and speak to it in a calm voice. Do not turn your back on the cougar. Hold your ground or back away slowly. Sudden movement or flight may trigger an instinctive attack.

  • Spread your arms, open your coat -- do all you can to enlarge your image.

If the cougar act aggressively:

  • Wave your arms, shout, and throw rocks or sticks. If you are attacked, fight back. Do not "play dead."

 

Reporting an Encounter

If by some rare chance, you meet the ghost cat of the Cascades, consider it a gift. Please make a report at any ranger station or park facility.

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j25giambi
Planning a roadtrip from Denver to San Fran in August. Will it be bearable on hwy 80 w/o AC? Are there alternative routes or suggestions?
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Average highs in Denver in August are in the high 80s. Average highs in cities along your route in Utah and Nevada can be in the 90s. For more about average temperatures, check out the average weather charts on weather.com.

As your trip approaches, you can check weather conditions on the interstate at weather.com's Interstate trip planner.

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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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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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