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Reader Participation Day: Should A National Park Ever Host Winter Olympics Events?

With all the current attention on the Winter Olympics, we have a two-part question for this week's Reader Participation Day. In an earlier era, a U. S. National Park was one of three finalists vying for the right to host the 1932 Winter Olympics. Do you know which park was in contention then...and should a NPS site ever be considered for some events for a future Winter Games?
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Essential Paddling Guide: Paddling The Buffalo, America's First National River

Massive, water-stained bluffs soaring over 500 feet above your canoe or kayak; the highest waterfall between the Appalachians and the Rockies; potential campsites on gravel bars along over a hundred miles of clear, free-flowing river; all this and more make the Buffalo National River a worthy addition to your list of must-do float trips.
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Essential Paddling Guide: Keeping Our Paddling Waters Clean And Healthy

We look to national park vacations as a healthy lifestyle ingredient, one filled with fun, laughter, and lasting memories. Not on our agendas is worrying about mercury in the fish we pull from mountain streams, droughts that would beach our boats, or industrial and agricultural pollution that impairs the very waters we enjoy in the parks. Sadly, those issues aren’t foreign to the National Park System.
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Winter Of 2014 Brings Record Crowds To View Ice Caves At Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

For much of the country weary of the cold, the winter of 2014 can't end soon enough, but at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, the combination of frigid conditions and word spread by social media has resulted in record visitation to the park. The draw? Sea caves, accessible only by boat in the summer, are festooned in ice in winter, and can be reached by walking across the now-frozen waters of Lake Superior.
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Rescue Of Three Skiers At Grand Teton National Park Offers Some Good "Lessons Learned"

Three skiers who got off-course and spent an unplanned night in the backcountry last weekend prompted the first major search and rescue operation of the year at Grand Teton National Park. The group was successfully rescued despite a significant winter storm and high avalanche danger, and the incident offers some good "lessons learned" for winter recreationists.
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Honorary Chair Of Rocky Mountain National Park’s Upcoming Centennial Celebration Brings Long Family Ties To The Position

It's not unusual for major public events to have an Honorary Chair, someone with local name recognition to aid in promotion of the activity. Rocky Mountain National Park will begin its Centennial Celebration on September 4, 2014, but the selection of Senator Mark Udall as Honorary Chair for the Anniversary Celebration has an interesting personal and historical connection.
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Essential Paddling Guide: Row Your Boat, Deep In The Canyon With O.A.R.S.

I've often said that if you've seen one Grand Canyon you've seen them all. Well, that does make some sense because, after all, there's really just only one in the world. And deep in the bottom of this desert chasm lays the main culprit of erosion, the granddaddy of all American waterways: the Colorado River. It's the big ticket, the plum, the one that challenges all paddlers and rowers.
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Winterfest 2014 Celebrates "Alaska's Longest Season" At Denali National Park And Preserve

Wednesday is often called "hump day"—the midpoint of the traditional work week—but in Alaska, perhaps February could be considered "hump month" for winter. Life in our northernmost state is a lot more fun if you embrace cold weather activities, and the folks in and around Denali National Park and Preserve will "celebrate Alaska's longest season" with an impressive slate of activities February 21-23 at Denali Winterfest 2014.
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Exploring The Parks: Christiansted National Historic Site

Here at the Traveler we recently asked you to comment on Which Is The Most Overlooked, Or Under Appreciated, Unit Of The National Park System? Well, after my trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands, I can answer with great conviction that the three intriguing parks in St. Croix -- Christiansted National Historic Site, Buck Island Reef National Monument, and Salt River Bay National Historical Park -- qualify for both overlooked and under-appreciated.
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Traveler's Essential Paddling Guide To The National Parks

Paddling down a river or across a lake in a national park setting is truly a wonderful, memorable experience, one that carries thrills and life-long memories. You can retrace the historic 19th-century journey of John Wesley Powell, or land on a lodgepole pine-studded shore where camp is set under swaying trees and the evening brings a vivid sunset.
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Grand Canyon Association Receives $1 Million Towards Trails Endowment

Grand Canyon National Park has some of the steepest trails, trails that switchback slowly down a mile into the depths of the canyon. Maintaining those trails is not an insigificant matter, and thanks to the Grand Canyon Association a trails endowment fund has been launched with a $1 million deposit.
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Could A "Park Prescription" Be Just What The Doctor Ordered For America's Health?

There's been no shortage of discussion about the unhealthy lifestyle for too many Americans, and perhaps a new year has inspired you to make some changes. If that's the case, a "park prescription" from your health care professional might be helpful ... and could prove to be a literal application of the proverbial "just what the doctor ordered."
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Appalachian Trail Hikers Suggested To Detour Around Transmission Line Construction At Delaware Water Gap NRA

When was the last time you were hiking down the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and had to detour around a construction project? That scenario will be the case for the rest of February in one section of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
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National Parks Traveler's Essential Park Guide