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Saturday, June 20th, 2009

  • On Friday, June 12, rangers on patrol at a large wakeboard competition in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area observed a helicopter hover near an assortment of beached houseboats, ski boats, jet skis, several dozen swimmers, and about 100 spectators along the shoreline. Several passengers jumped into the water from the helicopter.

  • Once a popular stopping spot in the Great Smoky Mountains, the Wonderland Hotel no longer exists. This video explains some of the hotel's history.

Friday, June 19th, 2009

  • Jazz is so entirely American in its roots. You can trace those roots at the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, but until you can make the trip, here's a sample courtesy of the National Park Service.

    You can find a broader range of sample at the park's website.

  • Touring Bryce Canyon National Park this summer will be easier than ever thanks to free daily tours the park is offering on the Bryce Canyon Shuttle. And if you're a backpacker, this is a great way to catch a ride to the trailhead and then back to your car.

  • Plans for celebrating the Blue Ridge Parkway’s 75th Anniversary in 2010, about which I wrote on the Traveler last fall, are moving along well.