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Thursday, April 30th, 2009

  • Thousands of people will be out and about to enjoy International Dawn Chorus Day this Sunday, May 3. Some places are more nearly ideal than others. Early risers have a special treat in store for them at South Carolina’s Congaree National Park.

  • After spending Tuesday ashore, presumably hiking in Starvation Canyon, Kurt Repanshek headed down the Yampa River again Wednesday and ensconced himself at a new campsite for the night. SPOT has marked the spot in the rugged Dinosaur National Monument terrain, and we invite you to have a look.

  • Will President Obama's recent visit to Mexico revive interest in a formal U.S. – Mexico International Park in the Big Bend area of Texas? Supporters of the idea hope so, but the plan, which dates back over seventy years, faces some challenges.

    On November 6, 1936, the El Paso Herald Post reported on a "Proposed Giant Park Project."

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

  • If you’ve made plans to hike in Great Smoky Mountains National Park this week, inquire about trail closings before you leave home. Five of the park’s trails have been closed as crews deal with wild fires and flare-ups.

  • Traveler Editor Kurt Repanshek's excursion on the Yampa River in Dinosaur National Monument is interrupted by foul weather (rain the first day, snow the second).