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Saturday, November 1st, 2008

  • The ruins at Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument near Mountainair, New Mexico, do more than just remind us of Spain’s shattered dreams of empire in the American Southwest. They also remind us that climate change is an old phenomenon that has powerfully influenced human well-being through the centuries.

  • A favorite destination in Olympic National Park for locals and tourists alike is Hurricane Ridge. A 17-mile drive up the Hurricane Ridge Road takes you from near sea level to an elevation of 5,242 feet. In the summer, this is a great spot for postcard-quality summer views, hikes, and picnics.

  • Millerton Lake near Fresno, California is a 1940s era impoundment resulting from dam construction on the San Joaquin River for the Central Valley Project.

Friday, October 31st, 2008

  • At 2,219,789 acres (3,472 sq. mi.), Yellowstone National Park reigned for 122 years as the largest national park in the 48-state U.S.

  • Most people making the drive between Las Vegas and Los Angeles are in a hurry to just get across the desert. As a result, they miss an easy opportunity to visit the third largest unit in our national park system outside of Alaska. Even more surprising, given the size and rugged nature of this park, is the fact that it's bordered by not one, but two Interstate highways: I-15 and I-40.