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Friday, April 24th, 2009

  • It's been a rather cold, wet winter in much of the country, and Olympic National Park includes a smorgasbord of outdoor delights to help cure a case of cabin fever. Here's some important travel information for anyone planning a visit to the park during the next two months--and a tip that can save you some money on your trip.

  • If you're a lover of horse history, and wouldn't mind gaining ownership of a "Shackleford" horse, call the folks at Cape Lookout National Seashore. But be quick, because they only have seven to give away.

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

  • Crews at Stones River National Battlefield in Tennessee slowly but steadily are putting the battlefield back in order in the wake of a tornado that registered a 4 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

  • The "leash law" for pets in national parks is intended to protect pets, wildlife and park visitors from undesirable encounters, but even following the letter of the law can occasionally have an unexpected outcome. Perhaps that's even more likely to be true when the situation involves a cat on a leash.

    The following story, sent to me by a reader, provides a good example.

  • In the fall of 2007, a film crew followed the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon as “The Marching Twenty-Four” toured and performed their precision drills in more than a dozen cities, towns, and special places – including national parks -- across the United States.