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Thursday, July 14th, 2011

  • This interesting pattern is indeed man-made, and you can find it if you travel to eastern North Carolina.

    There, at the Wright Brothers National Memorial, rises a cement edifice that honors the two aviation pioneers. Construction started on the monument in 1928, and was completed four years later.

  • In case you're wondering and haven't heard, the entire length of the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park is now open to wheeled traffic, and is expected to stay open for the foreseeable future, barring snowstorms.

    The route opened to traffic about 20 minutes before 8 Wednesday morning.

  • It may be true, as the poet Robert Frost told us, that "Good fences make good neighbors," but park officials at Gettysburg National Military Park have a corollary to that famous line: good fences make good history.

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

  • The 38th Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference was held at Emory and Henry College at the beginning of July. More than 930 people came to hike, attend workshops, and go on excursions.

  • Among the brochures you often receive when you enter national parks are park newspapers and, in some cases, leaflets that address specific issues, such as wildlife concerns.

    At Yellowstone National Park, for instance, among the handouts are flyers on keeping your distance from bison, which, while looking docile, don