Puzzles, Mysteries, and Reviews

Monday, July 16th, 2012

  • In Empire of Shadows: The Epic Story of Yellowstone, author George Black pulls on three main threads to tell the backstory of the creation of Yellowstone National Park.

    Foremost is America's 19th Century lust for exploring its new lands, a hunger to reach out into every nook and cranny of the frontier and claim the area for the year-old United States.

    This hunger, of course, fo

Friday, July 13th, 2012

  • Mystery photo 53, our first international mystery photo puzzler, challenged you to identify a waterfall and the national parks in which it is located.

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

  • Mystery Photo 53 was taken in a national park, but not in the United States.

  • Four-hundred years have passed since Captain John Smith explored the Chesapeake Bay, searching for food to help nourish the Jamestown colonists. Since his voyages from 1607-09, much has changed along the bay, though pockets of the past likely remain in the nooks and backwaters of the Chesapeake and its tributaries.

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

  • Sure, I’d like to be a better birder! Who takes up any hobby endeavor with no desire to keep becoming better at it? Half the fun is continually learning new ways to have fun with your hobby.

    So I was excited this spring to see a book titled How to Be a Better Birder released from Princeton University Press.

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