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Mammoth Lakes is known for its great winter sports but come summer don’t expect all the festivities to end. There are plenty of things to do here during the summer ranging from hiking to mountain biking. They have an array of mountain biking trails including some recently opened trails. So check out these articles and have a great time!

Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – An Overview of Summer Mountain Biking

What is the Mammoth Mountain bike park? Find out the details, how to get the best deal, and come explore one of the best places in the US to develop and challenge your mountain biking skills!

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 21:53

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/mammoth-mountain-bike-park-an-overview-of-summer-mountain-biking-at-mammoth-mountain/

Mammoth Lakes Mountain Biking – June 20, 2010 – Amazing Sights

Mammoth Lakes is a fantastic place for a bike ride in the spring & summer! View pictures and see what it is like to ride the trails in Mammoth Lakes!

Publish Date: 06/20/2010 13:16

http://www.skianything.com/2010/06/mammoth-lakes-mountain-biking-%E2%80%93-june-20-2010-%E2%80%93-amazing-sights-beautiful-weather/

Mammoth Mountain & Mountain Lakes Biking At the Mammoth Bike Park

The Mammoth Mountain bike park at Mammoth Mountain in Mammoth Lakes is starting to open up more trails now that the slopes are closed for summer skiing. As of yesterday, July 5th, Mammoth Mountain bid farewell to the ski season, …

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 16:46

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/mammoth-mountain-mountain-lakes-biking-at-the-mammoth-bike-park-july-6-2010/

Mammoth Lakes Biking At the Mammoth Mountain Bike Park – Awesome

Enjoy scenic views and an awesome adrenaline rush at the Mammoth Mountain bike park all summer! View photos and read the trail report for the Mammoth Mountain bike park now!

Publish Date: 07/06/2010 22:10

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/mammoth-lakes-biking-at-the-mamoth-mountain-bike-park-awesome-ride-on-july-7-2010/

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Bristlecone pine in Great Basin National Park

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One of my favorite places to visit is Bristlecone Pine Forest. Hiking through the oldest living beings, you get a sense of wonder and awe as to how these trees manage to live in conditions that seem to defy life. Unfortunately, a few trees were burned during a fire a few years ago, which goes to show that even these ancient trees are not immortal.  So if you have a chance, take a day to explore Bristlecone Pine Forest for yourself and get a look at the oldest living tree, Methuselah.

The Bristelcone Pine Forests In Big Pine California – Absolutely

The Bristlecone Pine Forest in Big Pine, California is one of the most amazing sights you will ever see. When you visit you’ll be in the presence of what are likely to be the oldest living things on earth. While they are not anywhere …

Publish Date: 07/22/2010 14:42

http://www.skianything.com/2010/07/the-bristelcone-pine-forests-in-big-pine-california-absolutely-stunning-sights/

Olive Ike King: Methuselah Trail, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Turn left on the White Mountain Road, which is clearly signed to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. Follow this paved road 10 miles until you find the turn off and parking lot to the Schulman Grove Visitor Center. Park here. …

Publish Date: 06/15/2010 13:42

http://www.oliveikeking.com/2010/06/methuselah-trail-ancient-bristlecone.html

California Destination Guide: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

Bristlecone Pine Forest Visitor Center Drive up to the 10000 foot level of the white mountains of in east central California and you will find the earth’s oldest living inhabitant “Methuselah”, at 4767 year old Bristlecone Pine. …

Publish Date: 02/22/2008 6:35

http://californiadaytrips.blogspot.com/2008/02/ancient-bristlecone-pine-forest.html

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8 Trails with Views of Mount Saint Helens

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An inspiring story, may he be an example to all of us to go out and seize life today.

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“An 11-mile rugged trail through Havasu Canyon in Arizona leads to an oasis in the middle of the scorching dessert. What one should expect at the road’s end, says Steve Sennott, is the spectacular view of the white Havasu Falls gushing down into the crystal-blue pond 100 feet below. The pond’s water cascades down layers of rocks, and the canyon walls shine in copper red as the sun goes down.

Sennott could easily recite such details from his trip five years ago because he captured them all in his photographs. From the Wave, the swirling layers of sandy rocks in Coyote Butts in Paria Canyon in Arizona, to the cobalt blue Grand Prismatic Spring at Yellowstone National Park, Sennott has captured the natural wonders the country has to offer through his camera lenses over the years.

The photographs are a testament to Sennott being alive. And, he wants to keep visiting places and share the images with those who helped him receive a kidney transplant.

“Some people may say ‘tomorrow,’ but tomorrow may not happen,” Sennott said of traveling to places he’s never been. “So do it today.”

Sennott, a Pepperell resident of 18 years, is exhibiting about 60 colorful photographs he has taken while traveling to America’s West, Canada and Ireland at the Lawrence Library now through Aug. 13. He made all of the trips over the past five years along with his wife, Jackie, who donated her kidney to him in November 2004 to save him from a genetic disorder, polycystic kidneys, which causes swelling of the organ.”  Read more.

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Should Wolf Hunting Be Allowed?

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Our Natural Heritage: Largely Unappreciated

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North Carolina hills from Blue Ridge Parkway
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Blue Ridge Parkway offers gorgeous views of mother nature, even from the inside of a car.  But if you have a moment, step outside the car to celebrate the 75th anniversary of this famous route.

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June 21 – 26 the Town of Boone NC Blue Ridge Parkway 75th Anniversary Celebration offers activities such as a guided Blue Ridge Parkway leisure bike ride; the Headwaters Hike June 23rd guided by Upper Watauga Riverkeepers in partnership …

Publish Date: 06/21/2010 9:43

http://ncmountain.blogspot.com/2010/06/blue-ridge-parkway-75-event-town-of.html

Blue Ridge Parkway awaits adventurers | Richmond Times-Dispatch

Before it officially became the Blue Ridge Parkway, this ribbon of road along the crest of the mountains through Virginia and North Carolina was called the Appalachian Scenic Highway.

Publish Date: 06/06/2010 0:01

http://www2.timesdispatch.com/rtd/travel/regional/article/S-PARK06_20100602-193006/348574/

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Winter Hiking: How to Stay Warm When Temperatures Are Cold

Hiking Tips: Safety First and Last and Always

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. ~John Muir

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Rattlesnakes: Don’t Tread on Me

Mountain Sickness and Gingko Biloba

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Acquiring and maintaining wilderness survival skills is important for any excursions into the wilderness.

Here are some articles that can be helpful in this knowledge area.

Wilderness survival skills for safe wilderness travel

Wilderness survival guide. The wildernesssurvival-skills website is dedicated to providing useful information for safe wilderness traveling.

Publish Date: 06/20/2007 17:00

http://www.wilderness-survival-skills.com/wilderness-survival-blog.html

NAVY Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1 and C Ebook manual | Snafu Blog

This is a video of the NAVY Aircrew Survival Equipmentman 1 and C Ebook manual by the US Navy. It is a great manual about wilderness survival. This is one of the many ebooks and manuals included in our 1600 US Military Manuals, …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 11:46

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Wilderness Survival Trick: The Throwing Stick | Great Outdoors

Here’s how to make a throwing stick for hunting small game in a wilderness survival situation.

Publish Date: 05/23/2010 21:39

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Hazards of Hiking

Hiking Tips for High Altitude Climbs

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A national treasure and threatened by global warming, Glacier National Park is still worth a visit. Here is some relevant news.

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Travelling around the world: Glacier National Park – The Ideal

The Glacier National owes its existence to the persistent efforts of George Bird Grinnell, co-founder of the Audubon Society and 19-century magazine publisher. He lobbied hard for a park to be developed in the St. Mary’s region of …

Publish Date: 05/27/2010 8:29

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At 100 Years Old, Glacier National Park Is Preserved, But Ever

“Had Congress not established the national park system, places like Glacier would have been sold to the highest bidder,” Bohlinger said, noting the area’s designation as a Forest Reserve 10 years before it became the 10th national park, …

Publish Date: 05/17/2010 6:42

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Things To Do In Glacier National Park Things To Do In Glacier

In 1932, Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes National Park in Alberta were formally joined to form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, the worlds first. A Rotary International initiative, the designation …

Publish Date: 05/26/2010 3:05

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Helping Kids Care For the Earth – Ideas For Earth Day and Beyond

Researchers are now saying that simply getting kids outside in nature may be the most effective way to raise their awareness of environmental issues. Suddenly, these problems that they hear about on the news and in the classroom have a …

Publish Date: 01/25/2010 16:46

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EEC Science & Nature Program for Children | Somerset Hills InJersey

Tree House Gang is an afternoon program series that will introduce children to science and nature through an enhanced learning program incorporating outdoor hikes, hands-on activities, interaction with live animals, and crafts. …

Publish Date: 01/24/2010 21:00

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An Open Letter to James Cameron | Psychology Today

An Open Letter to James Cameron By Richard Louv…

Publish Date: 01/24/2010 10:11

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Our National Park are a legacy to be treasured and protected.

Our National Parks are an affirmation of our desire to preserve natural beauty and wildlife within our borders. They are symbols of our commitment to the conservation of wild lands everywhere on our planet. As lofty as that may sound, at least it is an ideal that we should strive towards.

Ken Burns’ six-episode documentary should change the attitudes of all of us. Let’s take our National Parks for granted no more. The’re not just scenic spots but also testimonials to the epic struggles of a few visionaries who gave us an inestimable gift.

Read the whole National Parks blog post here.

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It has become more and more clear to California’s Governor and Legislature that closing California’s State Parks would cost more than keeping them open.

One very large issue is a legal one. If someone were hurt or killed on State Park property, even if it was closed and proper signs were put up, the state would be liable.

Here are a couple of other issues that have been brought to light. How do you fence such large tracts of land? How do you keep cannabis growers off these lands whose custodians have been laid off?

We are now being told that the closure list is shortening (Source). Bless you, Sacramento.

I would just as soon that someone burn the list completely.

by Richard Davidian

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A Double Whammy against Insects

Safety Features and Injury Decline: The Disconnect

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