Camping and Backpacking
Camping News from NewsTrove.com:
Decatur Daily Democrat
"INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- After two years of fee hikes, campers heading into the great outdoors at Indiana's state parks will get a break next year.
State officials say there will be no fee increases in 2004. Instead, campers will be offered discounts by camping Sunday through Wednesday or by visiting seven little-used campgrounds in the state park system.
Indiana Department of Natural Resources Director John Goss said the seven properties received the fewest campers, but are still nice areas.
''The hidden jewels are great properties, just less well-known,'' Goss told The Indianapolis Star for a Thursday story."
Times-Mail Online Supplement - Bedford, IN
"MITCHELL - A Spring Mill State Park official said lower weekday campground rates and stable weekend camping fees will help the park attract visitors.
Spring Mill State Park Assistant Manager Brandt Baughman said the rate decrease could mean more weekday campers, but the popular Lawrence County state park has had a good year.
Gate revenue "was up, but even taking the price increase out of the equation our camping numbers were up, too,"
Baughman said. "We had a very good camping season. Even with the price increase it's a bargain compared to most family vacations that you could go on."
Sand Hollow: An exciting work in progress
"The Salt Lake Tribune
HURRICANE -- While in the midst of a statewide discussion that ultimately transferred ownership of three state parks to county or city entities, the Division of Parks and Recreation quietly planned a new addition to its system.
But, unlike Fort Buenaventura, Minersville and the Jordan River Parkway golf course, the Sand Hollow Reservoir State Park could soon become a cash cow for the agency, easily paying for its operation.
The park, which is under construction, surrounds a reservoir that, when filled, will be twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir."
GREAT SALT LAKE: More there than meets the nose
"SPIRAL JETTY: www.robertsmithson.com. From Salt Lake City, take Interstate 15 north for about 60 miles. Take exit 368 west through Corinne. Follow Utah 83 to the Golden Spike National Historic Site, then take the gravel road leading west. After six miles, take the left (south) fork a mile to another road that heads right (southwest). The final nine-mile stretch is rough and rocky; a high-clearance vehicle is recommended. The jetty is west of the overlook at the end of the road.
BEAR RIVER MIGRATORY BIRD REFUGE: (435) 723-5887, bearriver.fws.gov/. From Salt Lake City, take Interstate 15 north to exit 366. Head west on Forest Street."
"Sterling State Park drew a record-breaking 3 million visitors this year as campers, anglers and other sportsmen apparently were drawn by the completion of its $17 million facelift.
Visitors to the revamped park along Lake Erie's shore helped buoy the area economy and boost park attendance statewide, tourism officials say.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm officially reopened the park in June after a reconstruction project that spanned two years and left it with a new 256-site lakeshore campground, expanded hiking trails, new bathrooms, shelters, parking areas and other amenities."
Hiking News from RocketNews:
Vows: Rita Starritt and Ted Shafer
When she gardens she does it in a bikini in her front yard. She is not traditional which is why she's so intoxicating said Terry Kelsey a friend. Three years ago she met Ted Shafer when mutual friends organized a weekend of hiking and bicycling in Breckenridge Colo. Mr. Shafer a vice president for sales at ASML a Dutch semiconductor systems maker is known for his compasslike sense of direction."
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2 guys took giant steps to improve hiking trails
27 2003 12 00 AM I'm a reincarnated Egyptian says Paul Diefenderfer. I love moving big rocks. Diefenderfer runs the Phoenix Rock Gym in Tempe and has been an avid climber since he came to the Valley in 1973. Starting in 1975 soon after Echo Canyon Park opened he and his then-roommate Tim Bomaci rebuilt Camelback Mountain's rough trails."
National Parks News from RocketNews.com:
deseretnews.com | Cathedral Valley Capitol Reef's spectacular northern badlands
CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK Just under 200 years ago trappers and other trailblazers pushing into the American West began traversing bleak torturous landscapes mostly barren of vegetation and browse. They called these places badlands. Nowadays often as not we call them national parks. The Temple of the Sun center dwarfs the Temple of the Moon left back."
Alabama: MLK home now open to tourists - Nov. 24, 2003
MONTGOMERY Alabama AP The home where Martin Luther King changed from Montgomery pastor to national civil rights leader has been restored to its 1950s appearance providing another tourist site in a city that describes itself as the Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. The white woodframe house near downtown was the parsonage for Dexter Avenue Baptist Church for nearly 80 years but King was its most famous resident rising to national prominence after black seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man."
National Parks News from AllTheWeb.com:
Thanksgiving Travel Up for Both Auto and Air AAA Urges Travelers To Allow Extra Time
"Traditionally, Thanksgiving marks the start of winter holiday travel and this year shows a strong beginning to the season. AAA projects that 36 million Americans will take a trip of 50 miles or more from home this Thanksgiving weekend holiday."
Sterling to host international show
"Sterling has outbid major cities like Fort Worth, Texas, and Indianapolis, and won the right to host a national"
National Parks News from News.Google.com:
Rhino project may be reviewed
"New Straits Times, Malaysia
"The ministry will get experts from the Wildlife (and National Parks) Department
to discuss the future of the rhino breeding programme should we decide to get ...
Saving Congo, One Woman at a Time
... The environment, including once-extraordinary national parks, and their wildlife
have been decimated by marauders, including sometimes the desperately hungry. ...
Japan and Russia Turn to Nature to Bridge Vast Chasm in the Sea
"New York Times
23 Cranes, eagles and puffins have no trouble crossing a 20-mile-wide finger of
the Sea of Okhotsk that separates two national parks, one Russian and one ...
National Forest News from NewsTrove.com:
Handling of forest under full attack
"November 24 2003Country News
The Victorian and NSW governments should immediately address the current mismanagement of the Barmah-Millewa Forest, according to the Victorian and NSW National Parks associations.
The associations said the forest had recently been described as an "icon site" by the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council and as one of the six Murray River icon sites in most need of urgent attention by Federal Environment Minister David Kemp."
"IT is a general phenomenon that subsidies and taxes are two key policy instruments that governments all over the world use to modify market outcomes. However, there is basic difference between taxes and subsidies. Taxes draw while subsidies inject money into expenditure stream. Though subsidies promote growth by increasing level of critical inputs like health, education and infrastructure, subsidies can also hinder growth by drawing away resources from more productive use and by causing allocation distortions."
"Editor's note: The following is the Thanksgiving proclamation President Kennedy made Nov. 5, 1963, which was read in many churches Thanksgiving Day on the urging of Kennedy's successor, Lyndon Johnson, two days after the nation buried its fallen leader.
Over three centuries ago our forefathers in Virginia and in Massachusetts far from home in a lonely wilderness set aside a time for thanksgiving. On the appointed day, they gave reverent thanks for their safety, for the health of their children, for the fertility of their fields, for the laws which bound them together and for the faith which united them under God."
Backpacking Alaska News from News.Google.com:
"Rifle Shooter Magazine - Nov 26, 2003
... I would also choose a .450 for prowling around the alder thickets of coastal Alaska. ... a
hunter might want a mountain rifle in a light caliber for backpacking ...
VW seeks all Bug lovers for photo shoot tomorrow
"Aspen Times, CO - Nov 18, 2003
... and Angela Gardner are the recipients of this particular adventure, after Essrog
wrote an essay about climbing glaciers in Switzerland, backpacking in Alaska, ...
"Brookline TAB, MA - Nov 12, 2003
... Range Backpacking and River course with the National Outdoor Leadership School,
Lander, Wyo., last summer. This expedition style course explored Alaska's ...
Campground News from News.AlltheWeb.com:
"DARING DESCENT: Paraplegic cyclists, from left, Mark Wellman, Steve Ackerman and Bob Vogel negotiate a route on Murphy's Hogback along the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park, Utah."
Getting her life on track
"C odie Walker sat on a hastily made twin bed covered with a pink quilt and apologized for the mess. There were clothes everywhere, and her desk was littered with papers, books and the other accoutrements of a typical teenager."
Outdoors hot line
"Want to go out in the woods and cut down that perfect Christmas tree? The Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge both allow people to cut down one tree per family on their land for free during the holidays."
Garnet mining company wants to expand
"COEUR D ALENE Emerald Creek Garnet mining company wants to expand its operations to a four-mile stretch of the Saint Maries River. But first, the company must address how to recover wetlands that would be disturbed by the operation."
Camping News from RocketNews:
Wilderness Inquiry of Minneapolis will be offering trips in Florida and Hawaii that are also open to disabled participants meaning regardless of age physical or mental ability or wilderness experience. If support staff is required the company says it will provide it without additional cost to the traveler. The Florida tour is a six-day canoe trip in the 10 000 Islands region of the Everglades the Blackwater River and Gullivan Gator and Buttonwood bays."
Holiday Sales Solid; Pace Seen Slowing
By Emily Kaiser CHICAGO Reuters Americans scoured the malls for bargains on Saturday as retailers tallied up what looked to be a solid if unspectacular start to the holiday shopping season. Saturday's sales appeared to have slowed from Friday's frenetic pace as many stores opened later and some shoppers stayed home to rest up after a busy day on Friday."
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