Over 100 National Parks Offer Free Entry for 3 Weekends

August 8, 2010

From the National Park Service website:

America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better this year with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees. Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Mark your calendar for fee-free days left this year:

* August 14-15, 2010
* September 25, 2010
(Public Lands Day)
* November 11, 2010
(Veterans Day)

And to make the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors on this summer’s fee free weekends with the their own special offers.

Here’s a tip – many of your 392 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

Do click the links to get to additional information!!

Check out other ideas and activities to do with kids on https://mygrandmasue.wordpress.com
by the author of the award-winning children’s book Grandpa, Do It! I Do It, Too!

Minivans and Yosemite Black Bears

October 18, 2009

What a story! Minivan owners with children planning a trip to Yosemite be forewarned! The Black Bears of Yosemite National Park actually recognize and look for minivans according to a scientific study!!

The story is relatively the same one written by Mark Grossi (McClatchy Newspapers) – but you can tell the news folks are having fun with this one! Here are some sample headlines (along with their stories and photos)!

Yosemite Bears Prefer Minivans for Snack Attacks
The minivan: lunchbox on wheels for Yosemite bears
Yosemite bears love their minivan buffets
Yosemite bears love their minivans
Yosemite’s bears prefer to break into minivans
Mmmm, minivan! The favorite vehicle of Yosemite’s black bears
Minivans buffets for bears in Yosemite area
Yosemite bears break into minivans most, study shows
Yosemite Black Bears Preferred Vehicle? Minivans.
Yosemite bears’ car of choice: the minivan
It’s Official: Picky Yosemite National Park Bears Prefer Their Meals in Minivans
Minivans are as good as honey pots to Yosemite bears, study says
Black Bears Looking for Fast Food Choose Minivans
Your minivan is one big pic-a-nic basket, say Yosemite’s black bears

STEWART W. BRECK (stewart.w.breck@aphis.usda.gov), NATHAN LANCE, AND VICTORIA SEHER

United States Department of Agriculture–Wildlife Service–National Wildlife Research Center, 4101 LaPorte Avenue, Fort
Collins, CO 80521, USA (SWB, NL)
Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389, USA (VS)
in the Journal of Mammalogy, 90(5):1041–1044, 2009

National Parks of the West

August 19, 2009

The August 2009 Sunset Magazine has a great article by Peter Fish and photographed by Ian Shive on National Parks With Amazing Views: Grand Teton National Park, Yosemite National Park, Channel Islands National Park, Canyonlands National Park and Yellowstone National Park. It has an on-line link to an interactive page with lots of information on Glacier National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Olympic National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Zion National Park. Watch the video of Sunset editor-in-chief Katie Tamony interviewing Ken Burns, who is the filmmaker of “National Parks: America’s Best Idea” – PBS will show it on September 27. The other videos are also very good. There are suggestions, photos and a map where you click on the park for even more info on activities, accommodations, campgrounds, and “top wow spots” from Sunset. I found it quite awesome!

Activities in the Sierra Nevada

April 28, 2009

There are all sorts of activities to do in the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Virtual Sierra Nevada website is quite exhaustive: gold panning, hiking, skiing, biking, horseback riding, backpacking, kayaking, river rafting and more. Then there is lots of sightseeing as well – Yes, there are LOTS of little towns: Reno (biggest little), Truckee, Virginia City, Lake Tahoe, Mammoth, Bishop, … and beautiful parks like Yosemite, Sequoia, Kings Canyon, oh, I’ll get myself in trouble by trying to list them all and forgetting some so I’ll stop while I’m ahead…..check out the linked websites!!

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