Early Conservation Efforts and America’s Urban Parks

As the final day of National Parks Week has arrived, we reflect on the amazing contributions of the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted. Born in 1822, Olmsted is credited with designing some of our nation’s most beloved landscapes, urban parks and academic institutions....more

Would You Like Bottled or Tap?

Did you know that a lot of bottled water is actually “tap” water? The documentary “Tapped”, focuses on the lead character — bottled water, and examines whether clean drinking water is a basic human right or a commodity to be bought and sold. Some facts:75% of the planet is covered in water, but only 1% is drinkableapproximately an area the size of Texas of floating plastic covers our oceans...more

Croatian National Parks

Blessed with overwhelming beauty, Croatia is becoming number one destination for world wide travelers....more

7 Reasons to Take Your Kids Backpacking

http://roadtriptheworld.com/2013/05/seven-reasons-why-you-should-take-yo......more

Visiting Yellowstone With Kids

http://roadtriptheworld.com/2013/06/yellowstone-with-kids/...more

Which of the U.S. National Parks Have You Visited?

Have you ever visited any of the of over 400 national parks that are part of the United States National Park Service? It's one of the best ways to get a first-hand view of this beautiful country in all its variation and wonder. I've watched alligators slither through the river of grass from an air boat on the Florida Everglades. I've seen the sun rise over the dormant volcano Haleakala on Maui....more
When I was a child, my family visited Yosemite. Old Faithful left a lasting impression.    I ...more

I'm Asian, and I'm Going Camping!

This Labor Day weekend, I’m heading to Yosemite National Park with my family for a weekend of camping, hiking and swimming. Every summer, we spend several days camped out in a national park – no Internet, TV, cell phones, or electricity....more
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Camping in The National Parks: America’s Best Idea

Two years ago, I went on my first camping trip around this time. I still remember the day we drove to Upnorth Michigan and camped at Brimley state park(my first blog post @ http://ahappycampersblog.blogspot.com/ ). The nights were so cold and frankly, I felt its just not my type. Over the last two years, we visited and camped at few national and state parks. Each time, I realized camping is the best way to enjoy nature’s rugged beauty..I liked it even more!...more

Shenandoah National Park & "Stuff"

Check out my blog at http://thetreadmilltribune.blogspot.com/ where I discuss my recent adventure to Shenandoah National Park and the Story of Stuff.  The Story of Stuff is a real enlightenment to the way we seem addicted to "stuff" in the United States.  Cheers, Jen Z ...more

Park It

I spent a good amount of time inside yesterday working on my computer, catching up on all sorts of stuff that needed attention. It was a gorgeous day, and I kept looking out the window wishing I could go outside. By late afternoon, I was done with what I needed to do and headed out for some much-needed fresh air. I decided it would be nice to take a hike around Theodore Roosevelt Island, a small national park situated in the middle of the Potomac River between Virginia and DC. ...more