Category Archives: National Parks

A Hike to Avoid

Grand Teton National Park, I have a bone to pick with you (as my mother used to say when she was mad at me). A few days ago the Good Hiker crew was looking for a nice short morning hike. … Continue reading

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Planning a National Parks Trip — To the Tetons!

The Good Hiker crew (me, sister Lisa, and nieces Katie and Susie — the original Certified Good Hikers) are heading to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks this summer for the Fourth Annual Girls’ Adventure Tour. We’re in the planning … Continue reading

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Welcome MHOTC Readers! And Hello Spring

Welcome to all who arrived here from Claire Walter’s fabulous blog Mile High on the Cheap. The Certified Good Hiker Kit is an outdoor education game that helps adults teach kids how to be “good hikers” — how to have … Continue reading

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Parks Photo Contest Winners

A few months ago I posted about the photo contest being run by the National Park Foundation: the Passport to the Parks Sweepstakes. The winners were announced this week. I have to say, I’m a bit perplexed by the top … Continue reading

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Defenders of Wildlife Photo Contest

When I was an editor at Audubon magazine, I saw a lot of really stunning wildlife and nature photos. I can take a decent shot, but my photos are nowhere near the quality of those professionals. I wish they were, … Continue reading

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Free Days in the National Parks

Explore a national park this weekend! Admission is free this weekend,  in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Several other free days are planned for this year: April 16-24 (National Park Week) June 21 (First day of summer) September … Continue reading

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Passport To Your National Parks

I love the U.S. national parks. I lived in Yosemite National Park for two months back in the 1980s (and got college credit for it, believe it or not), and I loved every minute of it. The parks always seem … Continue reading

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Outdoor Contests: Share Your Photos (or Just Your Name), Win Trips and Gear

Three cool contests that hikers and other outdoors people are sure to like: The Leave No Trace Trailhead Sign Contest wants your photos of trailhead signs that mention the Leave No Trace program. Post them on the Leave No Trace … Continue reading

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Free Admission to National Parks

Time to plan a hike! The National Park Service announced two more free-admission days –August 14 and 15 — at the 146 parks that normally charge an entrance fee (nearly 250 others never charge a fee). Rocky Mountain National Park, … Continue reading

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How Do Search and Rescue Dogs Find People?

[This is a reprint of an article I wrote for Smithsonian magazine a few years ago. My all-time favorite freelance assignment. Longer than your average blog post, but that's what writers did in those days.] Elbow by elbow, like a … Continue reading

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