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Archive for 'November 2011'

    Sequoia's Grant Tree: A National Shrine to All Who Have Sacrificed for Their Country

    fileAn item from the Little-Known Facts of Nature File on this Veterans Day: The General Grant Tree of Sequoia National Park, the world's second largest tree (in terms of mass, not height), was proclaimed by President Dwight Eisenhower as a national shrine to honor the men and women of the United States who have given their lives in service to their country. President Eisenhower made his proclamation on March 29, 1956. The tree was officially dedicated as a living memorial on Nov. 11, 1956, with ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 11, 2011 6:12 PM & Tagged Grant Tree, Sequoia National Park, national parks and national shrine | permalink | Comments

    Cuyahoga Valley: A "Park for the People"

    fileIs it or is it not a national park? Obviously, the large boundary sign I passed on Canal Rd., between Akron and Cleveland just a few miles from a freeway off-ramp, proves Cuyahoga Valley National Park is in fact a national park. But do the nearly 33,000 acres CVNP encompasses deserve to be listed among America's 58 national parks? Interesting question. Earlier this year Backpacker magazine raised eyebrows when it published an editorial suggesting that 8 existing national parks be demoted to a ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 9, 2011 2:37 PM & Tagged Cuyahoga Valley, Cycling, Hiking, Ohio and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Freebie Alert (and Other National Park News)

    fileItems of outdoor interest: • No entrance fees will be charged Nov. 11-13, Veterans Day weeked (Friday through Sunday), at federal public lands that customarily collect fees, day-use fees or amenity fees (improved picnic sites, for instance). This includes national parks, Bureau of Land Management properties and U.S. Forest Service areas, among federal properties. Other fees remain in effect for campgrounds, cabin rentals, tours, ski areas and other concessionaire-operated offerings. Admittedly, ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 9, 2011 2:36 PM & Tagged fee free days and national parks | permalink | Comments

    Video: A Murmuration of Starlings

    fileDid you know that the name for a group of starlings is a "murmuration"? It's an evocative word for a natural phenomenon that can be truly mesmerizing to watch. The movements of the individual starlings in a group can synchronize to such a remarkable degree that the murmuration appears to have a mind of its own. The result is a stunning show of rapidly shifting patterns across the canvas of the sky. Apparently, even scientists who have studied this behavior have yet to determine how the ...

    Posted by Craig D. on November 7, 2011 4:22 PM & Tagged birds, murmuration, starling, starlings and video | permalink | Comments

    The 'One Best Way' to Run: Have You Discovered It?

    fileMore than 40,000 runners are expected to take part in the New York City Marathon Sunday morning. How many of them will navigate the course using what legendary marathoner Alberto Salazar calls the "one best way" to run? In a New York Times Magazine article, Christopher McDougall, author of the best-seller Born to Run, describes this one best way as "not the fastest, necessarily, but the best: an injury-proof, evolution-tested way to place one foot on the ground and pick it up before the other ...

    Posted by T.D. Wood on November 4, 2011 2:19 PM & Tagged barefoot running, minimalist, minimalist footwear and natural motion running | permalink | Comments

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