Friday, November 6, 2015

DIY Christmas Trees Family Fun

A tree-cutting tradition creates lifetime memories

Cutting the Chirstmas TreeStart a great tradition with your family this year! (USFS)

What You’ll Find

It is a memorable experience to tromp through the snow in the forest and hunt for that special tree to fill your home with the fresh scent of pine. It is even more magical to transform that tree into a brilliantly decorated centerpiece for the holidays. Some families have carried this tradition on for generations; some may just be getting started.

Getting There

Permits for holiday tree cutting are available at most U.S. Forest Service offices and fees vary per location. Contact the Forest Service office in your area to inquire about permit availability and tree-cutting locations.

Make Sure You

Prepare for weather and road conditions that might make travel difficult. Also, be aware of the areas that are approved for tree-cutting, which are designated by the local office and part of the information provided when you purchase a permit.

Don’t Forget

Cut trees that are six inches (15.2 cm) in diameter or smaller located in designated cutting areas. You are helping to keep your forests healthy when you cut a tree. The permit system by the U.S. Forest Service helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees.
The U.S. Forest Service offers things to know before you go as you prepare for your Christmas tree outing.

Did You Know?

The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree starts its journey across the United States in early November and is a gift from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. You can track the tree as it moves across the country to reach its final destination, Washington, D.C.

Take a look at this video of a family’s holiday tree tradition:


(source: recreation.gov)
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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Special Places to Honor Our Veterans

Veterans Day is a time when Americans honor and thank U.S. military veterans for their service to their country, and there is no better time to enjoy America’s great outdoors and historic places. Not only are entrance fees waived at many locations, but these places often represent everything veterans serve to protect.
Read our list for ideas—then find a way to remember and honor our veterans as you enjoy some of the best our country has to offer!

Visit America’s Federal Lands—Fee Free on Veterans Day!

In honor of America’s veterans, entry is FREE at National Park Service units, Bureau of Land Management places, Fish and Wildlife Service refuges, U.S. Forest Service,Bureau of Reclamation sites and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers locations.

View the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and more at the National Archives Museum

The Visitor Orientation Center at the National Archives (NARA)
The Visitor Orientation Center
at the National Archives (NARA)
If you are in the Washington, D.C. area, make a reservation for the National Archives Museum to view the original Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights that so many veterans fought to protect. Then explore the Records of Rights Exhibit.
You will not want to miss special presentations that honor veterans (check the National Archives’ Calendar of Eventsfor details).

Visit World War II and D-Day Historical Sites

Pearl Harbor Ceremony (Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Pearl Harbor Ceremony
(Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Visit locations that honor those who served during World War II. Read our article about the places and the people who participated in the legendary, D-Day Invasion on June 6, 1944; learn about (or visit) the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites in Hawaii; the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.; or the West Coast World War II Memorial at thePresidio of San Francisco, California.




Visit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (NPS)
American Veterans Disabled
for Life Memorial (NPS)
Pause and reflect at the new American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial adjacent to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. It is the first national memorial dedicated solely to disabled veterans, paying tribute to the hidden and visible disabilities from all conflicts and all branches of service.




Enjoy a National Trail

Veteran hiking Devil's Garden Trail (Sandra Gardener/Share the Experience)
Veteran hiking
Devil's Garden Trail
(Sandra Gardener/Share the
Experience)
Enjoy a day hike or walk along a section of one of ourNational Trails. Congress designated these trails because they played a crucial role in re-tracing American history or because they celebrate the natural beauty of the United States. You might ascend to a breathtaking view on thePacific Crest National Scenic Trail, or feel a sense of national pride on the Star-Spangled Banner National Historic Trail. You’ll find our National Trails “from sea to shining sea.”



Walk on the Veterans Trail at Coralville Lake, Iowa

Pearl Harbor Ceremony (Sarah Murphy/U.S. Navy)
Coralville Lake Veterans
Trail (USACE)
Each year Coralville Lake honors local veterans at a ceremony on the lake's Veterans Trail. All are welcome to visit the accessible trail that features a bird observation area, rest areas and a picturesque, 80-foot (24.3 m) bridge.




Visit Patton's World War II Desert Training Center-California-Arizona Maneuver Area Headquarters, near Indio, California

Desert Training Camp Circa 1942
Desert Training Camp
circa 1942
General George S. Patton's chose the training site for its similarity to the North African Desert. It would become the largest military training area in the world. Patton's troops would eventually defeat the German Afrika Korps beginning at Casablanca, Morocco. The memorial marks the site of General George S. Patton's desert headquarters near Interstate 10 on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands west of Desert Center. The General Patton Memorial Museum in Chiriaco Summit is a BLM partner. Learn how the BLM serves veterans on public lands.

Veterans Hunting and Fishing Programs with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Cumberland
WW fishing event (USACE)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers supports various Wounded Warrior hunting and fishing events across their lakes. Watch one of these videos to find out more.






National Register of Historic Places Travel Itineraries

Fort Point San Francisco
(Anthony Colburn/Share
the Experience)
World War II in the San Francisco Bay Area provides a video, list of sites, maps, essays and more to commemorate this West Coast city’s role in the war. Let this be your guide to discover which places you can visit in the Bay area.





(source: recreation.gov)
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Synthetic SAE 10W-30/SAE 30 Heavy-Duty Motor Oil

AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30/SAE 30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil (ACD) is formulated with premium synthetic base oils that exceed both 10W-30 multi-grade and SAE 30 straight-grade viscosity requirements for outstanding performance in modern and older diesel engines. Unlike conventional SAE 30 motor oils, AMSOIL ACD has a naturally high viscosity index and does not contain paraffin (wax). It has a -33°F pour point and qualifies for SAE 10W, making it an all-season multigrade lubricant with a wide operating temperature range. AMSOIL ACD is formulated without viscosity index (VI) improvers. This shear-stable formulation is designed to stop viscosity loss and associated bearing and cylinder bore wear. AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30/SAE 30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil contains premium additives with a high 12 TBN to neutralize acids from blow-by, exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) and high-sulfur diesel fuels. It protects against damaging piston deposits, ring sticking and sludge.
AMSOIL, the leader in automotive synthetic lubrication, produced the world’s first API qualified synthetic motor oil back in 1972. Trust the extensive experience of AMSOIL The First in Synthetics® to do the best job protecting your equipment.
PERFORMANCE
Where these viscosity grades are specified, AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30/SAE 30 Diesel Oil provides outstanding performance as a straight-grade SAE 30 for older two- and four-stroke diesels and as a multi-grade SAE 10W-30 in modern four-stroke diesel and gasoline engines. AMSOIL Synthetic Heavy Duty Diesel Oil is ideal for use in a wide variety of light and heavy-duty applications, including agriculture, off-road construction, trucking, mining, industrial (pumps and generators) and personal automotive or commercial transportation. It is recommended for use with low- or high-sulfur diesel fuels in standard, turbocharged or supercharged engines, all off-road engines and pre-2007 on-road engines.
  • SAE 10W-30 performance without VI improvers
  • Cost-effective replacement for conventional oils
  • Excellent shear stability
  • Outstanding wear protection
  • Superior protection over a broad range of operating temperatures
  • Extended service life
APPLICATIONSAMSOIL ACD is recommended for diesel engines, gasoline engines and other applications that require any of the following worldwide specifications:
  • API CI-4+/CH-4/SL, CF, CF-2
  • Global DHD-1
  • ACEA A3/B3, E3, E5
  • JASO DH-1
  • Mack EO-M, EO-N
  • Detroit Diesel 93K214
  • Caterpillar ECF-1a, ECF-2
  • Cummins CES 20076/20077/20078
  • Volvo VDS-3/VDS-2
  • Mercedes Benz 228.1/228.3/229.1
  • MAN 271/3275
  • MTU Type 2
  • Ford WSSM2C921-A
MIXING AMSOIL
AMSOIL ACD is compatible with conventional and synthetic motor oils, however, mixing AMSOIL ACD with other oils will shorten the oil life expectancy and reduce the performance benefits. AMSOIL does not support extended drain intervals where AMSOIL ACD has been mixed with another product.
Aftermarket additives are not recommended for use with AMSOIL ACD.
SERVICE LIFE
AMSOIL Synthetic 10W-30/SAE 30 Heavy Duty Diesel Oil (ACD) is recommended for extended drain intervals in engines that are unmodified and in good operating condition.
Diesel Engine Service
  • Three times (3X) OEM* recommendation, not to exceed 50,000 miles/600 hours or one year, whichever comes first. Drain intervals may be extended further with oil analysis.
Gasoline Engine Service
  • Two times (2X) OEM* recommendation, not to exceed 15,000 miles or one year, whichever comes first.
*Operating conditions and drain intervals for severe and normal service are defined by the OEM. Refer to your owner’s manual.
Note: Extended drain intervals are not recommended when using biofuels containing >10% ethanol or 5% biodiesel (B5). Follow OEM drain intervals or extend drain intervals with oil analysis.
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Synthetic Air Tool Oil

Synthetic Air Tool Oil
Outstanding Air Tool Protection and Performance
AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil (AIR) effectively lubricates rotary and piston-type air tool bearings and motors, while managing moisture and conditioning rubber and plastic seals and O-rings. It ensures air tools run smooth, reduces wear and helps tools last for years, even generations.
Performance Features
  • Helps prevent corrosion and deposits, allowing air tools to run cleanly and reliably.
  • Reduces wear, extending tool life.
  • Provides easy dispensing.
Applications
• Grinders • Impact Wrenches • Ratchet Wrenches • Chisels • Drills
• Sanders • Hammers • Nailers • Other Common Air Tools
Directions
Apply 3-5 drops into air inlet before and after each use and as needed.
AMSOIL PRODUCT AVAILABILITY
AMSOIL Synthetic Air Tool Oil is available in 4-ounce bottles.
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2016 CHEVY SILVERADO HD OFFERS DIGITAL STEERING ASSIST

Control-enhancing system, phone integration and 5th wheel package lead updates

DETROIT – Chevrolet Silverado HD trucks are engineered to make the toughest jobs easier, and new technologies for 2016 complement features such as integrated cruise control, powertrain grade braking and diesel exhaust braking to enhance control.
New Digital Steering Assist power steering on some double cab and crew cab models helps make hauling and trailering easier and more confident, with electronic controls that enhance road holding and stability on the highway – particularly on crowned roads – regardless of whether the truck is loaded. It also offers greater responsiveness and an improved steering feel. Digital Steering Assist is not available on Work Truck models or regular cab.
There’s also a new Gooseneck/5th Wheel Trailering Prep Package, with a spray-in bedliner, that makes Silverado HD models ready to tow larger trailers right from the factory. It will be available in the first quarter of 2016 for gas and diesel models, and features a frame-mounted hitch platform and tray that accommodates a gooseneck ball hitch or fifth wheel hitch mounting brackets, as well as a cargo bed-mounted trailer harness. A new Gooseneck Completion Kit will also be available from Chevrolet dealers, featuring a 2-5/16-inch ball hitch and two chain tie-downs.
Silverado HD’s MyLink systems are enhanced for 2016, offering greater connectivity choices. They include a new HD radio with a 7-inch-diagonal capacitive touchscreen with performance improvements such as a faster processer for better performance, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. The available 8-inch system features similar performance improvements and CarPlay capability. Android Auto capability is coming later in the model year.
Additional new features for 2016 include available wireless phone charging, an available remote locking tailgate and three exterior colors: Siren Red Tintcoat (double cab only), Red Hot and Butte Red Metallic (crew cab only).
Also, the 2016 Silverado HDs’ trailering ratings are aligned with SAE J2807 standards, with maximum available capacities including:
  • Maximum 2500HD conventional trailering rating of 14,500 pounds (6,577 kg)
  • Maximum 2500HD fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 18,000 pounds (8,165 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 15,000 pounds (6,804 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD single-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 17,500 pounds (7,938 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel conventional trailering rating of 20,000 pounds (9,072 kg)
  • Maximum 3500HD dual-rear-wheel fifth-wheel or gooseneck trailering rating of 23,200 pounds (10,523 kg).
Those maximum ratings are achieved with the available Duramax 6.6L turbo-diesel and Allison 1000 six-speed transmission, a proven powertrain combination with more than 1.5 million sold.
What hasn’t changed for the new model year are the core elements that support the Silverado HD’s capability with durability.  
Silverado HD lineup
Regular, double cab and crew cab models are offered across the lineup. 2500HD and 3500HD regular cab models are matched with an 8’ box, while 2500HD double cab and crew cab models are available with 6’6” or 8’ boxes. Silverado 3500HD double cab is offered exclusively with the 8’ box, while 3500HD crew cabs are available with the 6’6” and 8’ boxes. Dual-rear-wheel configurations are also available on 3500HD.
Trim levels include Work Truck (WT), LT, LTZ and High Country. The LTZ trim is offered on double cab and crew cab models, while the High Country – Chevrolet’s premium heavy-duty pickup – is offered exclusively on the crew cab.  
Special-edition models and equipment packages offer popular options matched with personalized visual distinction, including the Silverado HD Custom for WT models (2500HD only), the Custom Sport Edition offered on LT and LTZ and the Midnight Edition offered on LT. Additionally, the Z71 Off Road package is available on LT and LTZ 4WD models.
Gas and Duramax diesel powertrains are offered across the lineup, including a bi-fuel option that allows the gas engine to run on compressed natural gas. The Duramax has been developed to operate for at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km) on a rough-duty cycle without the need for a major overhaul.


Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 115 countries and selling around 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers with fuel-efficient vehicles that feature engaging performance, design that makes the heart beat, passive and active safety features and easy-to-use technology, all at a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.  
(source: GM Media)
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Get the Most out of Your Manual Transmission

Few things connect driver and vehicle like a smooth-shifting manual transmission. Although U.S. automakers have steadily moved away from manuals, many enthusiast cars still come with optional manuals. The heavy-duty market is still dominated by manuals, with many of these transmissions being automated.  
Most modern automobile manual transmissions use synchronizers – conical brass rings attached to each drive gear – to match the rotational speed of the drive and dog gears during shifts. Without synchronizers, these gears would clash as they try to mate.  Transmissions without synchronizers require a shifting technique called double clutching to engage the gears smoothly.  
Maximizing Shift Quality
Whether you’re driving a sports car or an over-the-road truck, smooth shifts are important. The lubricant’s viscosity and friction properties play a vital role in shift quality. Viscosity that is too high could prevent shifting the gears until the transmission warms up or result in abnormally high temperatures during operation. Viscosity that is too low could cause the synchronizer and dog gear to engage too quickly, resulting in grinding or hard shifts and abnormal transmission wear. The wrong frictional properties will result in poor shift quality and possibly accelerated synchronizer wear.
Synchromesh Lubrication 
Despite their relative simplicity compared to automatic transmissions, manuals require properly engineered lubricants – particularly the synchromesh units – to operate properly. In addition to providing smooth shifts, the lubricant must…
  • Help control gear wear
  • Reduce heat for improved gear efficiency
  • Inhibit corrosion to gear surfaces 
Controlling wear isn’t as simple as it sounds. The relative motion between gears squeezes out the oil, meaning the microscopic film of lubricant left behind must be sufficiently resilient to withstand high pressures. Typically, the lubricant cannot contain high levels of anti-wear and extreme-pressure additives because they deteriorate synchromesh materials and disrupt gear engagement. 
Manual transmissions may call for motor oil; an automatic transmission fluid; a GL-4 or GL-5 fluid or a fluid formulated for synchromesh units. Motor oils are common manual transmission lubricants in older vehicles, but they generally do not offer adequate protection in modern transmissions. 
AMSOIL formulates a complete line of synthetic manual transmission fluids for passenger car/light truck and heavy-duty applications. They are specifically formulated to deliver smooth shifts and long transmission life for their intended applications, helping you get the most out of your vehicle. 
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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Manatees

Viewing Manatees in Kings Bay along the Florida Gulf Coast

Manatee, Crystal riverVisit Kings Bay to view these gentle giants. (David Hinkel)

What You’ll Find

The Florida manatee! What better way to view the largest natural concentration of these gentle giants than in their winter habitat at theCrystal River National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established in 1983 specifically for the protection of the endangered West Indian Manatee and is home to the many manatee populations that winter here. This unique refuge preserves the last unspoiled and undeveloped habitat in Kings Bay, which forms the headwaters of the Crystal River.
The best time to view manatees is late November through early March, when manatees congregate around warm water springs. Visitors can view the manatees in their natural setting from boats, in the water outside of the sanctuary boundaries, or from the comfort of your own home via this virtual tour created by the Friends of Crystal River.
Except for the areas closed as winter manatee sanctuaries, Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge is open to the public during daylight hours and offers a gift shop and a picnic area overlooking the bay.

Getting There

Start at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge headquarters at 1502 S.E. Kings Bay Drive in Crystal River, Florida. The headquarters can be accessed from U.S. 19, which runs through the Town of Crystal River. Check the refuge website for a map and driving directions.

Make Sure You

Brush up on your manatee facts! Did you know manatees are sensitive to cold water temperatures and, like humans, are susceptible to hypothermia in winter? Kings Bay encompasses more than 70 natural springs, which produce a constant flow of 72°F (22°C) water. Combined with areas of shallow water, the abundance of natural springs provides a winter haven for hundreds of manatees once the waters in the Gulf of Mexico drop below 68°F (20°C).
Manatees often return to the same wintering areas year after year. Therefore, protecting warm-water wintering habitat, like that found in Kings Bay, is key to protecting and recovering this endangered species. Read more about manatees on the Florida Manatee–Issues and Information web page.

Try This

Celebrate this special creature with a visit to the Florida Manatee Festival in downtown Crystal River, January 16-17, 2016. Enjoy activities and events for the entire family–fine arts, crafts, children's activities, boat tours, entertainment and more!
Leave the shoreline behind when you join a Heritage Eco Boat Tour at Crystal River Preserve State Park. Step aboard the vesselMonroe as you explore the lower river on a tour wonderfully narrated by park rangers and docents. Arrive early, boat tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can sell out quickly–especially in the spring.

Don’t Forget

In order to care for this endangered species and still allow visitors a special experience, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service encourages passive observation, which means not initiating contact with manatees and calmly observing from a distance and at the surface. Any contact should be initiated by the manatee, not the person. Check out these informative “Manatee Manners” videosfor more information.

Get Started

Want to swim with a manatee? Be sure and plan ahead! Make reservations with one of the many Crystal River dive shops or marinas (PDF) that offer manatee tours and cater to the needs of divers and snorkelers. Contact the refuge office for information on current manatee activity at (352) 563-2088.
Learn more about marine mammals and the best locations to view them!

(source: recreation.gov)
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A Life List for Outdoor Adventure Seekers

We have pulled together 10 amazing experiences especially designed for outdoor adventure seekers! Add these to your bucket list or give the gift of adventure for the thrill seekers on your holiday list.

View Bears in the Wild

Bears fighting in river at Katmai National Park.
Up close and personal at
Katmai National Park
and Preserve (Richard
Moffat/Share the Experience)
There are still many places where bears roam, but only a few where an observer might reliably view a bold, beautiful bear. Witness some of the largest bears in the world congregating in popular fishing spots as salmon make their way to spawning grounds in Katmai National Park and Preserve, Alaska. Yellowstone National Park also hosts grizzly and black bears that visitors often see from a safe distance. Visit our Go List to find out where you can view bears in several U.S. locations.



Boat the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW), Minnesota

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
Endless exploring in the
Boundary Waters (Gary
Hamer/Share the Experience)
The BWCAW features more than 1,200 miles (1931 km) of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and about 2,000 designated campsites. This wilderness offers freedom to those who wish to pursue an experience of expansive solitude, challenge and personal integration with nature. Visit ourBoundary Waters reservations page to plan your trip.





Hike the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, Eastern U.S.

Appalachain Trail
The Appalachian Trail (Jose
Strasser/Share the Experince)
The Appalachian National Scenic Trail is a 2,184-mile (3,514 km) long public footpath that traverses the scenic, wooded, pastoral, wild, and culturally resonant lands of the Appalachian Mountains. Approximately three to four million visitors hike a section of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail each year.
The Appalachian Trail, the Continental Divide Trail and thePacific Crest National Scenic Trail form what is known as the Triple Crown of long-distance hiking in the United States.

Mountain Bike in Moab, Utah

Mountain Biking in Moab
Mountain biking in Moab (John
Odle/Share the Experience)
Slickrock Bike Trail is considered the ultimate mountain bike experience and is part of the National Trails System. While Moab offers trails for all abilities, it is especially well-known for challenging terrain for more advanced riders. Novice mountain bikers are also treated to gentle terrain and both types of riders will experience views and experiences that create memories to last a lifetime.


Experience Alpine Skiing or Snowboarding

Snowboarding
It's all downhill from here!
(USFS)
National Forests are host to 122 ski areas throughout the U.S. In addition to the thrill of alpine skiing and snowboarding, many forests offer opportunities for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sleigh rides, dog sledding or snowmobiling! Visit our Downhill Thrills page for a complete list of ski areas in 14 states on federal lands.



Climb a Fourteener in Colorado

Torreys Peak
See the locals above the
treeline (USFS)
The pinnacles along the Colorado Rockies are the 54 peaks over 14,000 feet (4,267 m) in elevation. "Fourteeners,” as climbers affectionately refer to them, offer views and experiences like no other. Visit this list of all of these majestic peaks throughout the state and plan to ascend to these great heights. Also, check out ourColorado Peaks article for more great information and safety tips.


Experience a Volcano, Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, Washington

Mount St Helens
Active volcano adventure at
Mount St. Helens (Ralph Alfors/
Share the Experience)
Mount St. Helens is a popular climb for both beginning and experienced mountaineers. Although strenuous, this non-technical climb is suitable for people in good physical condition who are comfortable scrambling on steep, rugged terrain. Most climbers complete the round trip in 7-12 hours. Visit the Climbing Mount St. Helens page for everything you need to know. Also, read our spotlight article on Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.




Hike the Grand Canyon, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Hiker standing at overlook at Grand Canyon
Views for days at the Grand
Canyon National Park
(Don Tackett/Share the Experince)
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms the senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide, and a mile (1.6 km) deep. Hikes into the Grand Canyon range from short day hikes, to multi-day adventures. Prepare to be awed by this stunning geological phenomenon.



Raft White Water on the Four Rivers, Idaho and Oregon

Rafters on river
White water and white knuckles!
Explore the largest area of protected wilderness in the lower 48 United States with 3.3 million acres (1.3 million hectares) of roadless land, and mountain ranges separated by rivers as big as the landscapes that surround them. Experience white water rafting on the Four Rivers in Oregon and Idaho of the Main Salmon, Middle Fork of the Salmon, the Snake and the Selway rivers. These rivers contain all the excitement of Class 5 whitewater and the calm needed for fly fishing Zen.


Hike Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, California

Climbers using cables on Half Dome
Hike one of the most iconic
natural landmarks in the U.S.
(NPS)
Rising nearly 5,000 feet (1,524 m) above Yosemite Valley and 8,800 feet (2,682.2 m) above sea level, Half Dome is a Yosemite icon and a great challenge to many hikers. The most famous—or infamous—part of the hike is the ascent up the cables. The two metal cables allow hikers to climb the last 400 feet (121 m) to the summit without rock climbing equipment. This ascent is a thrill and rewards climbers with a view that makes the climb well worth the effort. Before planning your trip, make sure to gather as much information as possible about the lottery process for the Half Dome Permits.  



(source: recreation.gov)
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