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Update on gas prices and park fees

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  • April 14, 2018
  • Planning a road trip this spring or summer?  This week’s special edition of Road Trips with Tom serves up an update on two factors that may drive up the cost.  One is the price of gasoline.  The other is national park entrance fees. Next week we’ll return to our usual destination-based format with a visit […]

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    A cloud of dust on the Apache Trail

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  • April 9, 2018
  • This week Road trips with Tom is primed for adventure, as we take on Arizona’s legendary Apache Trail – one of the best desert drives you’ll find anywhere. It’s a 180-mile loop out of Phoenix.  You can easily make a nice day trip out of it, although you may want to add time for camping, […]

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    Park Service fee increase may be dead!

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  • April 8, 2018
  • Important news The National Park Service’s plan to substantially increase entry fees at 17 of the most popular parks may be dead.  The plan would have increased entry fees to $70, effective this spring. The public comments were so negative that park officials pulled the plan from consideration and are exploring alternative ways to secure […]

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    Saratoga NHP — the turning point

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  • April 4, 2018
  • This week we’re headed to upstate New York for a visit to Saratoga National Historic Park – site of a Revolutionary War battle that changed the course of history.  It was certainly the turning point of the Revolutionary War.  The mighty British army was attempting to stamp out an annoying rebellion.  Instead, they surrendered tor […]

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    The citrus industry — California’s second Gold Rush

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  • March 26, 2018
  • Looking out my window as I write this, I can see a pair of citrus trees — an orange tree and a lemon tree.  Both are over 125 years old.  They were planted in the 1890s, when Whittier was settled as an agricultural colony by a group of Quakers.  They aren’t the handsomest citrus trees […]

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    Rain is too little, too late for wildflowers

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  • March 23, 2018
  • Will there be a wildflower season this year? The answer is “Yes, of course?”  The real question, however, is “Will there be any wildflowers?” It’s a rainy day today in Southern California.  But these have been rare of late.  After a relatively wet winter in 2017 – wet enough that many people proclaimed our drought […]

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    Yes, Dorothy, we ARE in Kansas

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  • March 11, 2018
  • This week Road Trips with Tom switches gears and presents a photo essay focusing on the much-maligned state of Kansas.  All photos are mine.  Double-click on a photo to enlarge it. Poor Kansas.  Nobody takes a road trip to Kansas unless they’re visiting Auntie Em.  No, they drive through Kansas, usually as fast as possible.  […]

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