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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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    A joyride down I-19 in Arizona

  • Tom Dell
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  • March 5, 2018
  • This week, Road Trips with Tom cruises down Interstate 19 from Tucson to Nogales, Arizona – and back.  It’s only 63 miles from one end to the other, but there’s easily enough to see and do along I-19 to occupy a few hours or a whole weekend.  Along the way you’ll find open desert, pine-clad […]

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    National parks — fewer visitors, higher entrance fees

  • Tom Dell
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  • February 26, 2018
  • This week, Road Trips with Tom switches gears and presents news about the U.S. National Park System.  First, the National Park Service has just released its 2017 recreational visit statistics, and there are a few surprises.  Second, there’s a proposal on the table to increase entrance fees during the busiest times at 17 of the […]

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