“From the beginning, the review has been a guessing game as to which monuments are actually being targeted, how the review is being conducted, whose voices will be heard, and what is driving Zinke’s decisions,” wrote Jenny Rowland, research and advocacy manager for the Public Lands Project at the center. “The country’s national monuments should not be treated like contestants on a reality show, to be voted off one at time.” … [Read more...] about Can the Organ Mountains Survive the White House’s Monument Review?
The Redcoats, the Germans, and the Japanese are coming — to the Grand Canyon, that is. The weak dollar has paved the way for foreigners to flood into the western parks of the U.S., especially the Grand Canyon. A particularly strong Euro means we'll be seeing a lot more cigarettes, loafers without socks, and obnoxious fashion-forward clothing from the old country around the South Rim this summer. … [Read more...] about Foreigners Invade Grand Canyon
Some studies indicate that UV radiation increases by about 4 percent for every 1,000 feet you gain above sea level. Some studies suggest a higher percentage of increase. The main thing is that you do get quite a bit more UV exposure up high. However, people with medium- to light-brown skin color (most Caucasians, many Asians and Hispanics) usually get enough protection with a "normal" sunscreen of SPF 30—if they apply it before exposure and repeat applications a couple of times per day. People with very fair to fair skin are advised to use a sunblock (like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide), blocking out all UV radiation. Light-skinned people not only burn more easily, but they also develop more cases of skin cancer. In all cases, it is best to wear a brimmed hat and, of course, sunglasses that protect against all UV light. —Buck … [Read more...] about Sun Exposure Up High
Men over Women 80+ over younger folk Blacks over whites and Hispanics Those making under $30K/year... But those making over $100K/year nap more than the those making $75-99K/year (in fact this last group naps the least by far) Those who exercised in the last 24 hours (I'd like a little more info. on this one...but Pew doesn't elaborate) And... drumroll please... Those who didn't sleep especially well the night before! The New York Times, where I first spotted this report, did state one potential pitfall with the study: … [Read more...] about Real Research on Naps
Anyone who spends a significant amount of time camping in America's wild places knows that most of the faces you'll encounter on the trail are white. Let's face it: We're hurtin' for some diversity. Luckily, a few diligent groups like The National African-American RVers Association are trying to alter the landscape by encouraging African-Americans, Hispanics, and other varied ethnicities to give camping a go. … [Read more...] about Creating Diversity in the Outdoors