No one was injured seriously in the October incident, but since then the 100-year-old cabins have been off-limits and surrounded by a chain-link fence. Now the park wants to decide what to do before elements, varmints, and entropy have their way with the historic site—but they want your help. Yosemite will hold a public comment period to help determine their own environmental assessment. Options include saving and moving some buildings to a new site (possibly near the Wawona Hotel), or dismantling the site as a whole. … [Read more...] about Should Yosemite’s Curry Village Close?
Mark your calendars and program your Tivos: BACKPACKER's own Gear Editor Kristin Hostetter will guest on Monday's Today Show to talk about the latest in family camping gear. No word on exact times, but I know I'm taking the morning off to watch the whole thing, so you should, too. (That's July 26, for the numerically inclined.) … [Read more...] about BACKPACKER On The Today Show!
She's done it again: This morning, BACKPACKER gear editor Kristin Hostetter joined TODAY Show hosts Meredith Vieira and Anne Curry in Lake George, NY, to dish on some of the latest family camping gear. In case you missed the show, here's the footage: … [Read more...] about Video: BACKPACKER On The TODAY Show!
8:30 AM Monday: Before I knew it the cameras were rolling. Right before we went on, the producer told me we only have two minutes for my segment. Two minutes! Good thing I had plenty of coffee in the green room (which was not green). Then there was a moment of confusion when Meredith and Ann tried to figure out who would intro the segment. With seconds to go, they dialed it: It’s amazing how much composure they have on the fly. It was over in a blink, and it was on to the cooking segment, which got pinched even shorter than mine. … [Read more...] about Behind the Scenes: BACKPACKER At The TODAY Show
One summer, years ago, I was hitchhiking on I-20 from Meridian back home to Louisiana. In Jackson, a motorcyclist gave me a high-speed ride across town, via a tangle of off-ramps and on-ramps, straight through the I-55/ I-20 interchange—I’ve never been so scared in my life. When he let me off, a few miles west of Jackson, I found myself stranded on the interstate near Clinton. The day was getting long and I spied thunderstorms approaching from the east. Nearby, I could make out some kind of college or university, and so I walked there, spoke to a passing student about my problem, and he blithely said I could crash for the night in an empty dorm room. The place was Mississippi College, from which Barry Hannah graduated in 1964. … [Read more...] about Barry Hannah’s Late Love Song to Mississippi: “Get Some Young”