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July 29, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Zion National Park, Utah


Located in southwestern Utah, Zion National Park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States, with massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Rising in Utah’s high plateau country, the Virgin River carves its way through Zion Canyon to the desert below. Zion's first people tracked mammoth, giant sloth, and camel almost 12,000 years ago; today, the park’s striking vertical topography -- rock towers, sandstone canyons, and sharp cliffs -- attracts about 3.6 million visitors each year. Zion National Park has three campgrounds, and several other private campgrounds are a short drive from the park.

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July 27, 2016

#HeatStrokeKills: Raise Awareness of Child Deaths in Hot Cars with @AskPatty, @KidsAndCars, @NHTSA

Even-a-loving-parent_nomoheatstrokeFour children have died in hot cars across the nation in the last week, bringing the number of child vehicular heatstroke deaths in 2016 to 23. That's just two fewer than ALL of these types of fatalities in 2016, and an especially tragic number, considering these terrible deaths are 100% preventable.

All day on Sunday, July 31, 2016, AskPatty will be joining and NHTSA in a national day-long social media campaign to share messages with the hashtags #NoMoHeatStroke #heatstrokekills #checkforbaby to raise awareness of the dangers of heatstroke.

As of July 25, 23 children have died in 2016 as a result of vehicular heatstroke, and we're only halfway through the year. In 2015, 25 children died in hot cars, the lowest number in more than ten years; more than 30 died in 2014, and 44 died in 2013, according to Please watch our Twitter and Facebook feeds to share these messages yourself.

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Please Don't Go after #Pokemon While Driving!

Drive_now_catch_pokemon_laterPokemon Go, released July 6, has captivated fans around the world to become the highest-grossing iphone app ever, claiming more than 21 million active U.S. users within the first two weeks of its launch.

Even though the smartphone gaming app is being lauded for motivating kids and families to exercise by getting them out of the house on their hunts for the animated characters, it's also drawing a lot of attention for the number of moving violations that are happening because of people playing while driving their car.

Already in the last few weeks, a woman playing Pokemon Go in a parking lot north of Toronto was nearly hit by a driver -- who was also playing the game while behind the wheel.

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July 26, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Yosemite National Park, California


More than four million visitors visit Yosemite National Park each year, most of them spending time in the picturesque Yosemite Valley. This mile-wide, 7-mile-long canyon was cut by a river and then widened and deepened by glacial action. First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, visitors can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more. Lodging options range from simple tent cabins at more than 13 campgrounds to deluxe rooms at The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee). Backpacking is available in both winter and spring, and hiking the John Muir Trail or Pacific Crest Trail are popular activities as well.

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July 25, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming


On March 1, 1872, Congress established Yellowstone National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming "as a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people," and placed it "under exclusive control of the Secretary of the Interior." The world's very first national park remains the showpiece of the National Park Service, and was visited by 4.1 million people in 2015.

The vast reserve -- which covers 2.2 million acres in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana -- offers alpine lakes and thermal hotsprings, craggy peaks, explosive geysers, and deep forests. Its wealth of wild animals include bison, bears, sheep, moose, and wolves. Yogi Bear and his pal BooBoo immortalized the park in animation, as "Jellystone" park was their favorite location for stealing "Picanic baskets."

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July 22, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado


Honored in song by John Denver in 1975, Rocky Mountain National Park’s 415 square miles encompass and protect spectacular mountain environments. The third most visited national park in 2015, Rocky Mountain National Park contains 150 lakes, 300 miles of hiking trails, and 450 miles of streams. Landscapes on either side of the Continental Divide feature alpine lakes, forested valleys, and a wide range of plants and animals. Its ecosystems range from montane, alpine and sub-alpine tundra, to wetlands and Aspen and Ponderosa pine forests.

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July 21, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii


Marked by jagged black rocks and oozing molten lava, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park boasts a notoriously rugged landscape. Established in 1916, the park displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture.

Diverse environments range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet, while Kilauea -- the world's most active volcano -- gives visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes while scientists learn about the birth of the Hawaiian Islands. Drive the "Chain of Craters" road on your own, or take the guided Crater Rim Drive Tour. If you're more adventurous, more than half of the park is designated wilderness and provides many unusual hiking and camping opportunities.

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July 20, 2016

5 Great Apps to Improve Your Car IQ

5GreatAppstoImproveYourCarIQCar technology has come a long way.

Phone apps are stepping up their game, providing even more benefits for commuters. 

Whether you’re cruising in a new Maserati or your beloved beater, here are five apps that can help you drive smarter.

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