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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 19, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee


The number one most visited national park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park draws more than ten million visitors each year. Its diversity of plant and animal life, the beauty of its ancient mountains, and the quality of its remnants of Southern Appalachian mountain culture are what make it such a popular destination for visitors from around the world. Most visitors see the park from a mountain-skimming scenic highway; many take to the more than 800 miles of hiking trails.

Encompassing more than 800 square miles dominated by plant-covered, gently contoured mountains that formed perhaps 200 to 300 million years ago across North Carolina and Tennessee, no other area of equal size in a temperate climate can match the park's amazing diversity of plants and animals. More than 19,000 species have been documented in the park and scientists believe an additional 80,000-100,000 species may live here. Black bears are also among the most common wildlife to be observed here -- but be sure to keep a safe distance!

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July 18, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


According to National Geographic, 5.5 million people visited the Grand Canyon National Park in 2015 to witness the wonders of one of the largest canyons on Earth. A mile deep and up to 18 miles wide at spots, the Grand Canyon is so vast that even from the best vantage point only a fraction of its 277 miles can be seen. (Unfortunately, during my own summer vacation visit to the Grand Canyon, I was unable to see much of anything because there was rain and it was full of clouds. I like to think I was lucky to have such a surreal and unusual experience: While there are thousands of photos documenting the canyon’s colorful beauty, the cloud-filled vistas I saw that day were also unusually dramatic.) The Grand Canyon offers a variety of lodging and camping opportunities, with free shuttles to scenic locations around the South rim, as well as commercial and noncommercial river trips along the Colorado River. Bighorn Sheep are abundant.

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July 15, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Glacier National Park, Montana


Called the "Crown of the Continent," Glacier National Park covers more than a million acres in Montana and attracted 2.4 million people in 2015 to visit its pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. The park's Going-to-the-Sun Road, which connects the east and west sides through the middle of the park, is considered by many to be one of the world's most spectacular drives, while more than 700 miles of trails make it a hiker's paradise for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude. Campers can choose from plenty of options, with more than a dozen campgrounds and more than a thousand campsites to choose from.

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July 14, 2016

AskPatty's Guide to 12 Great National Parks: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska


Denali National Park and Preserve encompasses six million acres of wild land, bisected by just one long ribbon of road, most of which is only open to buses in the sumer season. Also, each September the park hosts a four-day event called "Road Lottery," during which winners of a lottery drawing are given a chance to purchase a single, day-long permit, allowing them to drive as much of the Denali Park Road as weather allows. Travelers along Denali Park Road can see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in Denali, North America's tallest peak, standing at 20,310 feet tall. Denali is the only national park with a kennel of working sled dogs, while large and small wild animals roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages.

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July 13, 2016

GM Helps Prevent Death, Theft with Rear Seat Reminder

4__2017_gmc_acadia_reminder__dispalyIt's not safe to leave objects in the back seat of a car. However, often there are a million things on everyone's mind, and sometimes even the most organized car owners need a little help remembering stuff.

The 2017 GMC Acadia midsize sport utility vehicle is helping to address this issue with the Rear Seat Reminder, an industry-first feature designed to remind drivers to check the back seat when they exit their vehicle under certain circumstances.

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New RV Lifestyle Trend: 30-Somethings Living On the Road

1_RV_Lifestyle_trend_de_la_cruzNew and younger generations of campers are hitting the road in Recreation Vehicles and discovering the benefits of RV travel.

Millennials, generally those born after 1980, are appreciating the fun, freedom and flexibility of RVing -- something their parents and grandparents have known for years.

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July 12, 2016

2016 Nissan Sentra Shows Off Updated Design and New Technology

2016_Nissan_Sentra_01-Exterior_frontAccording to Nissan, this is the year of the sedan. If that’s true, then the 2016 Nissan Sentra is an overachiever. Nissan’s third best-selling vehicle -- behind Altima and Rogue -- has earned its scores.

The compact sedan has been around for more than 30 years and seven generations. Furthermore, the United States has sold over four million Sentras and more than 93 percent of Sentras sold in the last ten years still on the road today. Since the latest generation was introduced in fall 2012, Sentra has become one of Nissan's fastest-growing brands and has been IHS TOP safety pick the second year in a row.

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


Comprised of five in a chain of eight southern California islands near Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is home to a wide variety of nationally and internationally significant natural and cultural resources. Established as a national park in 1980, the Channel Islands are home to over 2,000 plant and animal species, of which 145 are found nowhere else in the world. Surrounded by a mile of coastline, the islands offer access to marine life ranging from microscopic plankton to the endangered blue whale, the largest animal to live on earth.

The park consists of 249,354 acres, half of which are under the ocean, and include the islands of San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara. Even though the islands seem tantalizingly close to the densely populated, southern California coast, isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was; in fact, archeological and cultural resources span a period of more than 10,000 years. The Channel Islands are ideal for quiet, uninterrupted time with family and friends with wonderful places to hike, camp, snorkel, kayak, birdwatch, take photographs, sketch, or just relax to the soothing sounds of the natural world.

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