According to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, more than 1.24 million people die and 50 million are injured in car accidents on the roads of the world each year. AAA Travel forecasts nearly 47 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday, and another 88 million Americans will hit the highways around Christmas and New Years, so it's especially important to be extra diligent about traveling safely during the upcoming holiday season.
On Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. More than 75 women from 19 states and four countries will become the first competitors to take part in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid. And our very own Jody DeVere will also be attending the event as media on behalf of AskPatty!
If you’ve ever seen our annual coverage of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, then you're already familiar with this type of racing event. The Rebelle Rally is not a race for speed but an event based on traditional compass, map, and roadbook navigation. GPS devices and cell phones will be sealed and prohibited from team use until the event concludes as navigators and drivers traverse the stunning Nevada and California terrain in stock four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive vehicles. The route covers primarily land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and takes place on legal dirt roads, trails, and OHV areas. The participants will also travel through two National Parks.
As summer fades into autumn, chilly mornings are ideal for hunting, fishing, or walking in the woods. Whatever your outdoor passion, a good quality Recreation Vehicle makes any adventure more comfortable at the end of a long day exploring.
For lifelong angler and hunter Jimmy Smith of southern Oregon, getting "up close and personal with the great outdoors," is a top priority.
"Many times I have followed a gravel road that meandered onto a track that soon resembled a foot path. My truck and camper can easily handle narrow forest service roads and access rough areas for remote camping," says the longtime RVer.
Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. According to SafeKids.org, children are at great risk for heatstroke because a child’s body heats up three to five times faster than an adult’s. When the internal body temperature reaches 104 degrees, children’s organs start to shut down. And when it reaches 107 degrees, the child can die. On average, a child dies every eight days from heatstroke in a vehicle. And a dog can die in a hot car in as little as ten minutes.
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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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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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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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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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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