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August 09, 2016

AskPatty’s #HotCar Tips for Kids and Dogs: Children and Pets are at the Greatest Risk

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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.

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July 29, 2016

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

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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 26, 2016

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

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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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July 25, 2016

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

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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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July 22, 2016

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

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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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July 21, 2016

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

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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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July 19, 2016

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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