Packing a backpack is the art of fitting as much functionality into as little space as possible, bringing along the best, lightest tools to ensure a fun, safe and memorable journey. And that’s the exact approach that Chimani has taken in creating Version 3.0 of its outdoors apps for iOS and Android, now available for free download on the iTunes AppStore, Google Play and Amazon AppStore, respectively. Continue reading Chimani Leaps Forward with Version 3.0 for Android, iOS
There’s always a few days each year when it’s free to get into the U.S. National Parks, but 2016 is no ordinary year: it’s the centennial of the National Park Service. And all Americans (and visitors to the U.S.) can help celebrate on the 16 (!) days in 2016 when it will cost zilch to spend a day in any national park, from the tiniest (we see you, David Berger National Memorial) to the most vast (road trip to Alaska’s 12.3-million-acre Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, anyone?). Continue reading What a Way to Celebrate a Centennial: Free Parks Days in 2016!
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Jason Howell, TWiT-TV co-host of the All About Android podcast, neatly summed up the experience of live streaming Chimani’s apps from the Cloud via Google’s new App Indexing/App Streaming technology during an interview this week with Chimani co-founder and chief technology officer Shaun Meredith. Focused on “the big news story this week” — Google’s announcement that content from apps produced by nine launch partners (including Chimani) can now be searched and streamed just like web content — the podcast saw the technology put to use live, to the obvious delight of the show hosts. Continue reading Chimani App Streaming Wows Android Experts
Snow means shutdowns at the many national parks that go into hibernation for the winter, but for a select few parks the fluffy white stuff is a harbinger of action, not rest — an opportunity for visitors to slip on their skis or snowboards for some alpine adventures. Continue reading Hit the Slopes at These National Parks This Winter
If your Thanksgiving feast includes turkey, cornbread, pumpkin, squash, and beer, you’re eating a pretty similar meal to that enjoyed during the first celebratory meal shared by the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe in 1621. Visitors to Plimoth Plantation, a living-history museum near the original site of the Plymouth Colony, can still enjoy a traditional meal on Thanksgiving each year, as can those who find themselves in several U.S. National Parks — including some with no obvious historical connection to the holiday.
Zion Lodge in Zion National Park, for example, throws a popular Thanksgiving feast each year — a giant buffet starring roasted free-range turkey, ham, and roast beef, winter squash, candied yams, and of course pumpkin pie for dessert. Similarly, the Skyline Lodge in Shenandoah National Park invites guests to indulge in a buffet of turkey, vegetable lasagna, baked haddock, or cider-glazed pork loin. The Furnace Creek resorts in Death Valley National Park also have special Thanksgiving menus, along with the resorts in the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and other national parks that attract fall visitors.
As for Black Friday, swap your shopping bags for backpacks and head outdoors: admission to Olympic National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park is free on Friday, as is entry to every state park in California, Minnesota, and Oregon. The Thanksgiving sized generosity is inspired in part by REI’s wildly successful #OptOutside campaign, which encourages Americans to head outside rather than to the mall on Black Friday. All REI stores are closed on Friday, but if you live in Arizona you can get a free pass to that state’s parks by dropping by a local store between now and Wednesday.
If you want your Thanksgiving with a more historical flavor, head to Virginia, where Colonial Williamsburg and Colonial National Historic Park (including Jamestown and Yorktown) help celebrate the first permanent English settlement in the New World as well as the decisive battle of the American Revolution — good cause for celebration, indeed!
(Plimouth Plantation photo © Svetland/CC by ND 2.0; Olympic National Park photo © Miguel Vieira/CC by 2.0; wild turkey photo © Olin Gilbert/CC by 2.0)
Please take some time out of your day to thank a military veteran for their service, and use the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of those in uniform at one of America’s great historical sites or natural treasures, which stand among the many symbols of what our soldiers, sailors and airmen and women fight to protect each day.
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Remember when you were a kid and every cloud looked like a cat, or a bear, or your Uncle Louie? You can play a similar game at Bryce Canyon National Park, where the awe-inspiring Bryce Amphitheater is filled with towering “hoodoos” in a seemingly endless variety of shapes and sizes. Continue reading See Bryce Canyon with the Eyes of a Child