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National Parks Week ~ FREE Admission April 18, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Nature, Travel & Leisure.
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America’s Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.

Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:

April 16-24 (National Park Week)

June 21 (First day of summer)

September 24 (Public Lands Day)

November 11-13 (Veterans Day weekend)

Many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.

And many of our 394 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee.

So, why wait?  Start Planning Your Visit!

No rules.  Just write!

We’ve been to National Parks throughout the US, and have loved them all:   Grand Canyon (Arizona), Petrified Forest (Arizona), Sequoia (California), Yosemite (California), Rocky Mountain (Colorado), De Soto  (Florida), Acadia (Maine), Assateague (Maryland), Yellowstone (Montana/Idaho/ Wyoming), Carlsbad Caverns (New Mexico), Blue Ridge Parkway (North Carolina), Wright Brothers (North Carolina), Great Smokies (North Carolina/ Tennessee), Badlands (South Dakota), Mount Rushmore (South Dakota),  Bryce Canyon (Utah), Zion (Utah), Assateague (Virginia), Shenandoah (Virginia), Skyline Drive (Virginia), Devil’s Tower (Wyoming), Grand Teton (Wyoming) . . . and more.

What about you?  What are some of your favorite National Parks ~ in the U.S. or elsewhere?  Any fun adventures to share ~ skunks?  bears?  snakes?

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The Bond is a BESTSELLER!!! April 18, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Animals, Sustainable Living.
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The Bond: Our Kinship with Animals, Our Call to Defend Them, published by William Morrow/Harper Collins, came out on April 5, 2011.

It’s already a bestseller on the NY Times Bestseller List!


Purchase copies from one of these online retailers or from your favorite bookstore.

The Bond (the first book written by Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of The Humane Society of the United States) examines our kinship with animals and argues for our mission to “make things right” for animals.

The Humane Society of the United States receives a portion of the advances paid by the publisher, and possible future royalties.

Last week, Wayne Pacelle taped an interview with Ellen Degeneres, a strong supporter of animals and animal rights.  The interview is scheduled to air on The Ellen Degeneres Show this afternoon, Monday, April 18th.  Tune in!

To learn more about The Bond, to find when the Book Tour will be near you, or to watch a short Skype video from Wayne Pacelle:  The Bond Book Tour

To get updates on Animal Welfare issues, visit the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), an on-line community of Animal Lovers and/or sign up with Taking Action For Animal (TAFA).

Quote:  Until we extend our circle of compassion to all living things, humanity will not find peace.  ~ Albert Schweitzer, The Philosophy of Civilization

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