Archive for June, 2008

Countdown to US Independence Day 2008 – Top 10 National Parks – Bryce Canyon National Park

Monday, June 30th, 2008

One of America’s greatest treasures is its National Park system. Today there are nearly 400 national parks in every state in the Union except Delaware.

So join us as we continue our countdown to Independence Day 2008 with a look at our top ten national parks. Why not visit one of them this 4th of July to truly experience America?

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Best known for its stunning red rock spires, Bryce Canyon offers the outdoor-loving family a host of adventures in one of America’s largest national parks. The park covers a 2000-foot range of elevation, peaking at 9,100 feet along the rim.

If you’re visiting for Independence Day, you might enjoy a four-hour, wrangler-guided horseback ride into the canyon, a day-long hike along a canyon trail, or a sunset stroll around the canyon’s rim. Who needs fireworks with views like these?

Plan on warm temperatures for July days, with cool nights.

Entrance Fees: $25 per private car, but parking is at a real premium in Bryce Canyon — there’s just one space for every four cars that enter, so consider availing yourself of the park’s free shuttle service

For more information: Visit www.nps.gov/brca or call Visitor Information at (435) 834-5322.

Check back each day for another Top 10 National Park (or you can cheat and check out our top 10 parks here).

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(June 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Please Take My Children to Work Day

Monday, June 30th, 2008


Please Take My Children to Work Day
Sit back and enjoy the peace and quiet as you send the little ones out the door today. All day!

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(June 30) Today we're celebrating . . .  Leap Second Adjustment Time

Monday, June 30th, 2008

06302007t.jpgLeap Second Adjustment Time
A leap second can be added, or subtracted, twice a year to keep time in sync with the atomic clock time.

The second is added, or subtracted, at midnight on June 30th and January 31st.

Although a…leap second is “added” at midnight, its effect actually slows down the atomic clock by one second…since a…leap second represents an extra second that must be counted before the new day can begin.

(June 29) Today we're celebrating . . .  Peter and Paul Day

Sunday, June 29th, 2008


Peter and Paul Day
Christian feast day commemorating the Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul.

photo credit: Sts. Peter & Paul Church via flickr

(June 28) Today we're celebrating . . .  Great American Backyard Campout

Saturday, June 28th, 2008


Great American Backyard Campout
Grab your backpack and head out to the great outdoors!

Whether you pitch your tent in your backyard or in one of the nation’s parks, register with backyardcampout.org to receive free information about outdoor activities, local wildlife, camping recipes and more.

Countdown to US Independence Day 2008 – Top 10 National Parks – Badlands National Park

Friday, June 27th, 2008

One of America’s greatest treasures is its National Park system. Today there are nearly 400 national parks in every state in the Union except Delaware.

So join us as we continue our countdown to Independence Day 2008 with a look at our top ten national parks. Why not visit one of them this 4th of July to truly experience America?

Badlands National Park, South Dakota
One of America’s largest prairies and the world’s richest Oligocene epoch fossil bed, the Badlands National Park is also home to bison, bighorn sheep and black-footed ferrets.

If you’re planning a 4th of July visit to the Badlands, you can enjoy examining fossils, identifying wildflowers, trail hiking, and on-site camping (nothing beats the nighttime stars in the South Dakota sky!)

Located in the southwestern corner of South Dakota, the Badlands offers easy access for cars via Interstate 90. The park is open year-round, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. In July, the weather is hot and dry with occasional torrential thunderstorms.

Entrance Fees: $15 per private car, valid for one week.

For more information: Visit www.nps.gov/badl/ or call Park Headquarters at (605) 433-5361.

Check back each day for another Top 10 National Park (or you can cheat and check out our top 10 parks here).

photo credit: Badlands National Park

(June 27) Today we're celebrating . . .  Decide to Be Married Day

Friday, June 27th, 2008


Decide to Be Married Day

“It’s in the deciding to be united in love, to express your joyful onesness to every person you meet, and in every action you take and together a perfect marriage you’ll make*”

Inspired by the poem Decided to Be Married, a day for celebrating those brave souls who’ve decided its time to end their lives get married.

Oh. And by the way – its also National HIV Testing Day!

*Decided to Be Married; poem
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