Ted Cruz and John Kasich want to sell off OUR public lands

via Think Progress

In a controversial new TV ad aiming to sway conservative caucus-goers in Nevada but likely to backfire with mainstream voters, Presidential hopeful Ted Cruz (R-TX) vows to sell-off or give away the state’s national parks, national forests, national monuments, and other public lands.

“If you trust me with your vote,” says Cruz in the ad, “I will fight day and night to return full control of Nevada’s lands to its rightful owners, its citizens.”

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VIDEO: The Falls Trail of Ricketts Glen State Park, PA

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Interested in a 3.6 mile loop hike that features 16, count ’em, SIXTEEN (spelled out for emphasis) waterfalls? You bet your bottom dollar!

Introducing the Falls Trail of Ricketts Glen State Park in historically renowned and GORGEous Pennsylvania. This hike, while short in length, is rather strenuous as it requires a lot of rocky clambering down Ganoga Glen followed by the climb up Glen Leigh.

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I would recommend this hike during springtime during snowmelt or after heavy rainfall so the waterfalls do not disappoint your eager eyes. Also keep in mind the rocks are slippery and steep so proper footwear is, of course, necessary. No flippy-floppies, people!

So if you’re interested in a new area to explore that is close to both the New York and Philadelphia Metro areas, Ricketts Glen will not disappoint!

For a closer look at this superb trail, go ahead and take the virtual hike in the Unboring Exploring video below:

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Video: Unboring Exploring Hikes the Giant Stairs of the Palisades, NJ!

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So it’s the middle of winter here in the Northeast. For some, it is a time for hibernation and dormancy. For others, the time is ripe for mountaineering and “gettin’ sideways”. That’s the cool way to say snowboarding, because I’m so cool.

I’m not sure if I fit either of those bills exactly, though I would assuredly lean more toward the hibernation option when temps get bitter 😉 (roaring fire, hot cocoa, a blissful, snowy evening, MARSHMALLOWS, anyone, anyone?).

That being said, on days when ice is nonexistent and the sun shines down on me, I get the itch to tromp about my local haunts and get in a good hike. See, I’m not a total hiBEARnator…you know, like…like a bear? This post is getting out of hand.

SO focusing on the hike. Believe it or not, this surprisingly EPIC trail is within the Palisades Interstate Park in New Jersey and New York!  Comprised of substantial views up and down the Hudson River, a waterfall, rope swings, AND a rock scramble in the shadow of towering cliffs, this hike is CHOCKABLOCK with natural curiosities.

So when the winter-weather is tame and you’re uppin’ your hiking game, get on your hiking boots and have a go at this gem within New Jersey!

For a detailed description of this hike, visit the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s page.

And For more from ME, visit www.UnboringExploring.com.

P.S. I would NOT advise this hike if there’s any chance for water or ice. Just sayin’. Be safe out there and use your discretion!

Obama Expected To Name Colorado’s Browns Canyon The Next National Monument

CREDIT: FLICKR/BOB WICK, BLM

By Tom Kenworthy (via Think Progress)

A two-decade effort to permanently protect Colorado’s Browns Canyon now appears within reach as the Obama administration is poised to designate the 22,000-acre area on the Arkansas River as a national monument.

One of the last choreographed steps in the national monument dance took place over the weekend, with senior public lands managers from the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management attending a packed public meeting in Salida, Colorado. About 500 people jammed the SteamPlant Theater, most of them expressing strong support for a monument designation that would permanently protect one of the West’s premier white water rafting and trout fishing areas, and a place where outdoor recreation is a powerful economic driver in the regional economy of south-central Colorado.

Bill Dvorak, the head of a local citizens group that has advocated for permanent protection of the area, told the Denver Post he was confident the finish line is in sight. “I think we’re about 90 percent there,” said Dvorak. “I’m hoping that we’ve finally pushed this thing through. It certainly deserves to have that protection after all these years and all the support we’ve generated. I’m pretty dang confident right now.”

Read more here: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/12/08/3600672/browns-canyon-national-monument/

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park (by More Than Just Parks)

More Than Just Parks is a video series featuring “a visually stunning journey through America’s National Parks.”

Visit their website here: morethanjustparks.com