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Summit Log on Sierra Blanca. Not a NP Summit.So not a violation.Have you ever left a summit log on a National Park summit? If you have your actions were a "federal violation." At least that is what Big Bend National Park is suggesting. A friend of mine on BigBendChat.com was recently sent an e-mail from an undisclosed park ranger at Big Bend National Park. The e-mail said:One of our back-country rangers just returned with a water bottle containing a notepad,

Lowe's Home Improvement through their Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation is helping support four great charities by donating $1 Million dollars. Lowe's plans to support The National Park Foundation, Keep America Beautiful, Water.org, and American Forests each with $100,000. The remaining $600,000 will go to the above charity with the most votes. I first found out about this through The Smokey Mountain Hiking Blog. Jeff is asking everyone to support the National Park Foundation with their votes. The National Park

You may have heard of the Spot Locater Beacon. Spot LLC has made great strides in making personal locater beacons affordable to the general public. They have also come out with some unique products by teaming up with DeLorme to create the DeLeorme PN-60w. Now spot has gone one step further and created Spot Connect. Spot Connect is a spot locater beacon that connects via Bluetooth to your smart phone.Simply download the Spot Connect app and your smart phone will

I have been trying to avoid writing a post about “outdoor gift ideas.” That is until I ran across the Big Bend National Park 2011 Calendar.When I have the time I like to poke around on BigBendChat.com…a outdoor forum for all things BigBend. Every year photos are submitted by forum members to be included in the annual calendar. This year some wonderful pictures have been selected. I thought I wouldn’t be saying this…but…it’s the perfect gift for that outdoorsy person

You may have seen the new “America the Beautiful” quarters the last time you recived change. The United States Mint has started a Quarter series featuring five unique quarter designs each year. The designs are similar to the “50 States Quarters Program” but the new coins honor national parks and national sites.2011 America the Beautiful QuartersThe coins you may have seen were the first released. The designs honor Hot Springs, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Mount Hood. 2011 will honor

The town of Glen Rose is one of my favorite small Texas towns. I have gone there many times with my family and friends to paddle the Brazos River, play in the Paluxy River, or see Dinosaur Valley State Park. Every time I have I pass through a small city park has caught my attention.Big Rocks Park

Last November I published my first post here at My Life Outdoors. In the course of that year the blog has changed in many ways. I am thankful for those who read on a regular basis and for my new readers. Without you I would see no purpose in writing and submitting the the reports and reviews available here.  To celebrate My Life Outdoors turning one I have been working on giving the blog a new look. I have created