30 May 2009

Geography Trivia

Something to pass the time. Also useful for a game of Balderdash or Cranium. Check it out before your Saturday Game Night! See http://geography.about.com/od/lists/Statistics_Lists_and_Triva.htm

28 May 2009

Summer Re-runs, what better reason to get outside!

Now that the re-runs are in force until November or so, why not get outside and hike. After supper, there is still a few hours of light so hit the trail and get some badly needed exercise. Here is a really cool site for predicting sunrise and sunset and hours of daylight anywhere in the world. See http://www.gaisma.com/en/

Say you just arrived in Anchorage to do some camping. The sun would set tonight after 11:13 PM and rise tomorrow at 4:42 AM! Time to get up early to do some fishing.

Isn't this cool? I have a Phyical Geography Lab assignment that calculates this.

26 May 2009

Where do you get your camping gear?

I was a "Complete Walker" fan, so if you have read this must-read book, (the orginal), you might know what pack and sleeping bag I got. Gosh, is that store still open in California? I don't know.

20 May 2009

AP-GfK Poll: No vacation this summer for the kids!

Times are tuff now, so says a recent poll by Associated Press and GfK. Gotta' save that money to pay that hundred dollar cell phone bill, the cable HD TV and other "necessities" of the American Dream. Maybe it is time to downsize a bit? The full report is found at this link: http://www.ap-gfkpoll.com/pdf/AP-GfK_Poll_Travel_Topline.pdf.


17 May 2009

College Graduates need jobs (and experience)

Got that $100k job lined up? Or do you owe $100k for that piece of sheepskin that you sweated over for the past 4 years.

Well, if you don't have the job of the lifetime lined up, consider volunteering in the parks. In this crappy economy, parks are likely to suffer when budgets dwindle.

Try http://www.nps.gov/volunteer/ for one source of experiences that you can add to the resume. Type in volunteer opportunity in GOOGLE to see what pops up. Visit your local park and ask what you can do.

It will be a great experience helping the park, and you get a great tan. It might even land you a full time job.

Think about it.

13 May 2009

Outdoor Recreation Research Page by Yu-Fai Leung

This is an excellent web reference for everything Outdoor Recreation. My colleague Yu-Fai Leung has maintained this page since 1995 (about the same time as the birth of the WWW). I frequently visit the page to check references or find information about Outdoor Recreation. Visit his page at http://www4.ncsu.edu/~leung/recres1.html

11 May 2009

NERR Proceedings available

The Northeastern Recreation Research Symposium Proceedings for 2008 are now online at

Check out the great papers!