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What National Park Rangers Have to Say About the Closed Parks

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Park rangers are not allowed to share their personal opinions on the issues at hand because they're federal employees. So the National Parks Conservation Association assembled this video using letters written by anonymous Park rangers read by narrators. It offers us a glimpse into what's on their minds during this bizzare time for our most cherished lands . . .

Climbing Devil's Tower: Jenn Flemming Ascends America's Classic Climb, Credits Her Parents

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If I had to chisel my bucket list down to three things, they'd be cycling across France, rafting the Colorado River, and climbing Devil's Tower. Devil's Tower is a 1200-foot-tall volcanic plug in Wyoming, and it's protected as a National Monument that President Teddy Roosevelt established in 1906. Depending on the route to the top, it could be as many as 6 pitches of climbing . . .

When The Best Bike in The World Gets Stolen from a 12-Year-Old Boy

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It was the best bike money could buy in the early 1980s. He enjoyed the satisfaction of it for just a short time, though

In the mid-1970s a pimply faced adolescent named Perry Kramer probably had no idea whatsoever that he'd be making one of the longest standing marks on the fledgling, and largely amateur, early BMX racing world. He was just about 15 or 16 when he started snatching titles around the southwest and scored some sponsorships. In 1976, the year I was born, he ranked second in the first pro national event, the real deal that made a circuit from California to Florida. Not quite 18 years old, he landed on the cover of Bicycle Motocross Magazine in May of '76.

And then things got really interesting for Kramer, if you're not already impressed. SE Racing, a company he co-founded, launched a new and pioneering bike frame made out of aluminum. Building aluminum frames back in those foggy days most often resulted in lackluster, fragile bikes because the material is more finicky to work than hi-tensile or chromium-molybdenum steel. Because aluminum is so light, it promised to make a ripping-good BMX bike if the boys could figure out how to make a viable frame from it. And that they did. The company had dialed in the process, the geometry, the tube shape, the joints, the welding and yielded a highly durable bike that could take all the pounding administered by a 17-year-old kid chasing the riches of a $200 race purse. Because of the difficulty and expense of working with aluminum, and the great measure of badassness, the bike was nearly legendary overnight.

The Art and Beauty of Handmade Globes in the Age of Google Earth

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Just last week my six-year-old daughter asked to play on my wife's iPad in the final moments before bedtime. "Sure," I told her, "but just for ten minutes. What do you want to play, anyway?"

She thought for a second, shifted her eyes around the room and considered her choices. "I want to play Google Earth." You know as well as I do that it's not a game. Nevertheless, when she gets to use the iPad, she has a handful of games to play but more often than not she wants to soar around the world looking at things through the window of Google Earth. Like Rome. The South Pole. Her school. Grandma's house. She blows me away with this stuff.

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