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John Stewart

Have Some Offbeat Nature Fun on National Wildlife Refuges

Tried-and-true nature events such as bird walks, ranger-led hikes and wildlife viewing tours will never go out of fashion at national wildlife refuges. Like your nature a bit offbeat? Some national wildlife refuges have read your mind.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is responsible for managing more than 850 million acres of lands and waters in the National Wildlife Refuge System, including five marine national monuments, 566 national wildlife refuges and 38 wetland management districts. Every state and U.S. territory has at least one national wildlife refuge.

Consider these events scheduled for upcoming months or use the zip code locator to find a national wildlife refuge near you.

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Scotty's Castle Flood Recovery Tours

DEATH VALLEY, CA – There will be a limited number of opportunities this spring to visit Scotty’s Castle. This is a unique opportunity to witness the damage caused by a large flash flood and to learn about the National Park Service’s ongoing work to restore the historic district.

Scotty’s Castle Flood Recovery Tours will be offered twice a day on March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26 and April 2.

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Driving Off (road) into the Sunset

Great sunset unless it hinders your visibility.

It was a beautiful day in the San Bernardino Mountains. Clear blue sky, light breeze, warm temperature. A perfect day for four-wheeling on the 2N17X trail. This is a tough one—it’s rated black diamond. We were nearing the end of a long day of four-wheeling. We had encountered a lot of obstacles on this trail, and we were tired. 

At about 4 p.m., we were climbing the final hill. Beyond that was an easy route to the highway, and a relaxing evening at home. This was no run-of-the-mill hill, though. 

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How to Add Ground Clearance to Your F-150

My F-150 4x4 has been a very sturdy and dependable vehicle.  After 108,000 miles, the suspension and shocks have lost their soft ride.  As I am not a big fan of the “nose-down” look, I am looking into options to increase ground clearance and level the truck.

Increasing ground clearance is a two step process, suspension and tires.  Increasing the ride height is a great way to add functionality and can be relatively simple to do with the right mods. In addition, the ride height increase will allow use of larger tires.

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Rugged Routes Off-Road Satellite Maps Offer Convenience

Rugged Routes Allows Off-Road Enthusiasts to Explore Unmarked Areas No Internet Connection, Cell Service or Pre-Planning Routes Required

Fontana, Calif. – Off-road enthusiasts want to be guided through desert or forest with ease and often try to use apps on their phones only to find that cell service is often compromised. That problem is solved by Rugged Routes, a company that produces high- resolution satellite maps loaded on an SD card designed exclusively for Lowrance GPS devices.

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