Memorial Day Weekend first, National Trails Day next

(Photo by Michael Maggs, Wikimedia Commons)

It's Memorial Day Weekend, a long weekend often regarded as the unofficial start to summer, camping, and an increase in outdoor recreation. Got a new tent for the occasion? Don't forget to seam seal it. Going on some day hikes or a weekend backpacking trip? Don't forget the 10 Essentials.

However, in the midst of your hikes, paddles, backpacking and camping trips, and post-recreation barbecues and refreshments, don't forget that Memorial Day is not merely a day off work (if you're lucky), but a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to their nation.

Also, next Saturday, June 5, is National Trails Day. Every national park will waive entrance fees on the weekend of June 5-6 to help encourage people of all ages to get outside and use trails for exercise and exploration. In addition, hundreds of organized activities including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications will take place across the country.

A listing of National Trails Day activities is available at

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