Month: May 2016

Find Your Car, Charge You Phone

Find Your Car, Charge You Phone

As a motorist in today’s high-tech age, you are faced with two problems, one almost as old as the automobile itself, the other created by the mobile devices you love to have ready to connect you to the world when you are on the road.

(William Cresswell Flickr Photo)
(William Cresswell Flickr Photo)

Problem number one: Where did I park my car? I forget!

Problem number two: When I’m away from AC power outlets, or a computer, how do I recharge the battery in my smartphone or tablet?

ZUS Charger

A product called ZUS is designed to solve both of those problems.

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Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

Yellowstone: Mother of All Parks

NPS-symbol_thumb.jpgWhen I made a guest appearance last month on the award-winning NPR podcast, “Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer,” the show’s host and my travel writing colleague, Tom Wilmer, and I discussed visiting U.S. National Parks during this year’s centennial celebration of the establishment of the National Park Service.

Both the general news media and travel publications and blogs have been making much-ado about the 100th year of service by the NPS, and in honor of that agency, PBS stations have been re-running Ken Burns’ 2009 documentary series, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

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But what may have been overlooked in the hoopla over the park service anniversary, is what made creation of that government entity necessary: The establishment of the world’s first national park, Yellowstone, decades earlier in the post-Civil War era.

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