Stuff: Social media monitoring important part of DoC rangers job to control crowds lured by Instagram posts. “Conservation watchdogs are tuning into social media to help mitigate unprecedented tourist demand at our so called secret hotspots. When a scenic hotspot goes viral on social media, it can bring tourists, jobs and money. It can also bring crowds, litter and crime.”
North Carolina Parks & Recreation: Hike on Over to the New N.C. Trails Website. “The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation announced today the launch of the N.C. Trails website. The website is a hub for the N.C. Trails Program and offers quick and easy access to information on state trails and trails in state parks as well as guidance for funding, creating and maintaining a trail.”
Outside: Social Media Is Making the Outdoors More Dangerous. “We all know that one-upmanship on social media is stupid and dangerous. But now we may have stats to prove it. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team reports that its missions have increased by 38 percent over the last five years—something they attribute to people sharing photos and videos of their dangerous activities online.”
Tree Hugger: Where to find free campsites in Canada and the U.S.. “Camping is the best way to see the world for the least amount of money, particularly if you’re sleeping in a tent and have no need for electrical and water hookups. But, as any camper will tell you, the costs still accumulate…. A frugal alternative is to seek out free (or greatly reduced) campgrounds. These exist throughout the United States and Canada, and they tend to be off the beaten track, which is appealing to travellers who may find conventional campgrounds to be overcrowded. The Internet makes it fairly easy to locate these spots, and by doing a bit of research in advance, you’ll be able to save a chunk of money, while exploring new parts of the country. Check out the following resources if you’re interested in free camping.” This looks weird in RB, but the article is kind of a compendium of databases/collections of info about free camping spots.
New-to-me, from Hometown News Brevard: Surfing chronicler leaves legacy of videos. “It all started when Will Lucas was sitting on his surfboard in the ocean, waiting for a wave, when he began to wonder who had surfed there before him. That thought led Mr. Lucas to develop a decades-long passion of collecting and preserving home movies of surfers, noted his wife, Karen Lucas – however, the documentarist’s work ended on Aug. 20 after he lost a five-year battle with cancer.”
Associated Press: Google gear helps create virtual tours of Georgia sites. “Miles of central Georgia trails and some of Macon’s most prominent historic landmarks can now be toured online on Google Maps. Ocmulgee National Monument Superintendent Jim David says anyone with an internet connection can take a virtual journey to the top of the mounds and get 360-degree views of the places they’re walking.”
Hidden City Philadelphia: Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online. “Cycling was immensely popular in the 1890’s, and Estoclet produced what seems to be a unique set of American narrative bike routes published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The detailed routes and hand-drawn maps described and showed crossroads, geographic features, and towns in the surrounding area, as well as local gossip. This allowed readers and riders to follow along. The routes ran regularly from 1896 to 1898 as a column called ‘Trips Awheel: Where to Go and How to Get There,’ and then as part of a special travel insert, The Inquirer Roadster, sporadically for another few years. The routes for 1897 through 1898 have been transcribed and digitized by faculty and staff of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers Camden, and are now available online. “