-It will be a cold night. Lows in the 20s. Dress for weather. We'll provide everything needed for river, including wetsuits and neoprene boots.
-Rooms available in the Quapaw Bunkhouse if you want to overnight afterwardWrite email@example.com to reserve your seat in the canoe!Even if you are not with us, you can experience the Super Wolf Moon: Wherever you are, step outside around midnight Sunday to view the full wolf moon eclipse. This will be visible across North America, in the country or in the city. Anywhere you can normally see the moon, you will see the Full Wolf Moon eclipse.
See below from Earth & Sky -- eclipse occurs around midnight Sunday Jan 20thThe total lunar eclipse will begin on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 11:41 p.m. EST and totality will last until 12:44 a.m. on Monday, Jan 21. The peak will occur at 12:16 a.m. EST on Jan. 21, according to Space.com. January's super blood wolf moon will be the first total lunar eclipse of 2019.
5 Tips for Responsibly Visiting Parks During the Shutdown
You've read the disturbing stories reported from our National Parks, now that the partial government shut down has moved into January. The situation is serious: wildlife picking through bins piled high with trash, latrines overflowing with waste and unfettered off-roading in fragile ecosystems. With 85% of National Park employees furloughed, rescue services are limited and maintenance continues to be deferred.
While we’re bummed the government is shut down, we’re glad that many of our national parks and other public lands have remained open to the public. The trouble is, almost all park workers are furloughed, and facilities are locked. If you can’t wait for the shutdown to end before visiting, check out our five hacks for how to responsibly visit parks during the shutdown.
1. Have a Poop Plan! Facilities locked, remember? All of a sudden, even day users need to be aware of how to dispose of their (ahem) human waste properly. You can “’go’ before you go,” but the coffee I drank on the way to our recent shutdown trip to Shenandoah National Park … you get the drift. There are two good options: first, you can bury your poop in a 6”-8” cathole, at least 70 big steps from water and trail (remember to pack a small trowel), and either pack out your TP or bury it deep within your cathole. Second, you can bring a personal, portable toilet – clean, easy, and fast. Available at many local outdoor stores and here.
2. Be ready to pack EVERYTHING out. We’ve all become accustomed to having trash cans at trailheads and other day-use areas, but with no one coming to empty these receptacles, your best bet is to bring that trash home with you. FYI – the garbage burden on the often small local communities around our national parks is huge – consider taking your trash home with you as a matter of course even after the government opens back up.
3. Be ready for Wilderness! No rangers on patrol – roads blocked by fallen trees – bridges washed out. You should check a park’s “shutdown” page before visiting for closures and other relevant issues, but know that this is now old information, and things may have changed (likely for the worse). Let someone know where you’re going, and bring your ten outdoor essentials.
4. Channel your Inner Ranger. Park staff might not be watching, but everyone else is, so model responsible visitor behavior. Park rules are in place to help protect our parks. Camping when there’s “No Camping” or building fires in a “No Fires” area can cause long-lasting damage. Hopefully the shutdown will end soon – don’t create scars that last far longer.
5. Give Back. Open parks during a shutdown means free entry, which is nice. But if you can afford it, consider making a donation to your park’s friends’ group or foundation, or look for opportunities to volunteer when your park’s open again. Parks are going to need all the help they can get to recover when their budgets are already at the breaking point.
Enjoy Your World and "Leaf" No Trace
All of us here at Leave No Trace hope, for the sake of our beloved outdoors, that the shutdown ends soon. If it continues, we will share more information with you about efforts to help by the thousands of passionate members and partners. We will also continue to bring you best Leave No Trace information for making good decisions about enjoying our shared lands responsibly during this precarious time.
Thank you for all you do for Leave No Trace!
The Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics is a national organization that protects the outdoors by teaching and inspiring people to enjoy it responsibly. The Center accomplishes this mission by delivering cutting-edge education and research to millions of people across the country every year.
Enjoy your world. Leave No Trace.
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