Eight Must-See National Parks Waterfalls


National Park WaterfallNothing quite demonstrates the awesome power and beauty of Mother Nature like a waterfall – hundreds of gallons of water rushing several stories over a cliffside, the vertical stream nestled in lush greenery, the mist and droplets that splash on you at the fall’s base.

Fortunately, several of our national parks preserve many of the country’s most fantastic falls. Many of them are quite easy to reach via short hikes.

Yosemite Falls

If there is one waterfall that everyone absolutely must see, it’s this one in California’s Yosemite National Park. Actually consisting of seven waterfalls, Yosemite Falls sends water rushing 2,425 feet downward into the valley. Depending on snow melt, the falls’ peak flow typically occurs in May when up to 2,400 gallons of water flow down Yosemite Falls every second.

You can hike 1.2-miles round trip to the base of North America’s tallest waterfall. During spring, you may…

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Surviving Summer School: The First Lesson

The Best Ticher

This is part 2/6 of a series on Surviving Summer School. To read the other parts check here.

Congratulations are in order first of all: if you’ve made it this far you’ve survived both day zero and day one. At most summer schools the order of the day tends to be for the staff to arrive and be talked at for a day (Day Zero), followed by a day of relatively organised chaos (Day One) as the staff of each summer school try to receive their students, not receive anyone else’s students, deal with the inevitable lost bags/forgotten items/lost students, persuade teenagers to call home, and then somehow get everyone into allocated bedrooms and sorted into what are (hopefully) the right classes. For management staff, day one is a living hell that you then want a holiday to recover from, but for teachers and activity leaders it’s mostly a…

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Thinking of taking a gap year? Here are a few things you should do in that time.

Wine Country Mom


Malia Obama, oldest daughter of President Barack Obama, is in her senior year of high school, and she has been accepted to attend Harvard University as her college of choice. However, before the first daughter attends her very first college class, she will be taking a year off—otherwise known as a “gap year.”

Big in Europe and Australia, and just now catching on in the US, a gap year is when students decide to delay their entry to college to either catch their breath after high school, or to gather some life or work experiences before embarking on their college career.

For Malia, the decision to take a gap year makes sense. Her father is in his last year of presidency, and there will be a lot of changes as the family adjusts to life after the White House. So, it doesn’t really seem like a big surprise that…

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A Reflection of the Past and a Step Towards the Future

The Adaptive Humanist

Well, I guess it’s finally that time of the semester, where everything we learned in all of our classes is finally coming together, and we begin stressing about finals or life beyond an educational setting. It’s the time where we begin to look back on the semester and (hopefully) grasp the full understanding of what our professors, teachers, and educators were trying to drill into us all this time. For some it’s only a time to say I’ll see you next year when classes start, while others will be thinking to themselves, “Well it’s finally that time where I step out of an institution that has been a big part of my life, and step out of the world of education and into my chosen career path.”

As a graduating senior I have taken many memorable classes, which have changed the way I have looked and thought about things. However…

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