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Want to Take an Adventure Vacation? REI is Giving Away Seven Big Trips! Enter daily through October 31, 2013

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This fall, enjoy hiking, American art and fall foliage in the Great Northern Catskills of New York on the Hudson River School Art Trail, a series of 17 hiking trails that offer visitors the chance to experience the views that captivated the Hudson River School painters – and enter to win a weekend getaway in the mountains.

At each of the first nine hiking trail destinations, a special metal plaque with a rubbing medallion has been installed, allowing visitors to do a pencil rubbing as a keepsake. The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, in partnership with Olana State Historic Site, are sponsoring the Hudson River School Art Trail contest, an artistic hiking experience that follows in the footsteps of America’s premier landscape painters, and ends with the chance to win a weekend getaway to the Catskill Mountains.

How the Hudson River School Art Trail Contest Works:

Each metal plaque features a rubbing medallion with a drawing of the view in raised relief so that participants can easily capture the scene by placing a piece of paper over the design and rubbing it with pencil, crayon or charcoal. The plaques also include a QR code that can be scanned by smartphones so that visitors can “check in” and also get more information.

To participate in the Hudson River School of Art Trail Contest, simply complete the nine rubbings and present them to either the Thomas Cole National Historic Site in Catskill, or the Olana State Historic Site in Hudson, to be automatically entered in a special grand prize drawing for a chance to win a weekend getaway to the Catskills to the Kaaterskill Mountain Club in Hunter.

The grand prize package to the Kaaterskill Mountain Club includes two nights’ accommodations at the elegant mountain resort. Blackout dates apply during holidays and festival weekends. The contest is open to entries through November 3 and the winner will be notified via email. Don’t miss your chance to explore the Catskill Region’s unparalleled outdoor recreation on the Hudson River School Art Trail.

The Hudson River School Art Trail Contest is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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atcThe Appalachian Trail Conference is offering two contests:

First, text ATC to 80100 to win prizes plus get $10 donated to the trail conservancy. Click here for details.

Second, there’s the “I am the Appalachian Trail” video contest which is a fun concept.

Thanks to Carol White Llewellyn (The Finger Lakes Travel Maven) for sharing these. She found them while she was researching a visit to the Appalachian Trail.

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FunkyNest_JacquieTinker_newsbitsWhether you find a robin’s nest on a statue or a hummingbird’s nest on wind chimes, your picture of a bird nest in a funky place can win big in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Funky Nests in Funky Places contest. With nesting season underway, this contest challenges everyone to get outside and watch nature in even the most unexpected places.

“Just start looking,” says Karen Purcell, who created the contest several years ago as part of the Cornell Lab’s Celebrate Urban Birds citizen-science project. “Past experience has shown us you can find bird nests in the most surprising places. We’ve seen them in helmets, old boots, stoplights, store signs, car tires, clotheslines, mailboxes, potted plants and even a stuffed moose head!”

The Funky Nests contest begins May 1 and lasts until June 15. Entries may be photos, videos, artwork, poems or stories. You don’t have to be a bird expert or an expert photographer. People of all ages are welcome to participate as individuals or with a class, community center, or afterschool program. Prizes include binoculars, bird feeders, cameras, an iPad and more.

Entry deadline is June 15.

Find more information about how to find nests, approach nests without disturbing the birds and enter the contest at funkynests.org.

source: Life in the Finger Lakes magazine enews

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Bristol Mountain Snow Angel

Bristol Mountain Snow Angel

Click here to read about the snow angel: Making Friends with the Bristol Mountain Snow Angel in the Finger Lakes

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Get your pencils sharpened, your laptops powered, and your cameras ready, Champlain Area Trails (CATS) will soon launch its first Travel Writing Contest. It’s your chance to write about your travels in New York’s central Champlain Valley—to share your favorite experiences on the Champlain Area Trails–whether it’s hiking, walking, skiing, snowshoeing, birding, tracking, picnicking, or a little bit of each. Also tell us about other great recreational, cultural, or gastronomical adventures you enjoyed in the Champlain Valley. Perhaps you paddled on the Boquet River? Took in a play at the Depot Theatre? Biked along scenic back roads? Dined on delicious food at a family-owned cafe? Or savored fresh produce at a local farm? The Valley’s the limit, so start exploring!

Entrants may submit works in two categories: Writing (800- to 1,200-word article with two to four photos) and Multimedia (audio, video, slideshow). First-place winners will receive a $500 cash prize and online publication in our CATS Destination Guide. There will also be goodies for the runners-up. Full details will be announced in August, but it’s not too early to start jotting down your special memories at the places and trails in New York’s central Champlain Valley. (via Champlain Area Trails.)

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Hiking Boots with a Lighter Footprint

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Two NYC boys created a web application called Tranquilocity whose purpose is to make New York City more accessible and transparent to it’s residents and visitors by providing a way to discover all of the tranquil and peaceful places located across the five boroughs. The website allows you to search for a variety of places such as parks, open water spaces, libraries, and historic houses. Visitors to the website can rate the different places they have been to as well as upload a picture they have taken of the place. On top of that we provide the nearest subway stations to a given place as well as current weather conditions and a list of other places that are nearby. There are so many tranquil places scattered around NYC that many people walk right by them without even knowing that they are there.

To Vote: http://nycbigapps.com/submissions/1723-tranquilocity
Their Website: http://www.Tranquilocity.com
Their Facebook Page: http://www.Facebook.com/Tranquilocity
Their Twitter Account: http://www.Twitter.com/Tranquilocity

Jason Kassay is a web application developer who grew up in Queens, currently is living on Long Island, NY. His colleague Eddie Sanchez and he created this web application called Tranquilocity as part of the NYC Big Apps 2.0 contest (http://www.nycbigapps.com).

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The Huffington Post includes Castle Rock overlooking Blue Mountain Lake in New York’s Adirondack State Park in the 7 best hiking trips. How many have you been to?

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Pick up your FREE Passport, grab the kids, and head out for a hike today. The Finger Lakes Trail Conference, in conjunction with Wegmans, Monro Muffler Brake, Eastern Mountain Sports, and Hickory Hill Family Camping Resort, has produced a free 44 page booklet highlighting 12 family-friendly hikes on the Finger Lakes Trail. The hikes range in length from about 1 to 5 miles and are located between Letchworth on the west and Interstate 81 on the east.

The booklets can be picked up at Wegmans (the ones within the area listed above) or Eastern Mountain Sports (at the moment…more outlets to be listed on the Finger Lakes Trail website soon).  A PDF of the booklet is also available by clicking here.

The goal of the Passport Program is to attract NEW hikers, and especially families. Grandparents…consider taking your grandkids for a walk.  A patch and other incentives are bring offered for those to complete at least 4 of the 12 hikes.

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