Freedom's Frontier Heritage Traveler

See How the National Park Service & National Heritage Areas Help Transform Communities

The National Park Service and National Heritage Areas make a powerful team when it comes to working with communities. From generating economic activity for park gateway communities to providing grants … Continue reading

August 27, 2015

Go Wild – Experience Wilderness

Ever thought of hiking the Appalachian Trail, or maybe the Pacific Crest Trail? Hundreds of people every year set off into those wildernesses with nothing but their backpacks and their … Continue reading

August 27, 2015

Take a Deep Breath

One of the interesting developments in the last fifty years has been the rising awareness of air quality. Air quality includes a huge range of factors from temperature, moisture, barometric … Continue reading

August 27, 2015

See the Starry Starry Night

Dark skies—and efforts made to lessen the impact of light pollution—fascinate me. It doesn’t matter that I can only identify Orion and the Big Dipper, despite the best efforts of … Continue reading

August 27, 2015

See History from a Different Perspective

At Freedom’s Frontier, we’re all about seeing history from a different perspective. It’s so important to us, we put it in our mission statement. There aren’t just two sides to … Continue reading

August 27, 2015

Sleep Outside

Every year, the Smiths have a family reunion. Most years since 2000 it’s been held at Pomona State Park. But I’ve been camping with my family since I was a … Continue reading

August 26, 2015


I once did a 10K run while on vacation in Savannah, Georgia. I know, a 6.2 mile run isn’t many people’s idea of a vacation, but hear me out. The … Continue reading

August 26, 2015

Walk Nature’s Treadmill

Even as I gracefully age (so I tell myself), I seldom feel that being outdoors in the Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area breathing in the fresh air, listening to the … Continue reading

August 26, 2015

Reflect on Our Most Difficult Stories

Freedom’s Frontier was established on the basis of difficult stories. Our main story is one of how this area devolved from a clash of ideas into fierce guerrilla warefare carried … Continue reading

August 26, 2015

Renew Your Spirit

Everybody gets the blues from time to time. The stresses of our daily lives get us out of sorts and we need to step back, clear out the cobwebs, and … Continue reading

August 25, 2015


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