Quarter Flap: North Carolina Notes That 53% of Smokies is in NC and Not Tennessee

There’s something of an interstate flap over the new quarter featuring Smoky Mountains and has the name “Tennessee” on on it. North Carolina notes that 53 percent of the park is actually in North Carolina. The quarter is part of a “America the Beautiful” series featuring a national park in each state. North Carolina is the Blue Ridge Parkway — sort of the home to another state highpoint – Mount Mitchell.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter


A new quarter features Great Mountains National Park.
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Lightning Nicks Right Thumb of Christ on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro


A lightning strike nicked off the right thumb of Christ on Mount Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro.

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Taos Ski Valley Announces Plan for Ski Lift Above Timberline in 2014


The Taos Ski Valley has announced plans to build a ski above timberline in 2014 near the 12,450 foot high Kachina Peak.

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Awesome Video of Snowboard in LED Suit

Awesome video of snowboarding in LED suit

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“Pas dans le Vide” (Step into the Void) Glass Floor on Aiguille du Midi peak


Gawker has a nifty article on buildings with high glass floored floors that have spectacular views beneath your feet. One of the newest additions features views of Mount Blanc.

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Proposed New Hampshire Hike Safe Card Would Indemnify You From Search and Rescue Costs

New Hampshire is considering a Hike Safe Card where you would pay $25/year ($35/family) for a card that would indemnify you against search and rescue costs which you are legally liable for.

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Mount Washington Among Warmest Places in New Hampshire in Subzero Cold Snap

In the January subzero cold snap, it’s turning out that Mount Washington summit is among the warmest places in New Hampshire.

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Cool star field photo from Death Valley

Here’s a pretty cool star field effect from Death Valley.

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Mount Hood Snowpack 23 to 40 percent of Normal


Snowpack in the Mount Hood area is 23 to 40 percent of normal — among the lowest in recorded history.
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