It is clearly a Tragedy of the Commons, as ranchers who may own the land but not the minerals beneath, have widely sold access rights to oil companies. The tragedy in question is the complete development of the resource and the consequent loss of any big open landscapes.
At its best, a day hike gets straight to the essence of the place. t takes you inside the canyon, beneath the waterfall and delivers you straight to the wildflower-strewn clearing at the mountain's peak.
Your dream was not a lonely nightmare, but a window into history -- the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln ordered the largest execution in United States history -- the hanging of 38 Dakota (Sioux) men.
If you're already in Nebraska for the annual Sandhill Crane migration or if you simply appreciate wildlife in America and are looking for some place to go for a nice road trip, another interesting only-in-Nebraska event is that it's prairie chicken mating season.
New York is now on record for 2011 having been the snowiest January, and as we all talk and text and blog about the annoyances of the snow, it is worth taking a look back at other times and other storms.