After getting inspired in the posts, you’ll want to get out there yourself!
Here’s a handy list of links for national and state parks and forests, camping, recreational and lodging facilities, hiking and climbing information, snow reports and information, and weather reports. Use these to get informed, plan trips, and check snow and weather conditions.
Below these, you’ll find links for engagement with our wide world. Issues include social justice, protection of our environment, and religion.
Parks, forests and camping
U.S. Forest Service – recreational opportunities http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/
- National Forest and Grassland finder http://www.fs.fed.us/recreation/map/finder.shtml
- Inyo National Forest (Eastern Sierra) campgrounds. Open the “Helpful Links” dropdown menu for surrounding national forests, parks and monuments. http://www.forestcamping.com/dow/pacficsw/inyo.htm
U.S. National Park Service – park finder http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm
California state parks http://www.parks.ca.gov/
Independent campground guide http://www.forestcamping.com/index.htm
Campsite reservations for federal sites http://www.recreation.gov/
Alternate reservation site http://www.reserveamerica.com/
Montecito-Sequoia Lodge – secluded lodge, ski touring and summer family camp with a homey atmosphere–Sequoia National Forest http://www.montecitosequoia.com/
Hiking and climbing
Climber.org – trailhead directions, trip reports, more http://climber.org/index.html
Trailhead driving directions http://climber.org/driving/index.html
Trip reports http://climber.org/TripReports/index.html
Join or announce a trip http://climber.org/trips/#1510
Weather and snow reports and information
National Weather Service – up-to-date info in many forms http://www.nws.noaa.gov/
Snow Country – detailed, up to date national ski area reports http://www.snocountry.com/
U.S. Forest Service National Avalanche Center – In-depth information on avalanche awareness and safety
Sierra Avalanche Center – Yuba Pass south to Sonora Pass http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org/
Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center – June Lake south to Bishop Creek http://esavalanche.org/
Reports from ski areas worldwide with links to websites http://www.onthesnow.com/
Driving conditions for California mountain highways http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/mtnhwys.htm
If your spiritual values prompt you to learn and act, here are some links to get you started!
Environmental—we’re part of a grand natural system.
Sierra Club http://www.sierraclub.org/
Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.org/
Environmental Defense Fund http://www.edf.org/
National Parks Association http://www.nrpa.org/
Social and economic justice from a spiritual perspective—we’re empowered and called to be Jesus’arms and feet
Sojourners—group with evangelical roots, integrating spiritual renewal with social and economic justice from a biblical perspective. http://www.sojo.net/ . Their magazine is here http://www.sojo.net/magazine .
The United Methodist Church’s General Board of Church and Society—news, information and advocacy on a range of social issues http://www.umc-gbcs.org/site/c.frLJK2PKLqF/b.3020899/k.8F00/Issues_and_News.htm
Immigration policy, citizenship—blessed by God, we’re all world citizens.
Define American—a conversation on what it means to be American and how we deal with the immigration system http://www.defineamerican.com/
Reform Immigration for America—a campaign for common-sense reform of the U.S. immigration system http://reformimmigrationforamerica.org/blog/about/ Here are its principles: http://reformimmigrationforamerica.org/blog/about/principles/ . Here are links to organizations supporting it: http://reformimmigrationforamerica.org/blog/about/organizations/ .
Justice and corrections—bringing fellow human beings back into relationship
National Institute of Justice—agency of the Dept. of Justice for research, education and recommendations for reform http://www.nij.gov/welcome.html . A complete list of topics is here: http://www.nij.gov/topics/welcome.htm .
Restorative justice—what it is—Suffolk University http://www.suffolk.edu/research/6953.html
Restorative justice and peacebuilding—Eastern Mennonite University http://www.emu.edu/cjp/restorative-justice/
Death Penalty Focus—working for alternatives to the death penalty https://death.rdsecure.org/index.php
SAFE California—a coalition of organizations working to abolish California’s death penalty http://www.safecalifornia.org/home
Spirituality and religion
Religionandnature.com: hosting the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture–scholarly exploration of the nexus between these subjects http://www.religionandnature.com/ . Here’s a sample journal article: http://www.religionandnature.com/journal/sample/Kellert–JSRNC(1-1).pdf .
Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion–journal exploring the place of spirituality in management of organizations http://www.jmsr.com/index.html