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Wake up, Humboldt. It’s a beautiful Saturday morning, probably, made even better by the fact that your benevolent National Park Service has decided allow the masses free entry to every national park through next weekend. Apparently, it is National Park Week, which is great. Says the NPS: 

National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016, is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks. 

Get outdoors, you! Sadly the NPS has not arranged for a park ranger to come to your house, pick you up and drive you to your nearest outdoor sanctuary, but this is still a pretty good thing.

Which locations are within striking distance of Humboldt? Well obviously you could roll out of bed and be in Redwood National Park but we’re also a day trip away from, say, Oregon Caves National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Crater Lake National Park and Lava Beds National Monument to name the best ones. Need more options? Check out this handy dandy government-provided map then throw friends/kids/dogs in the car. And go.