National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’

first_imgThe American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day was scheduled to take place on June 6. But like just about everything these days, the in-person plans have been scrapped due to safety concerns caused by the coronavirus. Nevertheless, National Trails Day will go on and the public is encouraged to take actions from home that protect trails and public lands and ensure outdoor access for all. Daring rescue of hiker caught in whirlpool is captured on tape Across the country, national parks are opening their gates and welcoming visitors after a prolonged shutdown due to the coronavirus. But park visitors should expect a “new normal,” David Vela, Acting Park Service Director at Bryce Canyon, told the Associated Press. Depending on the park, a new normal could include closed facilities and some closed roads and trails. Visitors are encouraged to check park websites for the latest information on reopening. One way you can celebrate the day is by taking the #PublicLandsProtector Plege. The American Hiking Society is also asking the public to share on social media why access to trails and natural spaces are important. Photos tagged with #NationalTrailsDay and @AmericanHiking will be entered into a photo contest with a chance to win an outdoor gear prize package.  National parks are opening across the country, but visitors should expect a ‘new normal’ Stock Photo for Shenandoah National Parkcenter_img An off-duty officer’s quick thinking saved the life of a hiker in California over the weekend. California Highway Patrol Officer Brent Donley, who is trained in search and rescue, was hiking near Bass Lake in Madera County, CA, when he came upon a 24-year-old hiker who was trapped in a whirlpool. The hiker had tried to cross a waterway and had misjudged its velocity, becoming trapped in the whirlpool. Donley tied a strap from his backpack around a branch and threw it to the hiker. With the assistance of other hikers, Donley pulled the man to safety. “This… call could have ended very badly if not for his help,” said the Madera County Sheriff’s Office. Some advocates for the parks, however, worry that the push to reopen is happening too soon and too fast. A park service document recently estimated that up to 40% of park staff may require isolation and 4% may require hospitalization. “Parks absolutely should not open until the safety of National Park Service employees, concession employees, volunteers and other partners, including those who work and live in gateway communities, can be ensured,” said Phil Francis, head of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks.  National Trails Day moves onlinelast_img read more

Tyler Cameron Teases ‘Bachelor’ Appearance on Matt James’ Season

first_imgThe Florida native revealed that he was “nervous” to see what James, 28, would be like as the Bachelor, because before he began filming he was “getting in sick shape” and trying to be the best version of himself.Tyler Cameron Teases Appearance on Matt James Bachelor Season Jokes About Pal’s EngagementMatt James and Tyler Cameron Rachel Wang/January Images/Shutterstock“You know he cares about how he’s going to be portrayed and how he’s gonna look [on TV] and so I was like, ‘Are we gonna get robot Matt? Or are we gonna get Matt Matt?’” Cameron said. “Cause I talked to some of the people, like, the stylists [and] just asking everyone about, like ‘How’s Matt?’ And they’re like, ‘Matt’s great. But all he does is eat salads and salmon.’ I’m like, that’s not the Matt I know!”The Bachelorette alum noted that he did see James recently and he “was great” when they reunited.- Advertisement – “We are going to get a full dose of Matt,” the reality star assured his fans. “He’s gonna have fun, he’s gonna be very vulnerable, he’s gonna open himself up. We’re gonna learn — I’m gonna learn so much about Matt. This is gonna be good, it’ll be good for him.”The Barkitecture cohost said that “hopefully Matt comes home happy with somebody” and that he is “in love” once the season ends.He also joked about what an engagement would mean for their friendship, since the men live together in New York City.- Advertisement – Friend approved? Tyler Cameron hinted at a possible Bachelor cameo during his best friend Matt James’ upcoming season of the dating series.“I saw him recently,” Cameron, 27, said on the Sunday, November 15, episode of the “Chicks in the Office” podcast, seemingly confirming that he will pop up on season 25 of The Bachelor. “No spoilers!”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I guess I’m gonna have a third roommate now so that’ll be an interesting dynamic you know?” he said. “Maybe he’ll kick me out. I could see me just getting pushed out [and him saying], ‘Screw you, Tyler. You need to get your s–t together before you come back.’”Cameron revealed that he thinks he will “have like a mom and a dad” that will “always [be] shunning me” if James proposes on the show.He then poked fun at his roommate, saying that he has only seen him kiss one girl and it was not a pretty sight.“The one time I saw him — he’s got these big hands, you know? And so his hand was, like, taking up [a lot] of her face kissing her, and I’m like, this just looks weird,” he said. “I’m hoping Matt moves his hand down a little bit.”Earlier this month, Cameron revealed that he is happy his pal didn’t end up competing for Clare Crawley’s heart on The Bachelorette.“That boy dodged a bullet,” the season 15 Bachelorette runner-up told E! News. “That boy is on his own. Just ‘cause it’s a mess. It’s just a disaster,” he added, referencing Crawley’s exit from the show after two weeks of filming. The hairstylist, 39, got engaged to contestant Dale Moss and left the show, resulting in Tayshia Adams stepping in as the second lead of the season.ABC initially announced the Wake Forest graduate as one of the suitors for season 16 of The Bachelorette in March. When production was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, the network named James the lead for season 25.James’ journey for love began at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania last month.The Bachelor is set to premiere in January 2021. The Bachelorette airs on ABC Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET.Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestantslast_img read more