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reunions “hidden treasure” state parks By Kara Williams 50 nevada  Berlin-Ichthyosaur two history lessons converge here: Walk through the remnants of a once-thriving mining town and see massive fossils of the giant marine mammal that swam in the ocean that covered nevada 225 million years ago. Back to nature, close to home, affordable and fun S tate parks offer grandfamilies a myriad of outdoor activities—whether it’s hiking a mountain trail, spotting elusive wildlife, swimming in a pristine lake, fishing for trout or paddling a canoe. Roughing it at a state park—together— also offers a real bonus, especially this summer: It’s easy on the pocketbook. My assignment—admittedly tough—was to single out just one park per state to feature. My challenge: to search for parks that are not necessarily the biggest or the most popular, but rather are treasures beloved by locals and “regulars.” Similarly, we wanted to feature parks that had unusual offerings: historic lighthouses, nifty caverns, hot-springs pools, giant sand dunes, manmade water parks, geocaching programs and much more. Camping options at these parks are varied. In most, you can pitch a tent or hook up an RV. At others, reserve a rustic “camper cabin,” sleep in a yurt, or even overnight in a teepee. Remember, though, that prime campsites and the more unusual lodging options fill up quickly. If you want to camp in a state park with your grandkids this summer, make your plans and book your accommodations now. California  Grover Hot Springs four miles west of markleeville, in alpine county, the park is in an alpine meadow and pine forest at nearly 6,000 feet, surrounded by the sierra nevada mountains. soak weary muscles in the natural mineral hot springs swimming pool after a morning hike. click and connect to more resources instantly where you see this symbol:  36 GRAND MARCH 2009
http://parks.travelnevada.com/destination/berlin-ichthyosaur-state-park.aspx http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=508 http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=508

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of GRAND Magazine - March 2009

GRAND Magazine - March 2009
GRAND View
Contents
GRAND Central
Isn't it GRAND?
The Hippest Grand of All?
Saying Goodbye
Necessities, Not
The Perils of the Purse
Take Care
Sexy at Sixty
50 ‘Hidden Treasure’ State Parks
Resources
GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - intro
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Cover2
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 3
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND View
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 5
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Contents
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 8
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 9
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 10
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND Central
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 12
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 13
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 14
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 15
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 16
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Isn't it GRAND?
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - The Hippest Grand of All?
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 19
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 20
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 21
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Saying Goodbye
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 23
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 24
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 25
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Necessities, Not
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 27
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - The Perils of the Purse
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 29
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Take Care
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 31
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 32
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 33
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Sexy at Sixty
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 35
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 50 ‘Hidden Treasure’ State Parks
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 37
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 38
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 39
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 40
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Resources
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GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - 43
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - GRAND Finale
GRAND Magazine - March 2009 - Cover3
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