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As the weather starts to get cooler, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hearty bowl of chili. This spicy dish started gaining widespread recognition in the U.S. when it was introduced at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago by the San Antonio Chili Stand.

Bears

September is National Preparedness Month, so it’s a good time to review your camping safety plans to protect your family from illness or injury.

Giraffe

We’re lucky to have so many fantastic zoos and animal parks to choose from in our country. They offer a fun way to spend a day. To help you narrow down your choices, here are a few great picks from coast to coast:

 

Oatmeal Cookies

Eating a healthy breakfast can help give you and your family the energy you need to get your day off to a great start. And since September is National Better Breakfast Month, we thought we’d celebrate by offering you a few delicious and nutritious recipes to try on your next camping trip.

Bandelier Monument

In 1906, the U.S. Congress passed the Antiquities Act which gave the President of the United States the power to protect “historic landmarks, historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest” by designating them as national monuments.

Smore

Sitting around the campfire making s’mores is a time-honored tradition that’s as American as apple pie.  In fact, it dates back as far as 1927 when the Girl Scouts published the first known recipe for “some mores.” This treat has become so popular that August 10 has been designated as National S’

While it can certainly be enjoyable to look up at the stars from your own backyard, there’s nothing like getting away from the city lights where the dark skies reveal even more of their celestial wonders. Here are some of the top spots to go stargazing in the U.S.:

 

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