Hot Spot

Bayou Teche--2015 Hot Spot

Breaux Bridge, LA--Wrapping up our 2015 Hot Spot s, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team discovered the importance, culture, and recreational impact surrounding the Bayou Teche. In January, 2015, the waterway was designated a national water trail due to its scenic 135 miles that stretch through four parishes (or counties). According to Conni Castille, executive director of the T.E.C.H.E. project who has a passion for Cajun culture and dancing to Zydeco music, "The Teche has historic and cultural value to us, and we are happy to share it with the nation. The trail...

Everything Plus the Kitchen Sink

Breaux Bridge, LA—The Trash Bash and Boogie an annual event that takes place along the Bayou Teche that stretches 135 miles through the heart of Cajun country. Bayou Teche has recently been designated a National Water Trail by the Department of the Interior and is one of 18 waterways that have received this prestigious designation in the United States. Ribbon cutting for one of the eight new floating docks along the Teche This sign just about sums it up A smile that says, "Sunshine!" on what was otherwise a rainy day Although the Teche has been so highly...

2015 Pinnacle Mountain Hot Spot

Little Rock, AR--Have you ever been hugged so hard it kinda hurt? Or had your cheeks squeezed because your auntie has "...been missing' those rosies." We at Leave No Trace call this being loved to death and we have developed our Hot Spot program to take a proactive stance to protect some of our favorite areas--like Pinnacle Mountain. This week, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers East Central Team visited Pinnacle Mountain State Park, educating visitors on ways they can lessen their impact to keep the mountain healthy. The West Summit Trail of Pinnacle Mountain is traversed...

Welcome to Sykes Hot Springs!

Big Sur, CA: Is your favorite trail being loved to death? This past week we, the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers Team West, visited the Pine Ridge Trail as a part of a 2015 Hot Spot. A Hot Spot is a site that is damaged, but that can recover and become healthy again after specific Leave No Trace implications. While we were there, we hiked into Sykes Camp, which is the go-to destination for most users. Why this camp, you might ask? At the end of this strenuous 10 mile hike sits a natural hot springs for everyone to enjoy. And everyone, hundreds of visitors almost every week, do in...

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