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Outdoor allergies, why do you torment me so?

I have allergies. I'm not sure to what, but I'm assuming it's something like pollen or mold since they seem to only really get bad outdoors. I often go to the park to run, and usually am just fine. Yesterday, however, as soon as I entered the park I felt my nose acting up. I was right, and my allergies went crazy as soon as I left the park; I couldn't focus on anything, and my day was essentially ruined. This has only happened a couple of times before in this particular park. My question is - why are my allergies usually okay when I enter this park, but once in a while go completely nuts? What can I try to keep this from happening again. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 4, 2014 - 9 answers

Advice on Bryce Canyon/Escalante area with a toddler

My wife I will be visiting Bryce Canyon in early June with our 2-year-old son. We want to do the Navajo/Queens Garden loop. Would this hike be safe/doable considering one of us will be (mostly) carrying our son in a pack? We are in decent physical shape, but online I'm seeing some hikers say it is an easy hike and others saying it is strenuous and very steep. We're also looking for suggestions for other good bang-for-your-buck hikes in Bryce, Zion, Grand Staircase/Escalante area that would be good for us with the little one. Thanks in advance!
posted by burlsube on May 15, 2014 - 8 answers

A few free hours near south end of Central Park on Monday

I am taking a one-day trip to Manhattan. I get off the bus from Boston Sunday night by Penn Station and am busy from 11 am Monday until I catch my return bus from Penn Station at 5 pm. Two questions: What cool thing or things can I do Monday morning for a few hours before my 11 am meeting with friends to eat lunch just south of Central Park? One thought is to just wander that end of Central Park. What would be a good take-out low-carb meal to get to eat as I leave town? Is there any good BBQ in that area to recommend?
posted by BearClaw6 on Feb 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Central American lion parks

Is there a statue of a lion (or possibly Chinese lion) in or near a nature preserve or park in Central America? [more inside]
posted by Jacen on Dec 29, 2013 - 2 answers

Denali, AK In Two Days?

I was invited to a cool work conference in Anchorage Alaska in late June, and after the conference I would really really really like to try and see Denali if at all possible. I will only have 2 - 2 1/2 days. Aside from the short time-frame, I will be all by myself. Also, I have two legs and can walk, but 'wilderness survival,' is not exactly something I have any mastery off. Any general advice, specific advice, or help would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by rosswald on May 21, 2013 - 11 answers

Raising a 1 year old in Baltimore?

My husband and I just moved to Baltimore for me to attend graduate school. We're currently living in Mt. Vernon and are curious what things there are to do with a one year old around here (that are safe) preferable within a walking distance (parks, playgrounds, etc). Suggestions are appreciated!
posted by mooselini on Apr 24, 2013 - 6 answers

Life will find a way. BUT WILL I!?!?!?

OK, guys, Jurassic Park is being re-released on IMAX 3D for ONE WEEK in April, and if I don't see it I will just die of sadness forever. It doesn't appear to be playing anywhere near me, and I live in Chicago, which should have everything, and I'm a-skeerd that I won't get to see it at all. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 1, 2013 - 17 answers

Sled hills within driving distance of Seattle?

I want to take my little brother sledding. Where's the best place to go within a couple of hours of town? [more inside]
posted by Sauce Trough on Feb 9, 2013 - 4 answers

What's your experience with the NPS?

Any National Park Service or other closely affiliated agency (BLM, Army Corps of Engineers, etc) able to speak about their experience with said agency? [more inside]
posted by melizabeth on Dec 13, 2012 - 5 answers

I'm Just Walking My Dog

I am going to drive from Dallas to Austin in a couple of hours, first road trip with my dog. Does anyone know of any good parks in Waco, not too far off I-35, where we could stop and have a little walk?
posted by ericthegardener on Nov 21, 2012 - 3 answers

Hyde Park or Flossmoor?

Chicago Question. My husband and I both work for the University of Chicago and are planning to buy a home in the next year. We are debating between Hyde Park and a condo or a single family home in the burb of Flossmoor. Where should be buy? [more inside]
posted by mcbietila on Jul 3, 2012 - 3 answers

Suggestions for Acadia National Park?

Suggestions for things to do in Acadia National Park? [more inside]
posted by Dick Laurent is Dead on Jul 1, 2012 - 6 answers

Who gave birth to this launch pad?

Rocket Slide! Any idea what company originally made this badass rocket slide? They were placed in community parks in the 1970s. Looking for the original manufacturer. My google-fu fails me.
posted by Bighappyfunhouse on Jun 23, 2012 - 4 answers

Scotland - Road Trip & T in the Park

Upcoming Trip to Scotland: Itinerary, Road trip & T in the Park [more inside]
posted by angsolom on Jun 23, 2012 - 11 answers

A beautiful day in the neighborhood, hopefully.

Recommendations for what else to see and do around the Mission/Dolores Park on a supposed beautiful day tomorrow in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by Asherah on Feb 13, 2012 - 11 answers

Please help me find a park in Berlin or Innsbruck that has a lot of hammocks.

My girlfriend remembers a park from her childhood that had a lot of hammocks strung up in tree groves. She describes the park as rather large, with a lake nearby and a playground in the park. She is not sure whether this was in Berlin or Innsbruck, and gives the year as somewhere between 1991-1996. Perhaps the hammocks are only a seasonal thing; she says she visited this park in the summer. It would be really cool if someone knows of this park or a similar park that has lots of hammocks. [more inside]
posted by Mayhembob on Jan 4, 2012 - 2 answers

What Bird Might This Be?

Can you identify this bird? [more inside]
posted by Tube on Dec 21, 2011 - 20 answers

Camping citation woes.

If a park ranger gives you a citation for violating the terms of a permit, is "Other rangers told me it's ok when I got the permit" a valid defense? Also, what are my obligations when no court date is specified on the citation? [more inside]
posted by ilikemefi on Nov 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Cafe Zuppa Chicago-Style

ATTN: Indy -> Chicago Transplants... Please help me find somewhere similar to Cafe Zuppa. [more inside]
posted by meindee on Oct 12, 2011 - 1 answer

Adult jungle gym or what?

What is this adult jungle gym style thing and how to use it effectively? [more inside]
posted by lizarrd on Sep 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Please help me identify the park where I made a memory in NYC

In which Manhattan park did my partner and I spend hours talking? [more inside]
posted by jefficator on Sep 16, 2011 - 9 answers

Olympic rainforest suggestions

My wife and I were thinking of heading up to the Olympic Peninsula over Labor Day to do some camping and light day-hiking and would love any suggestions for areas, camp-grounds, hikes, etc. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dersins on Aug 8, 2011 - 11 answers

Eating lunch outdoors during yellowjacket season: an impossible pipedream?

Any way I can get yellowjackets to leave me alone while I lunch in the park? [more inside]
posted by guessthis on Jul 19, 2011 - 14 answers

Let's get some shoes.

Will Allen Edmonds shoes loosen up a bit in the front, or should I exchange them for the next half-size up? [more inside]
posted by andrewcilento on Jul 2, 2011 - 12 answers

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment?

What is this unusual piece of playground equipment? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Jun 26, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find this observation tower with see through floor!

I'm looking for an observation tower on the top of a mountain or high area (not a skyscraper) that has/had a clear panelled floor in one small part of the walkway that let you see the valley floor below. No it was not the one at the Grand Canyon! [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on May 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Wheelchair-accessible hotspots in London?

My friend & housemate has a big birthday weekend planned (London, Thursday – Monday). There's an itinerary, filled with lots of amazing things (spa days, aquarium, shows, etc.), but in the event that some of these places aren't wheelchair accessible, we need some back up events planned. What are some great places to go/see/party in London that are definitely wheelchair accessible, relatively easy to get to, and would be able to host a party of 3-8 people at the last minute with minimal hassle all around? [more inside]
posted by iamkimiam on May 18, 2011 - 5 answers

Help me find Lincoln Park, abandoned amusement park!

Does anyone know anything about the abandoned amusement park Lincoln Park, in Dartmouth, MA just outside New Bedford? I am specifically looking for directions there - I drove there this morning and could see the abandoned Comet rollercoaster from afar but could NOT figure out how to get onto the property except by climbing the fence on Route 6. I'm supposed to have photographs from this site tomorrow: HELP! Of course any other histories, memories, etc would be great, too. Thanks hive!
posted by betsbillabong on Nov 22, 2010 - 10 answers

DC Birthday Restaurant

DC FILTER: Good place for a 21st birthday dinner (maybe 8 - 12 people) near Washington, D.C./College Park area? Looking for non-chain restaurants, parking/metro accessible, and prices affordable by college student standards. [more inside]
posted by pulled_levers on Oct 18, 2010 - 7 answers

Favorite trails in Utah's National Parks?

What are your favorite trails in Canyonlands National Park and Arches National Park? [more inside]
posted by ztdavis on Aug 9, 2010 - 11 answers

I Long to See Your Smiling Valley

I am going to Shenandoah National Park for a few days the last week of September. What are your favorite hiking trails, and other sights, in the park? Where would you recommend I stay? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 19, 2010 - 15 answers

What is this contraption in a park?

What is this thing? I saw it in a park in Lake County, Indiana, a few yards away from a small lake. There was another one a few yards away. I thought it might have to do with some sort of game, or maybe fishing (but there was another one a fair distance away from the lake.) It does not rotate. It's about five feet tall. Thanks.
posted by massysett on Jul 13, 2010 - 9 answers

Remember that one time we walked for 2 hours under the blazing sun?

Going on a second date tomorrow. A stroll in the park and I need recommendation for location and (possibly) activities. Austin, TX. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Jul 10, 2010 - 15 answers

What's a secure place to park near a hotel in Louisville?

What's a secure place to park in Louisville, KY at or within walking distance to a hotel? [more inside]
posted by crypticgeek on Jul 5, 2010 - 6 answers

Need a location for our company picnic in the Baltimore/Prince George's County area!

I'm looking for a place to hold a company picnic roughly midway between Baltimore city and Prince George's County. We're looking for a park or other outdoor space that could accommodate around 100 people and permits the serving of alcohol. Grills would be a bonus (although realistically we'll probably end up renting them), and we definitely need space for a moon bounce! Our tentative date is August 7th. Ideas? Thanks!
posted by LizardOfDoom on Jun 23, 2010 - 2 answers

Best NYC park location with free & reliable wifi?

Looking to take my laptop and work inside a park somewhere in Manhattan. Ideally, should be inside the park, but anything right next to it works too. Since those are the closest to me, any locations in Thompson or Union Square parks will be the best. Thanks!
posted by zavulon on Jun 19, 2010 - 6 answers

NYCfilter, hotels in brooklyn

[NYCfilter] Cheapish Brooklyn hotels or hotel-oid situations? [more inside]
posted by You Can't Tip a Buick on May 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Calling police over loose dogs in a public park: crossing the line?

As I have a dog phobia, how can I feel comfortable in a park on the edge of town where people frequently let their large dogs run loose? [more inside]
posted by datarose on May 26, 2010 - 62 answers

Do they have a Bigfoot Museum up the road?

Does anyone have any parks, roadside attractions, and Must-Sees for a Saturday day-trip from Portland to Mt. St. Helens? [more inside]
posted by haplesschild on May 22, 2010 - 7 answers

Obsessed with time

Ask.Music : Is there a way to tell how many times a certain band or artist uses a specific word? (my google fu fails me, there has to be a website for this) [more inside]
posted by MechEng on Mar 16, 2010 - 4 answers

How do I find trailheads?

I know the park exists. I know the trail exists. I have my hiking shoes, my camera, and a car. Now where the heck is the trailhead? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 21, 2010 - 22 answers

sydney parks

Are there any quiet, leafy parks not so far away from Sydney CBD area? I'd like to be able to go there via bus/train in 30mins at most to go for a walk and chill out.
posted by neworder7 on Dec 25, 2009 - 6 answers

Private parks

Are there any other private parks like Gramercy Park in the world? Particularly in cities.
posted by londontube on Dec 3, 2009 - 17 answers

Which form of bobsledding is best for spectating?

Which form of bobsledding is best for spectating? [more inside]
posted by rinogo on Nov 13, 2009 - 3 answers

How do very large car parks deal with abandoned cars?

How do massive long-stay carparks (like those at airports), that have too many cars to keep track of individually, deal with the problem of cars that are never collected? [more inside]
posted by cdenman on Oct 9, 2009 - 10 answers

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC?

What is that smell in High Line Park in NYC? [more inside]
posted by Jimmie on Sep 16, 2009 - 6 answers

Park and Ride in From PA to DC

Help me figure out a Park and Ride scenario during rush hour PA -> DC. [more inside]
posted by mulkey on Sep 10, 2009 - 9 answers

Picking up girls with my dog

General low-down on picking up girls with a dog [more inside]
posted by isoman2kx on Sep 9, 2009 - 33 answers

This parking space is mine. So why are you using it?

I have a parking space allocated to my flat in West London. Someone else keeps parking there, and ignoring all signs. How do I "persuade" that person to stop parking there?
posted by almostwitty on Sep 4, 2009 - 46 answers

Le nom nom nom.

Where can we make out with French boys, what foodie things can I not miss in Paris, and what is the Kampa Park of Brussels? [more inside]
posted by IWoudDie4U on Aug 17, 2009 - 15 answers

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