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Winter. That frigid, miserable time of the year where ice, snow and slush coat our roads and salt coats our cars. Why would you ever willingly go for a drive during the winter? Well, perhaps because no one else is going for drives. As CNN points out, winter means that some of the country's best roads have much lower levels of traffic, making a scenic drive an even more relaxing event than it might normally be.

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You remember Zach Bowman, right? Formerly-of-Autoblog Zach? Project Ugly Horse Zach? Now-at-Road-and-Track Zach? That's the guy. Mr. Bowman is still terrifying the peoples of Tennessee with his machinations, and sent us a link to this report about how he's handling the government shutdown. Even before we clicked we knew that a demonstration of civil disobedience might be involved, and a motorcycle. And we were right. Upon hearing this nation's park system had been shuttered and the national fore

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Drive a Nissan Leaf to see Teddy Roosevelt's "best idea," and save a geyser in the process?

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It's no secret that our friends at Xplore want you to see the country. The company is dedicated to building rambling rides that will let you venture to our nation's most scenic parks. The newest creation rolling out of the Xplore garage is a trip-ready Toyota 4Runner that's packed with the usual assortment of off-road goodies we've come to expect.

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Xplore Adventure Series FJ Cruiser – Click above for high-res image gallery

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On September 12, the United Soybean Board (USB) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Central Regional Clean Cities Workshop gathered to celebrate more than 10 years of biodiesel use in the U.S. national parks system.

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The National Parks System is protecting the environment in some farsighted ways. Turns out almost 700 pieces of equipment being used by our National Parks employ alternative fuels. The Green Energy Parks Program was started at Yellowstone in 1995 and currently is in effect at 23 parks, including Mammoth Cave. Mammoth Cave uses biofuels in all of its vehicles (everything from tour busses to lawn mowers!) and refuels on-site from two 3,000 gallon biofuel tanks. No word on where the parks get the f

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