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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Like Bike-Riding? You’ll Love Rails-to-Trails

Trains need fairly level grades. The tracks can slope gently up or down, but there are no sharp changes. They often follow rivers. Both of these factors make old train tracks wonderful places to convert to paved paths for bike riding! And, there are lots of old train tracks that have indeed been converted to bike trails. It’s called Rails to Trails and you can find all of the possible bike-riding trails by visiting the website


As you travel these United States, you’ll do well by using the smartphone app called Traillink to find all the great Rails to Trails where you can take a wonderful bike ride.


The TrailLink app is available for both Android and iPhone. It’s free to install and search for trails near you, or search for trails near some other destination.


If you want to see the detailed map of the trail, that will cost you one credit. You see, Rails To Trails Conservancy is a non-profit organization. If you enjoy their efforts, you’ll want to support them.


Each map will cost you .50 – $1.00 depending on how many credits you buy. Or, you can fully support them and get unlimited access to maps for $29.


App: TrailLink by the Rails to Trails Conservancy
Platforms: Android, Apple iOS
Cost: Free to search, maps cost credits

Thursday, July 2, 2015

American Red Cross Pet First Aid App

From the American National Red Cross, get critical first aid info for your cat and dog at your fingertips. Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the App and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.

The Red Cross Pet First Aid App features:

  • Convenient toggle between cat and dog content.
  • Simple step-by-step instructions guide you through everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand.
  • Prepare and protect your pet’s health with advice on administering medication, time to say goodbye, behavioral help and how to act in a disaster situation.
  • Early warning sign checker for preventive care.
  • Programmable veterinary contact number to be available when needed throughout the app.
  • Learn first aid steps for over 25 common pet situations through a combination of text, video and images, in addition to identifying common toxic substances.
  • Locate your nearest emergency vet hospital or pet-friendly hotels.
  • Respond to pet emergencies with “how to” videos for the common and stressful emergency situations inclusive of size specific CPR techniques.
  • Customize multiple pet profiles and set veterinary appointments.
  • Interactive quizzes allow you to earn badges that you can share with your friends along with a picture of your pet.
Download the Pet First Aid App:
Text "GETPET" to 90999 or search "Red Cross Pets" in the Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace.

Get more information from the American Red Cross website