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Rocky Mountain National Park Hiker Essentials

Pack the "Essentials" and be prepared for minor injuries, sudden weather changes or delays. Always carry: Map of the area and compass Extra food and water Extra clothing, including rain gear Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat Pocketknife Matches in a waterproof container and candle or other fire starter Whistle Flashlight with extra batteries and bulb Space blanket First aid kit And don't forget the most important thing of all common sense.

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Maine Puffins
Maine Puffins


Maine ocean islands provide the only nesting sites for Atlantic puffins in the United States. Eastern Egg Rock in the midcoast region, Seal Island and Matinicus Rock at the mouth of Penobscot Bay, and Machias Seal Island and Petit Manan Island off the downeast coast provide habitat for more than 4,000 puffins each summer.