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DEBORAH WALL: Explore caves, night skies at park

Great Basin National Park doesn’t get its fair share of visitors, but that’s all the better for the enlightened few who get to enjoy it without fighting any crowds. Deep summer is the best time to go there, when its high elevation provides the cool temperatures so longingly sought by hikers and campers from Southern Nevada. Nevada’s only national park, it offers plenty to do.

Tending golf turf takes attention to detail

It’s 4:30 in the morning, and I’m at Angel Park Golf Club, 100 S. Rampart Blvd. It’s dark outside, but there’s a hubbub of activity. There’s an associate mowing the practice green, a kitchen worker heading toward the restaurant, a staff member using a blower to clear the main concourse to the clubhouse and equipment is buzzing everywhere. There are sprinklers watering the course.

Savor extra solitude on Mormon Well Road

One benefit of living in Southern Nevada is the opportunity to explore little-traveled back roads winding their way to uncrowded outdoor adventures. One of the best is the Mormon Well Road, originally a pioneer wagon trail on what is now the Desert National Wildlife Refuge.

Club gives badminton boost with local games

The Las Vegas Badminton Club is seeing more and more players since it started in 2000. Played at a few locations across the valley, games are open to the public. The fee is $2 at most sites.

Sun bakes apples if shade is lacking

Anna apples will do better if they are shaded by the eight canopy of the tree and not exposed directly to sunlight all day long.

Worms controllable but not preventable

Just because plants are labeled as nematode resistant doesn’t guarantee that they will be resistant to the microscopic worms.

Cool down on Death Valley trail

You might think summer outdoor activities in Death Valley National Park are out of the question, but this is actually an ideal time to hike to the summit of the park’s Panamint Mountains.

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