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Celebrate National Trails Day by taking a hike, American Eagle plans service between Los Angeles and Roswell, N.M., and Virgin America to offer fleetwide WiFi service.

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Go take a Hike on National Trails Day

National Trails Day is Saturday, June 6, and it's a great day to get outdoors and either explore one of the West's great historic trails, or even a trail in your own neighborhood.

National Trails Day's roots go back to President Ronald Reagan's 1987 President's Commission on Americans Outdoors. The report recommended that citizens be able to get outdoors and be able to find a trail within 15 minutes of where they live.

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Since 1973, the American Hiking Society (
www.americanhiking.org), the only national nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting America's foot trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience, has taken on the promotion of National Trails Day as one of its main programs.

The American Hiking Society organizes and coordinates Volunteer Vacations and National Trails Day - nationally recognized programs that help keep our trails open, safe and enjoyable.

Whether it's one of the West's state parks departments, or even county parks programs, check out some of the resources close to you for ideas and opportunities to celebrate National Trails Day.

One of our favorite trails in the West is the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

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The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail (
www.nps.gov/juba/) is a 1,200-mile trail that runs through Arizona and California, passes through 19 counties and is connected with eight National Park Service sites.

The national historic trail commemorates the history of the 1775-1776 Spanish Expedition that began in Nogales, Arizona and ended in San Francisco, California. Led by Spanish Captain Juan Bautista de Anza, the expedition of nearly 300 people included 30 families and ended up founding the mission and presidio of San Francisco, and the missions in Santa Clara and the Pueblo of San José. The majority of the families settled in the San Francisco Bay area.

An online guide to the trail can be found at
www.solideas.com/DeAnza/TrailGuide/ and offers downloadable maps and guides for you to enjoy, even county by county.

American Eagle Airlines Plans Service Between Los Angeles and Roswell, N.M.

American Eagle, the regional affiliate of American Airlines, will increase its service to eastern New Mexico with four nonstop flights per week from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) to Roswell International Air Center (ROS).

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The new service begins Aug. 25, 2009, and is in addition to the three daily round-trip flights now offered between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Roswell. The new service will be operated with 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140 regional jets.

"The communities of eastern New Mexico have been extremely supportive of our DFW service, so we are delighted to be able to offer convenient jet service to the West Coast," said American Eagle President and CEO Peter Bowler. "Customers can arrive in Los Angeles first thing in the morning and connect to popular Western destinations - such as Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego - or to cities throughout the American and American Eagle network."

Service from Los Angeles to Roswell is planned for Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Service from Roswell to Los Angeles is planned for Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

American Eagle operates over 1,500 daily flights to nearly 160 cities throughout the United States, Canada, the Bahamas, Mexico and the Caribbean on behalf of American Airlines. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. For more information visit the Web site at
www.aa.com .

Virgin America First Airline to Offer Fleetwide WiFi

Virgin America, the California-based carrier, announced that it is the first and only airline to offer Gogo(R) In-flight Internet service on every flight.

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Guests on any of Virgin America's 100 daily flights have the option to surf the Web, check e-mail, or log on to their corporate VPN - all from the comfort of their seats at 37,000 feet.

"As a new airline, Virgin America is reinventing the typical domestic air travel experience with award-winning service and brand new, beautifully designed planes equipped with the latest technology and entertainment," said Porter Gale, vice president of marketing for Virgin America. "With power outlets at every Virgin America seat, Gogo(R) has now turned our planes into WiFi hotspots and home offices in the air."

Although Virgin America does not typically allow Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) products like Skype video call in-flight due to concerns about maintaining a quiet, restful cabin environment, guests can currently use Gogo(R) to Skype via the instant message feature, in addition to e-mailing, tweeting, updating their Facebook pages and any of the myriad other ways the web is keeping people connected, Gale said.

The early roll out of the Gogo(R) service across the airline's network makes Virgin America the first and only airline to offer consumers in-flight WiFi on every flight regardless of route, aircraft type, or flight time, he added.

The Gogo(R) service is available for $12.95 for daytime flights of over three hours, $9.95 for daytime flights of less than three hours, $5.95 on red-eye flights and $7.95 for handheld devices.


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