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Cool Off This Summer At This Incredible Adult Only Swimming Hole

Discover our unique Bluegrass oasis nestled amidst the lush hills of Oldham County, Kentucky.

Soak up nature’s majesty while floating on a pristine, spring fed body of water as your worries and cares wash away.

Enjoy adventure opportunities such as exploring the water depth with a snorkel, or gliding across the smooth and spacious lake on a paddle-board (available for rent), paddle-boat (available for rent), kayak or canoe.

The sand volleyball court and strolling among the beaches and island will keep you active, and the clean & clear blue waters will keep you cool!

A visit to FRP will provide a day of relaxation, renewal, and memories to last a lifetime!

The Quarry is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day, all tickets must be purchased in advance online.

The FRP LaGrange Quarry is located at 2201 Fendley Mill Road, LaGrange, Kentucky.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.

Ranking The 10 Best Oklahoma State Wrestlers Of All-Time

The wrestling history and talent on this list is unbelievable. Any of the top 8 would be number 1 at most schools.

10 Steve Mocco

At the high school level, Mocco was in a league of his own and was rarely tested. He won 4 New Jersey state titles and 4 national titles. He also won a national title in Judo. In college, he wrestled his first 2 years at the University of Iowa, before transferring to Oklahoma State for his final 2 years. Mocco was a 4x NCAA finalist, finishing 2nd, 1st, 1st, and 2nd. During his junior season, Steve was undefeated, and was the 2005 Hodge Trophy winner. He finished his college career with and outstanding 137-6 record.

9 Kenny Monday

In high school, Kenny was a 4x state champion and a junior national champion. In fact he didn’t lost a single match from 7th grade through high school finishing with a record of 140-0. At Oklahoma State, he was a 3x all-american and won the 1984 NCAA title at 150 lbs. While racking up a 121-12 record, he led the Cowboys to two Big Eight Titles. After graduating he won a pair of world titles. The first came at the 1988 Olympics, the second was at the 1989 world championships. Monday followed that up with another Olympic birth, this time claiming a silver medal in 1992.

8 Eric Guerrero-

Guerrero came entered college, a blue chip recruit. In high school he won a 1993 Cadet World Championship, and a 1995 Junior World Championship. So it was easy to say that expectations were sky-high when he arrived in Oklahoma. Right away Eric didn’t disappoint, stepping into the lineup as a true freshman and battling all the way to a 5th place finish at his first NCAA tounament. Eric went on to become a 4x all american and 3x NCAA Champion, with a career record of 117-13. Upon completing his college career at Oklahoma State in 1999, Guerrero joined the U.S. world wrestling team, eventually earning a Gold Medal at the 2008 World Cup.

7 Jimmy Jackson-

Jimmy was a 3x NCAA Champion, as well as a 3x World Cup Champion. While at Oklahoma State he established a 88-9 record, and had 44 wins by pinfall. Jackson was a true contributor for his team always willing to wrestle up or down a weight to help the team out. During his 4 years OSU went 61-5, and were the top team of the time period. During his senior season he posted a perfect 29-0 record with 11 pins. In 1976 Jimmy represented the United States at the Olympic Games, and in 1979 he became a Pan American Games Champion.

6 Dick Hutton-

After being a 2x state finalist in high school, Hutton joined the army and was a veteran of World War 2. Upon returning home he enrolled at Oklahoma A&M. Which later became Oklahoma State University. In college Hutton was a 4x NCAA finalist, and 3x NCAA Champion. His junior year he lost in the finals to pro wrestling legend Verne Gagne. This just so happened to be the only loss of his college career. In 1948, Dick was a member of the United States freestyle team and finished 6th at the Olympics. As a pro wrestler Hutton was a 1x world champion, scoring a win over a true ICON of wrestling Lou Thez. Hutton finished his college career with a record of 42-1-1.

5 Stanley Henson-

Henson was a two-time Oklahoma high school state wrestling champ, who then became a three-time NCAA champ for Oklahoma State in the late 1930s, widely heralded as one of the greats of that era and of all time. Henson won three NCAA championships at 145 pounds in 1937 and 1938, and at 155 as a senior in 1939. He was the first non-senior to be named Outstanding Wrestler at the Nationals, winning that honor as a sophomore at the 1937 NCAAs. In his three seasons as a starter for the Cowboys, Henson compiled a near-perfect 56-1 record, with 12 pins. In his entire college career Stanley was never taken down, and the only points scored against him, were escape points. Amateur Wrestling News magazine declared Henson to be the best wrestler of the 1930s.

4 David Arndt-

Buddy Arndt has the distinction of being the only wrestler to win NCAA titles on both sides of a world war. He holds another record that will probably never be broken. Arndt, serves as the only wrestler in history to not lose a match in high school or college. Finishing his wrestling career with a perfect 34-0 record. What makes this feat even more impressive is the fact that David was wrestling up a weight during his college career. He won 3 NCAA titles at Oklahoma A&M which later became Oklahoma State University.

3 Yojiro Uetake-

Yojiro was the complete wrestler, blending speed, strength and unparalleled skills to dominate all areas of the sport, takedowns, control, escapes and falls. Seldom did any opponent score offensive points against him. He was a 3x NCAA Champion, and was twice voted the NCAA Most Outstanding Wrestler. At the completion of his sophomore year, he returned home to Japan and won a Gold Medal at the 1964 Toyko Olympics. He returned to Oklahoma State and won 2 more NCAA titles. During his college career he never suffered a defeat, finishing with a perfect 58-0 record. In 1968, he returned to the Olympics and won his second Gold Medal, this time in Mexico City. Yojiro is widely considered the best college wrestler of all-time. Being as how freshman weren’t allowed to compete at this time in college, Yojiro was denied his opportunity to become the first 4x NCAA champion. But as it was, he was never really challenged on the mat, during his time at OSU. So its really hard to say just how good he really was.

2 Pat Smith- 

Smith made wrestling history when he became the first wrestler to win four NCAA Division I individual national championships. Competing for Oklahoma State University, he earned NCAA titles in 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1994. He was a member of Oklahoma State teams that won the NCAA team titles in 1990 and 1994. He ended his college wrestling career with a 121-5-2 record. He set the Oklahoma State wrestling record for consecutive matches without a loss with 98 straight. Smith won three Oklahoma state high school titles for Del City High School (1987-89), and was twice named Outstanding Wrestler.

1 John Smith-

Considered to be one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Smith is a 2x NCAA national champion, and a 6x world champion with two Olympic Championships and four World Wrestling Championships. At Oklahoma State, Smith was a 3x all-american, and 3x NCAA finalist. Winning the title his last two years in college. His record at Oklahoma State, was 154-7-2. In international competition Smith had an impressive 100-5 record. His list of accomplishments, is quite impressive and may never be broken.

Honorable Mention: Chris Pendleton, Jake Roshalt, Alex Dieringer.

Compare this list to Iowa and Penn State‘s top 10 team.

The Stunning Turquoise Water At This Natural Spring You Have To See To Believe!

Whether its learning about the the Park’s deep history, fishing for trout, or exploring the spring, Maramec Spring Park has something for everyone to enjoy.

Maramec Spring Park is one of the most beautiful spots to be found in Missouri. The Park contains the fifth largest spring in the state. An average of 100 million gallons of water flows from the Spring daily.

Maramec Spring Park contains 1,860 acres of forest and fields. The 200 acre public use area of the Park provides many amenities and activities for visitors such as a cafe, store, camping, wildlife viewing, fish feeding, picnicking, shelters, playgrounds and fishing.

The Meramec River, a clear calm Ozark stream, flows through the park providing excellent fishing. Maramec Spring Park is privately owned and operated by The James Foundation. The James Foundation is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Missouri.

The park is a popular spot for hiking, camping, and fishing.

The new Leatherbritches Trail is OPEN!! This 1.6 mile loop trail begins and ends at the mine pit overlook and takes approximately 1 – 1 1/2 hours to complete. The trail takes you through pine and oak/hickory forest as well as providing a new perspective of the mine pit.

There are 58 spacious campsites, situated along the Meramec River under shady tall trees.

Once you go fishing at Maramec Springs, you’ll keep coming back! The beautiful spring is filled with rainbow trout, stocked daily by the Missouri Department of Conservation.

The park is located at 21880 Maramec Spring Dr, St James, MO. For more information, click here.

5 Adrenaline Pumping Iowa Adventures Thrill Seekers Will Love!

Union Park Sky Tours

Sky Tours has 9 amazing lines, that will take you 70 feet above ground, on zip lines as long as 1,000 feet. During the tour, you will fly over the beautiful and historical Union Park. The views from above are magical! As you fly through the air, you will have a 360-degree view of Horseshoe Hollow as well as the ancient ruins that lie below. First time ziplining? Have no fear! Sky Tours is a guided tour with two guides with every group. These guides are highly trained and certified in zipline safety, with countless hours spent going over the course and equipment. Each tour takes about two hours, and includes a bit of hiking from one platform to the next. Sky Tours can be found within the YMCA Union Park Camp at 11764 John F Kennedy road in Dubuque Iowa. For more information, click here.

Take A WIld Tour

The beautiful rock formations found inside Crystal Lake Cave are literally two million years in the making. The cave system has been described as an underground labyrinth of wondrous mineral formations. The Wild Tour is a splunkers delight! Brave thrill seekers, are guided through unexcavated and narrow passageways. You will see sections of the cave that very few have seen before. This tour is done mostly on your hands and knees, so knee pads are needed and a hard hat must be worn. The tour lasts an hour and a half and is perfect for the more adventurous members of your group. Crystal Lake Cave is located at 6684 Crystal Lake Cave Rd in Dubuque, IA. For more information, click here.

Go Snowboarding

Seven Oaks Recreation is a family-owned and operated year-round outdoor recreation facility. Seven Oaks offers guests a wide range of fun activities including, skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing during the winter months. Seven Oaks has 600 ski rentals, and 120 snowboards to outfit Adventure seekers of all ages, and is conveniently located west of Ames off of highway 30. Seven Oaks Recreation is located at 1086 222nd Drive  Boone, IA. For more information, click here.

Go Skydiving


Located in Brooklyn, Skydive Iowa is one of the only skydive airports that is skydiver owned. Because of this they are uniquely able to cater to everyone from the first time jumper to the highly experienced skydiver. Being able to give their customers a much more personalized skydive experience is why they are known as Iowa’s premier skydive destination. With an amazing staff and state of the art equipment, you are sure to have an amazing Adventure to tell your friends for years to come. Just about everyone has skydiving on their bucket list, and there is no better time then now, and no better place then Skydive Iowa. Located at 1922 US Highway 6, Brooklyn, Iowa. For more information, click here.

Go Rock Climbing

Climb Iowa Is Iowa’s largest indoor climbing and training facility. With more then 10,000 square feet of climbing, 200 different routes, a fitness room, and a yoga studio. There is literally something for everyone regardless of skill level. The gym opened November 12th 2008, and was built with plans on becoming the premiere mid-sized climbing gym in the country. Climb Iowa currently has over 700 regular members,and more then 50,000 visitors annually. Climb Iowa offers a wide variety of classes. For the younger climbers they have YAC, which stands for Youth Adventure Climbing. The YAC group trains in a team environment, working closely with coaches to help the young athletes reach their individual goals. There are also two adult beginner classes, for climbers who are new to the sport of climbing. The first class is the Belay Class, which provides training in the important skill of Belaying (taking up the slack in the rope as a climber ascends). The second class is the Movement Class, which teaches climbers proper technique and body position as well as route reading. Private lessons are also available, and are a great way to hone your skills. Located at 3605 SE Miehe Drive Grimes, IA. For more information, click here.

5 Fantastic Illinois Parks You Need To Explore This Year!

Ferne Clyffe State Park

Ferne Clyffe Falls is said to be the most visited waterfall in Illinois, and for good reason; you can actually walk behind this waterfall! This 2400 acre park has incredible geological features that people have taken notice of for at least the past 100 years.  To visit Ferne Clyffe State Park, drive south on IL-37 from Downtown Goreville. In just 2 minutes, you will arrive at the entrance to the park. For more information, click here.

Matthiessen State Park

Matthiessen State Park is located just 2.5 miles south of the famous Starved Rock!  Matthiessen is a paradise for those interested in geology, as well as recreation. Visitors can expect to see beautiful rock formations in addition to unusual and abundant vegetation and wildlife. The main hiking trails are separated into two sections by a 45 foot drop from  the upper dells to the lower dells.  The trails navigate you through the limestone canyon, and feature stunning sites, including a cave, towering bluffs, and several waterfalls. Come visit Matthiessen State Park and find out why it’s considered one of Illinois’s best kept secrets! Matthiessen State Park is an Illinois state park located a few miles south of the more famous Starved Rock State Park. The main entrances to both parks are located on Illinois State Route 178, the entrance is located at 2500 IL-178, Oglesby, IL 61348 For more information, click here.

Jackson Falls Recreation Area

Jackson Falls is one of the best waterfalls in all of Illinois.  During the 5 mile hike to get to the base of the falls, you can also see two other waterfalls, along a beautiful canyon. During the summer months, Jackson Falls is one of the most popular swimming holes in the state.  But what’s even more stunning is the rocks that surround this area. There are numerous sandstone bluffs and freestanding boulders. The area is also a popular place for rock climbing.  In fact, there are 60 climbing locations to choose from, each about 50-60 feet in height. Jackson Falls is located in Shawnee National Forest at Glen St Falls Rd, Simpson, IL 62985. For more information, click here.

Starved Rock State Park

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When its comes to beautiful scenery, very few parks in the Midwest can compare to Starved Rock State Park.  Whether you enjoy hiking along the nature trails or viewing the many spectacular overlooks along the Illinois River, recreational opportunities abound. In 1966 Starved Rock State Park was named a National Historic Landmark, and now boosts more than 13 miles of well marked hiking trails, 18 canyons, and 14 different waterfalls!  From picnicking to fishing to boating, from horseback riding to camping to enjoying winter sports, there’s so much to do that you’ll want to come back again and again. Starved Rock State Park is situated along the south bank of the Illinois River, less than 100 miles from Chicago, at 2668 E 875th Rd., Oglesby, IL 61348. For more information, click here.

Castle Rock State Park

Castle Rock State Park is located three miles south of Oregon, Illinois on Highway 2 located along the west bank of the Rock River in Ogle County. The park is spread out across 2,000 acres of rolling topography, and includes six miles of marked hiking trails, and a public boat ramp/parking facility is located across from the park’s main entrance. Castle Rock is named after a sandstone bluff, adjacent to the river, that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding river valley.  The picnic area includes tables, shelters, grills, toilets, drinking water and playground equipment. The park is located at 1365 W. Castle Rd. Oregon Illinois For more information click here.

Ranking The 10 Best Penn State Wrestlers Of All-Time

Penn State Has a long rich history of producing some of the nations best wrestlers. Ranking these elite athletics, was no easy task. This is just for fun and to give us all something to talk about during the off season, so try not to take it to seriously.

10 Sanshiro Abe

Sanshiro was a 4x all-american, and 1x NCAA champion. Placing 4th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st, in consecutive years. In 1996 he competed in the Summer Olympics in Atlanta Georgia. Sanshiro has quality wins over 2x NCAA Champion Jeff  McGinness, 3x NCAA champion Eric Guerrero and 4x all-american Dwight Hinson. After his college career, he competed in the 97, and 98 world championships in freestyle.

9 Ken Chertow

Ken has found success at all levels of competition, both as a competitor and a coach. After winning 2 State Championships and Outstanding Wrestler Awards, Ken culminated his prep career by winning Junior Nationals in both freestyle and Greco and the Junior World Championship. While studying and training at PENN STATE, Ken was a 3x NCAA All-American, 2x Junior World Champion, Pan American Champion, and U.S. Olympian. Ken also excelled in the classroom as he became a 3X Academic All-American, graduating from Penn State with a 3.6 GPA. Ken had a college record of 96-8.

8 Jeff Prescott

During his high school years, Jeff was a 3x state champion,and a 1987 Junior National Champion, a USA High School All-American and named the Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 1986 NYSPHSAA Tournament. In college, The Nittany Lion was a 2x  NCAA champion at 118 pounds (1990 & 1991), becoming only the second Penn State grappler to achieve that recognition. His 51 dual meet wins rank 17th in school history and he shares the single season school record for dual wins at 22. In addition to his NCAA titles, Jeff was the University Freestyle champion at 125.5 in 1990 and a member of the 2002 Pan-Am team, where he collected a silver medal.  Jeff was the first Penn State wrestler to win the outstanding wrestler award at the NCAA Tournament and had a career record of 88-15.

7 Phil Davis

Phil is a rare 4x all-american, finishing 7th, 2nd, and 5th, before finally winning the National Title in 2008. He finished his college wrestling career with an overall record of 116–20. Phil has quality wins over Ryan Bader,  and 3x NCAA Champion Jake Rosholt. After graduating from Penn State, Phil pursued a career in MMA where he found immediate success. Eventually he won the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship. Phil is still active today and has a MMA record of 24-6.

6 Kerry McCoy

Kerry was a 3x all-american with a 150-18  record! He won the NCAA title 2x, in 1994 and 1997. He ended his college career on an impressive 88 match winning streak! In 1997 Kerry was the Hodge Trophy Winner, an award given to the best college wrestler in the country regardless of weight class. A 2x Olympian McCoy took fifth place at the 2000 Olympic Games and seventh at the 2004 Games. He has quality wins over, 1999 World Champion Stephen Neal, 2x NCAA Champion Steve Mocco, and NCAA Champion Tolly Thompson.

5 Jason Nolf

Jason Nolf was a rare 4x NCAA finalist, and 3x NCAA Champion. While racking up a 117-3 record, he also became Penn State’s 10th 4x all-american. Nolf grabbed the attention of the wrestling world during his freshman year, when he pinned the defending NCAA champion Isaiah Martinez, handing the University Of Illinois wrestler his first collegiate loss. After graduating from Penn State, Jason won the Pan American Championships, winning 2 matches be technical fall, and the third match by pinfall. Nolf has quality wins over NCAA Champions,  Vincenzo Joseph, Jordan Oliver, David Carr, Bubba Jenkins, and Isaiah Martinez. Jason was twice in the running for the prestigious Hodge Trophy, losing out to his teammates, Zain and Bo.

4 Ed Ruth

Ed Ruth was one of the most dominant wrestlers in NCAA history, he had a way of making matches look so easy. Ed was so far ahead of the competition, he often looked bored during his match. Over 4 years he racked up a 136-3 record, and was a 4x all-american. Had it not been due to a freak injury his freshman year, Ruth would of likely been Penn State’s first 4x NCAA Chmapion. As it is, he went on to become a 3x National Champion. During Ed’s college career he dominated like very few have before or after. Ruth also represented the United States at the 2014 World Wrestling Championships and the 2015 Wrestling World Cup. In May of 2015 Ruth signed on to compete for Bellator MMA, and has since enjoyed a successful MMA career.

 3 Bo Nickal

Bo dominated like very few have before him. His cradles came from every angle, and the best college wrestlers in the country where helpless trying to defend them. Bo was a 4x all-american and 3x NCAA Champion. My favorite Nickal match came in his sophomore year, as he moved up in weight to challenge the defending 2x NCAA champion Gabe Dean. Dean was a front runner at the time for the Hodge Trophy and looked almost invincible in his quest for a 3rd straight national title. Well Bo wanted to see if the  Cornell wrestler was as good as advertised, so he bumped up in weight and defeated Dean and claimed his first NCAA title. He finished his college career with an impressive 120-3 record. If that wasn’t enough he also claimed the 2019 Hodge Trophy.

2 Zain Retherford

As a true freshman, Zain’s potential was already on full display, as he tore through the competition going 27-0 during the regular season. Although he ended up finishing 5th at the NCAA tournament that year, Penn State fans knew he was something special. Zain went on to become a 4x all-american, and 3x NCAA champion, racking up an impressive 128-3 record.  Going undefeated his final 3 seasons. He was named NCAA most dominant wrestler 3x, Big 10 wrestler of the year 2x and he won the prestigious Hodge trophy 2x. One of his most impressive wins came during his freshman campaign when he defeated 4x NCAA champion Logan Stieber of Ohio State. Zain showed a level of dominance rarely seen in college wrestling.

1 David Taylor

As hard as it was doing these rankings, it was surprisingly easy choosing number 1. On a list of the all time greats, David Taylor still stands out above the rest. He is that good! David was a 4x Ohio state champion, and graduated with an impressive 180-2 record, and was a Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner. Upon arriving in Happy Valley, his winning ways continued. He stormed thru the competition all the way to the NCAA finals with a perfect record, and was pinned by his former teammate. His sophomore year was more of the same as he again demolished every challenge in his way. He won the NCAA championship and  was named the Dan Hodge Trophy winner, improving his college record to 70-1. As a junior Taylor ran into 4x NCAA Champion, and future World Champion Kyle Dake. After a back and forth battle Taylor was defeated 5-4. His senior year he was back for vengeance, and ran away with his second NCAA title. In becoming a 4x finalist, Taylor also earned his second Hodge Trophy. As impressive as all this is, his bonus percentage was just as ridiculous.  in 4 years, David had 50 pins, 42 tech falls, and 29 majors. On the international scene, he has won gold at 3 Pan American Championships, the 2018 World Cup, the 2018 World Championships, and the 2020 Olympic’s! With a career like this, he will likely stay atop of these lists for many years to come.

Honorable Mention: Aaron Brooks, Carter Starocci, Roman Bravo-Young, Mark Hall.

Compare this team with the Top 10 from Iowa and Oklahoma State.

5 Missouri Beaches That Will Make You Feel A Million Miles From Home

Rocky Falls Beach

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This is one of the most unique beaches in the Midwest, and is located in Southeast Missouri near the town of Winona. The beach is surrounded by a beautiful rock backdrop, the rocks in the  area date back more then a billion years. The natural area, is made even more beautiful, by the  waterfall that pours into the swim area. This is one of Missouri’s BEST swimming holes. The beach can be found on County Road NN-526, in Winona. For more information, click here.

Fugitive Beach

It’s not often you can find a swimming hole this exotic, right smack dab in the middle of the Midwest. Once an abandoned rock quarry, The Fugitive Beach now serves as a tropical paradise, surrounded by towering limestone bluffs. The Fugitive Beach is a family owned business, spread out on more then 20 beautiful acres.  The beach itself is over 300 feet in length of soft sand, just perfect for laying out in the summer sun. The Fugitive Beach is located at 16875 County Road 5285, Rolla, MO 65401. For more information, click here.

Long Branch Beach

Long Branch Beach is a very popular family friendly beach located at 28615 Visitor Center Rd, in Macon, Missouri. There is  a sandy beach and calm water so its an ideal place for families with younger children. There are boat ramps, picnic areas, changing facilities, and volleyball courts as well. There is also a store selling sunscreen and snacks.  Kayaking and hiking are other activities you can enjoy at the beach. For more information, click here.

Moonshine Beach

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Moonshine Beach Recreation Area is a very popular sandy swimming beach along the shores of Table Rock Lake. Unlike the smaller swimming areas at the campgrounds surrounding Table Rock Lake, Moonshine beach is spacious enough to make visitors forget they are actually on a lake and not at the ocean. Moonshine Beach Recreation Area offers a large group picnic shelter and can accommodate up to 75 guests. Moonshine Beach is the only sand swim beach at Table Rock Lake, and with the beach, a volleyball court, boat ramp and picnic area all provided, it’s the perfect destination for large parties or family functions. From Branson, Missouri, take Highway 165 to Table Rock Dam. The park is just north of the dam. For more information, click here.

Finger Lakes Beach

This public beach has a sandy area and is a perfect place for swimming. The beach is surrounded with scenic rolling hills, that provide a beautiful back drop for your outing.  The lake is a perfect place for kayaking and there are picnic areas scattered throughout the park. Finger Lake Beach is located at 1505 Peabody Road, Columbia Missouri. For more information, click here.

This National Park Job Will Pay You $72,970 A Year To Work In An Island Paradise!

No college degree required! But you have to act fast applications are only accepted through May,13th.

National Park’s jobs across the country have some ambitious nature-lovers rethinking their 9-5’s. Why settle for long days in a cubicle when your work day could lead you down picturesque trails in ancient mountains, or along strips of white sand beaches?

The U.S. Virgin Islands is full of pristine coastline, exotic marine life, and thousands of years of history. And The National Park Service is willing to pay a pretty penny to protect the island’s natural resources.

The listing offers Park Rangers up to $72,970 a year to work on Christiansted National Historic Site on St. Croix Island (salary range of $44,545 – $72,970 per year).

Known as the “Gem of the Caribbean,” this waterfront park spans over seven acres, and is a destination rich with historical and economical significance.

According the the official listing, Park Rangers are expected to “insure the protection and safe use of National park resources.” Hirees would also be expected to “educate, interpret, and inform visitors about resources, conservation, laws, and regulations.”

But a day in the life of a fearless Park Ranger is anything but boring. Job duties would possibly include “field training, emergency medical services, special response, technical rescue, swift water rescue, and helicopter rescue.”

Though relocating to the Virgin Islands may seem daunting, NPS is willing to reimburse relocation expenses, if you qualify. Dreams of waking up to swaying palm trees, and pristine waters could become a reality.

National Parks Service is accepting applications for this full-time, permanent position until May, 13 2022 (or until the maximum of applications is reached), but it is important to note you must be over 21, and a U.S Citizen to be considered.

Interested in this amazing opportunity? You can apply by clicking here.  More information, can also be found by clicking here.

5 Amazing Parks In Texas You Have to Explore In 2022!

Westcave Preserve

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Your guide will take you along a 15 minute walk from the waiting area in an arid savanna through a limestone crevice down a 100 foot staircase into a sheltered canyon of lush plant life. After a 15 minute walk you will reach the head of the canyon where a stunning 40-foot waterfall stands replenishing the grotto pool below! Guests will have 30 minutes to absorb the beauty of the grotto area and relax. Your guide will rotate the household groups around so each group can enjoy the different views of the waterfall and inside of our 1-chamber room cave, while keeping a physical distance from one another and the guide. The event will conclude with your guide sending each household group back through the canyon and exiting the staircase, an approximate 15 minute walk. Guests can then proceed back to their vehicle. Access to the canyon, cave and grotto is only permitted with a supervising staff member. The Walk Through The Grotto Experience is available be reservation only. The Westcave Preserve is located at 24814 Hamilton Pool Rd. Round Mountain, TX. For more information, click here.

Hamilton Pool Preserve

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Hamilton Pool Preserve was designated a nature preserve by the Travis County Commissioner’s Court in 1990. Located 3/4 mile upstream from its confluence with the Pedernales River, Hamilton Creek spills out over limestone outcroppings to create a 50-foot waterfall as it plunges into the head of a steep box canyon. The waterfall never completely dries up, but in dry times it does slow to a trickle. However, the pool’s water level stays pretty constant, even during periods of drought. A unique natural area surrounds this pool, collapsed grotto and canyon, formed by thousands of years of water erosion. Lush plant communities, a variety of wildlife species and natural shelter attracted the area’s first inhabitants. Cultural remains date back over 8,000 years.  The area is incredibly gorgeous and is one of the most photographed locations in Texas. Due to the popularity reservations are required. Hamilton Pool Preserve is located at 24300 Hamilton Road Dripping Springs, TX. For more information, click here.

Jacob’s Well Natural Area

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Jacob’s Well is an artesian spring that releases thousands of gallons of water a day. This is the second-largest fully submerged cave in Texas. The source of the water comes from the Trinity Aquifer, which makes its way from an extensive underground cave system. This is a very popular place for hiking and swimming. Reservations are required. Jacob’s Well Natural Area is located at 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. in Wimberley, TX. For more information, click here.

Davis Mountains State Park

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High in the mountains of West Texas you will find a beautiful and historic park. Explore Davis Mountains State Park’s miles of trails, stay up late to marvel at the night sky, learn about the history of the park and nearby frontier fort. It’s worth the drive! Davis Mountains State Park offers a unique and remote destination for all sorts of adventures. Here you can hike, backpack, mountain bike or ride your own horse, take a scenic drive through the mountains, go camping, stargaze, geocache and study nature. Davis Mountains State Park is located at TX-118 N., Park Rd. 3 Fort Davis, TX. For more information, click here.

Longhorn Cavern State Park

Located less than 90 minutes from Austin, Texas, Longhorn Cavern State Park is a unique Hill Country destination full of natural beauty and Texas-sized tales. Developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the park’s star attraction is Longhorn Cavern, an underground wonder created by the dissolving and cutting action of an ancient river. Enjoy a guided cave tour, hike a Hill Country trail, and admire some of Texas’ best examples of historic CCC architecture. It’s all part of the story of Longhorn Cavern State Park. The park offers both a walking tour as well as a wild tour. Longhorn Cavern State Park is located at 6211 Park Road 4 South Burnet, Texas. For more information, click here.

Iowa Matmen’s Wrestler Of The Week: Dreshaun Ross of Fort Dodge

Last weekend was an incredible one for Fort Dodge wrestler Dreshaun Ross. Not only did he win the prestigious USMC Open in both Freestyle and Greco. But, he was also named the tournaments most outstanding wrestler! Dreshaun who competed in the 85kg weight class, was so dominate in the tournament, he outscored his opponents 59-2. It’s this level of domination that makes Dreshaun Ross the Iowa Matmen Wrestler Of The Week. With this most recent victory, Dreshaun will now get to compete in the 15U World Team Trials for a chance to wrestle in South America.

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This won’t be the first time he has competed against the world’s best wrestlers. In fact this seems to be an annual tradition for Dreshaun, as he has competed in the Flowrestling Reno World Championships 5x, claiming titles in his last 4 trips!

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For Dreshaun, this type of success is nothing new, as he has a long list of equally impressive accomplishments, dating all the way back to kindergarten. Over the year’s Ross has won a ridiculous 29 Iowa state titles, while competing in both USA and AAU state tournaments. Showing his versatility, these titles have come in Freestyle, Greco, and Folkstyle.

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If that wasn’t enough he has also competed in numerous national tournaments all over the country. Ross has won national titles at Winter Nationals, Hawkeye Nationals Tulsa Nationals FLO Nationals, and Christmas Nationals.

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Dreshaun, started his wrestling career at the tender age of 3, and it wasn’t long before he claimed his first tournament championship. From their, there was no turning back. His career has covered a LOT of miles, as he has won titles everywhere from Reno Nevada, to North Carolina, constantly seeking out the toughest competition he can find.

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With all his success its a little hard to believe that he has time for anything but wrestling, But the fact is Dreshaun excels, in several sports. In football he plays defensive end, on the track his relay team broke the school record, and his principal said Dreshaun was the first wrestler he ever saw try and dunk a basketball during a game last season.

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Dreshaun trains at the world renowned Sebolt Wrestling Academy, under head coach TJ Sebolt in Jefferson Iowa. SWA has a solid reputation for producing championship caliber wrestlers. The team just recently captured their 9th straight USA State Team Title!

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More about Dreshaun

What grade are you in? 8th

How Many state titles have you won? 29, at both AAU and USA tournaments in Freestyle, Folk, and Greco.

What year did you begin wrestling? Pre K at 3 years old.

Favorite Food? Chicken tenders and Mac and Cheese.

GPA? 3.7

Plan to wrestle in college? Yes, may play football as well.

Favorite college? Iowa for wrestling, Alabama for football.

Favorite athlete?  Jordan Burroughs

Who inspires you? My parents, they offer encouragement in everything I do.

Favorite coach? Adam Fellers  and TJ Sebolt. They push me to be my best, and Coach Adam has given me rides to some big tournaments, when my parents weren’t able to go.

Most significant wrestling moment? I was in the finals at Tulsa Nationals, I was losing to Aiden Cooley 5-0, and i battled back and won the championship. (Aiden Cooley is a 12x state champion and 14x national champion from Texas)

Goals? I just want to be the best that I can be.

Why did you start wrestling? It looked fun.

Record this season? 59-3

Clubs you train at? Sebolt Wrestling Academy.

What do you like about the club? Its a tough club, and they push us really hard.

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