September 29th is National Public Lands Day. This is a great opportunity to get out and explore one of our nations incredible open spaces or monuments. Entrance fees to all US national parks and monuments are waived so there is no excuse not to witness bugling elk in Rocky Mountain National Park, catching the mountain goats on the top of Mt. Evans, enjoying the slightly cooling fall temperatures in Death Valley National Park or exploring the battlefields at Gettysburg. The National Public Lands Day was created to expose the public to the vast array of national treasures that are all around us so take advantage of this valuable freebie. Personally, I will be enjoying a source of national pride on public lands in Colorado Springs when my alma mater Colorado State will play the Air Force Academy in a classic battle for Colorado bragging rights. Although tickets to the game are not covered under this federal program, access to the USAFA is always free and well worth the trip. Enjoy the day!