The groundhog and his shadow are long gone, birds are chirping, and flowers are beginning to bloom. It's time for a trip to the great outdoors -- or is it? Many of the country's phenomenal national parks are encased in ice and snow until July, or else a muddy quagmire as they defrost. But not all of them: The spring is the perfect time for the wildlife habitats that come alive in the Rockies and the desert parks of the Southwest -- as Goldilocks likes it, not too cold and not too hot.www.yellowstoneassociation.org/institute) -- my dad and I are taking a wolf class in May. lodgings in Furnace Creek (www.furnacecreekresort.com). El Charro Café (www.elcharrocafe.com) and a night's sleep the historic Hotel Congress (www.hotelcongress.com), home to one of Tucson's best music venues.
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