Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Grand Canyon National Park (South Rim) ARIZONA

This park is one of the most amazing places I have been to. It's unbelievable when you see how it's formed! Pictures won't justify this place. You have to see it in your naked eyes to make your jaw drop! Definitely worth all the effort and expenses going to the Grand Canyon.

A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size. Unique combinations of geologic color and erosional forms decorate a canyon that is 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep. The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park — one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery. The longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a period of six million years, but research released in 2008 suggests a much longer 17 million year time span.[1] The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of more than a mile (1.6 km). Nearly two billion years of the Earth's history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The "canyon started from the west, then another formed from the east, and the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth some six million years ago. [...] The merger apparently occurred where the river today, coming from the north, bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch."

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Friday, April 18, 2008

Gateway Arch, St. Loius, Missouri

So proud to say that I actually been to this monument and we were able to go to the top. It's really cool looking down with the shadow of the arch yet we didn't enjoy the whole experience because we were grieving at that time because that's the time when we lost our dog Bullwinkle and has to go home without him. Luckily, some Samaritan called after 3 weeks that they got Bullwinkle and that's how we got him back.
The Arch is the tallest national monument in the United States at 630 feet; it is the city's best known landmark and a popular tourist attraction. Construction began February 12, 1963 and the last section of the Arch was put into place on October 28, 1965. The Arch is a structure known as a catenary curve, the shape a free-hanging chain takes when held at both ends, and considered the most structurally-sound arch shape. The span of the Arch legs at ground level is 630 feet, the same as its height. The Arch weighs 17,246 tons. Nine hundred tons of stainless steel was used to build the Arch, more than any other project in history. The Arch was built at a cost of $13 million. The transportation system was built at a cost of $3,500,000.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Yosemite National Park, California

Yosemite National Park is a national park located largely in Mariposa and Tuolumne Counties, California, United States. The park covers an area of 761,266 acres or 1,189 square miles (3,081 km²) and reaches across the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain chain.Yosemite is visited by over 3.5 million people each year, many of whom only spend time in the seven square miles (18 km²) of Yosemite Valley. Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, Giant Sequoia groves, and biological diversity. Almost 95% of the park is designated wilderness. Although not the first designated national park, Yosemite was a focal point in the development of the national park idea, largely owing to the work of people like John Muir

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Tuesday, April 1, 2008

RENO, The Biggest Little City in the World

Reno is called the biggest little city in the world, it sure is a small version of Las Vegas. Reno is full of Hotels and Casino's, so a real tourist area. Not a lot of foreign tourists are seen here, but mostly Americans. I guess the foreign tourists all pick Las Vegas. Reno is located in the desert in Nevada, the state of Nevada doesn't have many to offer except casino's and the desert and some mountains. But Reno was worth the visit.

I have been to Reno three times. I had my first experience with snow. It's really neat.

I was so excited with the snow, unaware of how dangerous to drive.

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