Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #3: Capilano Suspension Bridge, BritishColumbia,Canada

Visited in summer 2010.  I drove over 1000 miles to see my cousin in Vancouver, British Coloumbia in Canada.  We visited this amazing bridge, located in North Vancouver.  It was an awesome experience!
Capilano Suspension Bridge

Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Overview

Onе оf the Tор 10 Attractions іn Vаnсоuvеr, Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ hоmе tо the fаmоuѕ, ероnуmоuѕ Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе аѕ wеll аѕ ѕеvеrаl оthеr оutdооr аdvеnturе аttrасtіоnѕ, іnсludіng Clіffwаlk аnd Trееtорѕ Advеnturеѕ.

Lосаtеd аbоut 20 mіnutеѕ nоrth оf dоwntоwn Vаnсоuvеr, the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе hаѕ wоwеd аn іnсrеdіblе numbеr оf vіѕіtоrѕ ѕіnсе іtѕ сrеаtіоn іn 1889. Suspended 230 fееt (70 mеters) аbоvе the Cаріlаnо Rіvеr, the Brіdgе ѕраnѕ 450 fееt (137 meters) асrоѕѕ аnd оffеrѕ аmаzіng vіеwѕ іn the саnуоn bеlоw. Crоѕѕіng the Brіdgе іѕ а bіt оf аn аdvеnturе аnd nоt fоr аnуоnе who hаѕ а fеаr оf hеіghtѕ - аnу dау wіth ѕtrоng wіndѕ, аnd уоu wіll рrоbаblу fееl the Brіdgе ѕwау bеnеаth уоur fееt!  The auto recorded voice from speaker kept repeating people not to run or jump.  An old Chinese man was telling people, "不 跳,  跳! (Don't jump).  We were thrilled as if we were young kids.

Orіgіnаllу buіlt іn 1889 bу ріоnееr Gеоrgе Grаnt Mасkау, the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе hаѕ ѕіnсе bееn rеbuіlt tо ѕuрроrt the ѕоmе 70,000 vіѕіtоrѕ that саn соmе tо іt аnnuаllу. Thе сurrеnt bridge іѕ 136 mеtеrѕ lоng аnd іt іѕ ѕuѕреndеd ѕоmе 70 mеtеrѕ аbоvе the Cаріlаnо Cаnуоn. It іnсludеѕ ѕрlеndіd vіеwѕ frоm the rіvеr bеlоw аnd оld grоwth fоrеѕt. Exреrіеnсіng the thrill оf Vаnсоuvеr'ѕ lаrgеѕt ѕuѕреnѕіоn bridge іѕ а muѕt fоr аnу lосаl оr vіѕіtоr.

Tоdау'ѕ Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ оftеn а vіrtuаl theme раrk оf оutdооr аttrасtіоnѕ. Fоr the соѕt оf аdmіѕѕіоn tо the раrk, уоu саn nоt оnlу сrоѕѕ the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе, уоu саn аlѕо ѕее а "ѕquіrrеl'ѕ еуе vіеw" оf the rаіnfоrеѕt vіа Trееtорѕ Advеnturеѕ оr trаvеrѕе the dramatic Clіffwаlk, а 700-fооt lоng (213 meters), 300-fооt hіgh (91 meters) wаlkwау аnсhоrеd fоr the еаѕt fасе оf Cаріlаnо Cаnуоn аnd ѕuѕреndеd оut аnd аbоvе the rіvеr.

Top Attractions аt the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе

Thеrе'ѕ mоrе аuthеntіс B.C. еnсhаntmеnt аvаіlаblе іn guided nаturе tоurѕ, еxрlоrеr рrоgrаmѕ fоr the kіdѕ, Fіrѕt Nаtіоnѕ саrvіngѕ dеmоѕ, а tоtеm роlе раrk, ѕnарру gіft ѕhор, аnd а trіо оf rеѕtаurаntѕ rеаdу tо fuel уоur dау.

1.  Trееtорѕ Advеnturе (This was my personal favorite!)
Thе Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе іѕ аlѕо hоmе tо the аwаrd wіnnіng Trееtорѕ Advеnturе, where уоu саn wаndеr through the fоrеѕt саnору аlоng ѕеvеn ѕuѕреnѕіоn bridges 100 fееt (30meters) аbоvе the grоund.
Thе Trееtорѕ Advеnturе рlаtfоrmѕ аllоw vіѕіtоrѕ tо еxреrіеnсе the mаnу Dоuglаѕ fіr trееѕ frоm 30 mеtеrѕ аbоvе the grоund. Thе сuѕtоm-еngіnееrеd, есо-frіеndlу оbѕеrvаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ рrоvіdе а unique bіrd'ѕ еуе vіеw оf the fоrеѕt ѕurrоundіng.

2.  Clіffwаlk
Clіffwаlk іѕ the nеwеѕt аttrасtіоn іn the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе. Thіѕ hеаrt-ѕtорріng сlіff-ѕіdе јоurnеу tаkеѕ guests through rаіnfоrеѕt vеgеtаtіоn оn а ѕеrіеѕ оf ѕuѕреndеd wаlkwауѕ јuttіng оut frоm the grаnіtе сlіff fасе аbоvе Cаріlаnо Rіvеr tо рrеvіоuѕlу unexplored аrеаѕ оf the раrk. Nоt fоr the fаіnt оf hеаrt, іt'ѕ hіgh аnd nаrrоw аnd, іn а fеw ѕесtіоnѕ, glass (vеrу ѕtrоng glass) іѕ аll that ѕераrаtеѕ guests frоm the саnуоn fаr bеlоw. If уоu'rе lооkіng fоr а fеw thrilling Vаnсоuvеr асtіvіtіеѕ, уоu nееd tо dеfіnіtеlу lооk іntо Clіffwаlk аt Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе.

How tо gеt tо the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе

Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ lосаtеd аt 3735 Cаріlаnо Rоаd іn Nоrth Vаnсоuvеr. Yоu'll bе аblе tо drive - раrkіng іѕ аvаіlаblе асrоѕѕ the ѕtrееt frоm the еntrаnсе - but there аrе аlѕо frее ѕhuttlеѕ that соuld tаkе уоu tо the Pаrk frоm Cаnаdа Plасе аnd ѕоmе hоtеlѕ іn dоwntоwn Vаnсоuvеr.  I drove all the way from California so I had my car to drive all over British Columbia.

Admission $29.95C with student ID.

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #2: Arches National Park

Visited in Summer 2010.  If you are the type that loves road trips, then you need to make Arches National Park, Utah your next travel destination. I have been to this park and trust me when I say it was a wow and awesome experience.

Wall Arch

Arches National Park Overview

Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah, United States. Its main location is on the Colorado River about 6km from Moab in Utah. The park is characterized by thousands of natural sandstone arches, and among them is the popular Delicate Arch. The park is also known to harbor lots of amazing and significant geological resources.

This area was formerly a National Monument but in November of 1971, it was renamed a National Park. One interesting fact about this park is that it plays host to over 750,000 visitors every year. This is a literal wonderland of red rocks that will blow your mind away when you visit the place.

Attractions At Arches National Park

1. Tower of Babel
I know the religious folks are interested in knowing more about this tower, because it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Well this amazing tower can be viewed from the roadside, and it is located north of the Courthouse Towers (Tower of Babel is one of the Courthouse Towers). These Courthouse Towers are huge and made of natural sandstone, and they basically forms the background of the western part of the Park. If you have never visited this place, you are definitely missing a lot. If I were you, I will make Arches National Park, Utah my next travel destination, if you have never been yet.

2. Garden of Eden
You are sure to see the Garden of Eden when on a 2.5 mile scenic drive out of The Window Section of the park. This is the perfect place to get a clear view of some of the park's terrain, and this won't even require you to walk around before you can view the terrain and landscapes of Arches National Park. So what are you waiting for, travel to Arches National Park, Utah today and experience nature like never before.

3. Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch is one of the most popular arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The opening of the arch can be estimated to be 14m tall and 10m wide, and this arch has a lot of nicknames resulting from its unique structure. If you really wish to see and feel the awesomeness of this arch, then make Arches National Park, Utah your next travel destination.

4. Fiery Furnace
Every time the evening sun sets in, there is this red and orange glows that emanates from tall fins made of Entranda sandstone and Canyons. They are all natural and not man-made as some of you might want to speculate.

5. Primitive Trail
This is the ideal location for hikers, but you might want to stay away from this area if you are not an experienced hiker because, there are some very tricky spots on the trail.  I warned you!

How To Get To Arches National Park

If you are going by road trip, there is a national bus service that will take you to Green River, Utah ( it is 50 miles away from Grand Junction).
Arches National Park is 110 miles away from the southwest of Grand Junction.
I drove all the way from California.  But you can fly to SLC or LAS, then rent a rental car.  You do need a car.

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful Light Music that can cheer you up!

Everyone experiences down time and emotional distress sometimes, and it is normal.  It sounds tough, but you can choose to think differently.  You don't want to waste time and energy on unnecessary drama.  The pattern goes on and on, and it never seems to end.  And alcohol doesn't help!
I went to find some inspirational materials on YouTube to overcome my anxiety, and I came across this video.
How peaceful is the light music! I have to thank the musician for making my day.

I am inspired by this artist.  Check out Relaxdaily YouTube Channel.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #1: Avenue of the Giants

Now that I have visited 23 National Parks, 35 US States and 9 Countries in 3 Continents, I have enough photos to post every first day of the week for at least one year.  Though I don't see myself traveling full time till I am really old enough to retire, I am eager to set out to see the rest of the world as frequent as I can.

Drive-Through Tree.  Ave of the Giants, Northern California.
Visited in Spring 2009.  Avenue of the Giants is on World's Famous Scenic Drive on US-101 in Northern California, running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  
Avenue of The Giants Overview

Avenue of The Giants is an ancient redwoods located in California, United States, and it is a place where you can find some of the tallest trees on earth. This avenue is a very famous scenic drive which spreads across 31 miles of Highway 101. Avenue of The Giants occupies 51,222 acres of the redwood groves; and it is a place where you can find a great number of unimaginable giant trees, trees as old as 900 plus years, trees that have survived all forms of natural disasters ranging from fire to flood, etc. 

Top Attractions At Avenue of The Giants
1. Immortal Tree
This tree is not the oldest tree in Avenue of The Giants but, this gigantic tree is over 951 years old, measuring about 76m in height. This tree has survived it all; fire, floods, and even direct lighting strike. It was thunder strike that reduced the original height of the Immortal Tree by 14m.
Make out time to visit Avenue of The Giants, California and take a scenic drive in this woods. You will be amazed at the sight that will greet your eyes there.

2. Founder's Grove
This grove is very easy to locate and also the most visited grove in Humbolt Redwoods. Its popularity is as a result if its location which is very close to the offramp of Highway 101.
The Founder's Grove is dominated by giant redwoods, yet it has a very large area of open lands. In fact, my words cannot fully describe the exceptional nature of this place, so go and check out.

3. Drive-Through Tree (Chandelier Tree)
This is my personal favorite.  This tree is located in Drive-Thru Tree Park, in a town called Leggett. This tree has a magnificent view, partly because it has an opening at its foot where cars can drive through.  When you drive through the tree, keep your sun-roof open (if you car has one) and look up!

4. Tree House
Well this is not your usual tree house, rather this is an actual house that is built within a giant wood. The house is visible from the scenic drive, and the view is out of this world. So if you ever find yourself in California, make sure you visit this tree house. Trust me you will be happy you did.

How To Get To Avenue of The Giants

This place is best enjoyed when you go by road trip, this way you won't miss any of the action.
If you are in California, just head to north California and then to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.  Drive up more North close to Oregon border, there is Redwood National Park, where you find the tallest, tallest trees on earth.  Look up the trees and you'll see how little you are.
Generally, Avenue of The Giants is about 5 hours drive from northern San Francisco and 2 hours by road trip from south of Oregon border.

“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Friday, July 4, 2014

7 ways to serve your country

Mount Rushmore
Happy 4th of July!  God Bless America!  
America turned 238 today.

The Land of the Free.  The Home of the Brave.  

I genuinely hope that I will have more opportunities to serve the country.

You don't have to be in uniform, fighting for your country.  Here's seven other ways you can serve your country:
Wind Turbines in Palm Springs

1. Get educated.  Go to school!  Earn a degree.
I was in school way longer than everybody I know.
If you met me 10 years ago, you would have thought that I would never graduate.

General Sherman Tree
2. Take care of your family.
No need to explain why.

3. Care for your the environment.  No littering.  Reuse.  Recycle.

4. Volunteer.  Check out opportunities at American Red Cross.  Or an Animal Shelter.

Arches National Park

5. Support our Troops.  Do not forget that military service members are protecting our security and freedom.

Moose Calf in Alaska
6. Donate.  Give for good cause.  If you don't mind spending 10 bucks for a drink, why can't you spare small change for a good cause.  Interested to register to become an organ donor?

Black Sand Beach, Hawai'i

7. Be kind to animals.  Animals are cruelly killed by people who no longer want them.  Unfortunate and innocent animals are dumped on roadsides, they get hit by a car or get attacked by wild animals, or they die from starvation.  Please support your local shelters and make a difference!

"Think of something for which you are grateful for today.  Say thanks.  -Rabbi Terry Bookman