Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kansas City

Kansas City, usually abbreviated as KCK, is ranked third in terms of size as compared to all the cities in the state of Kansas. It forms part of the consolidated city-county government, the Unified Government. It has a population of more than 145,786 residents as indicated by the census conducted in 2010. The city is located at the junction of the Kansas Rivers and the Missouri.

The Kansas City Chief football Club has established a Hall of Fame and it is open to public.  (entrance fee: $10/person)

National World War I Memorial and Museum

The Kansas City has a mix of both new and old, city and prairie. It is at times referred to as the ‘City of Fountains’ coined from the many outdoor features that it has. The main and most popular type of music in the city is jazz.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Gateway Arch

The Gateway Arch is the name given to a monument of 630 feet, found in St. Louis Missouri on the Mississippi River west bank. It is all covered with stainless steel and has the shape of an inverted catenary arch. It is the tallest arch in the world and the tallest building in Missouri that is accessible. It was built as a monument to form the centerpiece of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial and with time, it became a symbol of St. Louis that is famous internationally.

The design of the Gateway Arch was done by a Finnish-American architect called Eero Saarinen in the year 1947. The construction began 16 years later and was completed in 1965. It became open to the public on the 10th of June in 1967.

The Gateway Arch has a height of 192 meters (630 feet), which is the exact same measurement for the width. It is the tallest memorial in all the states of the US and the tallest monument made of stainless steel in the entire world.
Its legs have the cross section of an equilateral triangle which narrow from sides of 54 feet at the bottom to 17 feet at the top. All the walls consist of skin made of stainless steel that covers reinforced concrete sandwiched by two carbon-steel walls. The inside of the arch is hollow, accommodating a tram system which takes visitors to the top deck where there is an observation deck.

View from the top of the Arch

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #53: Bryce Canyon

Bryce Canyon.  Utah.  November 2014.


Canyon country is blessed to have Bryce Canyon National Park as its park and one of the United States National Parks. The park has a deep history since its formation. It was first named a national monument in 1923 before the congress could pass a bill to form Utah National Park. This meant that the land of the monument would become part of Utah National Park and the property of the United States. However, in 1924, the park regained its name and Bryce Canyon National Park became a national park in 1928.

Top Attractions 

Natural Bridge
This is a natural bridge formed from and an eroded hoodoo. It is one of the most interesting features of the park.

Rainbow Point
Rainbow point is located at the end of park road. It provides access to park trails and also provides a good place to be on the lookout for more hoodoos.

Bryce Point
This point is located along the rim trail. It provides the most amazing view of the park and more especially hoodoos.
Photography is also an attraction of this park where people can get some of the most naturally beautiful photos. The best place to get these photos is at Bryce point.

Inspirational Point
As the name suggests, it is an inspirational point where people go to get inspired. This point is located along Rim trail. Sunset photos at this point are also good.

Sunrise and Sunset Points
Sunrise point is located near the Bryce Canyon lodge. It provides a good place to view the sunrise. The sunset point is located just near sunrise point, a walk along the Rim trail. Best view of sunset is found here.

How to get to Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Most people come into this park using a car. The park is on Utah State Route 63 which is accessed from route 12. For those coming from far, there is the Bryce Canyon Airport located near the park entrance.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sunday Travel Photo #52: Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor.  Oahu Island.  Hawaii.  December 2012.
Overview of Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is one of the most popular harbors in the world. It is popular due to its rich history, mostly during the World War II. This lagoon harbor is found in Oahu Island in Honolulu, Hawaii. The surrounding lands forms a deep-water naval base of the United States of America. It is the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese Empire that made United States to put its feet in the World War II. There is so much history in this harbor and with that comes its attraction.

Top Attractions

USS Arizona Memorial
The USS Arizona memorial is located in Pearl Harbor. The memorial was built in honor of the marines and sailors killed by the surprise attack by Japan on Pearl Harbor. It also serves as the resting place of 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and marines killed on the day of the attack. The site has been marked as a national landmark hence many visitors flock in the place annually. It is estimated that there are over a million visitors to memorial.

Little Museum
This is yet another attraction site in Pearl Harbor. The museum plays host to a theater. The planes have caged in this museum for members of the public to see and even sit in them. Even President George Bush’s plane is here for members of the public to view it.

How to get to Pearl Harbor

After the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the US Navy has been very vigilant on modes of entry to this point. The farthest you can reach by a plane is at the Airport in Honolulu. From there, you can take the shuttles ferrying people to the harbor.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Reno Tahoe with Leo

Lake Tahoe is about 200 miles (4 hours drive) from home.  Half of the lake is in California and the other half is in Nevada.

Lake Tahoe is a freshwater lake located along the Nevada and California border. It has a surface elevation of 1897 meters and a depth of 501 meters. It is the largest alpine lake within North America and the second deepest in the entire United States, just 92 meters less than Crater Lake which is the largest. It is also the 6th largest in terms of volume.

Lake Tahoe is surrounded by many beautiful parks. You can experience the breathtaking nature and parks scattered all around. Some of the parks include Emerald Bay State Park and D.L. Bliss State Park. Nature that is guaranteed to wow your eyes include the Mt. Tallac Trail, the Gondola at Heavenly and the Eagle Falls Trail.

You can choose from quite a large array of outdoor activities to suit any of your preferences. These range from skiing and snowboarding for the winter season to golfing, rafting and boat tours for the more sunny days. Kids can have an amazing and unforgettable time at the Tahoe Treetop Adventure Park, a place where adrenaline will hit peak levels as they walk the high ropes.

Reno is a little Casino City, similar to Atlantic City in New Jersey.  There are a lot of fun things to do in Reno, not just gambling.  Circus Circus is a little disneyland for children.

Reno, found near Lake Tahoe in the state of Nevada, is usually referred to as ‘The Biggest Little City in the World.’ It is majorly famous for casinos and being the place where Caesars Entertainment Corporation was born. With a population of over 233200, it ranks third in the list of the most popular cities in the state.

There are lots of casinos spread all over the city. Most of them are quite classy and attract tourists from all over the world. Examples include the Peppermill Casino, Atlantis Casino and the Casino at Silver Legacy Resort.

You can also find a wide range of museums within the city. Most of them exhibit art, science and history. A few worth mentioning include; National Automobile Museum which is a specialty museum, Terry Lee Wells Discovery Museum and the Nevada Museum of Art.

A number of unique sights and landmarks can be identified with Reno. These include Reno Aces Ballpark where you can enjoy the services of a restaurant just above the park while watching a game. Reno Air Racing, a fantastic annual event is also among the many things associated with Reno, as well as the University of Nevada. Other sights and landmarks include architectural buildings, government buildings, churches and some mysterious sites.

Reno is generally a place that I would recommend to anyone, with guarantee of lots of fun. It is also suitable for family vacations, but obviously with an exception for the casinos if there are kids involved.

Leo is a strange cat who is never bored of car rides.  He's so weird.  He has been to 5 states!