The Grand Canyon at Sunset

Standing against the railing along the edge of the cliff, I watched as far as my eyes can see of the panorama around. Immense, wide, expansive. Because it stretches 277 miles. Who could see it all at once? For the one admission fee, you can explore it for seven days.

The Grand Canyon National Park.

That only one part of it, was a combination of thousands of frames, each had their own exhilarating beauty that you could see and feel simultaneously.

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Signs of Spring

Hints of wildflowers on the Texas roadsides could already be seen during our trip last week even though we still have about one month to go before spring ‘officially’ begins! It really excited me! I am ready for the new and warmer season! This winter killed most of our plants (even the plants that did not die last year), except the kale.

Meanwhile on my backyard:

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Photos of Brooklyn Bridge

Brooklyn Bridge photos

Photos of the iconic Brooklyn Bridge taken from the top deck of the hop-on-hop-off tour bus over Manhattan Bridge during our New York tour with my parents one beautiful day. We would later go back and walk on this historic bridge :-), after all, it was dubbed as one of the now many “eighth wonder of the world.”
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Riding Animals in India

These were some of those opportunities and decisions we made to get out of our own comfort zones and experience new stuff and have fun while we can. We traveled to India for business and pleasure, and during the trip I got to ride these two animals. We were driving through a certain dirt road and saw a camel and its handler on standby at the side of the road waiting for anyone to ride it for a little fee. We were there already so we grabbed the opportunity of riding a camel! It was quite an experience as I had never rode on one before. The ride was so rough and bumpy though as you can imagine with those long legs (boy did it walk so fast!), and the saddle was wooden with the parts spaced far apart that you could feel the hard edges because there was no cushioning. It was very uncomfortable, nonetheless, I had several belly laughs, while holding onto the saddle itself for dear life! Continue reading “Riding Animals in India”

Meteor Crater in Arizona

Experience the impact! 🙂 More than 2 million tons of TNT was said to be the force of the celestial object that made this remarkable planetary crater upon impact, a huge hole in the ground. Roadtripper showed a Meteor Crater attraction in Winslow, AZ, which was just within a few mile radius along my general route. So drove I to see the result of the impact of the meteorite from space hitting the earth! Others say it is just a hole, but a rare one that was formed by a 130’ wide meteor, it is 2.4 miles in circumference, nearly one mile across and more than 570 feet deep. It is huge, the tourists look so small compared to it. The whole crater won’t fit into a regular camera from any of the vantage points, you need a wide-angle lens, or in today, ones even phones with panoramic capabilities.

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Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope

My parents in front of the historical 13 inch Astrograph (a type of telescope employed exclusively to take pictures) used to discover Pluto in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.

This was at Lowell Observatory, Mars Hill Campus, in Flagstaff, AZ, which was named as one of “The World’s Most Important Places” by Time Magazine in 2011 (pp 112). It was established in 1894. It was also here at Lowell Observatory that the rings around Uranus was discovered in 1977. Continue reading “Lowell Observatory Pluto Telescope”

Hamilton Pool Preserve

One of the stops on our trip on thanksgiving weekend was to the Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs, Texas, just about 23 miles north of Austin off Highway 71.

From the parking lot we hiked less than a mile through a kind of a rugged terrain, hilly and rocky, but there are trails and pathways that make it easy for tourists to walk, climb on and hike along. It was an amazing sight – the jade green pool, the 50-foot water falls, the huge dome that partly collapsed long time ago, and the white beach were awesome, and make a wonderful and unique photo opportunity. Stalactites growing from the ceiling are amazing too.

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Horseshoe Bend in Page, Arizona

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For just about two hours, we drove from Desert View in Grand Canyon to Page, Arizona off Highway 89 to see the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River that I have heard/read about after my solo trip to the Grand Canyon two years prior. One of the tourists’ comments was it could easily be the most beautiful of sights. And I say indeed and it was even more beautiful than the Grand Canyon itself!

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WW: Painting

This was one of the great paintings I have ever seen. The picture was taken in a museum. I think the painter has a very creative mind. The colors were so stunning. It would really get your attention. -E.

WW: Small Islands

This photo was taken during our island vacation. We spent 4 hours in a ferry boat. It was one of the best experience I had. I really enjoyed the scenery, and the wonderful small islands in the middle of the sea. – E.