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A Lake Superior kayak adventure was how I began myretirement - from Big Bay to Presque Isle.We started by paddling from LakeIndependence to Lake Superior viaIron River.
Scenes along the way…Arrow shows nonconformity betweenArchean below and younger PrecambrianJacobsville Sandstone.
Granot Loma is a National Historic Landmark begun by Louis and MarieKauffman in 1919.
The Little Presque Isle tract is often called the crown jewel of Lake Superior, with itsbeautiful sand beaches, rugged shoreline cliffs, heavily timbered forests, and unmatchedpublic views.We paddled through the gapbetween the mainland andLittle Presque Isle. It is shallowenough that one can wade tothe island from the shore.
Vienna Simon Estes played Escamillo, the Toreador role. He provided our tickets for a wonderful performance of Carmen.
Hotel SacherThe Original Sacher-Torte hasbeen the most famous cake inthe world since 1832 and theoriginal recipe a well-keptsecret of our hotel. Schönbrunn Palace is a former imperial summer residence in Vienna, Austria.
Budapest, Hungary This panorama is from the hilly Buda side; on the far side of the Danube, Pest is flat and is home to the Parliament and the main business section. St.Mathias Cathedral in Buda Parliament in Pest
Florence, Italy A distinctive feature of Florences skyline is the dome of the cathedral (Duomo), Santa Maria del Fiore. octagonal dome
Uffizi GalleryPietà by Michelangelo Michelangelo’s David
PerugiaLeft the train at Perugiaand rented a car. AssisiAnd Gubbio were thehill towns we visited inUmbria.
Assisi is a town and commune of Italy in the provinceAssisi of Perugia, in the Umbria region and on the western flank of Monte Subasio.View of the medieval city of Assisi, with the Duomo in the center andBasilica di Santa Chiara on the right
GubbioGubbio is famous among geologists and paleontologists as the discovery place ofwhat was at first called the "Gubbio layer,” a sedimentary layer enriched in iridiumthat is exposed by a roadcut outside of town. This thin, dark band of sedimentmarks the K–T boundary, between the Cretaceous and Tertiary geological periodsroughly 65 million years ago, and was formed by infalling debris from the giganticmeteor impact responsible for the mass extinction of the dinosaurs. Its iridium, aheavy metal rare on Earths surface, is plentiful in extraterrestrial material such ascomets and asteroids. It also contains small globules of glassy material calledtektites, formed in the initial impact. Discovered at Gubbio, the K–T boundary isalso visible at many places all over the world. The characteristics of this boundarylayer support the theory that a devastating meteorite impact, with accompanyingecological and climatic disturbance, was directly responsible for the Cretaceous-Tertiary extinction event.
San Gimignano San Gimignano, known as the City of Beautiful Towers, is a classic medieval walled hill town in Tuscany, Italy. San Gimignanos historic center is a UNESCO world heritage site for its architecture.
Verona – From Florence to Verona our train passed through the area where the10th Mtn Division defeated the German army. Brother Will was in the 10th during these battles. • From Naples, Italy, the 10th Mountain set sights on routing the Germans from Mount Belvedere. Mount Belvedere provided the key to advancement into the Po Valley and securing Mount Belvedere depended on routing German artillery entrenched on Riva Ridge. The assault on Riva Ridge required climbing rather than skiing. On the night of February 18, 1945, companies of the 86th Regiment scaled Riva Ridge surprising the Germans. • The capture of Riva Ridge enabled the 85th and 87th Regiments to move on Mount Belvedere and the adjacent peaks. In capturing these peaks, the 10th Mountain suffered over 900 casualties. The next major assaults were in March on Mount della Spe and in April at Tole. Victories paved the way to advance on the PO Valley. By April 20th the 10th Mountain Division entered the valley, and after heavy fighting the German Army in Italy surrendered on May 2, 1945. In the campaign in Italy, the 10th took heavy losses with 4,888 casualties including 978 killed in action.
Scenes from Verona. Note where Romeo and Juliet allegedlyperformed the balcony scene.
Upon our return to Zurich, we had the opportunity to see the Hale-Bopp comet Hale-Bopp had its closest approach to Earth onMarch 22, 1997 at a distance of 1.315 AU. Comet Hale-Bopp over Zabriskie Point, Death Valley
London - 1998• We shared an apartment near Russell Square with Mary Poulson and Greta Rogers. We could see the British Museum from our window. Notable experiences Included two tours led by the founder of the London Walks: Legal London and Dickens’ London.
Chester• We visited Chester and made a quick trip to Wales. Chester Cathedral is the mother church of the Church of England.
Betws-y-Coed• Betws-y-Coed is North Wales most popular inland resort. It is where the River Conwy meets its three tributaries flowing from the west, the Llugwy, the Lledr and the Machno. Much of it was built in Victorian times and it is the principal village of the Snowdonia National Park.
Colorado River Raft Trip• Trip was led by John Warme of Colorado School of mines. Locations in subsequent slides are given in miles from the starting point which is at Lee’s Ferry.
Mile 61.25The Little Colorado River’s (right)s confluence with theColorado River (center). Note that the Little Colorado isa light brown color caused by recent cloudbursts, whilethe Colorado is an emerald green. When Powell andhis crew arrived here in 1869, it was this color of theriver that they saw, while the Colorados green color iscaused by Glen Canyon dam trapping sediment.
1999 - Portugal, Morocco, Gibraltar and Spain• Another adventure owing to John Warme. He was professor with the carbonate study group at Colorado School of Mines. They study recent environments as analogs for ancient carbonate sequences. In 1999 Morocco was the site and Al Swanson and I joined the group.• We first went to Lisbon, Portugal. Drove to this quaint fishing Village on the Algarve before returning to Lisbon to fly to Casa Blanca.
Morocco The souk in Marrakesh Ksar Swari is a palace located just outside Marrakesh
Domes and basins in the Anti-Atlas Mountainsnear Tadakoust, Morocco
Fossil- and mineral-diggers havemade Morocco famous for its trilobitesand its Orthoceras-rich limestones.Polished slabs of black limestonestreaked with cone-like Orthocerasfossils are sold as curios or fashionedinto coffee tables, ornamental sinksand even bathtubs. Finely preparedMoroccan trilobites can be found inthe collections of museums great andsmall, as well as in the homes ofinnumerable amateur paleontologists.And the country’s colorful minerals,such as bright-red vanadinite andsilvery skutterudite, are also the prideof many a great collection worldwide.
Most of the Rock is the Jurassic Gibraltar LimestoneFormation. It is riddled with caves and disappointed me asa symbol for a strong insurance company.
Spain• The formation of the Iberian Peninsula was completed following what is called the most important process in the geological history of southern Europe, in other words, an Alpine- Himalayan tectonic movement, which occurred in the Tertiary era.• Almost the entire morphology of mainland Spain was formed in the Tertiary era. The Pyrenees, the Andalusian, Cantabrian, Iberian and Sierra Morena mountain ranges, as well as the sedimentary basins of the Ebro and the Guadalquivir rivers were formed. The uplifting occurred by means of faults in the Galician massif, defining the Central Mountains and the Toledo mountains, and therefore, the unevenness that exists between the two plateau. The marks left by these tectonic movements have fundamentally remained until present day. It can therefore be said that they gave rise to the geography of the peninsula as it is known today.
Granada• The Alhambra, a Moorish citadel and palace, is in Granada. It is one of the most famous items of the Islamic historical legacy that makes Granada a hot spot among cultural and tourist cities in Spain.
Savannah Elderhostel – January, 2000Each year Savannah attracts millionsof visitors, who enjoy the citysarchitecture and historic buildings: thebirthplace of Juliette Gordon Low(founder of the Girl Scouts), the TelfairAcademy of Arts and Sciences (one ofthe Souths first public museums), theFirst African Baptist Church (one of theoldest African American Baptistcongregations in the United States),Temple Mickve Israel (the third-oldestsynagogue in America), and theCentral of Georgia Railwayroundhouse complex (the oldeststanding antebellum rail facility inAmerica).
Austin and JudyBoncher joined uson this adventure.Part of theElderhostel was heldon the island andpart in Savannah.Subjects rangedfrom coastal floraand fauna to history,music and visits tolocations shown inMidnight in theGarden of Good andEvil. A wonderfulexperience.
2000 - London Leeds Castle from across the moat This castle and its grounds are now a leisure destination in the county of Kent. The castle grounds have an aviary, a maze, a grotto, a golf course and what may be the worlds only museum of dog collars.
Marble Arch We attended a trial at Old Bailey.
Portobello Market• Portobello Road is a street in the Notting Hill district in west London. On Saturdays it is home to Portobello Road Market, one of Londons notable street markets.
Blenheim Palace is home to the 11th Duke and Duchess ofMarlborough and the birthplace of Sir Winston. Situated in Woodstock, just 8 miles from Oxford, the Palace was created a World Heritage site in 1987.
Wales• We met Carol’s cousin in Cardiff to follow-up on the family history. Carol’s Grandfather, David W. Fletcher was a ‘nonconformist’ preacher at Carmel Baptist in Maerdy (1903-1905). Carol’s mother lived in the house we saw; she was one of 9 children. Fletcher was such an impressive preacher that the Mellon family brought them all over to Pittsburgh, first class in 1907.After serving Welsh community churches in Pennsylvania andOhio he took a pulpit in Des Moines. He then studied law androse to be the most prominent criminal lawyer in Des Moines.
At Brynmawr, we went to St. Mary’s church yard and saw the graves ofCarol’s Great Grandparents and Aunt, Joseph and Sarah Jayne andMaude (2 years and 6 months).On to Llanelli to view Pant-y-Bailey, the Jayne estate and the parishchurch. Here we saw where John Jayne and his wife, Elizabeth and sonsJohn and Basil are buried. The Jayne side of the family produced Bishop Francis John Jayne, who was Bishop of Chester for 25 years.
Rev Francis John Jayne (1845 –1921), was a British bishop and academic.Born in Pant-y-beiliau, Llanelli, he was educated at Rugby School and WadhamCollege, Oxford. He took his B.A. in 1868 and M.A. in 1870. He was a Fellow ofJesus College, Oxford between 1868 and 1873. From 1879 to 1886, Jayne wasPrincipal of St. Davids College, a university institution in the small Welsh town ofLampeter. During his time there, he steered the institution through the difficult yearsfollowing the 1880 Aberdare report on intermediate and higher education in Wales.The report recommended that the Colleges at Aberystwyth and Lampeter be unitedto form one institution, but Jayne fought the plan and retained St. Davids Collegesindependence.A devoutly religious man, Jayne left Lampeter to become an Anglican vicar in Leeds.He became Bishop of Chester in 1889, a position he held until 1919. He died atOswestry, and was buried at Bowdon, Cheshire.From Wikipedia.
Cardiff Castle Coch Castle CaerphillyLate nineteenth-century fairytale-stylecastle, built on medieval remains. Caerphilly Castle is one of the great medieval castles of western Europe.
Back to London• We attended a lecture, ”Almost Like a Whale” by Steve Jones, the author of a book of the same name. It was held in the Darwin Building of University College, London.• An update of The Origin, it included many things of which Darwin knew nothing such as AIDS, genes, DNA, and cladistics, as well as a wealth of ecological data, on ants.
Golf Timberstone, 17th hole. The course is built beside Pine Mountain ski area, Iron Mountain, MI. It is hilly, tough and gorgeous.
2001 – Germany, Denmark and SwedenFrankfurt to Copenhagen by railimmediately after a red-eye flight was astruggle. A look at the map shows that wehad a lot of bridges over the Baltic Sea.
Copenhagen Tivoli Gardens, the old entertainment parkThe Glyptotek was startedby the son of the man whofounded the CarlsbergBrewery. The Glyptotekethas Egyptian and Renoircollections, as well asDanish paintings from the"Golden Age" in the 19th.century.
Sweden We made our journey from Copenhagen to Malmö in a breeze, taking only 35 minutes. It is the longest road and rail bridge-tunnel in Europe (it is approximately 10 miles long) connecting Denmark and Sweden, and has one of the longest cable-stayed main spans in the world, at 1608 feet.
More Stockholm St. James Church A glimpse of Gamla Stan Stockholm City Hall
• Vasa was a Swedish warship that was built from 1626 to 1628. The ship foundered and sank after sailing less than a 2 km into her maiden voyage on 10 August 1628. She was salvaged with a largely intact hull on 24 April 1961. She was housed in a temporary museum called Wasavarvet ("The Wasa Shipyard") until 1987, and was then moved to the Vasa Museum in Stockholm.
Helsingborg Kärnan is the most famous landmark of Helsingborg, Sweden. It has been there for some 600 years. As the tower is on a hill the views are quite spectacular over the narrow sound toward the sister city Helsingor in Denmark
Sofiero Castle in Helsingborg, was one of the Swedish royal familys countrymansions, located 5 km north of Helsingborg. It was originally a Scanian farm,bought in 1864 by Crown Prince Oscar of Sweden and his wife Sophia of Nassau.The first one-story palace was completed in 1865. It was expanded to its current sizebetween 1874 and 1876, after crown prince Oscar had been crowned king Oscar II ofSweden and Norway.
Helsingborg to Bremen to Koblenz Ferry from Helsingborg to train. Spent overnight in Bremen.
Koblenz Situated in the picturesque landscape of the Rhine and Moselle and surrounded by four low mountain ranges is the 2000-year-old town of Koblenz. It has an abundance of cultural monuments and historic buildings. Our three country rail pass included the Rhine boat trip. We started here and transferred to the train at Rudesheim. From there it was a short train ride to Frankfurt.
Black Wolf Run – River Course June 13, 2001 It was an unforgettable day. We arrived in time to warm-up at the driving range, chipping green and putting green. I was hitting well and felt excited and hopeful. The weather was humid, over eighty degrees but a breeze kept us comfortable. The foursome members attributed my strong play to the new Tilley hat. I hit every fairway and only lost two balls. I had really worried about losing the new balls because 12 holes have water. I shot an 89 with 7 pars. We even played skins and I carried the day as my partner shot 113; the opponents scores were 92 and 129.
Zion The geology of the Zion and Kolob canyons area includes 9 formations that together represent 150 million years of mostly Mesozoic-aged sedimentation. At various periods in that time warm, shallow seas, streams,Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and ponds and lakes, vast deserts, and dryMojave Desert regions, the parks unique geography and variety of near-shore environments covered thelife zones allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous area. Uplift associated with theplant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals creation of the Colorado Plateaus lifted(including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the parks four the region 10,000 feet starting 13life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. million years ago.Common plant species include cottonwood, Cactus, Datura,Juniper, Pine, Boxelder, Sagebrush, yucca , and various willows
EscalanteRainbow Country Bed & Breakfast islocated near some of the most spectacularslot canyons found anywhere in the worldand all of these are found in the GrandStaircase Escalante National Monument.
Grand Staircase-Escalante National MonumentThe Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument encompasses a vast areaof multi-hued cliffs, twisting canyons, expansive plateaus and all manner of buttes,pinnacles and mesas. The Grand Staircase is made up of five tilted, southward, facing escarpments called stairsteps. The stairsteps rise 5500 and range from the North Rim Grand Canyon through Zion to the uppermost riser, the pink cliffs of Bryce Canyon.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross is a RomanCatholic chapel built into the mesas ofSedona, Arizona, which was inspired andcommissioned by sculptor MargueriteBrunswig Staude, student of Frank LloydWright. Richard Hein was chosen asproject architect.
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