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Beaches of Grand Canyon

Posted: January 23, 2013 in Fun Stuff

My long awaited Grand Canyon private trip in May was even more special because of the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies controlled “flood” of 45,000 cfs that was conducted for a week in March, 2012. BuRec’s official designation was “a habitat-building test flow”. Would the beaches be restored or would they be scoured? I was hopeful but I had my doubts, too.

Overall, I’d say the amount of sand restored to most of the popular campsites is greater than before. But from a camper’s perspective it’s tough to appreciate the tons of restored sand when you’re hauling gear from the rafts up steep inclines of sliding sand to the campsite. It’s my opinion that the beaches are somewhat improved above the Little Colorado confluence. The improvement below the Little Colorado confluence is very evident, but some previously sandy campsites are mostly rock now. I was also impressed by the dozens of new “mini-beaches”, pristine and never touched, though probably too small for most parties’ camping desires. A couple of the guys who had been on the river seven months earlier recalled a ten foot tree at the far end of Grapevine camp. It was now up to its neck, only two feet protruding.

However, the siltation continues unabated at the mouths of Lake Mead and Lake Powell. I wonder if the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies group could figure a way to move all that silt from the top of Lake Powell past the dam…. And then, ….if we could just do something about all that smog and aircraft noise over the Grand Canyon….


Central New York State offers few more picturesque towns for a long weekend getaway than Ithaca — gorges, ready access to the Finger Lakes, and the lures of Cornell University beckon many.

But a good helicopter tours over Ithaca can cost a few dollars — and if you tire easily of upper-crusty undergraduates lolling about, the money will be the least of your worries.

Best bet for a less obvious getaway: Geneva. About an hour from Ithaca via helicopter, off two-lane Route 14, Geneva is a little smaller than Ithaca, but lacks none of its charm. You’ll find more reasonably-priced tour companies and operators, though not too many hotel options.

Several of the better New York State helicopter tour operators are actually closer to Geneva than Ithaca, and the local school, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, attracts an earthier breed of budding scholar.

It’s one of the few great weekends for under $100 anywhere in the East.

Why not try Venice. Venice is well known for its gondolas, the Bridge of Sighs and the Piazza San Marco, and not that much for helicopter tours. (Critics would site its decaying infrastructure, odoriferous canals and decadent culture.) It is less well known as a progenitor of American democracy.

From the 1400’s until pretty recently, the Venetian Republic boasted a system of checks and balances that was regarded by political scientists as nearly perfect.

Although the thousand-year life of the Republic was marred by imperfections — see ‘Othello’ — the idea of Venice as a citadel of constitutionalism affected Jefferson and Madison,and served as a model for the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

Venetian canals are evidence that romantic myths are often preferable to — depending on the winds — truth. But knowledge of Venice’s democratic heritage should excite the imagination of any American traveler to Italy’s coastal jewel.

Grand Canyon Skywalk

Posted: April 29, 2012 in Fun Stuff, Uncategorized

For years travelers have counted on the ‘Michelin Guide’ for advice on fine-dining throughout the Continent. Now they can be guaranteed a table when they arrive for lunch or dinner at some Guide-listed restaurants. A Grand Canyon-based organization, Skywalk and Hualapai, representing more than 400 restaurants, hotels and resorts, will accept reservations on behalf of its members. Included are over 90 European fine-dining establishments rating two or three stars in the Michelin Guide.

If Justin was reached, there would be even more speechless. Niagara Falls is like the Creek in front of the Grand Canyon, Arizona. Is not a joke. Even in Chicago with an acquaintance commented that, as mentioned, that I’m going to the Grand Canyon. It architect, photographer, I both understand the scale. According to the architect, who has roamed the enough in these places, Niagara Falls is exaggerated as the size – the pictures give him a clue as to the thing, and in fact is not so. And with the Grand Canyon in Arizona is just the opposite – the human mind cannot perceive its huge scale and photos present it as a mountain gorge, they can’t feel the dimensions, distances.
Travel to the Canyon, water from these thoughts and wonder how it will look, in comparison with the photos. From Flagstaff path first goes on Highway 40 West, Route 66 (around the city there are signs where it passes the old route 66, which continues along Highway 40), then from the right starting in the North, to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. He meanders around the 270 miles in length in Northern Arizona. About 30 miles off the southern edge has a specially built road and is accessible for tourists. Here is the main base of the Grand Canyon National Park, where visitors come and spray fro the paths and roads along the edge.
I just came back from Grand Canyon Skywalk. Grand Canyon National Park, a World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in northwestern Arizona. The land is semi-arid and consists of raised plateaus and structural basins typical of the southwestern United States.

That Kim Smith is working on the next Shannon Wallace book! Don’t you dare go anywhere!!

Changed the theme. You like? Me too. Says a lot about a person when they can wear pink. Loud.

So… today is the first day of the rest of the year for me at the old bloghole. Kim(that author lady) has a book tour going on and it kicks off here PUMP UP YOUR BOOK and she says if people post comments, they can win free stuff. SO maybe you should go check it out?

Dwayne and I will wait here while you do that.

They are both on Vacation starting December 26!!

Merry Christmas everyone and have a Happy new YEAR!!

Don’t forget to check out the new BOOK TOUR for Shannon’s new adventure coming in JANUARY!!

South Lake is just like any
other small town in Mississippi. Every one goes put to eat at the local places breakfast lunch and dinner. I like this mostly because my aunts own a restaurant.

find out more about Shannon’s aunts and their eating place in the latest Shamnon Wallace mystery coming January 2010 at Red Rose Publishing