Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Grand Canyon. Nat. Parks FREE days: Apr.16-24. Volunteers for April 16th. Cargo Trailer. Kittens.

I have never been to the Grand Canyon, so let's travel there for Travel Tuesday:
"Park Ranger describes a simple way to remember how the Grand Canyon was shaped over time: D.U.D.E.      The letters stand for: Deposition, Uplift, Down cutting and Erosion"      ... (more info)


First by train:
The historic train that travels from Williams, Arizona to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Then by Steam Train:
"Grand Canyon Railway's historic steam run on September 19, 2009, is being powered by waste vegetable oil (WVO) collected from the restaurants at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and from Williams"


Showing the geology by Air:

By Water:
"We hope the information in this video will answer some of the questions you may have about running the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon."

By Skywalk:
"The Grand Canyon Skywalk"  For more info:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Canyon_Skywalk
Music from CD: Sacred Spirit: Chants And Dances Of The Native Americans.
Track:Counterclockwise Circle Dance.  There are claims that original song and music is not Native American but rather from Native tribe of Norway.  Here is the link to the other version;  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHiU36GDaEA
So far this claim sounds very much plausible.

Then On The Skywalk:

Then by mule:
"If you want to get to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, this is the most sought after solution, and has to be booked 9-12 months in advance."

By Foot:
A brief review of the Grand Canyon hiking and backpacking Information in parts 1 and 2 of this program. For Grand Canyon National Park Hiking FAQ, Go to this site: http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/hiking-faq.htm

The Falls:


The Subterranean Gandeur of Grand Canyon Caverns: 

"In 1927, a heavy rain widened the natural funnel-shaped opening to the upper level of an unknown system of caverns in western Arizona. A woodcutter for the Santa Fe Railroad by the name of Walter Peck found the entrance one evening on his way to a poker game at the nearby Yampai railroad siding house. The caverns were probably his only true winnings."  More at: http://www.desertusa.com/mag99/feb/stories/gccaverns.html


Free Entrance Days in the National Parks.
April 16-24, 2011.  (National Park Week)
Waterfall at Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg, NPS
NPS/Dan Ng
"Yosemite Falls is visible from numerous places around Yosemite Valley, especially around Yosemite Village and Yosemite Lodge. A one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall.
America's Best Idea – the national parks – gets even better with several fee-free days at more than 100 national parks that usually charge entrance fees.*
Mark your calendar for these fee-free days in 2011:
  • January 15-17
    (Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday weekend)
  • April 16-24
    (National Park Week)
  • June 21
    (First day of summer)
  • September 24
    (Public Lands Day)
  • November 11-13
    (Veterans Day weekend)
Making the fun even more affordable, many national park concessioners are joining the National Park Service in welcoming visitors with their own special offers.
Here’s a tip – many of your 394 national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!"

"In addition to waiving entrance fees throughout the week, national parks and park partners are offering programs as part of National Park Week festivities.
On Saturday, April 16, many parks will be looking for volunteers to help with projects and on Saturday April 23, the younger set will be the special guests for the 5th annual Junior Ranger Day."


The kittens looked a lot better this morning.
I think the little scrawny one, tabby/white, will make it.

I didn't have to feed them during the night, but I had fed them late last night, and early this morning.   I am sure Misty would have got me up if they had started meowing!  She is very fascinated by them, but I am not sure if it is in a good way.  I was hoping, as she has had puppies, that she would wash them for me, (that makes them potty), but so far I have had to wipe their little rear ends to make them go.

SAM_0794-1Jay and I installed the stiles and rails in the cargo trailer. For us, this was time consuming because of all the angles and the six measurements to take into consideration for each board.

We can't use the ceiling material that we bought, we are going to have to get something different tomorrow.  The closet can't be built until that part of the ceiling is up. The AC can't be installed till the closet is built, and we are going to need that AC running soon.SAM_0793-1

Then Jay went to my little bathroom off the the Middle room, where the kittens are, and that woke them up.  Just like babies, they wanted to be fed.

He wanted to see them taking their bottle, and was amazed how they just drink and drink, and their little ears and feet move with each swallow. 
That made them settle down right away.

So that is all we got done today.

PS: I see that Karen has just visited the Grand Canyoun, here is her account of it:

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