Skip to comments.The ***OFFICIAL*** Weekend Singles' Thread -- (June 23rd to 25th)
Posted on 06/23/2006 4:27:16 PM PDT by Alberta's Child
As June draws to a close and we enjoy the first weekend of the Summer of 2006, let's go back and remember some of the marvelous places we've been in summers past -- especially those times from yesteryear that still evoke fond memories of sights, sounds, and smells from places all across this great land of ours.
Hope you can all find time to post some wonderful stories, photos, and music here on this weekend's thread! Victoria Delsoul and I will be serving as your hosts this weekend. Check out the descriptions and photos below from a few of my favorite corners of the world -- some beautiful places from the great American outdoors.
And thank God for summertime!
The Adirondack Mountains are part of the Appalachian Mountain chain in the eastern United States, covering a large region in upstate New York bordered by Lake Ontario on the west, Lake Champlain and the Hudson River valley on the east, and the Mohawk River valley to the south. Much of this region is currently incorporated in Adirondack Park, an area covering more than six million acres -- the largest state park in the U.S. outside Alaska, and larger than Yellowstone, Everglades, Glacier, and Grand Canyon National Parks combined. The park is unique in the U.S. in that it was originally created in 1892 through an act of the New York legislature, but was forever etched into the character of the state at the 1894 Constitutional Convention when the protection of the park was written into the new state constitution.
The park is dominated by dense forests, numerous lakes, and rugged mountain terrain -- particularly in its northernmost reaches in Essex County in an area known as the High Peaks region. The High Peaks are home to the tallest mountains in the Adirondacks, including Mount Marcy -- whose peak is the highest elevation in the state of New York at 5,344 feet. Three thousand lakes dot the landscape of the Adirondacks, and 36,000 miles of rivers and streams drain the region encompassed by the park boundaries.
One of the most popular destinations in the Adirondacks is the mountain resort village of Lake Placid, which hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics and is currently the site of several U.S. Olympic training facilities. The village still retains much of its Olympic aura from 1980. The arena where the U.S. hockey team won the gold medal in its magical, improbable ten-day run still stands in the center of town, along with the outdoor speedskating oval where Eric Heiden won an unprecedented (and never equaled) five gold medals in a single Winter Olympics. The surrounding mountain terrain is home not only to Mount Marcy, but also the Olympic venues at Whiteface Mountain (alpine skiing) and Mount Van Hoevenberg (Nordic skiing). The pleasant summer climate makes for an ideal summer vacation, and the regions elevation and location downwind of the Great Lakes provides heavy snowfall that has made it one of the top ski resorts in the eastern U.S.
Located within Lake Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area (BWCA) is a heavily forested region along the Canadian border. The wilderness covers more than one million acres and has 1,200 miles of canoe routes among its hundreds of lakes, rivers and streams. As with most of the designated wilderness areas managed by the U.S. Forest Service, the area can only be entered with a Forest Service permit and is governed by very stringent regulations that prohibit all motorized vehicle access and limit the impact of visitors on the pristine wilderness through restrictions on the type of camping equipment that can be brought into the area (no plastic or glass containers, for example).
The BWCA is one part of a larger region of protected public lands along the Minnesota-Ontario border, including Voyageurs National Park to the west and Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario to the north. This region, which stretches from International Falls in the west to the shore of Lake Superior in the east, covers almost half the length of Minnesotas northern border and is often referred to in general as the Quetico-Superior region, or simply the Boundary Waters. The area is separated into two parts by the Laurentian Divide, which marks the border between the watersheds of the Atlantic (via the Great Lakes) and Arctic (via Hudson Bay) Oceans and is one of the defining geological features of North America. The famous Iron Range -- which is actually three distinct ridges that run across northern Minnesota in an east-west direction -- is often defined as the southern border of the Boundary Waters region. Summers in this area are usually pleasant, but the winters are often brutally cold. Towns like International Falls, Crane Lake, Tower, Ely, Embarrass, Babbitt and Isabella -- which lie along the southern edge of the Boundary Waters -- are usually among the coldest places in the lower 48 states in the winter months.
A typical foray into the Boundary Waters can be arranged through one of the many outfitters in these small towns along its perimeter, where a visitor can buy or rent just about anything one would need on a trip lasting anywhere from two days to two months. Canoes are the most popular means of travel, though backcountry hiking is also common. The summer months are busiest for these outfitters, but many of them operate throughout the year by outfitting snowshoe treks and even dogsled expeditions in the vast frozen wilderness during the winter. Visitors to this great wilderness can be sure to find plenty of the peaceful stillness that is typical of the North Country. Summer days are usually mild and nights can be cool. The lakes tend to be somewhat rougher in the daytime, but a long day of paddling is almost always rewarded in the evening by some of the most beautiful natural features in North America: calm, mirror-like lakes, the occasional howl of a wolf, and one of the most magnificent sounds of the natural world . . . the eerie, haunting cries and yodels of the common loon in the gathering dusk.
The Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness is one of several large protected areas that straddle the Bitterroot Range of the Rocky Mountains along the Idaho-Montana border. At a size of about 1.3 million acres, the Selway-Bitterroot is one of the largest designated wilderness areas in the U.S. It includes parts of the Bitterroot, Clearwater, Nez Perce and Lolo National Forests, and is bordered to the south by the Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness Area. The total size of the protected regions in this area of the Rocky Mountains exceeds five million acres.
The Bitterroot Range is part of a curious anomaly in American geography and history. The border between Idaho and Montana was originally defined as the length of the Continental Divide (which separates the Atlantic and Pacific watersheds in North America) through this area. However, early surveyors tasked with laying out this border mistakenly believed that the Divide was marked by the ridges and peaks of the Bitterroots. The Divide actually follows the Flathead and Anaconda Ranges further to the east. So the large section of western Montana that lies east of the Bitterroot Range and includes the small cities of Kalispell and Missoula should have been part of Idaho!
Perhaps this mistake by these surveyors is understandable, for the Bitterroots are often described as one of the more inhospitable mountain ranges in the U.S. outside of Alaska. Lewis and Clark made note of the difficulties they had crossing these mountains, and today they are marked by barren rock walls that drop from the jagged peaks to the pine forests in the valleys below. The headwaters of the Clearwater River are located in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, where it flows from the confluence of the Selway and Lochsa Rivers westward to the Snake River near Lewiston, Idaho. The Wilderness is home to large herds of elk and plenty of bighorn sheep, and is one of the areas where packs of the grey wolf are being reintroduced to the wilds of the West.
Welcome to the Singles Thread!
Tell us about some of the trips you've taken in the past, and your vacation plans for this summer!
The sign you know the weekend is near: the first Singles thread ping comes along.
Here is my contribution.
Yep -- I know what you mean. :-)
Looks great. You didn't want to post click under the pics, huh? LOL.
1. Fleming Beach on the island of Maui in Hawaii
2. Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin, Florida
3. Ocracoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
4. Coopers Beach in Southampton, New York
5. Hanalei Beach on the Hawaiian island of Kauai
6. Main Beach in East Hampton, New York
7. Coast Guard Beach in Cape Cod, Massachusetts
8. Coronado Beach in San Diego, California
9. Hamoa Beach on the island of Maui in Hawaii
10. Barefoot Beach Park in Bonita Springs, Florida
You did great!
Oh, well . . . I hope everyone clicks on those photos -- those are some great, unusual songs you've got there!
Interesting. I'm surprised that the New Orleans Superdome (Lower Tier) didn't show up on that list of great U.S. beaches!
Does Safeco have a retractable roof?
In a typical 81-game home schedule for the Mariners, how many times is it open?
it rains 900 days a year in seattle...
so youre guess is as good as mine.
i'm sorry but i just dont know that one :)
Florence Lake, California
Schwaebisch Hall, Germany
Safeco has a retractable "roof" which is more of a glorified canopy (click here). While it protects the field from the rain, it doesn't seal it.
That KD Lang can sing. Thank you for the music.
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