Showing posts with label National Parks. Show all posts
Showing posts with label National Parks. Show all posts

Monday, November 13, 2017

You Will Not Have A Bad Time In The Badlands…just saying….

MQTlogoa Get ready for a “Quality Time” visit to Badlands National Park. PRESERVE OUR NATIONAL PARKS…… Let them know your wishes..Directory of Representatives

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Badlands National Park (Lakota: Makȟóšiča) is a national park of the United States located in southwestern South Dakota. It protects 242,756 acres (379.306 sq mi; 98,240 ha) of sharply eroded buttes, pinnacles, and spires blended with the largest undisturbed mixed grass prairie in the United States. The park is managed by the National Park Service. READ MORE

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“Little is known of the prehistory of the region which comprises Badlands National Monument. The time of man's entry into the Badlands-Black Hills region is unknown. The oldest Indian site found in western South Dakota is in the Angostura Basin south of Hot Springs. Studies indicate it to be a little more than 7,000 years old. Evidence shows that these early people were big-game hunters who preyed upon mammoth, large bison, and other animals that lived in the lush post-glacial grass lands.” READ MORE

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DSC_0146 "I was totally unprepared for that  revelation called the Dakota Badlands. What I saw  gave me an indescribable sense of mysterious elsewhere."       Frank Lloyd Wright

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“Homesteaders Aspects of American homesteading began before the end of the American Civil War; however, it did not affect the Badlands until the 20th century. Then, many hopeful farmers traveled to South Dakota from Europe or the eastern United States to try to seek out a living in the area.” See what a typical homestead and sod house looks like:: CLICK CLICK CLICK  DSC_0151

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“On Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, pine forests and massive upheaved rock formations of the Pahá Sápa (Black Hills) give way to Nature’s spectacular maze called the Makȟóšiča (Badlands), the Great Thíŋmakȟočhe (Prairie) and rolling Chasmú Pahá (Sand Hills). Even people from other cultures are quick to understand the Lakota Nation’s strong bond with Unci Maka (Mother Earth) once they see they the unique and amazing features of the landscape in this Sacred area.” READ MORE

DSC_0167 Trump Continues Corporate Fueled War on National Parks.. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke,  reversed a 2011 ban on plastic water bottles within National Parks. READ MORE

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Shrink at least 4 national monuments and modify a half-dozen others, Zinke tells Trump..READ MORE

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DSC_0172 Trump Administration Threatens National Parks and Monuments…  READ MORE

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DSC_0178 Time for a little lunch in the Badlands………. I hope that isn’t Linda holding a plastic bottle….

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IMG_4102 Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit to the Badlands N.P. As you can see Linda finally did find a prehistoric animal…LOL………..

greatday  and go ahead and SHARE

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

The Circle Of Sacred Smoke..Devils Tower National Monument

MQTlogoa What we need in this country is a Peaceful Insurrection.

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“The Western obsession with productivity and accumulation of wealth has led the world into a crisis.

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“To come out of it, we need a radical departure from this constant rush forward—the constant quest for more and better—that we’ve been carry out not only in the financial,but also in the realms of science and technology.”

DSC_0091 ”It is high time that integrity,justice,and sustainable development be allow to prevail.”

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“There are grave issues. Our adventure on Earth is imperiled, and should man persist in making the planet uninhabitable it will come to an end.”

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“The traditional story is that, long ago, there was a time of famine. The chief of the Lakota sent out two scouts to hunt for food. While the young men travelled they saw a figure in the distance and as they approached, they saw that it was a beautiful young Indian woman in white buck skin. She had dark hair, skin and eyes. One of the men was filled with lust for the woman. He approached her, telling his companion he would attempt to claim her as a wife. His companion warned him that she appeared to be a sacred woman, and to do anything sacrilegious would be dangerous and disrespectful. The man ignored the other's advice. The second man watched as the first approached and embraced the woman, during which time a white cloud enveloped the pair. When the cloud disappeared, only the mysterious woman and a pile of bones remained. The bones were the remains of the man. The remaining man was frightened, and began to draw his bow, but the holy woman beckoned him forward, telling him that no harm would come to him as she could see into his heart and he did not have the motives the first man had. As the woman spoke Lakota, the young man decided she was one of his people, and came forward. At this time, the woman explained that she was wakȟáŋ (holy, having spiritual and supernatural powers). She further explained that if he did as she instructed, his people would rise again. The scout promised to do what she instructed, and was told to return to his encampment, call the Council and prepare a feast for her arrival. She taught the Lakota seven sacred ceremonies and gave them the čhaŋnúŋpa, the sacred ceremonial pipe. After teaching the people and giving them her gifts, Ptesáŋwiŋ left them, promising that one day she would return.”

DSC_0035 Joe Todd and Linda touching the wall of Devils Tower. This is a Sacred Site to American Indians and maybe it should be for all. MQTlogoa1500x500 Have a “Quality Time” day………

Saturday, September 09, 2017

Western Trip more to come LOL

Welcome to the West

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How the West was won………

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DSC_0005DSC_0048 I’m to old to climb the tower but a lot of people do.

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DSC_0059 Just taking a “break”

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DSC_0006 That’s all for today. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, August 03, 2017

Hike the Bog Trail Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada…

MQTlogoa1500x500 Might as well do the Bog in the Fog…….LOL

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“A short accessible trail in Cape Breton Highlands National Park is the perfect example of what the terrain on top of the Highlands looks like; boggy!
A lot of people bypass this trail for the more exciting trails such as Skyline or Fishing Cove but this one offers a lot for such a short trail. First of all, at about 500m, it’s short so it’s perfect for anybody on the trip. It’s also on a raised boardwalk the whole way around so even in the pouring rain; your feet will be relatively dry.” READ MORE.. Thank you TrailPeak

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I wish I knew what 20675 means. Anyone have the answer?????

 DSC_0606 “A self guiding trail, signs explain life here – pitcher plants, delicate orchids, colorful dragonflies, green frogs and gigantic moose. The trail, as well as the privy at the trailhead, is wheelchair accessible. Ideal for baby strollers.” READ MORE

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Peat:: “Peat, also called turf, is an accumulation of partially decayed vegetation or organic matter that is unique to natural areas called peatlands, bogs, mires, moors, or muskegs.”

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DSC_0582Strange critters on the boardwalk.

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Some plants will do anything for nitrogen.

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“A common plant in the bogs of the northeastern part of North America is Sarracenia purpurea (pitcher plant, Although its large leaves resemble tall pitchers partially filled with water, they are also good mimics of flowers, and it is the latter trait that fools both insects and humans. Although humans have nothing to fear if they try to smell the false flowers, flies easily become victims of the pitfall trap when they seek potential food inside. As the summer season progresses, the leaves become purplish red from the presence of anthocyanins, making them a lure to flies who are probably also attracted by the decaying amino acid odor of already trapped prey. Once the fly enters the hollow leaf, it confronts a waxy surface leading to a pool of water. Although a fly can often escape the surface of water, the pitcher plant reduces its chances by supplying a wetting agent that wets the fly's wings and prevents it from flying. Even if the fly succeeds in escaping the surface of the water, it is confronted by the steep sides of the leaf and, being unable to fly straight up like a helicopter, is forced to crash into the walls of the leaf. We have all seen flies climb the walls of our houses, but this leaf wall is somewhat more challenging”. READ MORE

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Trapped in a Bog:::

“Paddy was trapped in a bog and seemed a goner when Big Mick O’Reilly wandered by.
“Help! ” Paddy shouted, “Oi’m sinkin’! ” Don’t worry, ” assured Mick. “Next to the Strong Muldoon, Oi’m the strongest man in Erin, and Oi’ll pull ye right out o’ there. ” Mick leaned out and grabbed Paddy’s hand and pulled and pulled to no avail. After two more unsuccessful attempts, Mick said to Paddy, “Shure, an’ Oi can’t do it. The Strong Muldoon could do it alone, mebbe, but Oi’ll have to get some help. ”
As Mick was leaving, Paddy called “Mick! Mick! D’ye think it will help if Oi pull me feet out of the stirrups? ”

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The trees around the edge of the bog are largely Tamarack (Larix laricina), one of the few deciduous conifers.

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Bogs and History:::

His name was Fleming, and he was a poor Scottish farmer. One day, while trying to make a living for his family, he heard a cry for help coming from a nearby bog. He dropped his tools and ran to the bog.
There, mired to his waist in black muck, was a terrified boy, screaming and struggling to free himself. Farmer Fleming saved the lad from what could have been a slow and terrifying death. The next day, a fancy carriage pulled up to the Scotsman's sparse surroundings. An elegantly dressed nobleman stepped out and introduced himself as the father of the boy Farmer Fleming had saved.
"I want to repay you," said the nobleman. "You saved my son's life. "No, I can't accept payment for what I did," the Scottish farmer replied, waving off the offer.
At that moment, the farmer's own son came to the door of the family hovel. "Is that your son?" the nobleman asked. "Yes," the farmer replied proudly.
"I'll make you a deal. Let me provide him with the level of education my own son will enjoy. If the lad is anything like his father, he'll no doubt grow to be a man we both will be proud of." And that he did.
Farmer Fleming's son attended the very best schools and in time, he graduated from St. Mary's Hospital Medical School in London, and went on to become known throughout the world as the noted Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of Penicillin.
Years afterward, the same nobleman's son who was saved from the bog was stricken with pneumonia. What saved his life this time? Penicillin. The name of the nobleman? Lord Randolph Churchill.
His son's name? Sir Winston Churchill.

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DSC_0631 Just kidding.. I know I don’t have that much energy…maybe Linda does… There were a number of biker/campers in Cape Breton Highlands National Park of Canada…

jta Have a great day..Actually this photo was taken on a different trail in the same general area… Cape Breton a “must see” in my opinion…