Friday, May 10, 2013
Friday, May 3, 2013
I know I have grown and changed since August because I've become more open minded to this project. It use to be I just blogged or did the entries for the points, but now I'm starting to really enjoy this assignment. I've realized that many of the things I've put in my bucket list are things a really do want to do before I die. And I know that this blog can help me accomplish these things if only I put a bit of more effort into it. Writing my own obituary especially made me realize that I am free to decide how I want to live my life and what sort of marvelous things I can do before I die. That these things don't have to be extravagant, it only matters that they're important to me and hold value to me.
During ESY in the month of January I bought Leslie Gonzalez for her birthday a magazine that was all about One Direction and included posters of Harry Styles and the rest of the guys. The magazine described the lives of all 5 members of One Direction and fun facts about them too, describing their personalities. I also gave her a One Direction toothbrush. I put the magazine and toothbrush in a box and them put a huge face of Harry Styles on the front. Leslie was very happy when I gave her her birthday present. She now keeps one of the Harry Styles posters from the magazine in her environmental binder so she can always see his smiling face.
After reading about the Lost Sea I also came upon a cave known as the Reed Flute Cave that most most famous for it's multi-colored lights that light up the cave and because of this is known as Nature's Palace. The cave is around 180 million years old. the cave is located in Guilin, China, and Guangxi. One website (http://www.topchinatravel.com/china-activities/have-a-buffet-in-reed-flute-cave.htm) stated that you could eat at a buffet in Guilin inside the Reed Flute Cave. the website also said, "This activity is a feast for not only your eyes but also your stomachs." so after enjoying the beautiful cave you can enjoy it further while eating at this buffet.
The Rock Restaurant is located on a rock (obviously) on the island of Africa's east coast known as Zanibar. you can either walk, swim, or take a boat to get to the restaurant. it is said that the food there, seafood, is always fresh, but that one must book early because it can not occupy too many people. i really want to go here and try their food. Seems like an amazing place to relax. Maybe I'll go here when traveling the world.
So while I was looking for ideas on what to do during the summer I came upon this website (http://get-packin.com/2010/08/27/cool-places-to-visit-during-the-dog-days-of-summer/) that talked about some caves that were a great place to visit during the summer. These caves were around 66 degrees and that had interesting rock formations. A lot of these caves such as Ruby Falls, Cathedral Cave, and Jacob Cave were located in Missouri and were open year long. And then a bit farther down the page I came open a post about the lost Sea and how it's also a very touristic place. The Lost Sea is the largest underground lake located in Sweetwater, Tennessee. "The lost Sea is part of the Craighead Cavern system, used by the Cherokee Indians, early settlers and the Confederate Army. There are anthodites (cave flowers) to see, rare formations, and cool temperatures to appease visitors on a hot day." I went on to research more about it and came upon another website (http://www.thelostsea.com/history.html) that tells the history of the lost sea. This is the history I found:
In Times Past:
Deep inside a mountain near Sweetwater in East Tennessee is a remarkable body of water known as The Lost Sea. Listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as America’s largest underground lake, the Lost Sea is part of an extensive and historic cave system called Craighead Caverns.
The caverns have been known and used since the days of the Cherokee Indians. From the tiny natural opening on the side of the mountain, the cave expands into a series of huge rooms. Nearly a mile from the entrance, in a room now known as “The Council Room,” a wide range of Indian artifacts including pottery, arrowheads, weapons, and jewelry have been found, testifying to the use of the cave by the Cherokees.
One of the cave’s earliest visitors was a giant Pleistocene jaguar whose tracks have been found deep inside the cave. Some 20,000 years ago the animal apparently lost his way in the darkness and wandered for days before plunging into a crevice far from the daylight he sought. Some of the bones, discovered in 1939, are now on display in the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Others, along with plaster casts of the tracks, are among the exhibits at the visitor center of the Lost Sea.
During the 1800's:
When the first white settlers arrived in the Tennessee Valley in the 1820’s they also discovered the cave and used it for storing potatoes and other vegetables. The constant 58° temperature provided an ideal refrigeration system for food.
The 1863 date that you see is an original date. The date has been carbon tested and it does prove to be authentic. The date was probably put there from the carbon of a confederate soldier's torch. This is the oldest known date in the cave.
During the Civil War the Confederate Army mined the cave for saltpeter, a commodity necessary to the manufacture of gunpowder. A diary of the period reveals the intriguing story of a Union spy who penetrated the guarded cave and nearly succeeded in blowing up the mining operation before he was captured. He was, according to the diary, shot near the large gum tree at the cave entrance.
Ben Sands' Discovery
Throughout the early history there were consistent rumors of a large underground lake somewhere deep within the cave, but it was not actually discovered until 1905. In that year a 13-year-old boy named Ben Sands wiggled through the tiny, muddy opening 300 feet underground and found himself in a huge room half filled with water. The room was so large that his light was swallowed up by the darkness long before reaching the far wall or the ceiling. For the rest of his life Sands delighted in describing how he threw mudballs as far as he could into the blackness and heard nothing but splashes in every direction.
The full extent of the Lost Sea is still not known despite the efforts of teams of divers armed with modern exploration equipment. The visible portion of the lake is 800 feet long by 220 feet wide. Glass-bottomed boats powered by electric motors carry visitors onto the lake, which is stocked with some of the largest Rainbow trout in North America. Fishing, incidentally, is not permitted.
Beneath the calm waters of the four-and-a-half acre lake divers have discovered an even larger series of rooms completely filled with water. More than 13 acres of water have been mapped so far and still no end to the lake has been found. One diver ventured into the water-filled rooms with a sonar device. Hugging the wall to assure his ability to find his way back, he took soundings in all directions and found nothing but more water.
The Beginning of The Lost Sea Adventure:
In 1915 the idea of developing the cave for the public was conceived. A dance floor was installed in one of the large upper rooms. Cockfights were another frequent activity in the cave. Meanwhile, other portions of the vast system were being utilized by moonshiners to produce that famous brew for which the mountains are famous.
The fascinating history of Craighead Caverns provides plenty of spice for tour guides as they lead groups on the hike through the immense rooms leading to the Lost Sea in the deepest reaches of the cave. Along the way visitors are treated to a wide variety of interesting formations including several displays of rare crystalline structures called "anthodites." These fragile, spiky clusters commonly known as "cave flowers" are found in only a few of the world’s caves. Their abundance in Craighead Caverns led the United States Department of the Interior to designate the Lost Sea as a Registered National Landmark, an honor the Lost Sea shares with such unique geological regions as the Cape Hatteras National Seashore in North Carolina and the Yosemite National Park in California.
Link to the website above from which the History of the Lost Sea was copyed from: http://www.thelostsea.com/history.html
Sounds like a really nice place to visit one day.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
I've been wanting to learn archery since like forever and now that I've been researching about it it seems like my wish is coming true. Daisy and Alicia joined in my search for archery lessons. I found that there were free lessons in Rancho Park on Saturday, but it was too far since it's close to Santa Monica. And then we found that there were giving free lessons in Woodley Park from 8am to 12pm on Saturdays and 6pm to 8pm on Wednesdays. Everything is free there, from beginners lessons, to the equipment, and the training.Woodley park is between 405 and 101 freeways between Burbank and Victory. Only 16 minutes from my house and 12 minutes from school. Some guys posted that it be best if we got there early because it gets really packed. So Daisy, Alicia and I have decided to go on May 25th to Woodley park. I seriously can't wait till the 25th of May.
Leslie Gonzalez is now joining us too!
This year on March 18th-29th I went on a school trip to China and on our last full day in China we got to walk the Great of China. We got up early and were loaded into a bus that would take us to the wall. The drive was around 2 hours. When we finally got to the section of the wall we were going to walk, we notice that there was snow and that it was really, really cold outside. We bought gloves, hats, and started our walk. The Great Wall was amazingly long and tiring. We were given more or less around an hour an a half to walk the walk. It took us much longer to walk up than down. After reaching the 2nd tower, we were tired but determined to reach the 4th tower. We only managed to reach the 3rd tower and a little bit more, but then ran out of time and we had to walk back down to our meeting spot. It was tiring, but it was worth it and the view was amazing. It's an experience I will never forget.
Friday, November 30, 2012
by Lori Deschene
“Begin at once to live and count each separate day as a separate life.” ~Seneca
At times, it’s seemed as though life contains an endless supply of days.
When I was younger, I thought this for sure. It didn’t matter how long I held a grudge, or how long I waited to do something I wanted—there would be an unlimited pool of other opportunities. At least that’s what I thought back then.
Maybe it’s a rite of passage from childhood to adulthood: the moment when you realize life happens now, and that’s all you’re guaranteed. It doesn’t really hit you when you merely know it intellectually, like you know your ABCs, state capitals, and other concrete facts.
It hits you when somehow you feel it. Your health declines. You lose someone you love. A tragedy rocks your world. It isn’t until you realize that all life fades that you consider now a commodity and a scarce one at that.
But maybe that’s irrelevant. Maybe living a meaningful, passionate life has nothing to do with its length and everything to do with its width."
This sounded so true to me. That you don't start appreciating life or living it until you see that life has started without you and isn't waiting for you.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
“They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happens for me.
I see only my greatest hits. The things I want to remember, and be remembered for: The time in Cape Cod when Izzy and I snuck down to the bay at midnight and tried to catch crabs with leftover hamburger meat, and the moon was so fat and round it looked like something you could sit on. When Ally tried to make a soufflé and came marching into the kitchen with a roll of toilet paper on her head like a chef’s hat, and Elody laughed so hard she peed a little bit and swore us all to secrecy. Lindsay throwing her arms around us and saying, ‘Love you to death,’ and all of us echoing, ‘And even then.’ Lying on the deck on hot August afternoons with the smell of grass shavings and flowers so heavy in the air, it’s like you’re tasting them. The time it snowed on Christmas, and my dad split up one of the old TV tables in the basement to use as firewood, and my mom made apple cider, and we tried to remember the words to ‘Silent Night’ but ended up singing all our favorite show tunes.
And kissing Kent, because that’s when I realized that time doesn’t matter. That’s when I realized that certain moments go on forever. Even after they’re over they still go on, even after you’re dead and buried, those moments are lasting still, backward and forward, on into infinity. They are everything and everywhere all at once.
They are the meaning.
I’m not scared, if that’s what you’re wondering. The moment of death is full of sound and warmth and light, so much light it fills me, absorbs me: a tunnel of light shooting away, arcing up and up and up, and if singing were a feeling it would be this, this light, like laughing…
The rest you have to find out for yourself.”