Where In The World…The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon National Park

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the United States state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park — one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.

Longstanding scientific consensus has been that the canyon was created by the Colorado River over a six million year period. The canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, ranges in width from 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km)(6000 feet). Nearly two billion years of the Earth’s history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. The canyon started from the west, then another formed from the east, and the two broke through and met as a single majestic rent in the earth some six million years ago. The merger apparently occurred where the river today, coming from the north, bends to the west, in the area known as the Kaibab Arch.

Prior to European emigration, the area was inhabited by Native Americans who built settlements within the canyon and its many caves. The Pueblo people considered the Grand Canyon (“Ongtupqa” in Hopi language) a holy site and made pilgrimages to it. The first European known to have viewed the Grand Canyon was García López de Cárdenas from Spain, who arrived in 1540. In 1869, Major John Wesley Powell, a one-armed Civil War veteran with a thirst for science and adventure, made the first recorded journey through the canyon on the Colorado River. Powell referred to the sedimentary rock units exposed in the canyon as “leaves in a great story book”.


The Grand Canyon can be found on Wikipedia.


On a personal note: I went to the Grand Canyon when I was 13. We spent 2 weeks that summer traveling by camper. The Grand Canyon was our big destination. Words can’t describe just how beautiful the Grand Canyon really is. It is a must see for everyone. 

Where In The World…Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
between Marietta and Kennesaw, Georgia
Kennesaw Mountain was originally a home to the mound builders in the years 900 to 1700 CE. Their descendants, the Creek people, were pushed out of Georgia by the Cherokee, who were then exiled by the United States and the state of Georgia on the Trail of Tears to the Oklahoma Territory during the Georgia Gold Rush.In 1832, Cobb County, where Kennesaw Mountain is located, was created.

Cannon on Kennesaw Mountain in recreated artillery position.


A view from the top of Kennesaw Mountain

Kennesaw Mountain was the site of the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain during the 1864 Atlanta Campaign of the American Civil War, in which the Union forces of General William Tecumseh Sherman launched a bloody frontal attack on the Confederate Army of Tennessee, which was commanded by General Joseph E. Johnston. Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first commissioner of Major League Baseball, was named after the battle, in which his father nearly lost his left leg.

The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park was created on June 26, 1935. It was formerly a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. 

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park can be found on Wikipedia.

Where In The World…Mystic Seaport

Overview of the seaport

Mystic Seaport
Mystic, Connecticut

View of our Village from the water

A re-created  19th-Century Village, complete with Museum educators who teach you about each building’s role in a coastal community.

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The Waterfront, featuring tall ships and other historic vessels that you can climb aboard and explore.

Mystic Seaport can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I went to the Mystic Seaport when I was about 12 years old. I have a love of anything near or around the water so this was right up my alley. There is so much to do here that you could easily spend a week walking through it!

Where In The World…Canterbury Shaker Village

Canterbury Shaker Village
Canterbury, New Hampshire

Canterbury Shaker Village can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note:I lived in New Hampshire for 3 years in my early twenties. I used to pass this village all the time on the way up to my grandmother’s house. Unfortunately I never stopped by this place. My mom and her friend went here once and my mother loved it. She said it was a very calming place.

Where In The World…Emerald Bay State Park

Emerald Bay State Park, Lake Tahoe, California

Vikingsholm.jpgVikingsholm Castle

Emerald Bay can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I went to Lake Tahoe in 1999. I was seven months pregnant with my youngest daughter. I fell in love with this beautiful place. The trail from the parking lot down to the house is very steep and is 1 mile long. The walk back up to the parking lot felt like it was 10 miles!

Where In The World…Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The forces of water decorated the cave in an almost endless array of spectacular limestone formations like this column and array of stalactites.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

The history of Carlsbad Caverns can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I went to Carlsbad Caverns when I was about 9 years old. I remember it being a long hike down to the bottom of the cavern and it got very cold! At sunset we sat at the entrance to the cave and watched hundreds of bats fly out of the cavern and over our heads. I even had the pleasure of having one of the bats hit my head! Yes I screamed!

Where In The World…Mesa Verde National Park


 Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde, Spanish for green table, offers a spectacular look into the lives of the Ancestral Pueblo people who made it their home for over 700 years, from A.D. 600 to A.D. 1300. Today, the park protects over 4,000 known archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings. These sites are some of the most notable and best preserved in the United States.

Mesa Verde can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I went to Mesa Verde when I was about 13. I found all of the history there very interesting. I loved the fact that you could actually walk around the sites. It was like walking through history.

Where In The World…Gillette’s Castle

Gillette's Castle by you.

Gillette Castle State Park in East Haddam, Connecticut

The history of Gillette’s Castle can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I have been to Gillette’s castle. The Castle is located next to the Devil’s Hopyard. 

Devil's Hopyard by you.

The Devil’s Hopyard

Where In The World…The Balinese Room

Update January 19, 2009: This past weekend we finally decided to drive down to Galveston. This was our 1st trip back to the Island since Hurricane Ike. It was a very humbling trip for us.

Balinese Room Pre Hurricane Ike

The Balinese Room Pre-Hurricane Ike

Balinese Room Remains

What Remains of the Balinese Room 1-17-09

Update September 16, 2008: I would have never imagined that this beautiful place would be gone not even a month after I posted this. Unbelievable!

This pile of rubble is actually the Balinese Room on the Galveston Seawall



The Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas

“Deep in the South of Texas
not so long ago,
there on a crowded island
in the Gulf of Mexico

it didn’t take too much money,
man, but it sure was nice.
You could dance all night if you felt all right,
drinking whiskey and throwing dice.

And everybody knows
it was hard to leave.
And everybody knows
it was down at the Balinese.”

“Balinese” – ZZ Top – Fandango – 1975


The history of The Balinese Room can be found on Wikipedia.

On a personal note: I have been to the Balinese Room a number of times. We started hanging out there on the weekends when they were doing renovations on it. There are Ghost Stories to go along with the building and I for one believe them, as do my kids. On one of our visits we went into the women’s restroom and when I turned around to flush the toilet the toilet paper was thrown at my back. Another time we were in the old casino part when the jukebox started playing “old music” when we checked out the jukebox for the name of the song we found that it was unplugged. I just hope the ghosts are having as much fun now as they did when the place was in it’s prime!