Maya Angelou wrote a poem to celebrate AARPa€™s (American Association of Retired People) 50th anniversary. I cana€™t say I love to cook the way some gourmet cooks relish a whole day or weekend spent in the kitchen. I love kitchens, kitchen gadgets, electrical appliances, full refrigerators, cooking pots and pretty dishes. In the spring of 2006 we bought an RV, emptied the house, put it up for sale and hit the road. I plan to talk about our RV lifestyle and the places wea€™ve seen in this blog on a regular basis. Each challenge card has a different way of setting up the cars and trucks so each game is a new challenge. DESCRIPTION: The YA? Chi Ta€™u (Yuji tu) [Map of the Tracks of YA? (the Great)] is one of the two oldest extant comprehensive maps of China and is engraved on the opposite side of the stone tablet that displays the Hua I Ta€™u (#218). A brief history of the Chinese cartographic tradition will serve to reference the sources upon which these two maps have drawn, and demonstrate the remarkable antiquity and show the continuity that prevailed in Chinese cartography. It can be assumed that maps, charts and plans accompanied even very early examples of these geographical works. Apparently the rectangular grid (a coordinate system consisting of lines intersecting at equal intervals to form squares which were intended to facilitate the measurement of distance, in li), which was basic to much of the scientific cartography in China, was formally introduced in the first century A.D. Pa€™eia€™s methods are comparable to the contributions made in this regard by Ptolemy in the west; but whereas Ptolemya€™s methods passed to the Arabs and were not known again in Europe until the Renaissance, Chinaa€™s tradition of scientific cartography, and in particular that of the use of the rectangular grid, is unbroken from Pa€™ei Hsiua€™s time to the present.
If the Hua I Ta€™u is the older of the Xian pair, and the more closely linked with the work of earlier cartographers, the YA?-chi Ta€™u [Map of the Tracks of YA? (the Great)] may be regarded nonetheless as the more archaic, or at least belonging to a younger tradition. A comparison of this stone engraved map from the 12th century with that of a modern map of approximately the same scale (below) demonstrates the remarkable accuracy of this unknown medieval Chinese cartographer. A closer comparison again of the 12th century Chinese map and the accompanying modern example will show some of the same rivers flowing in different directions. Adding to the modern appearance of both of the Xian maps is the lack of the fabulous creatures, religious themes or adornment of superfluous material so common to many of the European maps of the same period.
The assumption of power by the great Chin dynasty has unified space in all the six directions.
These three principles are used according to the nature of the terrain, and are the means by which one reduces what are really plains and hills (literally cliffs) to distances on a plane surface.
If one draws a map without having graduated divisions, there is no means of distinguishing between what is near and what is far. But if we examine a map which has been prepared by the combination of all these principles, we find that a true scale representation of the distances is fixed by the graduated divisions.
The Dry Valleys are strange in the fact that they are the only part of antartica that doesnt have ice!
When visiting this amazing landscape, you cant help but to think you've been transported to a different planet completely. Perhaps one the most striking plants on this island would have to be the Dragons Blood tree, with a shape resembling an umbrella. When going to Rio Tinto, your likely to first notice they're red stained rivers, resulting from the very high iron count in the water. The lake is known to heal things such as warts, skin diseases, body aches and battle wounds. Anton Posselt was the first person to officially discover the cave, only exploring the first two hundred meters. The Shilin ( meaning Stone Structure ),is a set of karst formations in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, in the Yunnan province of southwest China.
The blue lagoon is a geothermal spa located in Iceland and one of the most visited attractions there. Does anyone else think that the Dragons Blood tree looks like those aerial shots of 'trees' on Mars? What plants looked like 1,000's of years ago and which ones are gone, never to be seen again. I especially like the Dry Valleys and the Blood Falls, i never knew that existed, very cool, would love to go to antarctica.

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Secret Vaults of The Mormon Church - Known as Granite Mountain, the world’s largest collection of genealogical records is housed in a secure vault located in the mountains near Salt Lake City. Tumen River North Korea, China, Russia Border - Within 1 mile, you can go from North Korea, to China and end up in Russia. Korean Demilitarized Zone - The Demilitarized Zone or DMZ cuts the Korean Peninsula almost in half, crossing over the 38th parallel. The Greenbrier Underground Bunker - Carved deep into the mountainside beneath one wing at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia is an emergency Cold War fallout shelter.
Cheyenne Mountain Complex - Built under 2,000 feet of granite, this bunker is built to withstand a 30 megaton nuclear explosion. HavenCo - HavenCo is a data hosting services company founded in 2000 to operate from Sealand, a self-declared sovereign nation that occupies a former World War II defensive facility at sea located six miles from the coast of Suffolk, England.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York - Approximately 25% of the world’s gold is stored here.
Babylon, Iraq - Following excavations in the early 20th century, European archaeologists claimed they found features such as the remains of the famous Ishtar Gate, but some portions of this site not viewable from Google Maps.
Fort Knox United States Bullion Depository - Fort Knox not only stores thousands of tons of gold, but it may contain important historical documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carte.
Our goal was to see the country in no big hurry and hopefully, meet some interesting people along the way. No features yet on him but, if you'd like to see the big salmon he caught in Alaska, go here.
Join in the conversation by commenting on posts or sending me a email at margot.peck at gmail dot com. I love the smell of bread baking, homemade soup on the back burner, and a fruit pie cooling by the window.
I find that if I have something I cana€™t quite figure out, if I sit down for a bit and focus on my knitting, the other side of my brain seems to come up with a solution. We loved camping so much that we figured out a way to pack all our camping gear, tent, sleeping bags, cooking utensils and so forth in a duffle bag. Somehow it wasna€™t quite so easy to get down on the ground and get into that sleeping bag. We didna€™t think anyone could call themselves real campers unless they were down on the cold ground. Also their orientation to the North (true of all Sung Dynasty maps that have survived) contributes to the allusion. So also the reality of the relative positions is attained by the use of paced sides of right-angled triangles; and the true scale of degrees and figures is reproduced by the determinations of high and low, angular dimensions, and curved or straight lines. The YA?-chi Ta€™u shows this river following a course to the North of its present one, but that older course, in one of the northern valleys, is perfectly reasonable. Then later, NASA officials had denied the claim and one of the scientist backed off from her initial assertions.
I also did a search here on ATS and did not see them all posted in one post, and only saw a few of those pictures.
The opinions of our members are not those of site ownership who maintains strict editorial agnosticism and simply provides a collaborative venue for free expression. The LDS church built Granite Mountain in 1965 to preserve and protect church records, including its huge collection of more than 3.5 billion images of family history on microfilms. It was created as part of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953 and is one of the most closely guarded border regions by 2 opposing nations anywhere in the world.
It is extremely well guarded and the actual vault is eighty feet below street level and fifty feet below sea level. Ever since a supposed alien spaceship crash at the site in 1947, Area 51 has been rumored to hold all kinds of secrets from the well known Skunkworks aircraft development program to the studio where the moon landing was supposedly faked according to those who think we never landed on the moon. Ia€™m indulging myself in the pursuits I love: reading, travel, cooking, knitting, observing and visiting people, movies and music, playing games and so on.

My daughter, Candice, lives in Oregon with her husband, Mark, and our two beautiful and brilliant granddaughters who we call Q and Lou. The first thing I did was paint it white and sew red and white checked curtains for the window. Most people pinch up their face and squint their eyes as if their brain cana€™t quite compartmentalize what theya€™ve just heard. We were flying home from a trip in California and it was over the airport at a layover in Phoenix. Professors Needham and Ling, writing in their excellent multi-volume Science and Civilisation in China, assert, with ample justification, that this latter map is a€?the most remarkable cartographic work of its age in any culturea€?.
If one has a rectangular grid, but has not worked upon the tao li principle, then when it is a case of places in difficult country, among mountains, lakes or seas (which cannot be traversed directly by the surveyor), one cannot ascertain how they are related to one another.
Thus even if there are great obstacles in the shape of high mountains or vast lakes, huge distances or strange places, necessitating climbs and descents, retracing of steps or detoursa€”everything can be taken into account and determined. Interestingly though, there are conspiracy theories persisting that there may be no actual gold in Fort Knox as Congress itself is not allowed to audit or open the vaults.
Even though the entrance looks almost abandoned, just get close to the front gate and see how fast security is on top of you.
My husband and I sold our house, put stuff in storage, bought an RV, and set off to travel North America.
As I went off to college and into adulthood a library card has always been a prized possession.A  Ia€™ve lived in lots of places in my life and can count 12 different libraries where I was an avid patron. Herea€™s something else the non-knitter may find it hard to believe: I honestly think I listen better when Ia€™m knitting. Wea€™d been talking about camping and our retirement and the possibility of getting a pop-up tent camper.
If one has adopted the tao li principle, but has not taken account of the high and the low the right angles and acute angles, and the curves and straight lines, then the figures for distances indicated on the paths and roads will be far from the truth, and one will lose the accuracy of the rectangular grid. When the principle of the rectangular grid is properly applied, then the straight and the curved, the near and the far, can conceal nothing of their form from us. They are now housed among a very large collection of engraved stones in the Pei Lin [the Forest of Steles or Tablets] in the Shensi Provincial Museum at Xian. Even though this was once a top secret and highly secure area, the Bunker is now open to the public. The facility also contains a network of blast valves with filters to capture air-borne chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear contamination in the event of an attack.
Since that first kitchen Ia€™ve had a galley kitchen, a big country kitchen and a u-shaped cooka€™s dream kitchen.
When it came time to retire and downsize our belongings, what to do with all the books was the hardest part for me.
Back in my business days I often wished I could have been able to knit during some of those long meetings. At almost the same time we looked at each other and said: a€?Why dona€™t we just sell the house, get an RV and then we can go camping all the time? Rivers and mountains are named, prefectures from the past to the late 11th century are also marked. We wouldna€™t have to worry about the house and yard.a€? And right there the decision was made. This document was highly significant as a primary source for any cartographic effort during this and subsequent periods, which also can only be dated with certainty at least as early as the Chou Dynasty. The YA? Kung became and has remained a source of challenge and inspiration to all later generations of Chinese geographers and cartographers.
We discovered we werena€™t the only ones who had the idea of selling our house and traveling in an RV. I can still have that fresh bread smell, the soup on the back burner and a fruit pie cooling by the window.A Life is good.

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