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Biosphere 2: Into the Big Terrarium

Situated in the heart of Arizona, Biosphere 2 serves as a groundbreaking ecological research facility, meticulously designed to replicate Earth’s various ecosystems. This monumental glass structure encapsulates an array of biomes, ranging from lush rainforests to expansive oceans, facilitating unparalleled research on ecological interactions and sustainability. Scientists at Biosphere 2 undertake critical studies, examining the intricate web of life and its resilience against environmental challenges, thus offering invaluable insights into our planet’s future.

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Saguaros in the Sun -Saguaro National Park

The last time I saw a Saguaro, I was 12, about to be 13. We did this trip from Texas, where we lived , to California. Why? no idea. Ben and Sonya weren’t the sharing type in those days. On that Trip (and it was). We passed through Arizona stopping at Meteor Crater, Painted Desert and Petrified Forest. Surprising. Daddy wasn’t so much the “stop and look” type of guy in my experience. I saw saguaros for the first time as we rolled along. They waved. I waved back…

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New England Air Museum

At the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, you’ll visit an impressive museum housing an extraordinary collection of over 100 aircraft and thousands of artifacts, spanning from early aviation experimental contraptions to modern marvels of aerospace technology. Highlights include meticulously restored warplanes, commercial aircraft, helicopters, and rare experimental models. I have been to a number of Air Museums, this tops them all so far.

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Granite Shoals Texas Quarry Park Trail

Granite Shoals Texas is a small community that boasts a bigger and nicer city hall than Hartford CT, with a hiking/running trail in an old granite quarry. Not bad for a town that is little more than a collection of houses by a lake and a strip of businesses along State Highway 1431.

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Hiking to Fort Bowie through Apache Pass

Fort Bowie was established as a post following the battle of Apache pass in 1862. The Battle of Apache Pass took place over two days, from July 15 to 16, 1862, during the American Civil War. It was the largest conflict between the United States and the Apache Indians.

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Orlando Wetlands Park – Lake Searcy

Orlando Wetlands Park, situated in Christmas, Florida, east of Orlando, is a unique nature preserve that showcases the balance between human-made ecosystems and natural wildlife habitats. This was a trip to Florida, My forst, amd last, in January of 2017.

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VOG-Volcanic venting from Kilauea

Hanging out in the VOG

And here’s a tale of a voggy afternoon at Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island Of Hawai’i at the tail end of the November 2022 Kilauea eruption.

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Lava Beach Ocean View HI

Off The Beaten In Ocean View

Ocean View Hawai’i is where we stayed for the two weeks spent on the big island. It was off the beaten path, which means not touristy because it was an hour plus from anywhere those folks want to be.

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Llano Earth art Festival (LEAF) 2022

The Llano Earth Art Festival (LEAF) is an annual event held on the Llano River at Grenswiege Park in Llano Texas in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. LEAF hosts a soundstage, an appropriate selection of vendors and the way cool Rock Stacking Championships.

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Healthy Eats
Blueberry Superfood Glue
Blueberry Glue is a great quick power breakfast that is nutritionally balanced with 22 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber from yogurt, blueberries and superfood goodness.
Hiking Trails
Upper Hop River Trail
Which doesn't go by the Hop River. That's on the other side. Heavily Trafficked rail trail running from Manchester to Willimantic.
Valley Falls Town Park
Valley Falls Vernon CT
Valley Falls is a municipal park in Vernon Connecticut with great hiking trails along both sides of a river.
Wildflowers of Buckingham Reservoir
Buckingham Reservoir
This hike was an exploration of wildflowers at Buckingham Reservoir in South Glastonbury Connecticut in June of 2017. Numerous species of flowers could be seen.
John Atkinson
John Atkinson