Archive | April, 2012

8 Favorite Destinations, Year 2

We’ve now been on the road for two solid years. During that time we’ve visited 145 different locations in both North and Central America. Last year we highlighted Eight Favorite Destinations from our first year of travel. With another full year under our belts, it’s once again time to select the best from the last 365 days. Each of the following headlines links back to our original blog post about the destination.

Pictured Rocks, MI

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, MI

If 200-foot, multi-colored sandstone cliffs along a lake of emerald-colored water isn’t how you imagine Michigan, it’s time for a pilgrimage to Pictured Rock National Lakeshore in the state’s Upper Peninsula. It absolutely blew us away with its striking similarities to one of our favorite excursions ever: rafting through the Grand Canyon.

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Lamanai

Lamanai Mask Temple Belize

Having recovered control of our boat from a pirate spider monkey, we arrived safely at our destination: the Mayan ruins of Lamanai near Orange Walk, Belize. Once a considerably sized city, most of this site remains unexcavated. But some of what has been unearthed is truly stunning: like these carvings on Mask Temple that somehow survived through the centuries.

Blog Meta

We finally got around to creating a dedicated Facebook page for EverywhereOnce. We won’t be using my personal page for the blog anymore, so followers no longer need to “Friend” me to get updates via Facebook (a huge improvement). Existing Friends, though, need to follow the new page if they want to keep seeing EverywhereOnce on Facebook. Simply “Like” the new page here:

http://www.facebook.com/EverywhereOnce

We take tons of photos that don’t make it to the site and often have other thoughts that don’t really fit the blog style. We plan to us this Facebook site as an outlet for all of that content. Think of it as a short-form EverywhereOnce blog, plus links to everything here. Kind of like EverywhereOnce Plus.

Spider Monkey Stowaway

 

This spider monkey commandeered our ship for a time as we sailed down the New River toward the Mayan ruin Lamanai in Belize.

Who are you trying to buffalo?

Last week someone resurrected this old post on Custer State Park to challenge my description of these woolly critters as buffalo instead of bison. My recollection is that here in the States, the American Bison is also called the American Buffalo. The following photo is a buffalo nickel, after all. So while it is technically true that these aren’t buffalo, we do use the names interchangeable in the U.S. And that is important, as you’ll see in a moment.

In confirming my recollection, I discovered something far more interesting. The scientific name for these creatures is actually Bison bison. A sub-species even goes by the name Bison bison bison. Why is this interesting? Because it allows us to construct a grammatically correct nine word sentence using just a single word. If we imagine a herd of plains bison living in a certain city of western New York who deceive some of their brethren, then we have the following:

Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo.

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