Each animal in the rainforest is important to the balance of its ecosystem. Make sure you report any illegal hunting in the rainforests as well as the illegal sell of animals that are removed from that natural habitat and sold as pets. The most common ones are parrots and iguanas. Individuals need to realize that purchasing the parts of poached animals in the rainforest or these live pets encourages that behavior to continue. If we all do our part to make sure there is no market for such activities, then the financial motivation for doing so would be gone. Write letters to Congress to encourage the government to place stricter laws on those who hunt illegally and remove animals illegally from the rainforest. You also need to write to encourage them to restrict how much land in the rainforest a company can clear as well as require them to plant new trees in the location afterwards. Children need to be taught from a very early age just how important the rainforest is to our well being. They need to learn what they can do to protect the rainforest as well as to appreciate how it helps keep the air clean, affects our water cycles, and affects the climate around the world. Children need to be educated both at home and at school. With the rainforests being completely cleared away at the rate of 6,000 acres per hour, we need to make some serious changes. Taking the right steps in our own lives and teaching our children to do the same will help ensure the rainforests and the animals that have a home there are able to survive for future generations. The rainforests are essential to our well being. The trees produce oxygen that we need to breathe. They also help keep the air clean, and we need that due to the chemicals, emissions, and pollution we put into our environment.
Some of the best things about Italy are found completely within the Western Alps, if youre a hiker. Of course theres the countrys highest peak, which no hiker can resist. Then there is Italys oldest national park, also found in the "Western Alps" . Count the amazing variety of flora and fauna, the alpine meadows, and accessible yet remote wilderness areas, and you have the perfect setting for a hikers dream vacation in beautiful Italy. Discover Colonna mine or encounter wildlife throughout Vallone del Grand Nomenon. Reach your personal goals and try for the six-day trek along the Alta Via 2, known as a particularly challenging route. From Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso (Gran Paradiso National Park) to Valle dAosta, to Monte Bianco (the highest peak in Europe), there is a series of wonderful pathways for hikers and walkers who will find that traversing the Western Alps to be the experience of a lifetime. Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso will stun you with its beauty: deep lateral peaks and plunging valleys below will amaze even the most seasoned hiker. The valleys were cut by glaciers, which left behind the jagged silhouettes and sharp peaks for which the Alps in general have become famous. There are numerous glaciers still within Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, including Italys highest mountain, Gran Paradiso. Gran Paradiso is just about 13,324 feet high and full of magnificent larch. Larch is a deciduous conifer, the only type found in all of Europe. Some trees get to be over one hundred feet tall and great stands of larch form sweeping green canopies in the sky which will protect you from the sun as you walk or hike the mountain. Besides larch, hikers will welcome Norway spruce, Arolla pine, and silver fir. The Arolla pine should be especially revered because its in decline here in Italy. Furniture makers and others crave the beautiful wood for their products, and the pine has been exploited for many years. Gran Paradiso also hosts several species of birds that are rarely, if ever, found anywhere else in Europe. Take the Bearded Vulture, which was hunted almost to extinction in the 1800s because it was thought to feed on domestic animals. Since the 1970s, however, its been reintroduced and is now making a comeback. Also, while scaling the mountain, keep an eye out for white partridges, owl, jackdaw, alpine chaffinch, and spotted woodpecker. You might even see a lynx if you get to the higher, rocky areas during summertime. When its cooler, they come down into the valleys. Getting to Alle dAosta is easy: take a SAVDA bus from Torino (Turin) or Milan. Its also near Frances Annecy, Chamonix, and ValdIsere, and Switzerlands Martigny, if youre in either of those neighboring areas. There are also regional trains to Aosta, via Chivasso if youre leaving from Milan. You can also drive: take the A5 from either Turin or Milan. Accommodations in Valle dAosta include moderately-priced small hotels around Aosta and in the suburb of Sarre. Use any one of these as you base, and enjoy the wonderful experience of hiking Italys Western Alps, and Valle dAosta.
Vacations are usually something most people save up for and plan carefully. The goal is to have a memorable, fun vacation and, oftentimes, to see and do as much as you can fit in. Vacations are not a time to waste money on unnecessary service or items, but rather a time to research your trip and plan to save as much money as you can. If this sounds like your approach to vacationing, you may want to consider a road trip and even better, RV vacation. Road trips are one of the best vacations in which saving money is easier, and RVs offer the most convenient transportation choice for travel on road trips. Here are a few simple steps to make your RV holiday one of the most memorable, fun and cheapest vacations you have taken. RVs come in a variety of sizes you can purchase, and which one you should choose depends on the number of people traveling and the types of accommodations you desire. One of the benefits of an RV is that you will save money on lodging during ever trip. You will also be able to take more personal items from home when traveling in an RV as compared to traveling in your car. If you are traveling with children, you will probably face the challenge of keeping them entertained during the trip. RVs offer much more room than a car allowing children to play, spread their wings and roam around a little if they get bored. Some RVs include DVD players so the kids can watch movies or even possibly hook up their video games to the television. Investing in an RV for your vacationing needs will help cut the cost of lodging, which will provide you extra money for other things you come across during your trip. Basically, you can take your family with you on your new home on wheels whether you want to go on a quick mountain getaway or a trip to the beach. With a little research on vacation in an RV, you will find that there are many scenic places you and your family can experience along the way to your ultimate destination. For example, a family of four can go camping for a week at a national park or state forest. Campground fees, which are usually charged per night, camping gear and miscellaneous travel expenses will more than likely keep you under a $1,000 budget. You can bond with you family enjoying the beautiful outdoors during the day and enjoy the amenities of the RV at night. Yellowstone National Park is popular vacation spot for RVing families, and you will find that it has plenty of entertainment and activities for your family. There are may other campgrounds and RV parks available, though. You will find them all throughout Canada and the United States, all offering ideal vacations for your family. A little research and planning will have you on your way to an unforgettable RV vacation with your family!
The presence of the Internet has made it easy to find all kinds of information for anywhere in the world. This can be a big help, especially if youre looking to travel or move to another city. Fayetteville, North Carolina is no different. There are many websites that have information on travel and relocation.The first thing youd want to do is to make a list of things that youre looking for. For instance, if youre looking for directions to get to Fayetteville from your location, there are online map websites available. These maps provide detailed information to include miles from point A to point B and so on. They also give an estimated time frame to get to your destination. It doesnt mean that it will actually take that long; it may take less time to get there.If you need a place to stay, you can search for a name brand or extended stay hotel. Check out the amenities and pricing. In addition to these factors, youll have to determine if the lodging facility is convenient to your destination while youre staying in Fayetteville. If you plan to eat out a lot while youre there, you may want to choose a name brand hotel, provided its affordable. If youre looking to stay within a budget, it may be advantageous to reserve a room at an extended stay hotel. Keep in mind, though the purpose of an extended stay hotel is to pay a reasonable rate as long as youre going to stay there for a while (a week or more). You must also keep in mind, amenities vary in each lodging facility. For the most part, extended stay hotels charge for internet access while name brand hotels usually provide it as a complimentary service.There are many dining establishments in the Fayetteville area.Many of the local places offer good food at reasonable prices. In fact, theres a place in Fayetteville where their specialty is vinegar barbecue. Another dining establishment brews their own beer on site. When you search under dining and restaurants, you will find a variety of places to eat.There are not too many areas that dont have shopping. Cross Creek Mall is a major mall in Fayetteville and has a wide variety of stores, including four major department stores: Belk, JC Penney, Macys and Sears. There are over 150 establishments there, and there are also hotels nearby in walking distance.Entertainment is plentiful in Fayetteville. Conducting a search online will generate plenty of places to choose from. If you enjoy the nightlife, you may want to check out clubs in the area.If youre looking to see a play or Off-Broadway production, Fayetteville has those too. If arts and crafts are your thing, do a search for that. You should come up with some places in the area. Some of the artists offer hands-on classes where you can make your own crafts.If youre a golfer, there is no shortage of golf courses here. Conducting a search online will display plenty of facilities to choose from. There are public golf courses and golf courses available for military personnel and their families. You can also conduct an online search for recreational events, such as rock climbing, swimming and walking trails. There is a facility in the Cape Fear area that has a lot of walking trail space. Here, you have no excuse for not getting any exercise.If youre looking to relocate, finding an apartment of home should not be a problem. Just be sure to conduct due diligence before you hand over any money and sign a contract.There are many opportunities and things to do in Fayetteville. The answers are just an online search away.
After a beautiful breakfast in the garden at Roxanas place with Helga, the young lab with shiniest black coat, dancing all around me, I went to my private tutoring session at the Ideal Language School where my teacher Estela and I talked at length about various dental procedures, funny doctor stories, and stories of unexplainable events and psychic happenings.We also touched on the topic of personal security, and that a number of years ago there were quite a few kidnappings and robberies of buses. Additional security has brought the situation under control and safety has improved considerably. I also asked Estela about some practical safety advice for myself, traveling as a woman alone.She gave me a few basic common-sense pieces of advice:- dont wear any ostentatious jewellery or extravagant clothing- never walk by yourself at night- never walk in deserted streets- leave your jewellery, valuables and documents at home- curry your bag in front of your body- at night always take a radio taxi that is called from the restaurant where you are staying. They are much more trustworthy than street taxis.Around 11 am a local street merchant came by to sell typically Mexican sweets and I ended up buying thin sheets of oblates (obleas), stuck together with honey and decorated with pumpkin seeds. I also bought a square of peanuts glued together with caramel all very yummy treats. I don't know how the locals can resist all these tasty foods that are available everywhere....Then I headed off onto the public bus again and into downtown Cuernavaca. I had to change buses and exited one on the Zocalo and hopped on the second one below the Palacio Cortes. The Cuernavaca public transit system is a breeze for me at this point.A demonstration was in full swing in front of the Palacio del Gobierno, local inhabitants of nearby villages were demonstrating and when I enquired, they told me it was about the fact that the government is developing areas in their villages which they would rather see designated as protected nature areas. The main issue, they explained, is a shortage of water and this issue has apparently being going on 70 years.The bus took me to Martha Elenas house who was already waiting for me and had put together a wonderful picnic basket. Then the two of us adventurous mujeres took off in her vehicle and we went towards Las Estacas, a local riverside resort that she had never been to.I got a chance to see the southern parts of Cuernavaca, and the traffic exiting the city was the usual chaotic mess, but somehow it all works out. It would certainly take me a while to get used to the driving conditions here. People squeeze in wherever they can, particularly the drivers of the rutas, the small local buses. The bus in front of us squeezed in and cut across 3 lanes to make a left turn. This guy was certainly not taking any prisonersWe drove out of town through a hilly but extremely dry area. All the hills were brown, spring surprisingly is the equivalent of our summer everything is hot and dry with very little rain. The rainy season actually begins in late May, early June, and summer is cooler than spring. A strange concept to get your head around.After about an hour of driving through Mexican country villages with horses and donkeys grazing right next to the street and men riding in the back of trucks, we arrived at "Las Estacas" .We started our walk through the grounds, across a hanging bridge over a river with extremely clear and blue water. Marta Elena was explaining to me that the fish that we saw were extremely good for chowder, but not useable for other dishes since they contain so many bones.Since it was about 1 pm by this time, we plunked ourselves down beside the river and unpacked our beautiful picnic bag, she had made three different types of sandwiches, brought a wonderful container of refreshing juice and some brownies, and the girls started to talk and compare notes about growing up in Mexico and Austria respectively. Its amazing how two people can come from such different backgrounds, i.e. Marta Elena grew up in a very well to-do family while my family background is much more humble, but somehow we had a great connection.We took a stroll through the grounds and saw the various swimming pools and playgrounds and also checked out an area containing 31 units with 3 bunk beds each which is used for childrens camps. A fishing pond was right next door.After our nature outing we stopped at another local attraction: a well-known local market for orchids. Of course, Marta Elena is an avid gardener and I, although equipped with a black thumb, like to look at flowers, so off we went to look at several greenhouses full of different varieties of orchids. Marta Elena, being the expert, could tell me in Latin which varieties we were dealing with, I on the other hand was fascinated with the alien expressions on these horticultural beauties. Apparently these orchids are shipped all over the world.The day was immensely hot and I was melting in the sun, so I sat down under a lovely palapa and I asked the lady working at the greenhouses to bring us some popsicles, and three popsicles later I finally felt that my thirst was quenched a little. As a small gesture of appreciation for her time and the lovely lunch, I got Martha Elena a special yellow variety of orchids for inviting me on this special outing.With our aesthetic senses appropriately satisfied we made our way back through the dry mountains south of Cuernavaca and rejoined the hustle and bustle of the city. Marta Elena dropped me off right in front of the cathedral and after a cordial hug we decided to definitely link up again before my departure next week.Alberto, my friend Vanessas cousin, and a local resident of Cuernavaca had recommended me to visit his friend Jose Manuel who owns a little caf, appropriately named El Cafecito, right across from the main entrance to the Cathedral. I plunked myself down at one of the tables outside the caf on the sidewalk and watched some of the colourful street life pass by.Several local women carrying what seemed like hundreds of different necklaces approached me, displayed and promoted their attractive jewellery items. I caved in and bought several very decorative necklaces that were supposedly made of semi-precious stones like malachite, tigers eye, coral, etc. although I have a feeling for about $4 each they are probably made more of attractive plastic than real stone, but you never know..... I found them quite enchanting.After a while Jose Manuel came and joined me at my table. He mentioned that me has a brother who is working in Toronto. This is not surprising, many local Mexican people that I have met have a Canadian connection. He even said that he has experienced temperatures of up to 5 degrees in Arizona once, which was barely bearable for a Mexican who is used to 25 degrees + all the time.Jose Manuel graciously called me a taxi, a Radio Taxi, which is highly recommended after dark which whisked me up into my beautiful residence at RX Villa in the Rancho Cortez area. Time for some laundry and for writing up some stories and resting up my leg for another day of discoveries tomorrow