On the 8th Jessica and me went along to Olympic Park for the biennial Independent Living Exposition. Being held there and a journey fraught with stress for Jessica we hired our regular Accessible Cabbie and had a fairly nice journey both there and back.
There are many different types of wheelchairs depending upon the level of disability or desired use for the chair. There was everything from walkers and toddlers wheelchairs, through to 4 wheel independent suspension+4 motors for Farmers. We had stair climbers and standing chairs for golf, one shaped like a peddle car foe a child. Tricycles, Racing Bikes. Off road vehicles. Finally, very expensive vehicles adapted for wheelchair drivers.
In the first photograph Jessica is trying the controls of a vehicle, earlier she had dropped her age by 15 years and crossed gender again to trial the 4 wheel drive independent suspension demonstration track. Then when she let on that she was female they also had to allow women to trial the trail.
The display I found the most humorous was that of the skeleton demonstrating passive exercise, there are two photos of it in the gallery, one for arm and the other for legs. And a few stuffed bears and a doll found their way into the action.
The Tatra Mountains form a natural border between Poland and Slovakia, and much of the territory is a park reserve shared by both nations. This photo was taken on the Polish side, but the Slovakian side has the same name: Tatra National Park. To reach this footpath, start in the nearby town of Zakopane, a mountain resort in the Podhale region of southern Poland. The town and region have long been home to members of the Goral, or ‘highland’ people. Today, Tatra National Park overlaps some Goral villages, where the inhabitants maintain cultural traditions such as cheesemaking and woodworking.
. An unreal landscape. Just a single track road, its verges and, standing up on either side, the precipitous, abrupt lines of machine-cut trees – that are either columns along the nave of some vast, natural, outdoor cathedral or, equally fancifully, sombre beings – Ents perhaps! – standing obediently aside to let us pass […]
Interesting Fact: The female chooses the nest site, and may start scouting for next year’s tree cavity at the end of each breeding season. Nest cavities can be in live or dead trees and are usually close to water. Cavities are typically 10–50 feet off the ground, up to about 90 feet. Hooded Mergansers nest readily in boxes, preferring those with wood shavings or nest material from previous uses. They prefer cavities with 3–5 inch openings. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Merganser/lifehistory)
From July to November, visitors to the Serranía de la Macarena National Natural Park are likely to see the riverweed bloom in the rushing waters of the Caño Cristales. When the water level is just right, the normally dull green plant that grows on the riverbed blooms in a fantastic burst of red, purple, orange and gold. The park is an unusual meeting of three distinct ecosystems: the Andes Mountains, the Amazon rainforest and the Eastern Llanos. Recently, the Colombian government has limited access to the river, and now visitors must book guided tours – it’s an effort to preserve this strange scene for generations to come.]
Caño Cristales (English: Crystal Channel) is a Colombian river located in the Serrania de la Macarena province of Meta, and is a tributary of the Guayabero River. The river is commonly called the “River of Five Colors” or the “Liquid Rainbow,” and is noted for its striking colors. The bed of the river from the end of July through November is variously colored yellow, green, blue, black, and especially red, the last caused by Macarenia clavigera plants (family Podostemaceae) on the riverbed.
The quartzite rocks of the Serrania de la Macarena tableland formed approximately 1.2 billion years ago. They are a western extension of the Guiana Shield of Venezuela.
Caño Cristales is a fast-flowing river with many rapids and waterfalls. Small circular pits known as giant’s kettles can be found in many parts of the riverbed, which have been formed by pebbles or chunks of harder rocks. Once one of these harder rock fragments falls into one of the cavities, it is rotated by the water current and begins to carve at the cavity wall, increasing the dimensions of the pit. [….]
When it comes to natural wonders in Vietnam, you have to talk about Ha Long Bay. There’s no other place like it in the world, which is why hordes of tourists visit every year. But Vietnam has so much more to offer nature lovers, so let’s take a look at the mountains, rice paddies, lakes, waterfalls, caves and spectacular beaches you should also check out.
Hang Sơn Đoòng
Tours into the cave—the world’s biggest, by volume—aren’t cheap. The descent is tricky as well, so only experienced guides are allowed to take tourists inside. You also have to climb over the The Great Wall of Vietnam. This isn’t an excursion for a casual hiker, but it’s an experience to remember.
These lesser-known islands lie off the southern coast of Vietnam. In days long gone, political prisoners and other undesirables were sent here to be tortured for information. Nowadays, however, there are prime scuba diving spots and amazing hikes, plus you can check out some local wildlife such as the Crab-Eating Macaque and the Black Giant Squirrel. Sea turtles breed on these islands as well, and you can arrange with local park rangers to watch newly hatched babies as they start their harrowing adventures.