Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Drastic Change

My fellow followers and active members of my blog, 

I know that your desire for reviewing mountain is still vivid and constant for more interesting facts about our mother nature and our beautiful planet we call home, however, I am going to make a drastic change in my blog and I hope that you, my followers, my inspiration, accept my new idea in the world of blogging. 

The change is simple but drastic: I am going to start writing about anything and everything, about the highlights of the week, whether it is very important news, a very interesting fact, or a review of something in specific. In my opinion this would make this site a more diverse and broader blog, which will not consist only one topic but several topics. The point intended is to inform and educate you, my admirers. You are welcome. 

Now, with no further talking, let's get into business. 

This week’s blog is going to consist of soccer, my favorite sport and the one that I have been following throughout my life. But specifically, this week I am going to write about the match that occurred at Anfield, Liverpool this last Thursday. The match was stunning and consisted of a lot of tension from not only the fans but also the players. The game was Liverpool vs. Dortmund, a match that was expected to be very active.

Liverpool produced one of the great Anfield comebacks to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarterfinal.

Dejan Lovren's header secured an incredible 4-3 victory on the night, and secured the Reds (Liverpool) their place in the last four after one of the most stunning games of football you could wish to see.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mount Mitchell - Yancey County, North Carolina

Mount Mitchell is the highest peak of the Appalachian Mountains and the highest peak in mainland eastern North America. It is located near Burnsville in Yancey County, North Carolina, in the Black Mountain subrange of the Appalachians, and about 19 miles northeast of Asheville. It is protected by Mount Mitchell State Park and surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest. Mount Mitchell's elevation is 6,684 feet above sea level.

The mountain was named after Elisha Mitchell, a professor at the University of North Carolina, who first explored the Black Mountain region in 1835, and determined that the height of the range exceeded by several hundred feet that of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, commonly thought at the time to be the highest point east of the Rocky Mountains. Mitchell fell to his death at nearby Mitchell Falls in 1857, having returned to verify his earlier measurements.

A 4.6-mile (7.4 km) road connects the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to a parking lot where a steep paved 980-foot (300 m) trail leads through a conifer forest to the summit. The 40-foot (12 m) stone observation tower on the summit was torn down in late 2006. A new observation deck was constructed and opened to visitors in January 2009. Also on the summit is the tomb of Dr. Mitchell.

The summit area of Mount Mitchell is marked by a humid continental climate with mild summers and long, moderately cold winters, being more similar to southeastern Canada than the southeastern U.S. The monthly daily average temperature ranges from 25.2 °F (−3.8 °C) in January to 59.1 °F (15.1 °C) in July. The coldest temperature ever recorded in the state occurred there on January 21, 1985 when it fell to −34 °F (−37 °C), during a severe cold spell that brought freezing temperatures as far south as Miami.


Monday, April 4, 2016

Yosemite National Park, California - U.S.A

Not just a great valley, but a shrine to human foresight, the strength of granite, the power of glaciers, the persistence of life, and the tranquility of the High Sierra.
First protected in 1864, Yosemite National Park is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and much more.
Yosemite National Park is a United States National Park spanning eastern portions of Tuolumne, Mariposa and Madera counties in the central eastern portion of the U.S. state of California, commonly considered part of Northern California.
Designated a World Heritage Site in 1984, Yosemite is internationally recognized for its spectacular granite cliffs, waterfalls, clear streams, giant sequoia groves, and biological diversity.
Furthermore, rock climbing is an important part of Yosemite. Camp 4, a walk-in campground in Yosemite Valley, was instrumental in the development of rock climbing as a sport, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Climbers can generally be spotted in the snow-free months on anything from ten-foot-high (3 m) boulders to the 3,300-foot (1.0 km) face of El Capitan. Classes are offered by numerous groups on rock climbing.
The name "Yosemite" (meaning "killer" in Miwok) originally referred to the name of a renegade tribe which was driven out of the area (and possibly annihilated) by the Mariposa Battalion. Before then the area was called "Ahwahnee" ("big mouth") by indigenous people.

Truly, this is an incredible National Park that has its reasons for being that well known nationally as well as internationally. Personally, visiting Yosemite is on my bucket list and if you are one of those who enjoy nature and feel more free and connected to nature by doing activities like rock climbing you might take Yosemite as in consideration. 

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