Tragedy in Connecticut

Instead of my Christmas countdown, I think it’s appropriate to bring the shooting in Connecticut into the forefront.

What a terrible tragedy, may we remember those who lost their life yesterday.

Please read these articles:

Seven adults and 20 children dead at Connecticut school shooting

Children and adults gunned down in Connecticut school massacre

It’s sad that, after talking to so many people yesterday, the scary part is that people are now becoming desensitized with events as terrible as this.

Gun control needs to be seriously debated in the USA.

Canadian Dollar go forth!

Ohhh Stephen Colbert. So funny!

Read this article from National Newswatch if you wish to laugh.

Stephen Colbert warns Americans of poutine-sucking Canada’s audacious currency coup

Published On Wed Apr 25 2012
Stephen Colbert warns Americans of Canada's audacious currency coup, from Iceland to glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coins.Stephen Colbert warns Americans of Canada’s audacious currency coup, from Iceland to glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coins.

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Niamh Scallan Staff Reporter

Funnyman Stephen Colbert poked fun at America’s “poutine-sucking, healthcare-addicted” nemesis to the North during an episode of The Colbert Report Tuesday night, pointing to recent news that economically beleaguered Iceland considered adopting the Canadian loonie.

Read more: Iceland and the loonie

“The U.S. dollar remains the global currency standard. You can use it all over the world from buying sushi in Tokyo to prostitutes in Cartagena. There are no challengers to America’s currency domination, until now,” Colbert said.

“Everyone knows George Washington should be the only icon recognized by the world’s market. Not Canada’s first president, Featherford Beloon.”

Iceland’s government has floated the idea of replacing its weakened krona with a more stable currency since three of its banks were crippled by the global financial meltdown in 2008. Earlier this year, Canada’s ambassador to Iceland, Alan Bones, took to the airwaves on Iceland’s national broadcaster and said Canada would be open to the idea of sharing its currency with its Nordic neighbour.

Read more: Iceland’s yen for loonie causes diplomatic embarrassment

But hopes that the loonie would line Icelanders’ pockets were dashed in late March when Iceland’s minister of economic affairs told Dow Jones the idea was “theoretical speculation more than practical realities” — and replacing the krona with the loonie was “not on the table.”

Still, Colbert warned Tuesday night, “this is just the beginning of Canada’s currency coup.”

Perhaps more concerning for Americans, Colbert said, is the Canadian Mint’s glow-in-the-dark Alberta dinosaur coins — 25-cent coins that reveal a dinosaur skeleton when placed under the light.

“Folks, Canada’s coming after our young people. What do you think they’re going to prefer: a glow-in-the-dark dino quarter or this green rectangle?” he said. “Nation, we must fight this before we lose a generation of young Americans to the scourge of Canadian politeness and fiscal sanity.”

“As for you, Canada,” he ended, “you keep your dinosaurs where they belong — liquefied in your tarsands and pumped directly into our gas tanks.”

With files from Madhavi Acharya-Tom Yew

Go Canadian currency in Iceland!!

I am so happy the USA (and the world now) knows that our first president president, Featherford Beloon condoned glow in the dark coins.

Fantasy Friday – Cleveland, Ohio

I wish I was in Cleveland, Ohio this weekend.

Why?

Because the Blue Jay’s are playing baseball against the Indian’s as a welcome start to the baseball season!

If I were to go to Cleveland this weekend, what would I do aside from watching plenty of baseball…

Why not visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park and hike off all the hot dogs and peanuts I would be consuming at the game?

Here’s what the National Parks Service says about Cuyahoga Valley

Though a short distance from the urban areas of Cleveland and Akron, Cuyahoga Valley National Park seems worlds away. The park is a refuge for native plants and wildlife, and provides routes of discovery for visitors. The winding Cuyahoga River gives way to deep forests, rolling hills, and open farmlands. Walk or ride the Towpath Trail to follow the historic route of the Ohio & Erie Canal.

And it sounds as if a new hiking trail has been (or is being) created:

Metro Parks, Serving Summit County has finished construction of the new off-road route for the Bike & Hike Trail along Brandywine Road. A new trail bridge over Interstate 271 will soon be erected in three parts during evening hours. After the bridge is installed, the concrete decking will then be poured. Expected completion is end of June, 2012. Brandywine Falls Gorge Trail will remain open during bridge construction.

An urban national park…interesting…maybe it would be delightful!

PS – I hope my boyfriend doesn’t find out about all the train tracks he can discover around here…he loves those trains!

Go Jays Go!

Photo of the Day – Devil’s Tower

Devil's Tower - Wyoming

This crazy laccolith was a “must-see” as both my father and boyfriend recommended.

So on the way home last summer from my summer camping adventure I decided to take the small detour off the I-90 to view this national monument which was knee deep with porcupines and prairie dogs.

It’s quite awe inspiring to see this geological formation rise straight up in an otherwise flat area.

The legend of the tower is quite neat as well. According to natives in the area, two girls were playing near the site and a grizzly bear began to chase them. The girls climbed onto a rock and prayed to their god to save them. The god answered by raising the rock skyward away from the threatening bear.

Neat! And definitely glad I took the time to check it out on my way home.

Quote for a Sunday – Photography

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.”

– Imogen Cunningham

July 2011 - Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park

More photography quotes.

A bit of history for you, a bit of happiness for me!

On this day in 1872, my favorite National Park was established.

Happy birthday, Yellowstone!

(all pictures are from my adventures last summer in the park)

From history.com:

President Grant signs the bill creating the nation’s first national park at Yellowstone.

Native Americans had lived and hunted in the region that would become Yellowstone for hundreds of years before the first Anglo explorers arrived. Abundant game and mountain streams teaming with fish attracted the Indians to the region, though the awe-inspiring geysers, canyons, and gurgling mud pots also fascinated them.

John Colter, the famous mountain man, was the first Anglo to travel through the area. After journeying with Lewis and Clark to the Pacific, Colter joined a party of fur trappers to explore the wilderness. In 1807, he explored part of the Yellowstone plateau and returned with fantastic stories of steaming geysers and bubbling cauldrons. Some doubters accused the mountain man of telling tall tales and jokingly dubbed the area “Colter’s Hell.”

Before the Civil War, only a handful of trappers and hunters ventured into the area, and it remained largely a mystery. In 1869, the Folsom-Cook expedition made the first formal exploration, followed a year later by a much more thorough reconnaissance by the Washburn-Langford-Doane expedition. The key to Yellowstone’s future as a national park, though, was the 1871 exploration under the direction of the government geologist Ferdinand Hayden. Hayden brought along William Jackson, a pioneering photographer, and Thomas Moran, a brilliant landscape artist, to make a visual record of the expedition. Their images provided the first visual proof of Yellowstone’s wonders and caught the attention of the U.S. Congress.

Early in 1872, Congress moved to set aside 1,221,773 acres of public land straddling the future states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho as America’s first national park. President Grant signed the bill into law on this day in 1872. The Yellowstone Act of 1872 designated the region as a public “pleasuring-ground,” which would be preserved “from injury or spoilation, of all timber, mineral deposits, natural curiosities, or wonders within.”

For a nation bent on settling and exploiting the West, the creation of Yellowstone was surprising. Many congressmen gave it their support simply because they believed the rugged and isolated region was of little economic value. Yet the Yellowstone Act of 1872 set a precedent and popularized the idea of preserving sections of the public domain for use as public parks. Congress went on to designate dozens of other national parks, and the idea spread to other nations around the world.

Happy Family Day, Ontario!

It’s nice to have a long weekend.

I used to spend all my long weekends in Montreal, either shopping away or sauntering slowly through Old Montreal. But this year, I am saving up for a wonderful 2 month trip to Yellowstone National Park, and then Vancouver.

So I decided today that I will actually use Family Day properly – as the provincial government would like me to.

What better way to hang with the family, than with a puzzle?

I bought a supreme quality Ravensburger Puzzle, with their “softclick” technology. Very serious business. Apparently they are famous. Ask my boyfriends mother!

Obviously I had to get a puzzle of one city I cannot wait to visit: Rio de Janeiro!

So happy Family Day, not just in Ontario, Canada!