Yosemite National Park

Written by Gregg Strand


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The geology of Yosemite is characterized by granitic rocks and remnants of older rock. About 10 million years ago,repparttar Sierra Nevada was uplifted and then tilted to form its relatively gentle western slopes andrepparttar 142627 more dramatic eastern slopes. The uplift increasedrepparttar 142628 steepness of stream and river beds, resulting in formation of deep, narrow canyons. About 1 million years ago, snow and ice accumulated, forming glaciers atrepparttar 142629 higher alpine meadows that moved downrepparttar 142630 river valleys. Ice thickness in Yosemite Valley may have reached 4,000 feet duringrepparttar 142631 early glacial episode. The downslope movement ofrepparttar 142632 ice masses cut and sculptedrepparttar 142633 U-shaped valley that attracts so many visitors to its scenic vistas today.

(This information was obtained fromrepparttar 142634 National Park Service and is inrepparttar 142635 public domain.)

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Whale Watching Ė The Biggest Show on Earth

Written by Cliff Calderwood


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Today most whale watch boats have sophisticated equipment and communications that helprepparttar captain findrepparttar 142626 whales. But if a company has been organizing whale watch trips for many years itís a sign theyíre doing something right and a safe bet for you.

My most rewarding trips have been when a naturalist or whale expert has been on board to provide information and narraterepparttar 142627 tour.

CHECK FOR A WHALE SIGHTING GUARANTEE

Because ofrepparttar 142628 very unpredictable nature ofrepparttar 142629 whales, theyíll be rare occasions when you just donít see any. So make sure you book on a cruise that offers a guarantee sighting or you get to cruise again for free.

Offering a guarantee is another good sign of a confident and experienced whale watch company. But remember if they spot one whale and you werenít watching or somewhere else onrepparttar 142630 boat when they did Ė tough!

WHALE WATCHING IS DONE ON THE OPEN OCEAN.

Whale watching onrepparttar 142631 open ocean means if you suffer with motion sickness at all then take something about an hour before you boardrepparttar 142632 cruise.

Experienced whale watch cruise captains do not go out in rough seas, but itís not a harbor cruise andrepparttar 142633 whale feeding grounds are usually miles from land. The open sea can be a little choppy even inrepparttar 142634 summer months.

QUICK CHECK OF WHALE WATCHING EQUIPMENT.

Recommended things to bring on your whale watch are a camera and plenty of film or memory cards (if youíre digital). If youíve got binoculars take them as whales sometimes surface yards fromrepparttar 142635 boat, and having binoculars will give you spectacular views and close ups others without them just wonít get.

Wear sneakers or something rubber-soled for good traction on a wet and slippery deck. And take sunscreen, sunglasses, and if itís got a tie strap Ė a hat.

Because ofrepparttar 142636 breeze and open water thereís usually a 15-degree difference from land out inrepparttar 142637 ocean. So take a sweatshirt or windbreaker just in case, and especially for a late afternoon trip. Alsorepparttar 142638 boats will go out inrepparttar 142639 rain and if youíve got a poncho take it.

The whales are waiting for you. These mesmerizing animals have traveled thousands of miles so you can view them playing and feeding. Itís reallyrepparttar 142640 biggest show on earth. So go ahead and takerepparttar 142641 adventure - they donít stay for long.



Cliff Calderwood is the owner and contributing writer of www.new-england-vacations-guide.com . You can read other vacation articles and get a free travel report at his New England vacations online guide site.


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