2013年07月30日

American journey /Pinnacles/exploring natural caves

A man likes the exploration at any age. Interest is aroused by potholing in particular.I visited Pinnacles national park in the 2-hour place by car from San Jose.

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The entrance gate of the park. The national park is charged.

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I walked the trail among strangely shaped rocks for about one hour. I did not get tired of a trail while I watch a mountain of the strange form.

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Pinnacles National Park, located near the San Andreas Fault along the boundary of the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate, is an excellent example of tectonic plate movement. The Pinnacles Rocks are believed to be part of the Neenach Volcano that occurred 23 million years ago near present-day Lancaster, California, some 195 miles (314 km) southeast. The giant San Andreas Fault split the volcano and the Pacific Plate crept north, carrying the Pinnacles. The work of water and wind on these erodible volcanic rocks has formed the unusual rock structures seen today.

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The entrance of the cave appeared in front suddenly when I walked for about one hour.The cave is called Balconies cove.

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There was very cool when I entered inside at once. It is thought that it is result of groundwater springing out. I washed my sweaty dirty face with the cold water.

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In the cave, there are wide place that is easy to walk and the narrow place. There are a bright place and a completely dark place. I cannot go ahead before at the place that is dark if there is not a light.

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I bend forward to pass through the big rock or through narrow places.Very thrilling!

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I reminded of movie one scene of "Lost Arc".(The adventures of indiana Jones) 
Balconies coves are talus caves created by huge boulders that formed a roof over a narrow canyon.

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Boots-shaped rock rolls to the hillside. Who wear this boots? How would this rock be made?

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Rocks of the form such as the Japanese Kokeshi doll saw me off.
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2013年07月22日

American journey /Monterey in summer

 Monterey in summer is filled with bright sunlight. I went round this towns with my daughter by bicycle.She hates a sunburn, but I like it.  It’s off the subject but the preference of the Japanese woman seems to be slightly abnormal. For example, they love slim bodies below the average, and abnormal hatred for the sunburn. In this ground where races of the world gather, how do people see it?

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In this warm ground among the blue seas, the people seem to enjoy the life as they are.

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Here is foreign scenery obviously, but I feel nostalgia . Here is one of my favorite places in this town.

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The downtown overflows in a Mexican atmosphere.

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The look of the town among flowers is pretty and stylish.

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The wedding ceremony of local people was held backed by the beautiful shoreline.My daughter cried unintentionally; such "I also want the wedding ceremony like this!"

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A seal did a wedding ceremony at the neighboring shore. No, be having a nap?

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We drove route 1 after this.I came here many times, but the scene here does not get tired in me.

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2013年07月13日

American Journey / Grand Canyon in summer

 It was the first time that I visit here in summer. In this summer, the heat wave attacked the southwestern part of US. However, summer Grand Canyon was mysterious without changing.

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I heared to invite me to from the bottom of the earth carved like a sculpture.

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Many people gathered at the Mather point.Here is always a popular view spot.

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I saw the surface of the Colorado river subtly. It was dark brown in the summer,though it was green in winter.

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I challenged Bright Angel Trail this time also. In the summertime, it is the fight with heat and thirst. I get tired in comparison with the winter.Becouse the temperature exceeded 100℉, and the wind was very dry.

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It was interesting that the color of the stratum changes as I went down in the bottom of the earth.

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The sense falling in the bottom of the earth recalled me to an SF film.

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The way to the Indian garden was steep.

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The weather of Grand Canyon was variable. It was clouded suddenly, and thunder roared in the valley, and a shower fell and also light shined.I always could look fantastic scenery here.

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When I passed 3 Miles Rest Houses and went down a little, I saw an Indian garden. I wanted to go to this point, but unfortunately, in consideration of the physical strength of the return, I decided to return here.

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3 Miles Rest Houses. I could obtain enough water here and was saved very much.I was able to get water in here and 1.5 Miles Rest Houses.I drank water of 3L on that day.

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I have visited Grand Canyon four times, even so I watched the Mule deer having a so big corner for the first time.

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I decided to stay at Williams tonight. This town is the stage of the Route 66 here.This town is also the starting station of the train following the Grand Canyon.I must drive the whole course of 700mile tomorrow from here to San Jose.
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