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Soccorros Radio Telescope Array


Before 1974 the high plain of San Agustin in western New Mexico was a harsh and barren landscape suitable only to desert plants, snakes, and lizards.  Since then it has become home to one of the worlds’ most famous astronomical observatories - the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Very Large Array; more commonly known as the Very Large Array or simply the VLA.  With its’ twenty-seven parabolic dish antennas - each weighing over 200-tons - it is the most complex radio telescope facility in the world.

The Rock


Alcatraz Prison is Americas most famous penetentiary.  It became home to the worst of the worst inmates and quickly developed a reputation for its strict rules.  During thier incarceration, prisoners had little to do but quietly serve thier time and try to survive the monotony and solitude on the island prison that was deemed escape-proof.  They gave it the moniker "the Rock", and in its nearly 30 years as a Federal Penetentiary there were only 14 escape attempts.  Most escapees were quickly recaptured and many died, but only one succeeded in the long swim to the mainland only to be quickly arrested and returned.  What has been called America's Devils Island has since become a National Park.
 

The Magic of Disney


There has probably been no person who has brought so much happiness to so many people as Walt Disney.  When you hear his name, you automatically think of Mickey Mouse and Disneyland.  We remember him for his award winning cartoons and keeping the inner child alive with his amazing theme parks.  While volumes have been written about the man, his dreams, and his realizations, we've limited this presentation to but a few dozen paragraphs; enough to wade into the ocean of adventure and fun that all came about with the creation of a cartoon mouse.

Washington DC

If there is one city every American should visit - our Nation's capital, Washington, D.C. Filled with monuments, memorials, and museums, this city has something for everyone. This link all too briefly touches on but a few of the sights of this metropolis. While there are many more that have been left off this list (due to space constraints) a quick search on your favorite search engine will open a plethora of activities and city-wide destinations. It is not a destination where everything can be seen and done in a standard two week vacation. Many of the attractions are open to the public free of charge, which makes this a Mecca for many families.

Air Show!

Every year an event takes place that gets aviation buffs on the move - the Air Show.  From the most modern technical advances in flight to the byplanes from the dawn of aviation and everything in between, you'll find crowds with cameras hoping to catch that one image of their favorite aircraft.  Here are some air shows that are sure to offer you a thrill. For more information about air show performances near you, search this years air show calendar on the web.

Bodie, CA - An American Ghost Town


The Wild West of America has all but disappeared except for the pages of adventure books and Hollywood movies.  However the ghost of the time can still be found if you know where to look.  Bodie, California is one of many towns that was part of the gold fever of the nineteenth century.  Once a thriving settlement with a population that hoped it woud rival San Francisco, Bodie dies when the gold was mined out.  Most of the town burned to the ground, but what remains is perhaps the most impressive and well presevered of the west mining towns.

Places of Antiquity

(Part II of II)

A continuation of last months blog with six new distinations that represent some of the grandest locations to visit for a look into the culture of the past. Begining in the Central American jungles of Guatamala, we visit the Mayan city of Tikal and from there weave our way through Cambodia, Greece, the United States, Easter Island and Peru. Once again, the sites are in choronological order, with the our tour beginning at the oldest site.  (NOTE: The locations underlined indicate those which I have visited and can speak of from first hand experience.)

Places of Antiquity

(Part I of II)

These places are only a shadow of their lost significance.  Some, such as the Pyramids and Great Wall of China, are recognized by just about everyone.  Others are less well-know.  But all connect us to our past and leave us amazed at the artistic and contruction abilities of these ancient people.  Here is a view of six travel destination, which represent some of the greatest building efforts of long ago.  They are in chronological order, from the oldest - at the top of the list - to the "youngest" at the bottom. 

Concentration Camp Dachau

The first concentration camp of the Nazi state opened its doors in 1936.  Housing mostly political prisoners and Jews, it soon became the death camp for Russian POW's, homosexuals, gypsies, non-conformists, and even the homeless.  It was the camp that all other German concentration camps of World War II were modeled after and was the birthplace of the brutal and inhumane treatment that many concentration camp survivors tell us.  We should never forget the depth which mans inhumanity to his fellow man can reach.

 
Here you will find the ten previous N.E.W.S. articles. 
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Murano and Burano - Islands of Glass and Lace

While a trip to Venice may be on many a presons list of dreams yet to be fulfilled, few of us think about including the desitinations of the islands of Murano and Burano in their itenerary.  But a trip to Venice without seeing these artistic destinations is a lost opportunity.  These two islands should certainly be on everyones list of things to see and do when visiting that Renaissance city.