Friday, February 21, 2014
Iowa City is the Beginning of Mormon Handcart Trek. It was the end for the west-bound railroad in 1856. It was here that the convert emigrants were outfitted with handcarts to begin their trek. Grinnell Iowa hotels will be cheap hotels when planning your pioneer treks.
We took a trip to Utah and California two years ago. When we left for San Francisco by train, I very wanted to come back to Salt Lake City. I knew we need to plan another trip when I have more annual leave and money. I’ll go when I’m ready. My gaze rolls to Sophia. She smiles but doesn’t press me. My nerves fumble my return smile. I know she does not think our plan will succeed.
Who knows? We should prepare for a long plane ride, rent a cheap car and a hotel like the Comfort Inn & Suites. We can relax in the indoor heated pool and hot tub. When I go to book a hotel, I check the distance to whatever it is I’m doing in the area, and then I go straight for the amenities. The amenities in the Comfort Inn & Suites including laundry, indoor pool,
, free deluxe
continental breakfast, free wireless high-speed Internet access in all rooms, free
local calls that’ll make me feel extraordinary. fitness
Of course, if I do not choice the handcart route from Salt Lake City to Iowa City, I likely just come across I-80. I won't be in a big hurry. I'm thinking to drive 8-10 hours per day. And enjoy the majestic including Great Salt Lake,
Red Desert, Rocky Mountains.
The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel is conveniently located off Interstate 80,
between Iowa City and . When we have enough rest we can
get to Des Moines Nauvoo Temple
which was the first latter-day temple in which endowments and sealings were
performed, which proved a great strength to the pioneers as they endured the
hardships crossing the plains to Zion in the . This is a dream
to drive and a beautiful trip. Salt Lake
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
For all those visiting or living as an expat in Taiwan, the east coast highway with its dramatic scenery and rich culture is a must see. Tourists and locals alike admire the scenery travelling by car, bicycle, scooter and bus, though if you’re pedalling be aware that the first half is mountainous and tight corners and tunnels can make uncomfortable passing places. Keelung, with its easy access to Taipei and an international port, makes a good place to start. Perhaps the most notable thing about Keelung is its name. Not the name itself, but the Hollywood style sign erected on the mountainside above the town to welcome ships entering the harbor. The other big draw in Keelung is the Miaokou Night Market with several local specialties and all the usual attractions of Taiwanese night markets.
SuAo to Hualien – Drive with care
It’s 100km from Keelung to the most dramatic part of the route. This is known as the SuHua Highway, starting at SuAo and ending at Hualien, hence the name. At this point, the central mountains of Taiwan, forced upwards from the seafloor by tectonic activity, drop straight down into the ocean. The road and its 14 tunnels were hewn out of the cliff face in the 1930s by Taiwanese laborers under the Japanese colonial administration, with little in the way of mechanization to help them and it was only in 1990 that 2-way traffic was possible along its entire length. In the context of Taiwan’s annual typhoons bringing landslides to the mountainous terrain and the regular earthquakes which are a result of its position on the Pacific Ring of Fire; building the east coast highway was truly an audacious undertaking. As you traverse the SuHua Highway you will appreciate its magnificence, both for the achievement of building it and the natural beauty of the azure blue Pacific Ocean colliding with the coastline below.
After 100km on the SuHua Highway you reach Hualien, a small city lying close to the mouth of the LiWu river and Taroko Gorge. Taroko is a deep ravine carved into the marble and limestone mountains over millions of years by the LiWu River and it is one of the major natural attractions in Taiwan. In a similar way to the SuHua Highway, the road climbing the gorge clings to the rock face, passing through tunnels and crossing bridges along the way. It is perfectly possible to cycle up Taroko Gorge, but it is a good 100km to the top of Mount HeHuanShan, involving a climb of 3000m, so it’s not one for the faint hearted. Being far from the major urban centers of the west coast, Hualien is much quieter than most Taiwanese cities and as with other towns on the east coast, has a significant aboriginal population. Taiwanese aboriginal culture is a major tourist draw to Hualien and hence of great benefit to the local economy.
The beautiful south - Taitung, Green Island and Kaohsiung.
South of Hualien, you have a choice of routes to the southern town of Taitung. The more scenic route, which also marks a change from the coast, follows the Eastern Rift Valley, also known as the HuaTung Valley (Hualien-Taitung). The HuaTung Valley is the ancestral home of the Ami, Truko, Puyuma, Bun Un and Sakizaya tribes and there are numerous aboriginal villages to visit. Alternatively, just enjoy the scenery on the gentler and less dramatic inclines of this part of the route and watch out for the monument as you cross the Tropic of Cancer. At the southern end of the valley, you reach Taitung, one of the three major cities on the east coast. From here, you can take a ferry to Green Island, a popular tourist destination due to its natural beauty and opportunities for swimming and scuba diving. Green Island was also the site of a prison used to house political prisoners during the martial law era. Thankfully, Green Island has now left the political turmoil of Taiwan’s past behind it and comes highly recommended as a place to chill out.
The final section of the journey takes you south from Taitung towards the Southern Cross Island Highway and Kaohsiung on the south west coast. Having traveled from the metropolitan north with its large mainland Chinese population, through the aboriginal Taiwanese dominated central east coast; you are now very much in the Minnan or Taiwanese speaking south. Life takes a slower pace down here, even in the second city and international container port of Kaohsiung, the final destination. Once a polluted industrial city, Kaohsiung has been redeveloped and vastly improved in recent years, making it one of the urban highlights of Taiwan and an example to the rest of Asia of what can be achieved as fast growing industrial cities reach maturity. It is home to the National Stadium, a thoroughly modern arena that draws its power from the sun. Designed for the 2009 World Games by Japanese architect Toyo Ito, it is unusual in that it is open at one end, shaped like a dragon’s tail. Running through the center of Kaohsiung and a symbol of its regeneration is the Love River. Once little more than a fetid industrial sewer, it has been thoroughly cleaned. The Love River Park runs along the riverbank in the downtown area and is at the cultural and social heart of the city. At the mouth of the Love River is the harbor and its container and cruise liner ports, from where you can sail to countries in Asia and around the world.
The East Coast Highway counts as one of the most dramatic roads in the world and offers you taste of the different cultures and landscapes of Taiwan. From the port of Keelung with its links to the capital Taipei, the central city of Hualien with its aboriginal culture and access to Taroko Gorge and the central mountains, to the Hoklo Taiwanese dominated southern cities of Taitung and Kaohsiung, the journey from Keelung to Kaohsiung offers an overview of the diverse, modern nation that is Taiwan.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
It’s very strange that I should write more about
Taiwan but I would
write about .
As most of you know, my new friends Frederik’s family will be in New Zealand for
a family vacation. To get around the island, I think to rent a car from Snap
Car Rental is good. I guess you will worry about getting ripped off by this rental
car company. I would tell you about my experiences of renting a car in New Zealand . It might
come in handy in California . New Zealand
My rental details were as follows:
Opening hours on day of collection: 06:00-17:30 hours
Telephone ( 415-929-2555 )
RENTAL DATE & TIME: Wednesday, at 04.04.2012 06:30
Opening hours on day of return: 00:00-23:59 hours
Telephone ( 310-342-9200 )
RETURN DATE & TIME: Monday, at 09.04.2012 13:00
Car group: Group A (e.g. Chevrolet Aveo)
Quoted price: 269.36 USD
Your quote includes:
Local Tax (TAX)
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW)
Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF)
Please note that excesses may apply to above insurance.
Please be advised that if a second driver is requested, he/she must be present at check-out with original their driving license.
Standard minimum age requirements will apply by country (normally 23 yrs).
A Young Driver Surcharge may also apply (normally under 25 yrs). If you have a Corporate Account with Avis, please refer to your corporate agreement.
Insurance - a basic level of insurance has been included in your rental price (as detailed above), and excesses may apply. If required, additional insurance cover can be purchased. Just ask at the Avis desk when you collect your rental vehicle. If you have a Corporate Account with Avis, please refer to your corporate agreement for the exact details of your insurance cover.
Drivers need to have held a clean license for a year.
I thought the rental price would be budget. The lady at the counter suggested that we should upgrade to a full-size four-door (group E) car and the markup fee was only USD $10 dollars. You would be more comfortable and safer. This suggestion made our hearts beat faster. We agreed to upgrade. Then the upsell really begins when they asked what insurance coverage I wanted. The miss gave me two choices. I can get full unlimited coverage or their recommended coverage. She never said that insurance was option or that I can choose not to have it. She claimed that my insurance doesn’t cover everything if I get into an accident or the car was stolen. We were anxious that car napper stole the car. Finally, we decided to assume full responsibility. Luckily, we were safe.
But today I got excited when I surfed http://www.snapcarrentalauckland.com/. Experience
with rental cars from just NZ$19 per day. I should also plan to visit New Zealand
because it’s very cheap. New Zealand
It's worth to mention that you always drive on the left-hand-side of the road. The rule is different from ours in
. To rent
a motorcycle maybe a good choice so you require alpinestars gloves to protect
you. The Alpinestars WR-3 Glove is an all-weather touring glove and is both
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protection housed within the Leather main body construction for robust and
durable performance. If you’re going walking in the cold or rainy area, 100%
waterproof gloves are essential. Taiwan
By the way, if you keep some animals or pets, you should know how to care these animals. A guppy and sailfin molly died of hunger when we traveled in
Chicken Feeders or automated fish feeders are necessary for life. Korea
Friday, October 11, 2013
Recently couch surfers living in
stay at my home for some days. They choose Germany Taiwan
as their stopover on their journey to , where they want to
enjoy their parental holidays for nearly two month. What association do I have
with the event? I guess it is probably worth starting out on your investment
journey with the real estate in New Zealand . If you are contemplating for the best
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Taiwan, which is also named as the Republic of China, was founded in 1912 and it’s the first democratic republic in Asia. In 1949 the republic broadened its borders and now includes the islands of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, Matsu, Dongsha, Zhongsha, and Nansha.
The land area of Taiwan is about 36,000 square kilometers and it is shaped like a leaf. It is located off the southeastern coast of Asia. Japan is to the north; Philippines to the south These days Taiwan is getting more and more popular as a touristic destination, making it the perfect place to visit and spend some days, as it combines sea, monuments, culture and beauty of the landscapes.
Taiwan is located on the western edge of the Pacific and there is a lot of tectonic movement which creates these beautiful landscapes. Peaks and hills, plains, coastlines and basins, as well as numerous different natural landscapes combined with the nice subtropical and tropical climate provide different temperatures between the seasons. The species of animals and plants that live there are extremely rare sometimes and indigenous, so they are included in the endangered species. More than 18400 species are considered to live on the island and more of 20% of them are endangered.
When it comes to destinations in Taiwan that you can combine both pleasure and touristic attractions the choices are many.
Taipei is the capital or Taiwan and it combines both beautiful scenery and culture attractions. Don’t miss visiting the Long Shan Temple, Tamshui, National Revolutionary Martyrs' Shrine, as well as Ximending (Ximen Red House). When it comes to the landscapes and the scenery of the town it’s highly recommended to visit Elephant Mountain (as it also known as Nangang District Hiking Trail) and the Maokong Gondola in the mountain Maokong. The Maokong gondola route stops at Taipei Zoo, Maokong station and the Zhinan Temple. The Maokong station stop lies at the top of the mountain and it offers a panoramic view of the city. There, there is a nice restaurant where visitors can try local delicacies like noodles cooked with tea oil and glutinous rice accompanied with bamboo shoots.
Kaohsiung is one of the most beautiful towns in Taiwan and has both beautiful landscapes, like the Chichin Island and the Shoushan Mountain, two attractions that most tourists of the region visit. Chichin Seashore Park is created in the shore of the previously referred island and it’s very popular among the tourists. As for cultural attractions, tourists seem to prefer Buddha Memorial Centre, as a religious attraction as well as Fo Guang Shan Monastery. Qihou Paotai Storeland is an exceptional history museum and a must – see of the region.
Xinbei also provides great pleasure to visitors, as there are many things to do around. Do not forget to visit the Yeh Liu Geo Park, which is located in the area. It is a cape in the region of Wanli, near Taipei and it is famous for its hoodoo stones, the thin spires of rock that are formed by sedimentary stone. A lot of those rock formations have some creative names and the most known “The Queen's Head.” As for landscapes, the most romantic one in the region is Danshuei and you really need to visit Juming Museum, if you are around the area.
It’s a nice region where landscapes and sceneries are the most important things to see in the area. Taroko Gorge and the Tarako National Park are very beautiful and attract a quite big amount of tourists. Never go during a dry season, as the water rushing down the gorge and makes a world of difference. Ruisui and the local university are good spots to visit too.
There, you can visit Anping Tree House, a historic spot, as well as the Chimei Museum and the Confucius Temple. There is also a very nice historic museum, Tainan Parkthat, is a tourist attraction too, but not only. It’s a very nice landscape too.
If you need further information about getting in these regions or travel there from England, manchester airport contact number is the one you need to call. It's a very nice country to travel to, so don't hesitate to get more information about it.