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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yellowstone


A busy day for the Jenkins household.  Sue and Luke on a school trip to NYC, me going to work and my part time car service.  Kyle has school and then volunteering at a church soup kitchen.  A few minutes after I get home from work it is off to the church, which is too far from home so I wait around.  Drive home and Kyle has just enough time to change in to his soccer gear and off we go to pick up Mike and head to soccer practice. 

The gas tank is low now, so I stop to get gas, and get slapped with a $67 charge to fill-er-up regular…that’s a little more than 16 gallons.  I now have a crick in my neck and my back hurts, so even though I am 9 miles from home, I decide to go home and not sit in the car anymore.

Once home again, I notice that I should tape American Idol, throw away the garbage, and start the Blog.  What happened to that extra day we had yesterday….surely we could have fit some of this into yesterday or tomorrow.

This day in history”
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.
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.

I have yet to visit the National parks and the most interesting and dangerous is the “Yellowstone” , complete with its own hidden super volcano.   The Yellowstone Caldera is the volcanic caldera located in Yellowstone National Park in the United States, sometimes referred to as the Yellowstone Supervolcano. The caldera is located in the northwest corner of Wyoming, in which the vast majority of the park is contained. The major features of the caldera measure about 34 by 45 miles (55 by 72 km).[3]

Will this super volcano one day reshape the Americas and possibly the world after it erupts.  

Oh, look at the time, I have to make my way back to the field to pick up Kyle.  Sue and Luke should be home from their school trip which included CSI and Blue Man Group.
Photos of the day “Yellowstone”



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