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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 This beautiful Nature attraction is located next to the Redwood National and state Parks, in northern California. It is a Redwood Forrest experience, named the Trees of Mystery. This...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 These massive redwood trees, are living organisms, and they have a longstanding history with our planet. They come from a line of ancient plant-life that made its way across the globe....

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 Directly ahead, you’ll find the trinity tree, where one enormous tree appears to have formed into a trinity. And if you pan to the left, you’ll see a funny shaped tree named...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 Up ahead, you’ll see a group of nine trees growing together as one, aptly named the “cathedral” tree. It is thought that Approximately 1000 years ago, there was a very...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 On your journey up to the sky trail, you’ll encounter this incredible tree overhang, with a complex network of branches covering the path ahead. This intricate web of tangled...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 The proliferation of Redwood Trees, have been discovered throughout our Northern Hemisphere. With maximum coverage on the earth, dating back 65 million years. Scientists have traced back...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 If you’re in the mood for a wilderness adventure, be sure to take the SkyTrail gondola ride up to Ted’s Ridge. After unloading, you will begin your journey down the rugged...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 The success of the Redwoods, are in part due to its growth rate which can be incredibly, quick. Redwoods have been documented with gains of over 7 feet in diameter, in as few as 100 years....

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 When visiting the trees of mystery in person, you should plan to spend at least a half day here. Aside from the amazing nature experience they also feature a fantastic museum and gift shop....

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 Redwood trees have some interesting methods of protection. For starters, their bark is very thick, with as much as a foot deep in some cases. If a tree is exposed to fire, the bark will...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 The Redwood have another survival strategy hidden in their burls. A burl is the wooden material found at the base of the tree, and it serves as a storage device for the organisms genetic...

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Trees of Mystery | Klamath, CA

 There are 3 distinct types of Redwood trees, and they are classified as three separate genera, the Coastal, the Sierra, and the Dawn, Redwood. The dawn redwood is deciduous while the...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 Welcome to this beautiful Japanese Tea Garden, located inside the Golden Gate Park, in San Francisco, California. This location is the oldest public Japanese Tea Garden in the United States....

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 Here inside the Garden, you’ll find influences by various aspects of Japanese culture and religion, like this statue of Buddha, found directly ahead. Here we see Buddha, with his hands...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 Up ahead, we can see a circular bridge called a taiko bashi. This type of Japanese structure is sometimes referred to as a Moon or Drum bridge. It gets its name from the full circle shape...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 Every detail from the flora selection to the placement of rocks, the water flow, the paths, even the location of the trees, everything, is purposeful, to emphasize a natural flow, as embodied...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 When the World’s Fair concluded in 1894, Makoto Hagiwara, a Japanese immigrant and master gardener, oversaw the transition of the Japanese Village fair exhibit to the permanent Japanese...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 A proper traditional rock garden, follows very specific artistic principles. Techniques use to achieve this art form, include careful consideration of the stones used, including their color,...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 This incredible structure is called a pagoda, and it is a five-tiered Buddhist shrine that was installed as part of the garden’s exhibit, in the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition....

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 Interestingly, Japanese tea gardens are a place of sacred ritual, where Japanese culture and religious philosophies, are communicated through the respected art forms of landscaping and...

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Japanese Tea Garden | San Francisco

 As you travel towards the back of the garden you will encounter a variety of trees, including flowering cherries, azaleas, magnolias, camellias, Japanese maples, pines, cedars and cypresses....

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco

 The architect Bernard Maybeck is quoted as saying, that the purpose of The Palace of Fine Arts is to show “the mortality of grandeur, and the vanity of human wishes”. I...

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Franciso

 Let us take a moment and appreciate this spectacular three hundred and sixty degree view of the rotunda. This vantage point provides an incredible perspective of the towering arches and...

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco

 The Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District of San Francisco, California. This fantastic structure happens to be an architectural icon of the city. Originally constructed for...

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco

 As you can see from this vantage point, the main Rotunda is built surrounded by a small artificial lagoon. The lagoon was constructed to echo the water scene’s found in classical...

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco

 As we approach the beautiful Rotunda, you can see that this structure is surrounded by a lovely artificial lagoon. The lagoon was constructed to echo the water scene’s found in...

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Palace of Fine Arts | San Francisco

 At the entrance to the Palace of Fine Arts, you will see several beautiful garden areas containing trees and shrubbery. The plants here help to create the illusion, that you’re...

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Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco

 Just ahead, we see the spectacular Golden Gate Bridge, located in the beautiful city of San Francisco California. Construction of this bridge began in January of 1933, and was completed in...

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Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco

 The two main suspension cables holding up the roadway on this bridge, use a combined total, of 80,000 miles of wire. If you were to stretch them out and loop them around the Earth, it would...

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Golden Gate Bridge | San Francisco

 Located at the end of Torpedo Wharf, is a beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and skyline. This Wharf got its name after the Army constructed a submarine mine depository here, in the...

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Tumalo Falls | Bend OR

 The majestic Tumalo Falls drops from approximately 90 feet, with a width of nearly 25 feet. To reach this location you must hike down a slippery slope to the base of the Falls. Interestingly,...

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Tumalo Falls | Bend OR

 The origin of the word Tumalo is unknown, there are however, a few theories that may shed some light on the origin of the word. One possibility is that it comes from a Klamath Indian word...

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Tumalo Falls | Bend OR

 As you continue your hike towards the waterfall, you’ll encounter this rock overhang. This unique vantage point provides some shelter from the elements, and an immersive auditory...

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Tumalo Falls | Bend OR

 Greetings and welcome. Just up this river, you can see the beautiful Tumalo Falls located in Bend Oregon. This magnificent waterfall is a popular destination for outdoor adventurers. To get...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 2 House

 Welcome to the cell block inside 2 house, this facility also goes by the title of the north wing. Prisoner’s sentenced to 2 house were living in a facility with virtually no comforts....

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

 Here we are standing in the cell block of the facility known as three house. This location was closed for sanitation concerns in 1921. After closing, it functioned as a temporary shoe...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 3 House

 We are currently standing in the stairwell on the second floor of three house. As you can see, this corridor has very low ceilings, and very narrow walkways. One can imagine that a space...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 4 House

 Four house is the largest and most modern cell block at the penitentiary. Construction was completed in 1954, and this building became the main place where inmates were housed. Some of the...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 5 House

 Five house is the only maximum security facility at the penitentiary. It is also home to the gallows and death row. Inmates incarcerated in this building were placed in these one man cells....

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Death Row

 Those unlucky enough to end up in 5 house, were sentenced to permanent solitary confinement. Five house was reserved for the most violent and unruly offenders. Inmates that were housed inside...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Gallows

 Welcome to the grim room known as the gallows. This room is located on the second floor of five house. The back wall features a display case of inmates who were executed in this very room....

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Gallows Drop Room

 Although the function of this room is quite grim, it does have an important purpose post mortem. The lever on the wall directly in front of you, releases the trap door above, allowing for...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | 5 House Entrance

 Welcome to five house. This building housed the most diabolical and violent, of the inmates. On display in this room are a collection of ingenious weapons, fashioned by the inmates who stayed...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Basketball Court

 The inmates used this space for more than just a friendly game of basketball. The recreational areas inside the Old Pen were also home to boxing, softball, handball, tennis, horseshoes, and...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Directly ahead is the basketball court, and the infamous five house, where maximum security inmates were housed. Down the path to your right, is an opening to the Pen called the sally port,...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Here we are standing at the front entrance to 4 house. The location description on the ground indicates that this building was completed in 1953, with this facility being the largest cell...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Just ahead, you’ll notice two buildings, the south wing, and the north wing. The entrance to the south wing is on your left, and the entrance of the north wing is on your right....

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Exterior

 Here we are positioned between the chapel located in front of you, and the 3 house, located directly behind you. 3 house originally housed inmates, but it was condemned for habitation, and...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Rose Garden

 Welcome to the Old Pen’s humble rose garden, here inmates tended to the surrounding flowers and foliage. This site may have served as a place to find peace and solitude for those lucky...

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Old Idaho Penitentiary | Dining Hall

 During operation, this building served as the Old Pen’s dining hall, until it was burned to the ground in the riot of 1973. Interestingly, this building was designed by an Inmate named...

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