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9. November—Beaver of Cuyahoga River Valley

Gary W. Vequist Texas A&M University Press ePub

9. November

Beaver of Cuyahoga River Valley

Cuyahoga Valley National Park—located in northeastern Ohio just a half hour from the Cleveland metropolitan area and millions of people—is one of the newest parks in the National Park System. Surprisingly, even an “urban” park such as Cuyahoga Valley can conserve wildlife and provide quality wildlife-watching experiences. True, a visitor won’t find wolves or grizzly bears, but one will find many other fascinating critters, including species deeply connected with America’s heritage, like the American beaver. In some ways these new parks located near major metropolitan areas may be even more important than the remote wilderness parks in terms of conservation value, as they help to connect millions of citizens, including urban residents, with our natural resources. November is a great time to visit Cuyahoga Valley National Park and watch the beavers' handiwork (or should we say “toothy work”) as they busily prepare for the coming winter.

What’s Remarkable about Beavers?

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Excursions

Michelin Michelin ePub

Open year-round daily. Visitor center at 3029 Spirit Lake Hwy., Toutle; t 360-274-0962; www.parks.wa.gov/stewardship/mountsthelens; open May–mid-Sept daily 9am–5pm, rest of the year 4pm; closed major holidays. t 360-449-7800. www.fs.usda.gov/mountsthelens. $5.

One of the world’s most famous volcanoes, Mount St. Helens erupted in 1980 with the intensity of 500 atomic bombs, destroying its northern flank and blasting away more than 1,300ft of elevation. In 1982 the US Congress declared Mount St. Helens a National Volcanic Monument. Today the eviscerated mountain, surrounded by a 172sq-mi preserve, is a leading visitor attraction.

Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
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When to Go

July is the best time to see flower-filled alpine meadows at Mt. Rainier, but any summer day through September offers the best opportunity for clear weather and great views at both Rainier and Mount St. Helens. Summertime frequently brings fog to the Washington coast, so the best times to visit are the shoulder seasons or winter-storm season.

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10 SIDE TRIPS FROM KYOTO & OSAKA

Beth Reiber FrommerMedia ePub

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SIDE TRIPS FROM KYOTO & OSAKA

Using Kyoto or Osaka as a base, there are several destinations worth a day’s trip or more. Foremost is Nara, which predates even Kyoto as the nation’s capital and is full of gems that comprise the Historic Monuments of Ancient Nara World Heritage Site. Other World Heritage Sites are Mount Koya, a Buddhist mountain retreat offering temple accommodations, and Japan’s most beautiful castle in Himeji. At the other end of the spectrum is the cosmopolitan city of Kobe, with a vibrant nightlife and neighborhoods that harken back to its beginnings as one of Japan’s first international ports. For information on regional rail passes, see p. 238 in chapter 12.

Nara, Ancient Capital

42km (26 miles) S of Kyoto; 48km (30 miles) east of Osaka

In early Japanese history, the nation’s capital was moved to a new site each time a new emperor came to the throne. In 710, however, the first permanent Japanese capital was set up at Nara. Not that it turned out to be so permanent: After only 74 years, the capital was moved first to Nagaoka and shortly thereafter to Kyoto, where it remained for more than 1,000 years. What’s important about those 74 years, however, is that they witnessed the birth of Japan’s arts, crafts, and literature, as Nara imported everything from religion to art and architecture from China. Even the city was laid out in a rectangular grid pattern, modeled after Chinese concepts. It was during the Nara Period that Japan’s first historical account, first mythological chronicle, and first poetry anthology (with 4,173 poems) were written. Buddhism flourished, and Nara grew as the political and cul tural center of the land with temples, shrines, pagodas, and palaces.

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1 The Best of Charleston, Savannah & St. Augustine

Stephen Keeling FrommerMedia ePub

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The Best of Charleston, Savannah & St. Augustine

Traveling from Charleston to St. Augustine, via Savannah, is just 265 miles and 4 hours by car, but it is a journey that runs through one of the richest cultural corridors in America. Surrounded by the landscapes of the Deep South—live oaks dripping with Spanish moss, stately antebellum mansions, blossoming magnolia trees, and tranquil sea marshes—you’ll take a trip back in time, from the romantic English colonies of South Carolina to the sub-tropical Spanish roots of Florida.

Charleston remains one of the best-preserved cities in America’s Old South, a charming colonial enclave of cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages, and gorgeous mansions. This is where the Civil War—“The War Between the States”—began in 1861. Crumbling plantation houses still lie on secluded, leafy estates, and the scent of fried shrimp, bubbling gumbo, and she-crab soup waft through the streets. Savannah, Charleston’s Georgian rival, is similar. Both were founded by English colonists, and possess an abundance of Southern charm, elegant architecture, and heaps of history. Yet there are differences. Savannah’s graceful squares are unique, lush gardens spread throughout the city, and the nightlife, free-wheeling spirit, and party-centric culture here is more like Key West that its staid northern cousin. St. Augustine is the smallest city of the three, similarly loaded with history, but this time with a Spanish flavor that makes it truly unique in North America. From the legendary “Fountain of Youth” and the old Spanish Castillo San Marcos, to the Mediterranean fantasies of Henry Flagler, there’s nothing quite like it.

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2 The Best Special-Interest Tours: Modernista Barcelona, Ciutat Vella-Ancient Barcelona, Barcelona for Modern Art Lovers, Design and Architecture, Gourmet Barcelona, Barcelona for Kids

Patricia Harris FrommerMedia ePub

The chimneys of La Pedrera.Modernista BarcelonaBarcelona is renowned for the wildly original modernisme, or Catalan Art Nouveau, style of architecture that flourished in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Best known are the stunning works of Antoni Gaudí, but so many talented architects left their mark on Barcelona that it’s a big task even to do a greatest hits tour in a single day. START: Metro to Lessep, then a taxi or 15-min. walk uphill to Parc Güell, the first stop on the itinerary. Parc Güell. In 1900 Gaudí’s lifelong patron, the Catalan industrialist Eusebi Güell, envisioned a real-estate development in a garden setting. Although never completed, the project bears Gaudí’s visionary stamp and reflects the naturalism beginning to flower in his work. The architect set out to design every detail in the park, but much of the work was in fact completed by a disciple, Josep María Jujol, best known for the park’s colorful splashes of trencadis (designs of broken shards of ceramics). Yet the unique man-made landscape is all Gaudí. At the main entrance are fairy-tale-like gatehouses topped with chimneys resembling wild mushrooms. The covered marketplace, with an extraordinary tiled lizard fountain at the entrance, is supported by 86 Doric columns (not the 100 planned). But most famous are those sinuous, mosaic-covered benches that trace the perimeter of the plaza above.  45 min. See p 54,

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