The World Wonders that I have been to

The Seven Natural Wonders of The World: Mount Everest in Nepal Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA – Visited on 6/1/2016 Great Barrier Reef in Australia – Visited on 8/10/2014 Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) – Visited on 3/26/2014 Parícutin volcano in Mexico Harbor of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil The Classic Seven Wonders of the World: Great Pyramid of Giza Hanging Gardens of Babylon Statue of Zeus at Olympia Temple of Artemis at Ephesus Mausoleum at Halicarnassus Colossus … Continue reading >>

Grand Canyon, Arizona

The Experience Our hotel had a free shuttle bus transporting people to and from the Grand Canyon every thirty minutes. After talking to the hotel clerk we learned that there should still be many free parking spaces at Grand Canyon. We decided to drive there since we had bought the pass for our car last night when driving to our hotel, and it’s valid for six days, on top of that, we could avoid the bus waiting time. After eating breakfast, we packed and … Continue reading >>

A day of Fun in Page, Arizona

The Experience Today was devoted to a small town in Northern Arizona called Page, which was built in 1957 to house workers who were building the Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and their families. Page was named after John C. Page, head of the Reclamation Commission, which constructed the dam. We saw many Native Americans, specifically Navajo descendents, lived and worked in Page. The Navajo people revered coyote greatly. I recall a group project I did while working on my Bachelor of Science degree about … Continue reading >>

Visiting Zion National Park in Utah

The Experience We left the much hated hotel as soon as possible after eating free breakfast without any protein. Our destination was Zion National Park. It’s about two and half hours of drive. After we got out of Lost Wages, there’s nothing much to see except brown desert and desert plants. Then we saw buildings, palm trees, and greens. It’s the CasaBlanca Resort Casino in Nevada. Once we passed it, the scenery turned back to desert and cacti. After driving awhile, we saw red … Continue reading >>

A day in Lost Wages, Nevada

The Experience No one had a good sleep and everyone got up early in the morning. We ate bagels and drank orange juices provided by the hotel after our morning routine. I was expecting milk and boiled eggs for cheap protein, but even that was too much to ask. There was absolutely no protein provided for breakfast. It’s still very early, so we went to a little market next to our hotel to kill some time. Adventurer Jr. III liked … Continue reading >>

Starting the Trip

The Experience With much anticipation and preparation, we got our luggage ready in the morning, including buying bags of snacks to avoid paying high food prices on the airplanes and at the airports. We went to a buffet for brunch. Then we officially started our trip by driving to a Sheraton hotel near our airport and taking its free shuttle to the airport to reduce the parking fee. The American Airlines’ airplane departed on-time around 3:30 pm and we arrived at Dallas, TX after … Continue reading >>

2016 MathCON Regional and National Competitions

Adventurer Jr. and Adventurer Jr. II took the MathCON computerized Competition on March 4th. Adventurer Jr. ranked the 5th and Adventurer Jr. II got a perfect score and ranked 3rd regionally out of total 45,000 students in 6 regions. The tie breaker for perfect scores was timing but Adventurer Jr. II wasn’t aware of that and spent time checking his answers. They both got invited to national finals in Chicago for MathCON competition on April the 23rd. The national competition was … Continue reading >>

Niagara Falls, New York Trip Prep

We’ll visit Niagara Falls during a long weekend. This is my third time there. First time I joined the Maid of the Mist boat ride from the US side to see American Falls and Horseshoe Falls, and the second time I joined the Hornblower boat ride from Canada side. It takes about 4.5 hours to drive one way. Due to the exchange rate, we’ll stay at the Canadian side to take advantage of it. These sites can easily fit into our schedule. Niagara … Continue reading >>

Grand Canyon, AZ Trip Prep

The Grand Canyon is our top destination of this trip. Here’s a list of things to do in Grand Canyon by US News. Most of the historical buildings are located at South Rim. We definitely should go there. Here’s a web page just for South Rim. Learning at South Rim. View of Havasupai. Here are some maps of Grand Canyon. Here’s an official free guide I signed up for. Grand Canyon Field Institute programs might be good for our family. But there’s a … Continue reading >>

The wild west of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah Trip Prep

We are planning on a 9-day trip to the wild west of Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. We’ll fly to Las Vegas, NV. The round trip takes about 2 days. So the actual sightseeing for this trip is about 7 days. The main attraction of this trip is the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. We’ll drive 5 hours from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon and stay 1 night and 2 days there including driving time. Hopi House in Grand … Continue reading >>