2016 Summer Quizbowl Camp Review

The Experience We packed things up, had an early lunch and left home at 12:30 pm on Wednesday. The hosting school was about 2 hours of driving distance away. We were mostly on interstate 77 heading south. We had never been to that part of Ohio before and realized that the scenery was beautiful with lush green trees, farms, and little towns connected by little towns. After checking in and helping Adventurer Jr. set his dorm room up, we hugged, said goodbye … Continue reading >>

July Fourth 2016 Holiday Vacation

We drove to Canada for this mini vacation. This was my nth time going to Canada. We tried to do something different each time, and this time was no exception. However, the vacation we took deviated from our original plan. The Experience Day One – Friday, July the First, 2016 Last night, I baked a Honey Cake for this morning’s breakfast and we packed the leftover for snack. We departed around 10 am. It was raining. We passed Buffalo, New York, and drove to … Continue reading >>

Veni, Vidi, but no Vici the Wild West of Arizona, Nevada and Utah

The Experience Day One – Saturday 5/28/2016 – Starting the Trip Day Two – Sunday 5/29/2016 – A day in Lost Wages, Nevada Day Three – Monday 5/30/2016 – Visiting Zion National Park in Utah Day Four – Tuesday 5/31/2016 – A day of Fun in Page, Arizona Day Five – Wednesday 6/1/2016 – Grand Canyon, Arizona Day Six – Thursday 6/2/2016 – Hoover Dam, Nevada Day Seven – Friday 6/3/2016 – Lost Wages Strip Day Eight – Saturday 6/4/2016 – … Continue reading >>

Last day in Lost Wages

The Experience By this time, we were homesick and ready to leave Lost Wages. Our flight was around midnight. We negotiated a checkout time of 1 pm instead of 11 am because there’s nothing much one could do outdoors during the day. After we left the hotel, we drove to Chinatown. Since we were hungry and the temperature was 107ºF, it didn’t take us long to agree on a restaurant for lunch. After lunch, we took a quick look of … Continue reading >>

Lost Wages Strip

The Experience Today was going to be a slow day for a change of pace. We got up around 9 am, bought takeout from Jack in the Box a block away from our hotel for breakfast, and the kids played with their iPad and iPhone games in our air conditioned hotel room until our lunch. This hotel had a washer and dryer that customers could use for free to wash their clothes. We bought a small container of liquid laundry detergent … Continue reading >>

Hoover Dam, Nevada

The Experience The breakfast had scrambled eggs, sausages, hash browns, breads, pastries, cereal, milk, juice, tea, coffee, and fresh fruits. Finally, we got a decent hot English breakfast. That’s the best free breakfast we’ve had for this trip. This hotel had a hotel full of surprises. We were on the road again after breakfast. We passed Kingman Army Airfield Museum, which played a significant role in WWII. Thirty six thousand gunners were trained there. After about one hour of driving, we arrived … Continue reading >>

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 >>