Monthly Archives: February 2010

UNESCO World Heritage Site #108: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Posted by on February 2, 2010

World Heritage Site #108: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

World Heritage Site #108: Great Smoky Mountains National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a major North American refuge of temperate zone flora and fauna that survived the Pleistocene glaciations. The park includes the largest remnant of the diverse Arcto-Tertiary geoflora era left in the world, and provides an indication of the appearance of late Pleistocene flora. It is large enough to allow the continuing biological evolution of this natural system, and its biological diversity exceeds that of other temperate-zone protected areas of comparable size. The park is of exceptional natural beauty with undisturbed, virgin forest including the largest block of virgin red spruce remaining on earth.

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited national park in the United States, primarily due to its location near major population centers in Tennessee and North Carolina. In addition to its natural treasures, it also has historical significance. Churches and homes of many of the mountain people who lived in the area still stand today.

Click to see a summary of all the World Heritage Sites I’ve visited since March 2007.

Commence Operation Street Food

Posted by on February 2, 2010

Khao San Road, BangkokIf you haven’t been to Bangkok before, it is arguably the best city in the world for street food. WIthin in one block of where I’m staying is a mall worth of sidewalk vendors all selling different types of food.

Starting tomorrow, I am only going to eat street food for an entire week. Every meal and every snack is going to come from someone selling food from a folding table, a pushcart or a modified motorbike. I’m going to log everything, including the price, and take photos of every thing I eat. I’m also going to try and get as much variety as I can.
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UNESCO World Heritage Site #107: Everglades National Park

Posted by on February 1, 2010

World Heritage Site #107: Everglades National Park

World Heritage Site #107: Everglades National Park

From the World Heritage inscription:

Everglades National Park is the largest designated sub-tropical wilderness reserve on the North American continent. Its juncture at the interface of temperate and sub-tropical America, fresh and brackish water, shallow bays and deeper coastal waters creates a complex of habitats supporting a high diversity of flora and fauna. It contains the largest mangrove ecosystem in the Western Hemisphere, the largest continuous stand of sawgrass prairie and the most significant breeding ground for wading birds in North America.

It is amazing how abruptly the urban Miami area ends and how fast the Everglades begins. The Everglades is a sea of grass and if you visit, you will not have difficulty finding the star of the park: the alligator. I saw dozens of alligators sunning themselves on bike paths and in the water near the road. Despite their appearance, they really pose no threat to humans. If you are ever in South Florida, take a day to visit the Everglades as it is the premier natural attraction in the state.

Click to see a summary of all 110 World Heritage Sites I’ve visited since March 2007.