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Sharks are Scary, but…

3 Aug

I get REALLY excited about Shark Week.  I can’t wait to watch the new shows and to watch some of my old favorites.  Occasionally I step back and think, “Why is Shark Week such a cultural phenomenon?  Why do we all get so worked up about it?  What do we gain from Shark Week?”  My answer: “Who cares?  Shark Week is AWESOME.”

Photo credit: entertainment.ezinemark.com

To me, the ocean is one of the most interesting and petrifying things on our planet.  It’s just TOO BIG.  It covers 71% of the earth’s surface.  That’s insane.  And we don’t even know how deep the ocean is.  The deepest known point in the ocean is in the Mariana Trench at around 6.78 miles.  In the grand scheme of things, humans still know very little about the ocean and its creatures; this intrigues me.

I said the ocean is both “interesting” and “petrifying”.  Yes, I am petrified of the ocean.  One of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen is The Perfect Storm.

Photo credit: currentfilm.com

That movie and the television show Deadliest Catch are my ninth circle of H-E-double-hockey-sticks.  When I think about cold, deep water, I go a little numb.

Back to Shark Week:  I think one of the main reasons I love to watch these shows is because I truly believe that sharks are misunderstood.  I don’t think they’re mean; I think they’re just REALLY hungry all the time and have a lot of testosterone.  Don’t get me wrong – I don’t plan to go swim with them, but they really aren’t the scariest things in the ocean to me.

The creatures I am most afraid of in the ocean are whales.  Yep.  Whales.  When I say whales, I’m including killer whales/Orca which are really related to dolphins.  I know that some of my fears are silly, but I believe some are valid.  The fear I have of Blue Whales isn’t really rational.  Just like the ocean, I think Blue Whales are just TOO BIG.  No creature on earth should be that big.  Anything that can swallow a human whole is too big.  The person is this photo is NUTTY.

Photo credit: telegraph.co.uk

The rationale behind my fear of killer whales is much more reasonable.  Everyone loves Shamu.  Not me.  Shamu is a killing machine.  Killer whales will attack and kill almost anything.  They’ve been known to eat sharks, rays, seals, fish, birds, and of course, other whales.  They were once called “whale killers” but at some point the words were switched.  They often hunt in a pack which has earned them the title of “wolves of the sea”.  They even play with their food.  I was amazed/disturbed the first time I saw this video.

If the Discovery Channel really wants to give me nightmares, they should move on from this Shark Week stuff and have a “Whale Week”.  It would be interesting, alliterative, and terrifying.  Can we all agree that a Whale Week would be fantastic?

For Purple Mountain Majesties

25 Jul

I thought I’d share some photos from our three days of fun.  We explored Denver and its surrounding areas.

Our first day in Colorado, we drove to Rocky Mountain National Park.  I had never visited the park before, so I was excited to see something new.  Some portions of the road up into the mountains weren’t protected by any guard rails, so I was occasionally a nervous wreck.  Other than that, the drive was beautiful.  We stopped a few times on the way up – first to look at the aspen trees (cause I love how their leaves seem to sparkle in the sun) and next to spend time at the Forest Canyon overlook (elevation 11,720’).

The weather was absolutely perfect at the overlook.  It was clear, dry, and 72°F.  On the way back to our hotel in downtown Denver, the temperature rose to 96°F.  Yowza!

Our second day was a repeat of one of my family’s trips to Colorado Springs a long time ago.  I do remember a lot from that trip, but that didn’t make our day any less exciting to me.  We started out by visiting the United States Air Force Academy.  We spent some time in Cadet Chapel.  All the glowing windows inside sort of reminded me of Space Mountain.  Yes, I can relate anything to Disney.

In the visitor’s center, they have a small model of a cadet room.  Of course I immediately thought of Zoolander, “What IS this? A cadet room for ANTS?!…it needs to be at least three times bigger than this.”

We finished our day with a visit to US Olympic Training Center and then made a loop around Garden of the gods.

This rock formation is called “Balanced Rock”.

Our final day of fun was spent touring Coors Field.  Although I’m not a baseball fan per se, I am always willing to visit an MLB field.  The grass is so PRETTY.  This particular field is unique because it has the Rockies (the mountain range, not the name of the team) as a backdrop.

A lovely trip in a beautiful part of the country!