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Firework is legal in China. In fact, gunpowder is China’s ancient invention. Fireworks are used as part of the celebration in occasions such as Chinese New Year or opening of a new store business. One of our trips to China was to visit relatives in rural area. My husband and my siblings decided to play fireworks. They spent US$10 and got a whole shopping bag of all kinds of fireworks. The more expensive one was the rocket design with 13 tubes of gunpowder strapped in a hexagon shape.

Upon ignition, the rocket was catapulted straight into the sky so high that we almost couldn’t hear the explosion. My husband was impressed by the powerful display. He was thrilled and played until the last piece of fireworks was spent, because fireworks is illegal in our city in U.S.

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Daily Prompt: Catapult

Daily Prompt: Impression

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Family Visit Travel

Tuesday Photo Challenge this week is the theme Travel, “Travel does not require it to be far or exotic, but simply any trip to where you do not live.” Frank said.

We have three kinds of travel – sightseeing, relaxing, and visiting family.

Our last trip was for family visit. My husband I spent Mother’s Day weekend with Mercy and Will in Portland, Oregon. We went to The Salty’s for a seafood buffet brunch on Saturday instead of Sunday. We were told that there were 1,800 guests on Sunday. It was such a delight to have window seating; watching the soothing water while eating. The food was delicious and abundant. Each of us made at least three trips to get different kind of food!

After brunch, we went to Kelley Point Park and enjoyed our walk in this fresh green park full of sky tall trees. At one corner of the park, we found an old dock with an abandoned anchor. From the dock, we watched the after rain dramatic clusters of clouds, the lightly lit sky and the somewhat calm river with distant docks and boats.

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On Sunday afternoon we went to St. John City Street Fair. Many roads were blocked off of traffic. Vendors from all kind of businesses had their displays in booths, selling their products. Kids were free running around. There were laughers everywhere. All four of us took turn to spin the hula hoop. It was such a relaxing, interesting and enjoying time for families and people in the community.

On our way home, I spotted a nice landscape from the neighborhood. I couldn’t resist taking a photo!

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Frank at Dutch Goes The Photo: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Travel

Dangerous Weather

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In my previous post The Road Taken, I wrote about one of our trips to Maui. The rain storm was hitting the island (photo 4 and 5). The down pour rain put us in danger when driving through the twist and turn of Road to Hana. The danger lied in the passing point where there was “no visibility” due to the narrow space and sharp turns of the road.

Before the rainfall pouring down, we passed by an area with breathtaking view of the cliff along the ocean. This area was dangerous during stormy and windy time. On this day, the cloud formations and the white heads of the waves showed signs of strong wind and rough current. I insisted on going to the edge of the cliff for photos. There was a U shape basin at the bottom of the cliff before reaching the ocean. As I walked toward the ocean, at the corner of my eyes, I saw two overturned vehicles, one car and one truck. After taking a couple photos, I wanted to take a photo of the fallen vehicles. The wind was so strong that I couldn’t keep a steady footing. I was not able to move close to the edge to see the vehicles again without risking of being blown down to the basin.

It was an exciting and nervous trip in our familiar travel location!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger!

Home and Now-Home

Our latest travel was Spain. It was a wonderful experience. It makes us think of “where next?”

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Roots originated in a land

Thousands miles from where I stand

Driven by innate wanderlust

Travel all over the world I must

Chances to visit foreign soil or home

Yet yearn to return to my NOW home

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

Daily Prompt: Roots

Tuesday Photo Challenge: RGB – Road Trip

Frank’s Photo Challenge for this week is to have Red, Green, and Blue in the photos. The first thought came to my mind was the road trip we took from Las Vegas to Yellowstone. I wore red on the second day when we stopped by Mormon Tabernacle in Utah, Grand Teton National Park, WY, before we arrived Yellowstone, WY. In this set of Photos, my red t-shirt fulfills one of the three elements in this challenge ♥.

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Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – RGB

The Earth Is a Mystery

Happy Earth Day!

Earth is the third planet from the sun and the fifth largest in the solar system. The earth is a big mystery. It is the only planet that has oxygen, gravity, and constant movement. The Earth consists of four concentric layers: inner core, outer core, mantle and crust. The crust is made up of tectonic plates, which are in constant motion. Earthquakes and volcanoes are most likely to occur at plate boundaries. The crust is the land and ocean where we live.

One of the best places to observe the volcanic activities is Yellowstone National Park.

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Yellowstone National Park spans an area of 3,468.4 square miles (8,983 sq. km), comprising lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain ranges. Mostly in Wyoming, the park spreads into parts of Montana and Idaho. Yellowstone Lake is one of the largest high-elevation lakes in North America and is centered over the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest supervolcano on the continent. The Caldera is considered an active volcano. It has erupted with tremendous force several times in the last two million years. Half of the world’s geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled by this ongoing volcanism. Lava flows and rocks from volcanic eruptions cover most of the land area of Yellowstone. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, alpine rivers, lush forests, hot springs and gushing geysers, including its most famous, Old Faithful. The park is the centerpiece of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, the largest remaining nearly-intact ecosystem in the Earth’s northern temperate zone.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yellowstone_National_Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Earth

Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Mystery