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Safari Prep #3—Learning Two-Point, About the Okavango Delta + Roeckl Glove Giveaway


Hello and Welcome Back to Post No. 3 in my Safari Prep Series,

 

LEARNING CURVE: FROM DRESSAGE TO TWO-POINT

The past few weeks the weather has been glorious, truly high summer here in the Pacific NW, so I've been trying to take advantage of the long, cool evenings and logging as many hours in the saddle as possible. It feels great after having much of the winter off and a slow start to spring riding. I knocked around on horses as a kid off and on, and even spent a fair amount of time moving cattle on a family ranch in Eastern Oregon for a time, but it wasn't until I was in my late 40's that I got my first horse as an adult, and started taking dressage lessons.  

Having never explored jumping or eventing, meant I also never learned to ride two-point. Had I began riding much earlier in life, I fairly certain I would have pursued eventing, but getting a late start, and coming into riding having broken my back that year ( yes, on my first ride in 20 years—eye roll ) it wasn't something that seemed smart to pursue. I wanted to ride, but I didn't want to be stupid. 

After a few lessons the past few months with my old trainer and friend, Jen Verharen, I've been learning the basics of two-point. It felt counter-intuitive to get up out of the saddle and off the horse's back compared to riding dressage where the goal is to keep your seat connected to the horse. My first lesson was hilarious—I couldn't stop posting at the trot. And laughing. But after a few more weeks of practice, I'm even getting the hang of it at the canter. Not completely comfortable or confident yet, but getting there. As proof, my thighs and calves are feeling it. I hope to be able to try and keep up as we canter through the water of the Delta. And stay on. 


ABOUT THE OKAVANGO DELTA

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The Okavango Delta in Botswana is a very large, swampy inland delta formed where the Okavango River reaches a trough in the central part of the basin of the Kalahari Desert. All the water reaching the Delta ultimately evaporates and transpires, and does not flow into any sea or ocean. Each year, about 2.6 cubic miles of water spread over the 2,300–5,800 square mile area. Some flood waters drain into Lake Ngami. The area was once part of Lake Makgadikgadi, an ancient lake that mostly dried up nearly 11,000 years ago.

The Moremi Game Reserve, a national park, is on the eastern side of the Delta. The Delta was named as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, which were officially declared on February 11, 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. On 22 June 2014, the Okavango Delta became the 1,000th site to be officially inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Okavango is produced by seasonal flooding. The Okavango River drains the summer ( January–February ) rainfall from the Angola highlands and the surge flows 750 miles in about one month. The waters then spread over the area over the next four months ( March–June ). The high temperature of the delta causes rapid transpiration and evaporation, resulting in a cycle of rising and falling water level that was not fully understood until the early 20th century. The flood peaks between June and August, during Botswana’s dry winter months, when the delta swells to three times its permanent size, attracting animals from miles around and creating one of Africa’s greatest concentrations of wildlife.

The Okavango Delta is both a permanent and seasonal home to a wide variety of wildlife. Species include the African bush elephant, African buffalo, hippopotamus, lechwe, tsessebe, sitatunga, blue wildebeest, South African giraffe, Nile crocodile, lion, cheetah, leopard, brown hyena, spotted hyena, springbok, greater kudu, sable antelope, impala, south-central black rhinoceros, southern white rhinoceros, Burchell's zebra, common warthog, chacma baboon, and vervet monkey. Notably, the endangered Cape wild dog survives within the Okavango Delta, exhibiting one of the richest pack densities in Africa. The delta also includes over 400 species of birds, including African fish eagle, Pel's fishing owl, crested crane, lilac-breasted roller, hammerkop, South African ostrich, and sacred ibis.

The majority of the estimated 200,000 large mammals in and around the delta are not year-round residents. They leave with the summer rains to find renewed fields of grass to graze and trees to browse, then make their way back as winter approaches. Large herds of buffalo and elephant total about 30,000 beasts.
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FROM THE AFRICAN HORSE SAFARI WEBSITE: THE OKAVANGO DELTA FLY CAMP SAFARI

"Get back to nature and journey through Africa’s Eden, enjoying the simplicity of our new ride in the Okavango Delta. With no vehicles involved, and working in partnership with the local community, we can guarantee a genuinely environmentally-friendly safari. Enjoy spellbinding scenery, exciting riding and spectacular game viewing, without worrying about your carbon footprint. Stripping back to the bare beauty of fly-camp safaris, means that you will truly embrace Africa’s wilderness, and enjoy the exclusivity of a private, personalized camp set far out in the bush.

From Maun Airport it is only a 30 minute drive to the southern end of the Okavango where the safari begins at the so-called “buffalo fence”. Here, the patient horses are waiting for you. After the luggage has been loaded onto mekoros (small wooden canoes) to be transported to camp, you will mount up and venture out on horseback for your first experience of  the Delta.

Exploring this water wilderness on horseback is absolutely exhilarating, and each wildlife encounter will fill you with awe. In the saddle and high above the tall grasses, game viewing is exceptional; you can see giraffe, elephant, buffalo, zebra, many species of antelope and sometimes even hyena, lion or wild dog. The Delta is also renowned for some of the best bird watching in the world so make sure you bring your binoculars. You will be ticking off bucket-list moments left, right and centre as you come across your first elephant, enjoy a water canter, or watch the sun go down over the horizon without another soul in sight."
 

DELTA HIGHLIGHTS

• Riding through the untouched scenery of the Okavango Delta, without another soul insight.
• Long free canters across the plains and splashing through flood waters.
• Being able to really absorb Africa's wilderness through the private and exclusive set-up of fly-camping
• Viewing the Okavango Delta's abundant and varied wildlife


FOR MORE INFO, CONTACT AFRICAN HORSE SAFARIS

Feel free to contact Isabel Juby, of African Horse Safaris with any questions if you have any inkling to do this. You only live once and none of us are getting any younger!
Mention special discount code "LBTE$100DISCOUNT" for $100 off. 



WIN A PAIR OF MY NEW FAVORITE GLOVES—THE ROECKL LAILA ( SUNTAN ) GLOVE

Thank you to Roeckl for providing me with these spiffy summer "Laila" gloves. These are my new favorites: suntan™ mesh on top and micro-air on the palms— slightly tacky with just enough grip. Light and airy and perfect for my trip to Botswana. I'm bringing two pair. 

  Roeckl Laila Glove  —win a pair by tagging two friends on this photo ( coming soon ) on Life Between The Ears  Instagram  or  Facebook  pages, and following  Roeckl Equestrian Instagram   or  Roeckl Equestrian Facebook  to be entered into a drawing on Saturday 7/28.

Roeckl Laila Glove —win a pair by tagging two friends on this photo ( coming soon ) on Life Between The Ears Instagram or Facebook pages, and following Roeckl Equestrian Instagram  or Roeckl Equestrian Facebook to be entered into a drawing on Saturday 7/28.

 Or white, for show. 

Or white, for show. 


Thanks reading and being out there. And thank you to my sponsors African Horse Safaris, Ride Botswana, Roeckl Gloves, and Think Tank Photo. Next week I'll share some information on the solar device chargers I'm bringing, after I test them out. Don't forget to pop on over to my Instagram and Facebook pages to enter to win a pair of the spiffy Roeckl gloves! 

Have a great week and Ride On! 
X Kristine

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Safari Preparations—Post #2: The Horses, Immunizations + Special LBTE Discount Code

If you've been following my Instagram and/or Facebook accounts, you've probably seen some of the safari photos I've shared with surprisingly close up shots of giraffe, elephants, lions, hippos, and even hyena. Many have asked how do the horses handle that kind of pressure and not turn and bolt. It wouldn't be unusual for my pony, for instance, to have a melt down over a fluttering plastic grocery bag on the trail, but *these horses seem to take it all in a day's work. 

I asked African Horse Safaris to share a little bit about how the horses and how they are typically trained and desensitized. 


 photo courtesy of African Horse Safaris

photo courtesy of African Horse Safaris

 photo courtesy of African Horse Safaris

photo courtesy of African Horse Safaris


THE HORSES

"Many of the horses at Ride Botswana are well-bred, Thoroughbred X heavier breeds, ie. Shire, Friesian, Clydesdale. The kind and quieter temperaments of the heavier horses and the agility of the Thoroughbreds make for a perfect safari horse. Other horses are 'bush horses' with no specific breeding, but bred for their hardiness and sensible nature in the bush. There tends to be a similar theme throughout many riding safaris in Africa.

Horses are schooled until they are comfortable under saddle, listening to the aids, and we are confident they are ready to be ridden out in the open. With Ride Botswana, the stables are based in a smallish reserve which is home to many different antelope, zebra, giraffe, ostrich, monkeys etc. Often these animals come right up to the stables so horses start to become accustomed to seeing them. Funnily enough it is giraffe that the horses find the hardest to get used to (we think its something to do with the fact they look like a moving tree). Horses are turned loose in the reserve so they become used to sharing space with them. They will then start to be ridden around the reserve as they can often react differently when under saddle and to start building up their fitness. Horses should be schooled a 2-3 times a week, taken on fitness rides (walk, trot and long canters) and given a day off each week. 

Once they feel horses are safe and up to fitness they will start being used for safaris and day rides. Having spent time amongst the game in the reserve they will be used to seeing a lot of the smaller game. When it comes to elephant, a lot of the older horses in the string will be used to seeing them so this will help keep a calm atmosphere amongst the herd while the younger/newer horses get used to seeing and being around them. It is important that they do not panic. 

The same applies to lion, although they tend to be kept at a further distance for obvious reasons!"


MORE ABOUT MY OWN PREPARATION FOR THE TRIP

This is a trip I always fantasized about but honestly didn't think I'd ever get to do. I'm so grateful for this opportunity and want to share everything I'm learning along the way. One of the first things I wanted to get out of the way—after finding and renewing my passport that I last used on when my husband and I married and traveled to France way back in 1998—was immunizations. After a quick Google search, and referencing  Lonely Planet Botswana & Namibia , and the Center for Disease Control , I made an appointment with my doctor and got:

- Hepatitis A + B
- Rabies
- Typhoid
- Malaria ( my doctor prescribed Doxycycline, but there are several options ) 
- and Azithromycin tablets for ( ahem ) travelers' diarrhea

And of course made sure I was up to date on my Tetanus.  The Marlaria pills are an antibiotic and I start taking those a day or two before we leave, continue to take them while on the trip, and continue for four weeks after returning. 

A heads up, many insurance companies won't cover traveller's immunizations so be prepared to pay out of pocket. I think I mine were about $250 total, plus an office visit with my doctor. 
 

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR LBTE FOLLOWERS

African Horse Safaris is offering Life Between The Ears followers a special discount of $100 off this very same ride that I'm doing: Ride Botswana Okavango Delta Ride

Feel free to email Isabel Juby at African Horse Safaris, directly, if you have any questions. She is not only knowledgable, but super patient and has answered about 179 of my email questions and still seems to like me. Go figure. 

Mention this code to Isabel:  LBTE$100DISCOUNT to receive $100 off your booking. 
And alternatively, if you voted in the Instagram contest, remember, you receive 10% OFF your booking for entering. It will be a trip of a lifetime! 

Next week I'll be sharing with you, more about the Okavango Delta. Have a great week and see you soon. 

Ride On! 

XO Kristine





 



 

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The Safari Prep#1—Fly Camp vs Permanent Camp and African Geography 101

As some of you may recall, back in February, and because of *YOU GUYS*, I won the trip of a lifetime courtesy of African Horse Safaris  Instagram competition, and will be headed to  Botswana for an eight day safari the end of August. THANK YOU to all of you who voted for me, and THANK YOU to African Horse Safaris for this incredible gift.  

I don't think I'll believe I'm really going to do this 'til my feet hit the ground in Africa. I realize many of you may think because I post all these gorgeous photos from around the globe, that I must travel a great deal, when in fact, I'm lucky if I make it to town to the grocery store once a week and every few months make a trip into Seattle. I am lucky I get to live in our sweet old farm house with our collection of critters ( or  "the whole catastrophe" as my husband calls it ) on Vashon Island and to be able to work remotely from home, and because it's so beautiful here with miles of trails, I rarely feel the *need to leave. 

In preparation for my trip, I thought I'd do a series of blog posts over the next few weeks to share with you what I'm learning and doing along the way in preparation for departure in six weeks.

AFRICAN GEOGRAPHY 101
This particular ride is hosted by Ride Botswana so the first thing I did was brush up on my geography. Botswana is a land-locked country in southern section of the continent of Africa, bordered by South Africa to the south/southeast, Namibia to the west/north, and Zimbabwe to the northeast.  It's a mainly flat landscape, with up to 70 percent of the country consisting of the Kalahari Desert.  

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WHAT TO BRING
Since our ride will be taking place in the Okavango Delta ( more about that in an upcoming blog post ), that means we will be riding through water, from island to island, and the first thing I learned from our intrepid "spirit guide", Isabel Juby, at African Horse Safaris is that we will get wet, and tall riding boots are a no-go. Instead, we need mesh shoes/boots—preferably two pair: one to wear, one to dry—that are not waterproof, that will dry relatively quickly, and mesh half chaps. Having never ridden in anything but tall boots, this is all new to me. And because we fly from Johannesburg to Maun, Botswana in a small jumper plane, we have a strict weight limit and our baggage can weigh no more than 47 pounds, which needs to include:

  • two pair boots ( not leather ) 
  • breeches ( bush colored, no bright colors, white or black )
  • long sleeved shirts
  • socks, underwear
  • shorts, t-shirts,
  • fleece or vest
  • sunglasses, riding gloves, sun hat
  • rain jacket ( just in case )
  • helmet
  • gloves
  • swimsuit & sarong, flip flops
  • flash light 
  • binoculars
  • waterproof camera
  • sunscreen, bandaids, ibuprofen, bug spray
  • solar recharger for your phone/devices & adaptor

FLY CAMP-vs-TRADITIONAL PERMANENT LODGE/CAMP-BASED SAFARI

Another thing I learned was the difference between a fly camp versus a traditional permanent camp-based safari. You may automatically think of scenes from Out Of Africa, with beds covered in flowing mosquito netting, animal skins rugs, and leather club chairs and a veranda where dinner is served. While all that sounds glorious, a Fly Camp is different—think 'glamping'. In a fly camp, you move campsites multiple times during the week, depending on the water levels of the Delta, and animal tracking.

While a traditional camp-based safari is luxurious, it is limited with the amount of big game you can see and the land you're able to cover. Fly Camping allows you to be in the bush undisturbed and uninterrupted by the hustle and bustle of a lodge. You remain with the same group for your stay, where as in a lodge guests tend to be coming and going as they will not be on the same schedule/safari as you. With a fly camp, the safari is mobile and you cover a lot of ground—typically six hours a day in the saddle. You sleep in two-man tents with cots and down duvets, shower in bucket showers under the stars, and are more likely to encounter big game ( or Big Five as they're called: lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and cape buffalo ). Typically up at 6am, breakfast, then out for a ride by 7am. A break from 11am to 3:30 or optional afternoon ride, then sundowner ride, dinner, and finally a coma til you get to do it all again the next day. 

 Dinner is served.

Dinner is served.

Food is cooked over an open fire in the bush kitchen, "Pleasantly surprised is an understatement—it's some of the best food I've eaten," says African Horse Safari intern, Minna Henderson. While lodge-based is very comfortable and you have many luxuries, fly camping (just as comfortable) allows for a real Africa safari experience.

QUICK FACTS

  • Arrival and Departure: most common is a flight to Johannesburg, and then a connection to Maun
  • Length: 5 to 7 nights
  • When: set departures. Please see dates and rates for more details
  • Rates 2018: 7 nights from $3550
  • Riding Level: as you will be riding in areas where you can come across potentially dangerous game, this ride requires a strong intermediate plus or above level of riding
  • Number of Riders: maximum of 8 per safari

SPECIAL DISCOUNT
Did you vote in the competition? If so, remember your 10% OFF coupon with African Horse Safaris is valid through 2019 and keep your eyes peeled for an additional discount code coming soon in my next blog post. 

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Chronicle of The Horse | Untacked | May June 2018

This issue is solely dedicated to Barbara Lowell and her remarkable Arabian mare, Sera, who've ridden some of the most spectacular national parks and parts of the country. Sadly, Sera recently passed away, so we are extra grateful Barbara shared her story and many photos of her travels with Sera. You can follow Barbara on her dedicated Facebook page called The Wonderful Journeys of Sera the Horse and her Friends, and on Instagram at @TheWonderfulJourney

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New Summer Gloves—Roeckl "Laila" Suntan Gloves

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New Summer Gloves—Roeckl "Laila" Suntan Gloves

My Sunday got off to a perfect start with a dressage lesson on a beautiful spring morning here on Vashon Island. And that meant I got to break out my spiffy new Roeckl "Laila" Suntan Gloves and take them for a test ride. I always ride with gloves, especially in the cooler months, but in the hot summer months, I’ve struggled to find a pair that didn’t make my hands hot and sweaty so was thrilled when I discovered the new Suntan Glove. Designed to be super ventilating but also to allow the sun in a bit so you don’t end up with the typical equestrian tan: tan arms and white hands. 

And they did not disappoint. Form-fitting and lightweight ( I’d rather ride sans gloves than with bulky gloves ), so I could really feel the reins, and mesh panel on top kept my hands perfectly comfortable and the palms were nice and tacky for good rein grip. AND they’ll be perfect for my African Horse Safari trip in September with Ride Botswana! 🧤 ✈️🦏🐘🦓🐅🐎

 

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The Ride On! Bracelet

Testing 1, 2, 3..... 
Check out what my talented friend Wm Henri / Bill Cleaver just made for me! We're still working out the details, but if there's enough interest I may make these lovely bracelets available on the website. For you guys :) 

Be sure and check out Bill's website. He's designed and produced stunning leatherwork for Ralph Lauren, Filson, Eddie Bauer, and numerous collectors. Hes' now making smaller leather treasures like this as well as custom dog collars and leashes and ( shhhhh.... ) a guitar strap for my husband for xmas. 
 

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The Barn Is My Church

You guys asked for it, so here you go—the third in our mug series! Now taking orders and shipping end of October. Perfect gifts for your barn buddies, Pony Club, 4H or show prizes. Or yourself. Shop on the Retail Page

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Welcome St. Croix Saddlery!

Welcome to our newest wholesale client, St. Croix Saddlery, in Hugo, Minnesota! I ordered a lovely stock pin from them when I started showing 10 years ago and they carry great lines and their customer service was so helpful and kind. 

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LBTE Cover Story in Style Reins Magazine!

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LBTE Cover Story in Style Reins Magazine!

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Honored to have Life Between The Ears included in Style Reins summer issue! If you've wondered what the back story of how LBTE began, you can download your *FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION* here on the Style Reins site: www.StyleReins.com/magazine. Cover photo by longtime LBTE contributor, Francesca Cavallero Belon in Peru. 

"We’ve all been there. Out riding and just unable to resist that snap - our favoured Instagram post between the ears. Tara Punter spoke to Kristine Dahms; the lady behind ‘Life Between The Ears’, the social media sensation taking on a virtual horseback ride around the world." - Style Reins

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UPSTATE NEW YORK, 🇺🇸 US

Thanks to 🔷 @bayleyann034 🔷, aboard her gorgeous warmblood in the Adirondaks in Upstate New York. Hope everyone had a nice Labor Day weekend in the US and here's to a productive four day week ahead.
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GONE TOO SOON

My heart breaks for my friends who lost their lovely friend🌻 @megan_mischaikov 🌻, head wrangler at Zapata Ranch @ranchlandsin Colorado earlier this week in a car accident. Apparently Meg loved horses, four-legged friends, ranching, conservation, the color yellow, and sunflowers. She had tagged this shot a while back and I missed it until our mutual friend Suze shared it with me. Our hearts are with Meg's friends and family. 💛

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LAKE OF MENTEITH, SCOTLAND

What a way to wrap up these last days of summer with a bit of madness. This totally made my day. Thanks to 🔷 @jopyeee 🔷 Jo Pye for catching this great shot of 🔷 @ana.welshc 🔷 on her wonder Welsh C pony, Blythe.
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GLENORCHY, 🇻🇬 NEW ZEALAND


Thanks to 🔷 @s_biddles.nz 🔷 Sally Biddlecombe for sharing her view where they filmed part of Lord of The Rings.

Glenorchy is a small settlement at the northern end of Lake Wakatipu in the South Island region of Otago, New Zealand. It is approximately 45 km (28 mi) by road or boat from Queenstown, the nearest large town. There are several pubs, a café and a range of small shops in the town catering mainly to tourists but also to the small resident population. There is also a small airstrip which caters to small planes.

The local scenery was used as one of the settings in the first of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films [ The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)]. Lothlórien, Orthanc, and the scene where Boromir was slain and leant near a tree were a few that were shot in nearby Paradise.

Vertical Limit (2000), The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008), and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) were also filmed in the area.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glenorchy,_New_Zealand

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WRITING ON STONE PROVINCIAL PARK, CANADA

Thanks to 🔷 @_emmiiillyyy 🔷 near the Canadian/US border near Montana. This is the first I've heard of this nature reserve.

Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park is located about 100 kilometres southeast of Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, or 44 kilometres east of the community of Milk River, and straddles the Milk River itself. It is one of the largest areas of protected prairie in the Alberta park system, and serves as both a nature preserve and protection for a large number of aboriginal rock carvings and paintings. The park is important and sacred to the Blackfoot and many other aboriginal tribes. The park has been nominated by Parks Canada and the Government of Canada as a World Heritage Site. Its UNESCO application was filed under the name Áísínai’piwhich is Niitsítapi (Blackfoot) meaning "it is pictured / written".[2] The provincial park is synonymous with the Áísínai’pi National Historic Site of Canada.
Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writing-on-Stone_Provincial_Park

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Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks! GRAND TETONS NATIONAL PARK, 🇺🇸WYOMING

Thanks to 🔷 @tesscohen 🔷 Tess Cohen of Jackson, Wyoming for reminding us of the national treasures we are fortunate to have with our @nationalparkservice, who today, celebrates their 💯 birthday!
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established. This "Organic Act" states that "the Service thus established shall promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments and reservations…by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purpose of the said parks, monuments and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." Today more than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 400+ national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Source: https://www.nps.gov/aboutus/history.htm

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TROMSØ, 🇳🇴 NORWAY

I never tire of the magical light in Norway.
Thank you to one of our feature photographers on the Life Between The Ears notecards: Adeline Broust Tiede🔷 @abtiede 🔷 from Tromsø. 👌🏼 Tromsø, a city in Norway, is a major cultural hub above the Arctic Circle. It’s famed as a viewing point for colorful Northern Lights that sometimes light up the nighttime sky. The city’s historic center, on the island of Tromsø, is distinguished by its centuries-old wooden houses. The 1965 Arctic Cathedral, with its distinctive peaked roof and soaring stained-glass windows, dominates the skyline.
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GRIFFITH PARK, LA 🇺🇸 US

Good night fromthe west coast of the US and thank you 🔷 @mollyflanegin 🔷. Have a great new week!

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NEAR ARBURD SANDS CAMP, MONGOLIA

Thank you 🔷 @theworldbyhorseback 🔷 / Maria Nordvall from Gothenburg, Sweden,  for taking us along on her trip through the Mongolian steppe and Gobi Desert. Check out her Instagram gallery for more beautiful photos that include camels, wild horses, and goats.
Mongolia is a landlocked country in Central Asia and East Asia, located between China and Russia. The terrain is one of mountains and rolling plateaus, with a high degree of relief. The total land area of Mongolia is 1,564,116 square kilometres. Overall, the land slopes from the high Altay Mountains of the west and the north to plains and depressions in the east and the south. The Khüiten Peak in extreme western Mongolia on the Chinese border is the highest point (4,374 metres). The lowest is 518 metres, an otherwise undistinguished spot in the eastern Mongolian plain. The country has an average elevation of 1,580 metres. The landscape includes one of Asia's largest freshwater lakes (Lake Khövsgöl), many salt lakes, marshes, sand dunes, rolling grasslands, alpine forests, and permanent mountain glaciers. Northern and western Mongolia are seismically active zones, with frequent earthquakes and many hot springs and extinct volcanoes. The nation's closest point to any ocean is approximately 645 kilometres (401 mi) from the country's easternmost tip bordering northern China to Jinzhou in Liaoning province, China along the coastline of the Bohai Sea.

Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geography_of_Mongolia

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