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I want to tell you about a weekend fossil hunting trip I took a few weeks ago. It was a cold, but sunny Saturday in December. I live about three and one half hours from the beach I was planning on visiting, so I started out rather early, about 4:30am. I was going to Edisto Beach State Park in South Carolina.

This was a trip I had been anticipating for quite some time. Because I live in South Carolina, most of my fossil hunting trips have been limited to the beaches of my state. I had not visited Edisto Beach before this. The majority of my trips have been to the beaches of Myrtle Beach and Hunting Island. I had read that Edisto Beach State Park was an excellent beach to hunt fossils so naturally I was eager to visit.

First, a little history about my fossil hunting. Some twenty years ago or so I was invited to go to the beach with an aunt. During the trip, Aunt Nita introduced me to hunting sharks teeth. Maybe I was a little young, but I did not enjoy this past time. Several years later, I was walking along the beach and happened to look down and see a sharks tooth. I reached to pick it up and suddenly remembered the excitement my Aunt Nita displayed upon finding a sharks tooth. I must have been about 20. That was 23 years ago. Today, I don’t miss an opportunity to go fossil hunting.

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The is located in the Cien Temple which is 4 kilometers from downtown Xian, is one of Xian’s main landmarks. It was built in 652 A.D. designed and supervised by the temple’s first abbot Xuan Zang for keeping the Buddhist Sutras and Buddha’s Relics he had brought back with him from his travels in India. Located inside the temple are two rare stele inscribed by two emperors of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The steles as can still be seen today where they were placed over 1,200 years ago.

The temple complex in which the Big Wild Goose Pagoda is located is filled with beautiful gardens and stunning architecture. Although destroyed and rebuilt numerous times, the current buildings were built in the style of the Tang Dynasty, the period in which the pagoda was built. The temple complex was constructed along an axis, with matching buildings on either side. The beautiful architecture is constructed of grey brick with glazed roofs. The many gardens hidden amongst the temple’s many courtyards are very lovely and a wonderful place for visitors to take a break and soak in the beauty that surrounds them. The temple complex is filled with ancient artifacts. The Forest of Stupas located hidden on one side of the temple complex is where prominent monks are buried. The stupas, or gravestones, are exquisite and have been placed in the temple grounds over the centuries.

The Big Wild Goose Pagoda is over 64 meters high and has 7 stories. It was constructed of bricks and each brick was individually ground into shape before being laid to ensure a perfect fit. Each storey of the pagoda is smaller than the previous and each floor is marked by several rows of prism shaped bricks. Each floor has four arched doors and the first floor’s lintels and doorframes are covered with beautiful carvings. The carvings are priceless works of ancient art. Visitors climbing the interior staircases are rewarded with spectacular bird’s eye views of the surrounding area.

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School is starting to let out for our children now, the weather is warming nicely and it is now to get up and start moving our bodies. Enjoying the great outdoors and all it has to offer. Well, have you considered a trip to the Atlanta Zoo? Zoos are wonderful for any age, from the very young experiencing their first ostrich to the old reliving their younger years of their family outings as a child. Some major zoos, such as Zoo Atlanta can get a bit pricy if you have more then a couple going. However, with atlanta zoo coupons you can cut your admission price nicely and be able to afford to get a trinket for sentimental reasons or be able to take a ride on one of the attractions.

With most zoos that charge an entrance fee, you can look at paying up to 20 dollars for a single adult entrance. Many times they charge an adult fee for anyone over the age of 12 and still for children under 12, the entrance fee can be anywhere around 15 dollars or more depending on the zoo. When in Atlanta, on vacation or if you live there, when visiting a zoo atlanta zoo coupons can drop the entrance fees drastically making it more affordable to enjoy such an attraction more frequently, rather then the occasional treat.

Zoo Atlanta in Atlanta Georgia is open year round with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day so you do not have to wait until spring or summer to enjoy the serenity a day at the zoo can bring. atlanta zoo coupons can make terrific Easter basket fillers, or for any occasion for that matter. One can use them as incentives with their children for reaching goals set whether it is school related or home. It gives a child something positive and fun to look forward to, plus it makes for a great family outing.

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Winter for most people is the month of many slips and lock-ins, spent drowsily next to the fireplace and thoroughly exhausted. But work often brightens up when a holiday is approaching and that holiday needn’t be the Christmas and New Year only. It is true that there are so many lands to discover and one cannot possibly blow their hard-earned savings on just touring. Caravanning thus becomes a great way of satisfying one’s wanderlust. Outdoors can be relinquished with the comfort of indoors and the big spending on hotel rooms and B&B’s can be cut down upon with a one-time investment or rented caravan.

Winter Caravan

The idea is to make your own customized holiday involving these usually separate elements of adventure: sight-seeing, camping, indoor comfort and rest. Caravanning can happen all year long except in extreme temperatures. For that reason, campsites in December to February in UK will find themselves usually vacant.

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A successful ski vacation is likely to combine a number of different features. If you’re looking to make the most of such a vacation, then it’s clear that you’ll need to plan carefully and to consider all aspects of what’s involved.

So how can you go about doing so? It makes a lot of sense to give consideration to each of the individual elements in turn. To begin with, you may wish to consider the time of year that you’re intending to travel. Although this may seem like a strange suggestion, particularly if your focus in on Europe, there’s more to this than meets the eye.

The reality is that there are numerous destinations available to you, which also means that you have a significant range of dates to choose from. With serious resorts operating in North America and Japan, for instance, you may not need to limit yourself to European destinations.

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