RESTOREARTH DECEMBER 2011
From RestorEarth Record; Written by Richard Dowling on 2011-08-21
On a recent trip to the Southwest, we spent time in Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. Not only was Bryce beautiful beyond words, it was a very user friendly park. This photo shows Inspiration Point and the Silent City with it many hoodoos at sunrise. The hiking paths take you down through the hoodoos and back. These hoodoos can actually be 200 feet high.
One of the most famous and photographed sights in the park is Thor's Hammer, which can be seen from Sunset Point.
Bryce Canyon National Park is actually made up of many canyons that can be accessed by a 22 mile north-south drive. The canyons elvation ranges from 6,600 to 9,100 ft above sea level. Temperatures can vary greatly from one canyon and elevation to another. At the highest elevation, it was very cold with a strong wind blowing. We were told that one of the oldest trees on earth grew in this canyon. Bryce was fun to hike in and...(Read More)
From RestorEarth Record; Written by Richard Dowling on 2011-12-18
The force of nature is a beautiful and powerful thing. In western New York, we have a reputation for having “bad weather”. We actually have some of the nicest weather in the country. Though our winters are a little too long and dreary, our summers are filled with sunshine and moderate humidity. No 100 degree days that would melt a person’s soul.
We have earthquakes but no damage; snow and rain but only slight flooding; no mudslides; no long droughts. Out autumns are comfortable and filled with Crayola colors, while our springs are green and lush with our many, many gardens restoring the earth and uplifting our spirits.
In October, we had four days of high winds with gusts between 40 and 50 mph.
My wife and I went to Buffalo’s Outer Harbor to feel the force of Mother Nature and take in the waves. It was fun to see the waves of Lake Erie violently crashing over the...(Read More)
From RestorEarth Record; Written by Richard Dowling on 2011-10-09
The name says it all! Letchworth! The State park in Western New York that was given the name from William Pryor Letchworth is a natural beauty, that is truly unspoiled. With over 14,000 acres, three good-sized waterfalls, trails for hiking, and biking, this park represents uncommercialized natural beauty and splendor.
When the Genesee River cut a gorge through this land and created the "Grand Cayon of the East", we were given a gift from God. Unlike Niagara Falls, which is only two hours away, the lower, middle, and upper falls of Letchworth State Park, still feel unblemished by the hands of industry and business. It's very peaceful to sit nearby these waterfalls and feel the awe of nature. The rock walls of the canyon can educate us on the millions of years in the making of this natural portrait. There are rock walls throughout the park that carry this natural rock theme and provide...(Read More)
From RestorEarth Record; Written by Rich and Pat Dowling on 2011-09-04
It’s important to keep life in perspective. Remember, things happen for a reason.
On a recent trip to Presque Isle, we planned on renting bicycles and riding around the peninsula. To our disappointment, the two bike rentals there were closed.
Our plans didn’t work out .No bike riding on a calm, sunny Monday that was picture perfect for bike riding. We decided to hike a few nature trails, hoping to see some unusual birds and wildlife.
Starting on Trail A, we came upon two deer running in the woods. Then, on Sidewalk Trail, we spotted a woodpecker pecking away. Just past that tree, we found a small bird sitting on a low branch. This bird was beautiful! It had a yellow underside and a band of yellow across the end of the tail feathers. There was an orange stripe on the wing and black “mask” across the eyes.
We became very curious that although we were so close, the bird didn’t...(Read More)
From RestorEarth Record; Written by Richard Dowling on 2011-08-02
One dictionary definition of distinction is giving special recognition. For 12 Kenmore homeowners, their gardens now fit this definition. While Buffalo has become the garden city of the United States, with its 5 week National Garden Festival, it’s only fitting that the surrounding communities join in on the garden wagon.Kenmore has emulated the Buffalo in Bloom competition with its own Kenmore in Bloom.
Sponsored by KVIS and the Kenmore Garden Club, they hope to increase the beauty of Kenmore by rewarding homeowners who improved curb appeal by gardening, which will inspire friends and neighbors to join in. From the 360 Kenmore in Bloom signs posted in various front yard gardens, 12 were selected to be called a Garden of Distinction. These would be gardens that make you turn your head when you walk or drive by or that stand out, like an oasis of green foliage and bright colors, in a sea...(Read More)