美景险中求

我们去the Wave已经是近两个月前的事了。当时并不觉得有探险的感觉,虽然回程时也有走错路。今天无意间看到这则新闻,才感到后怕。在那里丢了真是很难转出来。。。

Southwest hiking destination gaining deadly reputation

Brian Witte / AP, file


A rock formation known as The Wave in the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona is one of the region’s most popular hikes. Permits are only issued by lottery for 20 hikers a day.

By Paul Foy, Associated Press
They left their two young children with relatives and set off to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary at one of the most beautiful hiking destinations in the Southwest.
Months earlier, the luck of a draw had brought Anthony and Elisabeth Ann Bervel coveted hiking permits for The Wave, a region of richly colored sandstone patterns near the Utah-Arizona border.
But just hours into Monday’s trek, 27-year-old Elisabeth Bervel died of cardiac arrest, becoming the third hiker in a month to succumb to the brutal summer heat and disorienting open country where no marked trail shows the way.
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大峡谷环线之旅 – The Wave

昨天费劲巴拉的找回来WP的页面和密码,就是为了记一笔两周前的大峡谷环线之旅,拍拍自己的小肩膀,夸夸自己这把年纪还能完成如此艰险的行程,基本做到了不掉队不拖后腿,虽然所有的辎重都是掌柜的从头到尾一人扛起,我只负责驮着自己已经有些中年发福的身躯;虽然在走最辛苦的Rim to River in one day那一天,我筋疲力尽到坐在地上没羞没臊地哭了。。。三次, 但是不论过程是多么的狼狈,结果是辉煌的(对我来说),八天里,我们总共用自己的双腿丈量了七十多英里(近113公里),净落差(elevation gain)有一万三千多英尺(近400米),这些,对于一个学生时代永远的体育课困难户来说,无异于完成mission impossible一般伟大。

话说那天我和掌柜的坐在the Wave边上的半山腰,就着头顶的蓝天和眼前的奇异景色,唠着家长里短的闲磕儿,时不时一阵沙漠里特有的干烈旋风吹过,那一刻,我忽然生出强烈的感激之情,感谢爹妈生了我到这个美丽的世界上来,感谢自己作对了人生所有的选择题,遇到了身边的这个人,没有他,我想我是不会有勇气进行这样的旅行,从而置身于如此犹如世外仙境般的美景中。

然后,我告诉他了我那一刻的想法,然后,我就后悔了。他根本没有回馈我难得的温柔,而是很臭屁地拍着自己的胸脯说:“那当然!没有我这个奴隶扛着二十多瓶水,你这个甩手掌柜能在大太阳底下走二百米就不错了!你看这一路上哪个女的没有背着包?” 唉,明月就这样照了沟渠。。。

这,就是我敞开心扉表达心意时眼前的景色。

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Amazing Stats!!! – Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web

Statistics Show Social Media Is Bigger Than You Think

By Erik Qualman | August 11, 2009

Is Social Media a Fad or the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution?  Welcome to the Social Media Revolution:

Socialnomics: How Social Media Transforms the Way We Live and Do Business

Stats from Video (sources listed below by corresponding #)

  1. By 2010 Gen Y will outnumber Baby Boomers….96% of them have joined a social network
  2. Social Media has overtaken porn as the #1 activity on the Web
  3. 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. last year met via social media
  4. Years to Reach 50 millions Users:  Radio (38 Years), TV (13 Years), Internet (4 Years), iPod (3 Years)…Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months…iPhone applications hit 1 billion in 9 months.
  5. If Facebook were a country it would be the world’s 4th largest between the United States and Indonesia (note that Facebook is now creeping up – recently announced 300 million users)
  6. Yet, some sources say China’s QZone is larger with over 300 million using their services (Facebook’s ban in China plays into this)
  7. comScore indicates that Russia has the most engage social media audience with visitors spending 6.6 hours and viewing 1,307 pages per visitor per month – Vkontakte.ru is the #1 social network
  8. 2009 US Department of Education study revealed that on average, online students out performed those receiving face-to-face instruction
  9. 1 in 6 higher education students are enrolled in online curriculum
  10. % of companies using LinkedIn as a primary tool to find employees….80%
  11. The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females
  12. Ashton Kutcher and Ellen Degeneres (combined) have more Twitter followers than the  population of Ireland, Norway, or Panama.  Note I have adjusted the language here after someone pointed out the way it is phrased in the video was difficult to determine if it was combined. Read the rest of this entry