by Anura Guruge
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1. Petrified Forest National Park.
2. Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
3. Four Corners (Navajo) Monument.
4. Monument Valley (Navajo) Monument.
5. Grand Canyon National Park.
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This was Devanee’s (14) trip and she wanted to go to Canyon de Chelly, Four Corners and Monument Valley. Petrified Forest, basically on the way to Canyon de Chelly, was a bonus. The Grand Canyon, which we had visited, for 4 days in 2013, was a surprise. I had it all planned but I never let on. Deanna and the kids had no idea until I pulled up at the entrance to the Park. They were delighted.
Though I had driven by it multiple times I had never been to the Petrified Forest National Park. Glad we went. Definitely worth going. We only spent 2 hours but saw most of the ‘landmark’ logs and sights. Got some great pictures.
We stayed at Canyon de Chelly, at the ‘Sacred Canyon Lodge‘ (née ‘Thunderbird Lodge‘), which is inside the ‘Park’, for 4 nights. That was our base for this trip. What can I say about Canyon de Chelly other than that it is my favorite place in the whole wide World! Canyon de Chelly is just magical.
I had never been to Four Corners and doubt whether I will ever go back. It really is in the middle of nowhere. Long, long drive through vast, barren, desolate landscape. I did NOT like it! The spot itself is hemmed in on all four sides by ‘cheap’ concrete vendor stalls — that look like bunkers. It makes the whole place feel cheap and tatty. ‘They’, the Navajo Nation, charges $20 entrance. I do NOT have a problem with that. I also have NO problem with them trying to sell their wares — and we, at various places, including Four Corners, bought a far amount of stuff (as is our wont). I am happy for the Navajo to make as much money as they can. They are entitled. I just wish that they had done this Monument with a bit more decorum and taste. C’est la vie. I will not hold it against them. They are entitled.
I have been to Monument Valley before; definitely once, possibly twice. The first time, in 1986, which was also when I discovered and fell in love with Canyon de Chelly, and I remember, vividly, that I was in a yellow rented Camaro — which was not the best car to drive through the sandy roads at the Valley. But I managed. This time, just because I knew we were going to visit Monument Valley, I rented a SUV — a Chevy Captiva (which was OK, but really was ‘gutless’). I would never buy ‘that’. It was way too underpowered and poorly-geared for my taste (and driving). Monument Valley is monumental. Striking. But it was PACKED. Liked going to Disney World — and this was still April, i.e., not prime season.
The Grand. It was at least my 8th or 9th trip. The second for Deanna and the kids. They just love the Grand. They were so excited, especially since it was a total surprise. The Grand is like no other. It is magnificent. As I was telling a Park Ranger, there were more people at any given stop (on the South Rim) than we encountered during a whole day at Canyon de Chelly. I don’t think we ever encountered more than 24 people at any one spot at de Chelly. Most of the time the car parks were empty or just had one or two Navajo vendors. That is very much a part of the attraction for me. The solitude and serenity. I gather it is ‘packed’ in June and July.
So that was our 5 days in Northern Arizona. 1,409 miles on the Chevy Captiva (from Enterprise), 2 hours on horseback and 4-5 miles of hiking.
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Music-playing Google Doodle For Italian Bartolomeo (Mr. Piano) Cristofori’s 360th Birth Anniversary.
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Bartolomeo Cristofori — supposed inventor of the piano.
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This book details over 101 separate, diverse, self-contained true facts about human orgasms. They are divided into 5 categories: Hers, His, ‘Fancy That’, In the Media and ‘Basking in the Afterglow’.
Though the book is meant to be an entertaining and educational celebration of all things orgasmic, it could also be viewed as a ‘Believe It Or Not’ or a ‘Well I Never’ guide to orgasms. Would you, for example, be willing to believe that women who have ‘vaginal orgasms’ walk differently to those that have ‘clitoral orgasms’? Well check item #92 of the book. Have you ever heard of the connection between Poughkeepsie (in New York State) and orgasms? That is #74. Any idea how many people around the world are orgasming, right now, while you are reading this? That is covered in #10.
Have you ever celebrated an orgasm related holiday? There are at least three of them. While orgasm faking, by both genders, is talked about, multiple times, including in the context of the TV shows ‘Seinfeld’ and ‘Sex in the City’, what do you know about the deception involved in female copulatory vocalization (FCV). That is #8.
Yes, the book does include lots of numbers, durations, lengths and volumes such as: 8 feet (you read that right), 20 seconds, 14 gallons (U.S.), 222, 35%, half a coffee cup full, ‘about 4 minutes’, less than 1”, 100 per hour and 89 years old. You are also likely to be introduced to quite a few new terms and concepts such as: ‘status orgasmus’, refractory period, birthgasms, Orgasm Rating Scale (OSR), intravaginal ejaculation latency time (IELT), téleclitoridiennes, elephant posture, Skene’s glands, edging and genetically modified orgasm (GMO).
It is not really a ‘How To’ book. Nonetheless you will find plenty of information that will certainly help. You will read about: the best positions for achieving orgasms, orgasmic diets, natural remedies, medical solutions and the best day of the month – not to mention the best ‘toys’, e.g., the ‘Crave Duet’ for females and the ‘Humpus’ for males. You will even learn whether you should be wearing socks and what heel height might best serve the ladies. This is a book that covers a lot of ground.
There is even culture and quite a bit on movies (e.g., first non-pornographic movie to show a female having an orgasm). So, in addition to the 1960s hit “Je t’aime… moi non plus” you will also read about ‘Liebestod’ in Richard Wagner’s ‘Tristan und Isolde’, Władysław Podkowiński’s ‘Frenzy of Exultations’, the incomparable Bernini’s ‘L’Estasi di Santa Teresa’ and some of the bawdy orgasmic scenes in John Cleland’s ‘Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure’.
Oh! You might even be very surprised to learn that the term ‘come’ did not come to be the way you probably thought it did. So, yes, this book does cover a lot of ground when it comes to orgasms. Use the free ‘Look Inside’ to have a peak. As with most of the author’s other eBooks the eBook version of this is also priced at 99 cents to make it affordable. Even at just 101 facts, even though there is much more, that comes in at less than 1 cent per orgasmic fact! So check it out. You can always return it and get your money back in full.
This is my 4th ‘101 Facts & Trivia’ book. The last two, as you may recall, were about Popes. To me this is quite a natural progression. I have never hid the fact that I have an inordinate interest in the human orgasm. I consider it the spark of life. Very few people, even today, are born from sperm extracted via sperm harvesting. So nearly all of us are here because SOMEBODY, somewhere had an orgasm — and I think it is a shame that an orgasm from each partner is not a prerequisite for conception, and one of the items covered in this book is an ancient belief that a female will give birth to a boy IF she has an orgasm prior to the sperm being released! As I had advocated in this blog I am a great believer that all adults must strive for ‘an orgasm a day‘ average over their adult lives.
This is the 23rd book as the sole author (i.e., with only my name on the cover).
A print version of this book is planned.
I have already started on my next book.
Check this one out. You will find it interesting and educational. The few that have read it so far have all commented that they enjoyed reading it and learnt much.