In great Pacific Northwest, all those Black Friday shopping nightmares that are over crowded are today outdated and it's time to focus on family and going outdoors.
Both Oregon and Washington state parks will once again waive all day-use fees for the day after Thanksgiving this year, replacing the consumer-minded holiday with Green Friday in Oregon and Autumn Day in Washington.
In Oregon, the fee-free holiday applies to the 26 parks that usually charge a $5 parking fee. That includes popular park sites like Smith Rock, Silver Falls and Fort Stevens.
This year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has also teamed up with Starbucks and Smith Teamaker to provide hot coffee and tea to Green Friday visitors at Tryon Creek, Fort Stevens, Rooster Rock, Silver Falls and Cape Blanco state parks. Be sure to let the coffee companies know plastic coffee cup lids are plastic pollution.
Washington state parks are joining in for the first time this year, adding Black Friday to a list of about a dozen days each year that the parks department waives day-use fees. The department usually requires the purchase of a Discover Pass for almost all state park sites - a cost of $10 for a day or $30 for an annual pass - but that fee is waived for occasions like Earth Day, Veterans Day and, now, Autumn Day.
This all started back in 2015 in the Pacific Northwest, when outdoor retailer REI decided to close its stores for Black Friday, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors instead of shopping. That announcement inspired the Oregon parks department to follow suit, and waive all parking fees for the day. The event has since become an annual tradition, and has grown this year with Washington state parks jumping on the bandwagon.
Patagonia not only closes their doors but donates millions to saving wildlife, trout, and also pays their employees to help clean up beaches and also does not support black Friday. Last year Patagonia helped Ocean Blue clean beaches and planted thousands of trees. This year Patagonia has donated thousands again to planting trees.
Beach cleanups are trending and even the Kate Brown is involved by signing a proclamation in support of Ocean Blue that is key to outreach and education. The main goal of this proclamation is to get all nonprofits, schools, and everyone holding hands and working together to help save the World's Ocean.
Ideas for your black Friday weekend Adventure
Located roughly 12 miles southeast of Bend, the Arnold Ice Cave makes for a remarkable visit for the adventurous explorer. Deep in the Central Oregon outback off of China Hat Road, sage brush, juniper trees and ponderosa pines surround a secret volcanic underground world that was created by a basalt lava flow roughly 80,000 years ago.
This amazing cave system on the far northern slopes of Newberry Volcanohas Native American artifacts that have been carbon dated back to as early as 1370 A.D. Originally called Crook County Ice Caves, the site's present name was given by Ronald Greeley during an extensive examination of the lava tubes for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Like the nearby and heavily visited Lava River Cave (5,466 feet long), these lava tubes formed as the top layer of a lava flow was exposed to air. The air cooled the lava, which slowed as it solidified. The lava lower down remained at temperatures as high as 2,000 degrees and continued to flow like a river below the hardened top crust. The lava then drained away and left the empty tube in place.
As the name implies, Arnold Ice Cave is full of ice. In fact, parts of the cave are blockaded by ice as ground water seeps through the porous basalt into the well-insulated and frigid cave. In other parts, hundreds of ice stalagmites dot the caves rocky bottom. Interestingly, the caves were once used to extract ice for commercial use in Bend, where debris from the 1950s mining operation can still be found. The cave itself is actually part of a larger network of lava tubes known as the Arnold Ice Cave System. There are 19 caves in total that measure 4.5 miles from end-to-end, and most are little more than a few hundred feet deep. Wind Cave, located just 1.5 miles to the north on the other side of China Hat Road, is the longest, measuring 3,839 feet long. Due to its critical bat population, Wind Cave is permanently closed. Other notable caves in the system include:
By Richard Arterbury
In the beginning of next year, Volvo will release a special modification of the universal V90 Cross Country Ocean Race Limited edition of three thousand cars. That initial production run will be sold in 30 markets around the globe, including most nations in the EMEA region, along with the US, Japan and China.
This Limited edition car proceeds from their sales will go to fighting ocean pollution of plastic pollution. This Volvo special model will be a special color, for example white color body, matte gray and bright orange details, and special wheel discs. On a amazing note the interior finishing material will be made entirely from recycled nylon, made from discarded fishing nets recovered from the bottom of the ocean.
The Chinese have also demonstrated the clone of the Range Rover with features Toyota as the special model will be available in 30 markets. From each sold car inn favor of the scientific program of the Volvo Ocean Race is planned to transfer 100 euros. The total amount of donations will be 300 thousand euros.
This program is planned for research by the equipped with special sensors that will collect information about temperature, atmospheric pressure, flow rate and wind that will also record levels of salinity, dissolved CO2, and the other information of content of water in the micro-plastic and the amount of algae.
Research will help to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and to study other information of the ocean pollution.
Volvo has launched a special edition of its well-received V90 Cross Country that hopes to help the effort to clean up the monumental mess in the ocean. Created to celebrate the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the car presents recycled ocean litter as part of its interior and will help fund scientific programs that monitor the health of the seas. The Volvo Ocean Race V90 Cross Country is based on the existing model and, as such, has the same total traction, greater ground clearance than the standard V90 and a chassis built to provide comfort and control in adverse weather conditions and on roads. The differences lie mainly in aesthetics, with a palette of matt gray and bright orange, white exterior and new wheels. Volvo says there are some special features, such as a detachable torch flashlight and extra power outlets, while the inlays on the rugs are made from Econyl.
This fabric is made of 100% recycled nylon, part of which (in this case) comes from discarded fishing nets recovered from the seabed. The Volvo Ocean Race is a round-the-world regatta that traditionally takes place every three years, although after this year's event it will change to a two-year cycle. The 2017-18 edition began in Alicante, Spain, on October 22 and will end in June next year in The Hague, The Netherlands. The boats that will participate in this year's race will have sensors designed to help the Volvo Ocean Race Science Program monitor the health of the oceans. This will include information on temperatures, barometric pressure, currents and wind speed.
by Ocean Blue News
This ancient city discovered in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is still a thought that inspires researchers and adventurers with excitement. As the ice melts and the sea levels rise as their current terrifying rate the common prospect of future generations will also be underwater for others to discover years later. Yet researchers and archaeological studies are more less focused on the past rather than cleaning up pollution of what will soon be under the ocean surface of today's cities.
Past remnants of civilization can be found on the island of Pohnpel which is Micronesia's most developed island located in Palikir, the country's capital. Pohnpei is home to the archaeological site of Nan Madol, which can be seen clearly on google maps and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2016.
Although Nan Madol has been recognised as a historical significant, this site ruins continue to be an enigma to historians and researchers alike. The city, bordered by stone walls, is constructed on top of a lagoon of small islands linked by a network of canals, that is truly complex stone monuments of the Saudelaur Dynasty ruled by Pohnpei until 1628, and dates back as far as the first or second century AD and Researchers believe the monuments likely were constructed between 1180 and 1200 AD.
Images are from QuickBird was a high-resolution commercial earth observation satellite, owned by DigitalGlobe launched in 2001 and decayed in 2015. It was the first satellite in a constellation of three scheduled to be in orbit by 2008.
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