a giant rock

me showing my gf around in november
  • me: and that's the grocery store
  • my gf: where are the other ones?
  • me: ?
  • my gf: ...is there.. just one
  • me: yeah we just live like this. it's great. now c'mon i need to take you to see the giant rocking chair in the middle of nowhere. like it's huge. i have no idea why it's even out there. it stresses me out so much. i love it

Val D'Ultimo in South Tyrol, Italy

More than 150 years ago this house was built on ground-level. In 1882, a rogue flood caused by a near stream swept away the surroundings, but the cabin has withstood the flood. Surprisingly a giant rock appeared under the cabin, which saved the house and its residents from being swept away.

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Eight reasons to visit Colorado

Colorado is the home of the Rocky Mountains, the gateway to the West, filled with pioneer history, real life cowboys, hip towns, hot springs and some of the best hiking, biking, camping and climbing you’re ever likely to find – all only one direct flight away, with British Airways flying to Denver seven times per week.

Winter here is rightly famous, but the adventure lasts all year. In summer, wildflowers carpet the mountain slopes; in autumn, golden hues race through the forests. There are 300 days of sunshine a year, more 14ers (mountain summits over 14,000-feet) than any other state and a festival scene that doesn’t quit - from the spectacular Snowmass Hot Air Balloon Festival where hundreds of balloons fill the sky with colour, to the slightly mad Iron Horse Bicycle Classic (fancy chasing a steam train up a mountain anyone?), Colorado’s got you covered.


Powder dreams

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European ski resorts might get all the airtime, but for true winter junkies a Rocky Mountain trip is a must. Powder here is drier, lighter and perfect for carving, plus the runs are empty and enormous. The amount of choice is superb too, from the wide-open bowls of Vail and Breckenridge to the fast lines of Aspen and Snowmass, as well as more than a dozen other world-class winter resorts within a short drive of each other.


Elevated adventure

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Colorado is home to 12 national parks and monuments, offering everything from backpacking and horseback riding to rafting, rock climbing and even, in Great Sand Dunes National Park, sand boarding among North America’s highest dunes. Most ski resorts stay open year-round, switching from pistes to downhill mountain biking trails and keeping the lifts running for high-elevation hiking and easy-to-reach panoramic views. The town of Grand Junction makes an excellent adventure base-camp, with some of the best outdoor activities in the state right in its back yard.


Some like it hot

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Combining the spectacular scenery of the Rockies with five of the hippest hot spring towns in the country, the 720-mile Historic Hot Springs Loop is the best way to soak up Colorado’s healing waters. With 30 natural thermal pools open year-round, highlights include the largest mineral hot springs pool in the world at Glenwood Springs, the soothing natural vapour caves of Ouray and the bubbling delights of Steamboat.


National Parks

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Rocky Mountain National Park is legendary: a 415-square-mile wilderness of jagged peaks and high alpine lakes home to coyote, black bear and moose. The fun mountain town of Estes Park, a great base from which to explore it, is just 1.5 hours from Denver. There are lesser known national parks too such as Black Canyon of the Gunnison, a spectacular 2,000-foot gorge that rivals the Grand Canyon but draws a fraction of the crowds, and the cliff-dwellings of Mesa Verde, one of the best preserved examples of Native American culture in the country.


Red Rocks Amphitheatre

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If you’re after something a little less strenuous, try Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre – by day it’s a free city park just 30 minutes west of Denver with hiking trials and giant rock formations, by night, an outdoor music venue that has hosted everyone from The Beatles to local jazz, rock and bluegrass artists.


The Wild West

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From ghost towns and vintage trains to working cowboy ranches and the largest rodeo in the world, Denver’s annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo (as well as the first: the Deer Trail Rodeo which started in 1869) – the Wild West is alive and kicking in Colorado. 

Saddle up or join a cattle drive, and you’ll feel the spirit of that old frontier still; footprints of dinosaurs embedded in stone, petroglyphs carved into cliffs, rivers where you can pan for gold. 

Want to look the part? Head to Rockmount Ranch Wear in downtown Denver, where Western icon, Jack A. Weil, invented the first cowboy shirt with poppers instead of buttons and popularised Western wear into popular culture.


Hop Heaven 

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With more craft breweries per capita than any other state, Colorado is heaven for hop heads. Denver’s Great American Beer Festival is the largest craft beer event in the country while the Telluride Blues & Brews Festival is set in a spectacular valley. But, it’s the little-known gems that really catch the eye: The Grimm Brothers, serving fable-inspired brews in Loveland, and the mountain views from Avery’s enormous outdoor patio in Boulder, are two local favourites. 

Get the true lowdown on a self-guided tour along the Denver Beer Trail and sample everything from stouts to lagers.


Sports Mad

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Denver is Bronco’s country. When Colorado’s American Football team plays, the whole city dresses in orange to support. Catch games live at the Blake Street Tavern in the heart of downtown. But with seven premier sports teams in all, don’t stop there. On a warm summer night, hot dog in one hand, cold beer in the other, there’s no better place to be than Coors Field, home of The Rockies baseball team.


On the Rails

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The steam-powered Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway, built in 1882, cuts spectacularly through the canyons and remote mountains of the San Juan National Forest – a journey taken by Colorado’s first pioneers more than a century ago.  While vintage train lovers will adore Pikes Peak Cog Railway, near Colorado Springs. The highest cog railway on the planet, it climbs to the 14,114-foot summit of Pike’s Peak, the view from here inspired the song America the Beautiful

Plan your Colorado holiday with British Airways


Words by Aaron Millar

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When it comes to summons, Sora’s got his way, Noct’s got his…

Noct’s way is significantly scarier, though… getting a giant rock thrown in his general direction, scooped up by a giant thunder Santa, dragged through water by a giant water snake, nearly frozen to death by a pack of scantily-clad icicle women, etc…

Yeah. Give me the deer that drops healing items everywhere and a pixie capable of necromancy any day.

Top 13 NON-Disney Couple

1) Kayley and Garrett (Quest For Camelot)

2) Odette and Derek (The Swan Princess)

3) Shrek and Fiona (Shrek franchise)

4) Anya/ Anastasia and Dimitri (Anastasia)

5) Danny and Sawyer (Can’t Don’t Dances)

6) Dean and Annie (The Iron Giant

7) Cale and Akima (Titan A.E.)

8) Hiccup and Astrid (How to Train Your Dragon franchise)

9) Angel and Omar (Rock & Rule)

10) Tulio and Chel (The Road to El Dorado)

11) Princess Yum-Yum and Tack the Cobbler (The Thief and the Cobbler)

12) Thumbelina and Prince Cornelius (Thumbelina)

13) Crysta and Zak (FernGully: The Last Rainforest

 

Old Paladins adopted New Paldains

I’m surprise nobody had come with this yet, so I’m gonna go ahead and do it.

Ok, so imagine this au where Zarkon and Honvera didn’t get corrupted and the old paladins close the rift. Zarkon and Honvera settle down and have Lotor.

Blaytz got married to the galra servant

Now I’m gonna use @calamarisunshine theory about Kolivan being a love child between these two. So, child Kolivan!

Around that time, the paladins went on various missions with their lions outside their solar system and each adopted an alien child that they found. Of course Blaytz would be an ideal parent since the Blue Lion is known to be the mother lion

First to be adopted is lance. When Blaytz was sent to the mer people world, he was almost brainwash by the plant but was save by a young  child named Lance. Lance lend Blaytz to the other fighters. Blaytz end up saving the mer people from the plant. Everyone is happy and celebrating with their friends and family, except Lance.

When Blaytz ask where his family is, here come the langst. Lance’s family was  sacrifice to the plant monster. Blaytz decide to adopt lance as his own.

Next to be adopted is Hunk. Grygan went to Balmera to help the Balmerans with something. There, he found a balmeran child named Hunk crying  next to two bodies crushed by boulders. Those were his parents and the rocks fell on them during battle. Taking pity and guilt, Gyrgan adopted Hunk.

Next up is Pidge and Matt. They’re two olkari prodigies who help aid Trigel and Olkarion in ending their tyrant king reign. When Trigel ask where their parents are, they revealed that their parents was executed by the king for rebellion. Trigel took them in as their own.

Shiro is next. Zarkon discovered this human child within a cage during an attack on pirates. He was covered in bruises and had one of his arm chop off. Zarkon took Shiro back to his home and gave him a new arm and heal him up. Zarkon ask Shiro where he’s from and Shiro say that he doesn’t remember. Zarkon decided to adopt him.

Last to be adopted is Keith.  Alfor found him in the market being caught stealing food. Alfor pay for the food for the half galra boy. When he ask Keith where his parents are, Keith say they were killed by some galra purists. Alfor adopted the boy right then.

Now imagine all of the shenanigans the old paladins and their children would be in.

All of the new paladins would bond over their deceased parents and all that they had been through before they were adopted. Lance, Hunk, Pidge, and Matt would be the best of buds. Shiro and Keith at first didn’t bond with the rest of them and just stick with each other. Of course, Lance manage to bring them all closer.

Allura, Lotor, and Kolivan would be jealous of Keith, Shiro, and Lance because they no longer got all of their parents’ attention. But once they learn about their past and start to hang out more, they become the protective older siblings squad of their younger siblings and the other new paldains.

Alfor would be the goofiest dad and constantly try to impress his kids. He would teach Keith his sword skills. Blaytz would teach lance some of his skills, such as flirting, and help lance with his shootings. Gyrgan and Hunk would bond over food and Hunk would totally be impress about Gyrgan being a leg. Trigel would be the #1 supportive mom of her 2 prodigies and help in their experiments, and pranks too! Zarkon, Honvera ,and Lotor would help Shiro with his nightmares. Zarkon’s family will give him a softer side.

Coran would be the best and proud space uncle of all of the new paldains. He would constantly tell them stories his and their parent adventures, including the embarrassing ones. 

Now here come the shipping.

Since Lance doesn’t have legs, he had to be carried. Usually it’s by Kolivan, Hunk, his two dads , or one of the old paladins. When Keith or Lotor got old enough, they help carry Lance. Now usually he thanks the people that hold him with kisses, so you can imagine the fluster looks of Keith and Lotor. Pidge and Matt end up building a device that enable Lance to walk. But they had to constantly fix it because 2 certain pinning boys ( Keith and Lotor of course) keep breaking it out of jealously.

Matt and Shiro get along great , and Shiro start to engage in him and his sister pranks. When Shiro started to get muscles, well, let say Pidge constantly tease Matt for drooling and staring.

Of course, Matt got his revenge when Pidge start to like a certain Balmeran for his brain and kindness.

During a diplomatic mission at Balmera, Allura meet Shay, and she’s immediately smitten by the giant rock women.

When the old paladins find out about their smitten children and their crushes, they immediately start to ship all of the pairs and aid their kids in winning their crushes’ hearts.

Well, except Blaytz, Coran, and Kolivan. Blaytz may be a flirty person, but he’s overprotective as well. He and Kolivan warn Keith and Lotor to stay away from Lance. Of course that won’t stop the two pinning boys. 

Feel free to use this au however you want. Just make sure to credit me please.

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By night, they play gigs. By day, they sample ramen in cities across America.

They’re the three women of Shonen Knife, a legendary rock band from Japan. For over 35 years, the band has been serving up infectious punk songs with a delicious twist: Many of them are about food. Think song titles like “Wasabi,” “Hot Chocolate” and “Sushi Bar.” But don’t dismiss them as bubblegum pop: Over the years, some of their biggest fans have included giants of alt-rock music.

This spring, Shonen Knife embarked on its latest adventure – a ramen rock tour of the U.S.

Why ramen? Well, ramen is really like Japanese soul food, says Daisuke Utagawa, a ramen restaurateur in Washington, D.C., and unofficial ambassador of Japanese food culture. “It’s probably as important as your pizza here.”

Ramen Rock: These Japanese Punk Legends Sing About Food

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