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Fairy Bridge, a natural arch in China, was pretty much unknown until found on Google Earth. From the upstream side, Fairy Bridge can be reached via a rubber-raft boat trip down the Buliu River from the village of Buliu. This trip takes about three hours and goes through several minor rapids and a couple of larger rapids sufficient to get the passengers wet. Until recently, Fairy Bridge has been virtually unknown outside of China. The Natural Arch and Bridge Society (NABS) first became aware of it in 2009 when Jay Wilbur was searching the area via computer using Google Earth and spotted what looked like a large natural bridge spanning a river.

The Signs As Vacations!

because fuck it.
Aries: A family trip to the beach, a rainbow of umbrellas and towels all the way down, the smell of sunscreen, burying your dad in the sand, shrieking and running from the waves

Taurus: A resort vacation in Mexico, packed with young honeymooners and energetic families. Overpriced drinks and half-understood conversations in Spanish, the awe of a sunrise over the water.

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141. I think Slytherin caution is related to how dead it results in them being (cause Slyths aren’t always wise, just cautious and ambitious). Like, new questionable alcohol, no idea how strong it is, probs not smart to do shots of it, but will I die? Oh look, street sign, that’d look cool in my room… probs not smart to steal it… but, would I Die? Oh hey, dangerous rafting trip, never done this before, probs should learn stuff first…. BUT……. Would I DiE. submitted by anonymous

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Driving along the interstate through the rolling sage hills and crop lands of southern Idaho, most travelers are unaware of the spectacular and remote canyons that lie out of view to the south. Several canyons harbor rivers including the Bruneau and Owyhee, that are coveted by boaters as whitewater runs. 

Two smaller streams remain almost unknown– Big and Little Jacks Creeks. They have cut deep gorges through the basalt as they wind towards the Snake River. Their lush riparian areas and cliffs harbor a diversity of bird species. Visitors will find limited trails and no facilities here. Only endless opportunities to explore on your own along the rims of the canyons. Both Big And Little Jacks Creeks and their surrounding canyons are protected as wilderness areas and wild and scenic rivers.

New photos by Bob Wick, BLM

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Just in time for National Fishing and Boating Week, #mypubliclandsroadtrip Takes a Ride on the South Salmon River 

The 425-mile Salmon River in Idaho is one of the longest free-flowing rivers in the lower 48 states. The river begins as not much more than a trickle at an elevation of about 8,000 feet in the mountains of central Idaho. It gathers force and carves the second deepest canyon in North America, which effectively splits Idaho in half. The section known as the Lower Salmon River eventually meets the Snake River and flows into the ocean.

The river and its canyon are truly remarkable in this “pool and drop” river where difficult rapids are located in the narrow canyons. The numerous unusual white sand beaches offer camping and serve as a reminder that this river is still free flowing. 

Théodore Géricault’s Morgue Studies, 1819. 
Pioneering French Romantic artist Théodore Géricault is best known for painting The Raft of the Medusa. The over-life-sized artwork depicts the survivors of a real-life shipwreck attempting to escape the scene, signaling to a ship on the horizon. The incident itself was devastating (those set adrift resorted to cannibalism, and only 15 of 147 people on the raft made it). The accident became a public spectacle and scandal due to an inept captain who abandoned crew and passengers, and an attempted cover up by political officials. Hoping to launch his career, Géricault set about painting the aftermath of the accident with obsessive dedication. His studies for the final work were based on interviews with survivors, scale models of the raft, and trips to the morgue and hospitals. Human remains were often loaned to artists for anatomical study, and Géricault soon amassed a collection of putrid body parts to help inform his work. His neighbors didn’t take kindly to the smell. The final painting caused a controversy when it appeared at the 1819 Paris Salon. However, most of his studies of those rotting corpses remained in his studio until his death.

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Check Out the August #conservationlands15 “Top 15″:  15 Amazing Urban Escapes on BLM’s National Conservation Lands! Close to Home, but A World Away.

1. Alaska, Steese National Conservation Area, Pinell Mountain Trail. Just over 2 hours from Fairbanks, this northernmost of U. S. National Recreation Trails traverses 27 miles of rolling tundra offering day hiking and backpack opportunities.  Come for the summer solstice to view the midnight sun.

2. Arizona, Hells Canyon Wilderness, Spring Valley Trail. A short 25 mile drive from Phoenix, this trail’s relatively gentle grades is great for the whole family. In addition to an array of Sonoran Desert wildlife, the resident burros may be seen along the trail.

3. California, California Coastal National Monument, Point Arena-Stornetta Unit. A 2-½ hour scenic drive from San Francisco through California’s wine country  enables San Francisco residents to escape the city for the small hamlet of Point Arena and its spectacular coastal headlands.  

4. California, North Fork American Wild and Scenic River. Follow the 49’rs and pan for gold in this crystal clear stream just an hour from Sacramento. 

5. Colorado, Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area.  Just an hour from Colorado Springs and 2 hours from Denver, Beaver Creek offers miles of trail as well as fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. Its lower elevation allows for an extended hiking season in comparison to Colorado’s high-country.

6. Florida, Jupiter Inlet Outstanding Natural Area. Less than 2 hours from Miami and even closer to Fort Lauderdale lies this historic lighthouse and surrounding restored coastal habitats.  Take a gentle walk along a trail and boardwalk to learn about the site’s important role in World War II.  

7. Idaho, Morley Nelson Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Just south of Boise, this bird-watching mecca is close enough for an after work trip and boasts one of the highest concentration of raptors in the world.

8. Virginia, Potomic Heritage National Scenic Trail. Just over 20 miles from the U. S. Capitol, the Meadowood Recreation Area provides a segment of the trail in a pastoral setting.

9. Montana, Pompey’s Pillar National Monument. Drive a short ½ hour from Billings to learn about the Lewis and Clark Expedition at the interpretive center then have a picnic along the cottonwood lined banks of the Yellowstone River.

10. Nevada, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area. The entrance to Sloan Canyon, one of the most significant cultural resources in Southern Nevada, is almost within sight of the Las Vegas Strip. The area contains a concentration of over 300 petroglyphs.

11. New Mexico, Tent Rocks National Monument. Just an hour from Albuquerque and Santa Fe is an area of magical rock formations that seem to defy gravity. Hike through the unique array of hoodoos and a narrow slot canyon, and then enjoy a picnic under the pinyons. 

12. Oregon, Deschutes Wild and Scenic River. Two hours from Portland, the Deschutes is Central Oregon’s playground. Visitors can fish for steelhead and salmon or raft the exciting whitewater.

13. Utah, Cedar Mountain Wilderness. This vast 100,000 acre area is only an hour west of Salt Lake City.  It is a true wilderness experience with no formal trails.  Hardy-well prepared visitors will be rewarded with solitude and expansive vistas of the Great Basin.

14. Washington, San Juan Islands National Monument. Take a ferry from Seattle and escape to this archipelago of fir clad islands.  The National Monument includes several lighthouses, hiking trails and sea kayak campsites. 

15. Wyoming, National Historic Trails Visitor Center. Located right in Casper, Wyoming off of highway I-25. The Trails Center offers extensive interpretive materials and programs describing the emigrant trails that led to settling of the west.

Join us next month for the September #conservationlands15 Social Media Takeover and our Top 15 - Wilderness Adventures on National Conservation Lands.

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Caroline Forbes in Every Episode | “Woke Up With A Monster”
Look, I’m immortal and you’re not,  and I always knew that I would lose you one day,  but I am not ready to lose you now. You’re supposed to be here for my college graduation. We’re supposed to argue about  flower arrangements for my wedding. We’re supposed to have years and years  worth of birthday dinners and Christmases  and whitewater rafting trips. I want all of it. I want you to live for me,  and I know that that’s selfish,  but that’s the truth.

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Thanks for following the #mypubliclandsroadtrip in BLM Alaska! View the Alaska roadtrip journal here: http://mypubliclands.tumblr.com/roadtripalaska.

This week, the roadtrip heads to Nevada for unique desert landscapes, wildlife and behind-the-scenes stories.

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—  I’m immornal and you’re not. And I always knew that I would lose you one day. But I am not ready to lose you now. You’re supposed to be here for my college graduation. We’re supposed to argue about flower arrangements for my wedding. We’re supposed to have years of years worth of birthdays and Christmases. And white water rafting trips. I want all of that. I want you to live for me. And I know that that’s selfish, but that’s the truth.

— I want that too, honey.

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What if you die, and I’m still here?

I always knew that I would lose you one day, but I am not ready to lose you now. You’re supposed to be here for my college graduation. We’re supposed to argue about flower arrangements for my wedding. We’re supposed to have  y e a r s  and  y e a r s  worth of birthday dinners and Christmases and whitewater rafting trips. I want all of that.

I think I’ll always  n e e d  you.

Requested by threadsandspiderwebs

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I’m immortal and you’re not, and I always knew that I would lose you one day, but I am not ready to lose you n o w. You’re supposed to be here for my college graduation. We’re supposed to argue about flower arrangements for my wedding. We’re supposed to have years and years worth of birthday dinners and Christmases and whitewater rafting trips. I want a l l of it. I want you to l i v e for me, and I know that that’s selfish, but that’s the t r u t h.