Thursday, July 5, 2007

Awesome natural and manmade wonders

thefreedictionary,com defines awesome as "inspiring or expressing awe; outstanding, remarkable." Its synonyms are "impressive, breathtaking, humbling, amazing and awful."

Awesome! is how North Americans have let alone their natural wonders and developed their tourism industry around them. Awesome is the way they created other tourists attractions. Awesome is how they take care of the needs of their visitors and make the experience memorable for everyone.

Awesome is the way they take care of the physically and mentally challenged, the very young, the very old and the diverse interests of each visitor. For example, there are drinking fountains of varying heights to quench the thirst of different-built and different-able visitors.

Awesome is the way those involved in the planning, organizing, controlling, leading and operating of every nook and cranny of these facilities do their job with careful attention to details and customer satisfaction.

The Niagara Falls – awesome! "The Niagara River, as is the entire Great Lakes Basin of which the river is an integral part, is a legacy of the last Ice Age. It straddles the Canadian-United States International Border and both in the Province of Ontario and the State of New York. At the bottom of the falls, the water travels 15 miles over many gorges until it reaches the fifth Great Lake-Ontario. It is only the second largest falls on earth; yet, it attracts some 12 million tourists to her majestic awesome beauty each year."

Town of Niagara on the Lake – awesome! It is a lovely and quaint little town that has preserved its traditions and heritage as it attracts hordes of tourists. Until recently and for the longest time, it was led by Mayor Ricardo Viola, a Filipino immigrant.

The Grand Canyon – awesome! "It is more than a great chasm carved over millennia through the rocks of the Colorado Plateau. It is a gift from past generations. Its beauty and size humbles us. Its timelessness provokes a comparison to our short existence. In its vast spaces we may find solace from our hectic lives."

The vintage Grand Canyon Railway and the old-fashioned City of Williams – awesome! "The Railway was the lifeline to Grand Canyon National Park in the early 20th century. The historic train almost faded into history itself when passenger service to Grand Canyon National Park stopped in 1968 as train travel gave way to the popularity of automobile travel. But like any legend it refused to die."

Lake Mead, Lake Havasu, London Bridge and Hoover Dam – awesome! "The lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar. In 1962, London Bridge was falling down. Built in 1831, the bridge couldn't handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic across the Thames River. The British government decided to put the bridge up for sale, and Robert McCulloch, Founder of Lake Havasu City, Arizona, and Chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation, submitted the winning bid of $2,460,000. The bridge was dismantled, and each stone was numbered. Everything was shipped 10,000 miles to Long Beach, California, and then trucked to Lake Havasu City. Hoover Dam is the highest and largest hydro projects in the USA."

Las Vegas – awesome and awful! The artistic man-made attractions and the hugeness of most everything dazzle. The Society of Seven and Lani Misalucha have found a nurturing home and appreciative and adoring audience in Flamingo Hotel.

Disneyland and Universal Studios – awesome! They afford an opportunity to be young again and to be happy, just happy.

The residence of Valerie and David Spong in Palos Verdes – awesome! An unobstructed view of the sea, moonlit evenings and natural air conditioning are just three of its plusses. On a clear day, Catalina Island, Long Beach and San Diego are within sight.

The state of local tourism industry – awful! We have awesome natural wonders like Pagsanjan Falls, Boracay, Chocolate Hills to mention a few and equally awesome man-made attractions like Ambuklao Dam, Banaue Rice Terraces, and others. Let's enliven our seemingly sleepy tourism industry. Also, let us reform our tourist companies and guides.


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