Splash to the Past – Jacques Cousteau

This blog is primarily dedicated to outdoor athletics and the various places in the world that one can trek to discover natural beauty. However, we also like to take the time to appreciate those men and women who have adventured in said natural beauty and forged their own path for others to admire and glean inspiration. Today, we would like to focus on the works of Jacques Cousteau.

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Jacques Cousteau. Digital image. Jacques Cousteau – Filmmaker, Military Leader, Scientist, Photographer, Inventor, Explorer. Biography.com, n.d. Web. 8 July 2017. <https://www.biography.com/people/jacques-cousteau-9259496&gt;.

Jacques Cousteau has had a myriad of accomplishments, including co-inventing the Aqua-Lung, earning the Legion of Honor from the French government after World War II, and producing many movies on the mysteries of the expansive ocean depth.

Personally, I remember him from the documentaries I used to watch when I was young and bored. I recall being mesmerized by the intricate waves of green strung through the deep blue of the ocean, and the strange scales, textures, body shapes, and eyes of the fish that Cousteau would point out. Cousteau had an infinite curiosity for what the ocean kept hidden underneath the innocuous waves that twinkled in the sunlight, and he had an impressive dedication to discovery and understanding.

Jacques Cousteau presented us with a fresh look into an aspect of the great wide natural beauty that the world owns. I recommend taking a peek at one of his documentaries sometime. Or even better, grabbing a pair of goggles and taking a trip this summer to an ocean. In between sunbathing and splashing your friends, check out the fish and the ocean floor, and just how impossibly blue the water can be!

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Have a great day, guys, and get out there and satiate your own curiosity of the outdoors! Jacques Cousteau’s was of the ocean – what’s yours?

 

 

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Lake Michigan Adventures

As a Michigan based company, we have a great deal of pride in what Michigan has to offer in terms of natural beauty and exploration of the outdoors. If you love to kayak, canoe, paddle board, raft, or any other sort of water sport, consider heading out to Michigan’s beautiful shoreline this summer.

The Adayak family can speak from experience in saying that a trip to the northern peninsula of Michigan is well worth the time. We recommend taking a day to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes, an icon in the nature of Michigan. Spend hours hiking along the sandy dunes, running down the hilly plains, and taking photos of a breathtaking view of Lake Michigan. While you’re there, be sure to visit Glen Arbor, a little piece of Lake Michigan that is open to the public. The water is crystal clear and blue as the sky, and very cold. Glen Arbor is a perfect spot for kayakers as the waters are tranquil in the summer, but we wouldn’t advise swimming unless the day is absolutely sweltering!

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The Crystal River and the Platte River are both perfect locations to paddle the day away. Bring your own boats, or travel lightly in knowing that there are many rental shops in the area.

For the Adayak hikers, there are plenty of trails to explore. Check out a full list of hiking trails in Sleeping Bear Dunes on the website of the National Park Service.

Highlights of a Yosemite Visit

Yosemite is one of the most infamous national parks in the United States. It also has one of the most infamous mispronunciations of all time. Contrary to popular belief (and my personal long-held one) the word does not rhyme with “hose-might”, and rather is pronounced “yo-sim-it-tea”.

But let’s not limit this magnificent piece of nature to its name. Yosemite is a buffet of the various spectacles of nature: waterfalls, mountains, rivers, you name it.

A classic visitor stop is the Merced River. A beautifully blue, bright body of water, it is an aquatic resource important to Yosemite and the ecosystem it supports within. Certain points along the river offer clear views to the mountains that rise in the distance, a feature that satisfies the most avid photographers. But the river is not limited to sightseeing: it is also a popular spot for rafting, especially in the summer. Swimming through the clean, clear water is enjoyable as well. But be careful, the water is often cold and the currents can be fast and dangerous.

The river and various lakes aren’t the only aquatic beauties of Yosemite. The waterfalls located in Yosemite are stunning, and some of the lesser known ones serve as a real treat for those looking to wander in solitude. A few to put on your list of potential destinations include Illilouette and Chilnualna Falls.

A visit to Yosemite would not be complete without a visit to one of the stony marvels along the Sierra Nevada. The most popular include El Capitan and the Half Dome, both situated in the Yosemite Valley. But there are other worthwhile peaks, such as the Sentinel Rock and the Cathedral Rocks and Spires.

One of history’s legendary photographers, Ansel Adams photographed Yosemite often. His photographs capture Yosemite’s sites at their most beautiful, and if you visit the gift shop, be sure to pick up a few copies of his pictures!

My own personal favorites:

Adams, Ansel. El Capitan. Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2017.

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Bibliography:

“Yosemite’s Less Visited Waterfalls.” My Yosemite Park. N.p., 26 Mar. 2010. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <http://www.myyosemitepark.com/waterfalls-beyond/&gt;.

“High-Elevation Aquatic Resources.” National Parks Service Centennial. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <https://www.nps.gov/yose/learn/nature/aquatic-resources-man-plan.htm&gt;.

“Mountains & Landscapes in the Yosemite Park Region.” My Yosemite Park. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Aug. 2016. <http://www.myyosemitepark.com/explore/mountains-landscapes/&gt;.

The Best Campsites Collection #5 -Bartlett Cove Campground

Camp where a glacier once stood. Bartlett Cove Campground in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park is off the beaten path, though worth every bit of effort it takes to get there. With endless trail to hike, waterways to kayak, and wildlife to watch (humpback whales, elk, grizzly bears, wolves, to name a few), you’ll quickly realize why Alaska still remains The Last Frontier.

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The Best Campsites Collection #4 – Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park offers visitors a rare opportunity to be humbled by nature in an extreme landscape that exists in total opposition to with what is generally regarded as typical U.S. geography. Walking among the dunes with sand as far as the eye can see feels like being on a alien planet—it’s entirely foreign and amazing. Whether your avenue of exploration is by horse back, on foot, or by car, the experience is one not to miss.

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The Best Campsites Collection #3 – Crater Lake National Park

Created by a violent volcanic eruption some 7,700 years ago, Oregon’s Crater Lake is a 1,943 foot deep crystal clear lake surrounded by sheer cliffs and old growth ponderosa pine. Crater Lake National Park offers a great many outdoor activities—in addition to simply gazing across the 6 mile wide crater—including swimming, exploring Wizard Island and hiking a portion of the legendary Pacific Crest Trail.

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The Best Campsites Collection #2 – Jumbo Rocks

Located toward the western border of California’s renowned Joshua Tree National Park, Jumbo Rocks Campground is just a short hike from some of the area’s coolest rock formations. With just 124 first-come, first-served sites you’ll have to arrive early, as Los Angeles is just over 2 hours away.

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