Sunday, March 22, 2015

Road Trip - Kansas City to San Diego in Nutshell




Traveling all the way from the Geographic Mean of United States to the south west city , San Diego was really exciting and fun. I had traveled to Acadia National Park couple of years back on 2009 and it just look so amazing  when I see the map that I have been  to North Eastern City to South Western City. It was so phenomenal to experience the scale effect of this country when I compare to Nepal which is just a size of Colorado.

I was very much occupied with I-70 route when I realized that I am moving to San Diego for a new job, traveling Colorado,Utah, Arizona, Nevada and finally to California. I decided to take this route to experience the natural beauty of these states instead of another route down to Oklahoma and New Mexico. Ah , I traveled more than 1700 miles. That is almost equal to three times  distance from east of Nepal to West of Nepal.
US - Source Google Map

Day 1: I left Kansas City in early morning and started to drive west. As  I started to head west, the terrain looks cunningly flat, the ranches and fields across the flat land was clearly showing how big this country is. For the first time, I saw the military barracks and some helicopters in the central  United States, It was just different feelings for me because as I  used to move across the Nepal's terrain, the strategic place would have been always occupied by the Nepalese Army. I never saw that in the United States.  Another amazing fact was how much money have been spent for the windmills and alternative energy in the western part of the Kansas. Although the alternative energy whether its a solar energy or windmills or tidal energy ,  is gaining consensus among the scientific communities, business and the government as a sustainable energy source, the aesthetic looks of these big towers looks like monsters on the middle of the earth and controlling the entire universe.  The monotonous rotation of three rotors that are 120 degrees apart make it seamlessly connected but scary on how these thousands of rotors rotate seamlessly in the middle of the nowhere. This clearly shows the nature is far beautiful than what human imposed on top of it. 

Finally, I landed into small city just west of Denver, the George Town which is  6,000 Ft  in altitude. As i looked from the window of my hotel, it lies in between the two big mountains and looks phenomenally beautiful.  The chain stations located along the high-way was showing how difficult and cold the winter will be across the Colorado , and particularly Denver area but the terrain and beautiful mountains keeps pushing me on the fantasy of Nepal's mountains and hill stations. 

Day 2: The other day as  I moved further west in I-70 and pass through the cow dung fields, it was nothing but big gigantic mountains and rock formations in the Utah. I am not a Geologist but i am pretty sure many of them have spent seamless night studying and doing epimestic studies of these giant rocky mountains. As we pass the Fishlake National Forest and move further towards I-15 South.  The I-15 passes through the narrow  corridor of the Arizona where the mountains meets with humanity, those mountains resemblance more like what we used to have in Nepal. It was phenomenal, it was beautiful, it was gorgeous , It was awesome. Finally , I arrived at beautiful place called Baker at California. someone in the hotel was greeting with me " welcome to California ". Ah! I remembered the Hotel California by Eagles. I just realized how beautiful that song is and how beautiful the California is. 

Day 3: As I wake up early in the morning, for the first time in my life after so many years, I saw hill stations from my bed room.  Wow! is it Nepal - I was wondering about it forever but soon realized that its time to move further south towards San Diego. Black Crow was there, seeing the crow after so many days was hilarious.  After driving for more than four hours, passing the west of Los Angeles further to the south, the San Diego county looks very beautiful with green fields. Finally , I realized that I am in the beautiful place in the world.  San Diego was saying to me " Welcome to your new home, ;) " , I said " Thank you!" The flowers all around the places, I can see most of the flowers and plants that I see back in Nepal, twenty minutes drive will take me to the beautiful beaches, 25 minutes drive will take me to the mountains like Cowles and 30 minutes drive will take me to the desert.  Its really fortunate to live in the  diverse intersection  of Geography and wonderful weather you cherish every moment in your life.  San Diego welcomes you ;)












Sunday, July 14, 2013

Lawrence in Nutshell




Lawrence, Kansas is a small beautiful town in the western outskirt of Kansas City and 245 miles east from Geographic Center of US, Lebanon, Kansas. The sixth largest city in the state of Kansas with the population about 90,000, the double size of Carbondale, IL. It was probably the worst time of the year to be at Kansas in the early January of 2013. It was my first job!

The iconic legendary of basketball, Naismith and University of Kansas makes Lawrence, the beautiful University town. The downtown spans across north to south that looks ancient in the flanks of Massachusset street. The Indian Palace at MA, the Chinese buffet at 23rd street , Chillis at Iowa street along with dozens of restaurants in the downtown street makes the place lively to eat and amazes the culinary interest of the resident of Lawrence.The 23rd west street drives all the way towards the beautiful national park and a majestic Clinton lake.

The other day we explored one of the downtown bar of lawrence where the young students were chilling in the weekend. Like most university towns, the crowd is young and vibe , the town looks inherently sporty with each bars and restaurants showing the legacy of the town, the basketball.

The other remarkable day in lawrence KS was watching the young students show in the of public schools of Kansas. It was a truly artistic performance of kids. We also visited Kansas City, that lies in the border of Missouri and Kansas city looks even more amazing and intrinsically antique. With the horses and chariot to ride,the city looks like an ancient european town.

However, the geography makes the Kansas inherently flat. The shrubs along with small trees and the flat land makes the place, aesthetically different and away from nature. The gigantic clinton lake and the national park gives some natural feelings. After living two years in Carbondale , IL where I was seeing lot of greenish and water bodies -Lakes, I missed nature a lot beside missing the majestic himalayas and terrains of Kathmandu, Nepal

The trip to Humboldt Kansas to visit my niece used to be fantastic open-wide roads with few traffic passing by. As you move more towards the south, the land is even more flat and you feel you are leaving the nature further away, perhaps miles and miles away.

Th company was small and perhaps the historic in a sense that it was my first job in US. My manager was absolutely awesome guy. The team was excellent. However, I decided to move to the Louisville , KY after living for in Lawrence, KS for 150 days. I knew it was little early but I have to move on in search of destiny – sometimes you never know that and the fate of time will decide about your decision. Thanks Lawrence, KS, you showed me the way ;) and the same L is hunting me again.......Louisville now. I am excited with the greeneries of Louisville!!, I know the lust for Kentucky Fried Chicken will never remain the same. See me in Louisville, KY!