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The Skeleton Coast
The Skeleton Coast
08/05/2006
The Skeleton Coast is the northern part of the Atlantic Ocean coast of Namibia and south of Angola from the Kunene River south to the Swakop River, although the name is sometimes used to describe the entire Namib Desert coast. The Bushmen of the Namibian interior called the region "The Land God Made in Anger", while Portuguese sailors once referred to it as "The Gates of Hell". On the coast the upwelling of the cold Benguela current gives rise to dense ocean fogs (called "cassimbo" by the Angolans) for much of the year. The winds blow from land to sea, rainfall rarely exceeds 10 millimetres (0.39 in) annually and the climate is highly inhospitable. There is a constant, heavy surf on the beaches. In the days of human-powered boats it was possible to get ashore through the surf but impossible to launch from the shore. The only way out was by going through a marsh hundreds of miles long and only accessible via a hot and arid desert. The coast is largely soft sand occasionally interrupted by rocky outcrops. The southern section consists of gravel plains while north of Terrace Bay the landscape is dominated by high sand dunes. Skeleton Bay is now known as a great location for surfing.

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Sandy: on 10/15/2015

I few places I've been too in the geaenrl area of your trip and these arent along any particular route so you cant do them all they are all over the place.The Ozarks (Eureka Springs, AR is nice, also there is a Folk History place in Mountain Home, AR)Route 66Wilson Creek Battlefield (near Springfield, MO)Hot Springs, ARThe Arch in St LouisCahokia Mounds, IL (just east of St Louis)Shiloh Battlefield (southern TN)Superman Museum in Metropolis ILSpace Museum, Huntsville, ALdirve along the Ohio River in OhioMothman Museum in Point Pleasant, WVSerpent Mound, OHall places that I've been to and enjoyed, some odd, some big, just a few ideas to get you started.

Aril: on 12/22/2015

My Seattle friend Ellen Finn has been linvig in Honduras since 2007 because she fell in love with the Hondurenas and wanted to establish a link between her own American resources and the teachers, students and parents in the impoverished mountain schools around Copan Ruinas, where she lives. You can see some of her successes at her website shown above. But books in Spanish have been terribly difficult to come by. Most of the schools have very few or no books. The teachers manage with unimaginably few supplies of any kind. I'm wondering if you might help. Are you still involved in providing books to Central American children? Many thanks in advance.

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