Friday, September 25, 2009

Really Far Out

Far Away

The most remote inhabited place on Earth.

Tristan da Cunha

I like this internet, information highway. There are an endless supply of roadside attractions. The "Remotest Settlement on Earth" certainly got my attention with the same spark of curiosity that made me want to stop and see, "The Thing", on Route 66. (If you have a Route 66 story, feel free to add it in the comments section, below.)

This island is out in the middle of the south Atlantic ocean.

Thanks to Google Maps, Google Earth, and the Google search engine I was able to find a satisfying amount of history, pictures, maps and even an island Website filled with information about this place and the 264 people who call it home.

The main industry for the islanders is catching, processing, and selling crayfish. (Hundreds of tons of crayfish!) They also do a big postage stamp business. They are a remnant of the British empire and therefore have a hospital and health care for all who live there. They have an inn, (The Prince Philip Inn), with a pub and restaurant. Fresh water filled craters and streams fed by rain and snow melt from the top of the volcano. Potato patches are fertilized with penguin guano collected on one of the smaller islands that is home to a colony of hopping penguins.

Farther Away

Another image of the center of our galaxy. (Hubble)

This information highway
can take you anywhere in the Universe, and then some. One of my favorites, like seeing the Giant Meteor Crater near Winslow, Arizona, is the Hubblesite where you can view the universe as no one has seen it before in history.

Today's Relatively Appropriate Song(s);
Route 66 - Nat King Cole
Theme From Route 66 - Percy Faith

Bigger Than We Can Imagine

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