Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park

Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, WY
Yellowstone National Park is not just about geysers and hot springs, it is also about wildlife, waterfalls, and beautiful vast open spaces. Let me first share with you one of the waterfalls we experienced in Yellowstone that is easily accessed by the roadside. This is waterfall without the hike. Later, I will share some waterfalls with the hike.

Monday, January 25, 2016

How to Work Safely in Cold Weather



There is nothing you can do about the weather, and working outside in the cold winter months puts you at additional risk for injuries and illnesses. Know how to prepare and what to do should the worst happen.

Wear the Right Cold-Weather Gear

The most important thing you can do is wear the appropriate cold weather garments. A set of clothing should be designed to hold up to the elements while also keeping you warm and dry. They need to give you free range of motion while you are performing your job or working with equipment.  

In general, it is advisable to wear at least three layers of loose fitting clothing. You cannot always tell how the weather might change during the day. The layers allow you to adjust to the needs of the situation. Even if it looks like the day will be warmer, keep your heaviest gear with you just in case.
An inner layer ought to provide thermal protection and be resistant to moisture. Keeping skin dry is important to maintaining your body’s core temperature. Wear an undergarment made of wool, silk, or a specially designed synthetic. Your middle layer provides you with thermal insulation, while the outer layer is there to keep the rain, wind, and snow out. It needs to be water tight but still breathable so that you don’t overheat while working.

Cover up your head with a hood or hat that offers enough insulation to protect your ears. Gloves are essential, but make sure your hands are still free enough to grip equipment and tools. Wear waterproof boots and at least two layers of thermal socks.

Plan Ahead for the Cold

Know what the weather is going to be like before you head out to work. If it is at all possible, try to schedule your work shift for the warmest parts of the day. Some occupations do not have this luxury. Cold-weather cleanup crews and emergency responders must brave the cold no matter what time of day.

Anticipate the working conditions you will encounter as well. Working in the cold is bad enough, but there are even more dangers when your environment is wet or icy. Bring all of the gear you think you may need.

To keep your body temperature at safe levels, you should also take care of your overall health. As you experience the cold, your body works harder to maintain it’s safe temperature. Drink plenty of water, but avoid alcohol and caffeine. Eat high calorie meals like pasta to give your body plenty of energy to burn off throughout the day.

Know When to Get Help

You should never work alone or assume that you are immune to the consequences of hypothermia or frostbite. Pair up and use the buddy system. Slurred speech, confusion, and exhaustion are symptoms of hypothermia. Frostbite attacks your skin and causes it to freeze. Your extremities may swell or become numb and turn white. Know the early warning signs of these conditions, and stop work immediately to seek medical attention if one of you starts to exhibit symptoms.

You’ve got a job to do regardless of unfavorable weather conditions, but your safety is your primary concern. Make sure you are ready to face the cold.  Plan ahead, wear the appropriate gear, and be ready to respond to emergencies.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Wandering from Water to Land

One Beautiful Hiking Day from Torrey Pines to Del Mar

Summer is the time of the year where I most enjoy nature from water to land. For me, summer is the most wonderful time of the year. :) Last Saturday was our first time for the year 2015 to get into the water again. Oh boy, how I miss being in the water. If only the water does not get colder the longer I stay, I would stay in the water for as long as I could.

When I was still a kid, whenever I saw my mom looking for me, I would hide myself in the water. It was always a sad time to go home for home was out in the ocean for me. Thankfully, my concept of home expanded as I grew older. Though I still love the ocean, but I learned to love the mountains, the rivers, the woods, the desert, that home now for me extends everywhere. :)  I don't need to travel far to enjoy nature for nature is everywhere, and in nature I feel I am home. Even indoors at home, I still could enjoy the sounds of nature from the joyful singing of the birds and enjoy their wonderful and beautiful sight from the window.
Finding Nature at Home ( birds from the backyard )

Taking Care of Our Dental Heatlh

You probably know how important it is to brush your teeth and floss them on a regular basis. However, taking care of your teeth involves much more than that. You need to go the extra mile if you want to ensure healthy gums and teeth for many years to come. Therefore, you must schedule regular appointments with your dentist in order to make sure that everything is fine in your mouth. You may not want to do this. You might think it is a hassle and an inconvenience. However, it is something critical to your health that must be done. Here are a few reasons why regular dental care is essential.

1. Catch small problems early

You need to have regular dental exams for the same reason that you need to have an annual physical. The goal is to detect something that is wrong before it becomes very serious. Small issues will be easier for your dentist to repair. However, avoiding your dentist for an extended period of time could result in a serious gum infection and decay that requires root canals to be performed on your teeth. The worst case scenario is that your teeth are so bad that they are unable to be saved. This means that they must be extracted. Obviously, you want to avoid this outcome at all costs.

2. Reduce your dental costs

Dental care can be very expensive. This is especially true for people who are not lucky enough to have dental insurance coverage provided to them by their employer. These people need to do whatever they can to lower the cost of their dental procedures. It stands to reason that smaller and less serious dental problems will cost less to fix than the bigger things. For example, a root canal can easily cost you more than $1,000. Why would you pay that if you could avoid it? Going to the dentist regularly can help you to avoid being in a position where a root canal is necessary to save your tooth. One of the best dentists Brooklyn can be contacted at http://parkslopedentist.net/our-services/.

3. Keep your smile looking great

Having your teeth cleaned once or twice a year by a highly trained dental hygienist will ensure that your smile is always very attractive and easy to look at. A cleaning is a painless experience that will improve the look and overall health of your teeth.