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Colorado Rivers Provide Thrills For Rafters, What Should You Know Before Booking

Whitewater rafting in ColoradoWhitewater rafting in Colorado should be on your “to-do” list while staying or visiting the 38th US state if you’re a nature lover and an adrenaline enthusiast. Not only are there different rivers for rafting, each has its own thrill to offer and majestic views of the nature scenes to see.

The state is known for its beautiful geographical landscapes. It is where the Rocky Mountains are located as well as several national parks and rivers. In between splashes during your rafting adventure, the nature sights are nothing short of amazing.

Before booking your rafting adventure in Colorado, it doesn’t hurt to know about what you are jumping into. Here is a quick guideline on what you should consider before reserving a trip:

Choose a State-Certified Rafting Company

With a great number of river rafting companies in Colorado, finding a company recognized by the state should not be a problem. However, there are some who still attempt to operate without a license.

A state-certified company has well-trained experts who can safely guide both newbies and rafting veterans all throughout the trip.

Ask How the River Is

The rivers change in depth, size and speed according to the season, and knowing its intensity beforehand could very well avoid unwanted expectations and incidents. In general, the rivers tend to be wilder during May and June because of the melted snow from the mountains flowing into them. By August and all the way through September, the river becomes milder.

Learn Which Class the River Falls Under

In Colorado, there are rivers for every level of rafting expertise. There are six classes of rivers where Class I is the mildest and Class VI is the most intense.

For beginners or those who want a chill ride, they should consider finding rivers that are under the Class I-II categories. These rivers have small waves and they only need some maneuvering.

Class III-IV rivers are ideal for rafters who have intermediate skills and experience. These types of rivers have waves that go higher than four feet. Rafters would require more accuracy in their maneuvers.

Lastly, Class V-VI are strictly available for experts and risk-takers. These rivers have large and strong waves. Rafters or kayakers may find themselves spinning, being submerged repeatedly and just thrown around in all directions.

River rafting in Colorado is a must-try for those who want to see and experience nature in an exciting way. Colorado rivers offer the right blend of splendor and adventure.

June 21, 2016 at 8:28 amLifestyle

3 Ways to Make Moving with Kids a Bit Easier

RelocationMoving from your old home to a new, bigger, and better one is both exciting and taxing. You have to plan it in advance and go through the complicated process of packing. This will be even harder if you have kids with you because they can be overexcited and distracting. Here are some things you can do to make the move easier even with kids.

Take Advantage of Their Nap Time

When your kids are napping is the perfect time to pack up fragile and breakable items as well as their toys. If you pack their toys while they’re awake, chances are they will want to play with each one of them, making the process counterproductive. When they’re asleep, though, you can organize their toys and seal the boxes so they can’t find and play with them anymore (for the meantime).

Contact a Mover In Advance

Movers in Salt Lake City UT like mergenthaler.com can be of great help for you to make the moving process faster and easier. Once you find the one you want to hire, ask them to drop off the moving boxes to your home a month or two in advance. Moving with kids is a bit more complicated because they have a lot of clothes and toys. It can even take twice as long, so it’s better to start sooner and get things done faster.

Sell Items Online

The truth is when you have kids, clutter accumulates so much faster. Take advantage of this move by getting rid of some of those, including clothes they’ve already outgrown and toys they don’t play anymore. Holding a garage sale won’t work because your kids might freak out when they see somebody else holding their toys. Instead, sell the items online or donate them to Goodwill while your kids are asleep or in school.

These simple tips will definitely make your move more organized even with the challenge of having kids. Remember them to enjoy the move and start fresh in your new house.

March 17, 2016 at 1:00 amBrain Serve

Finding Underground Water Using Sticks is a Hoax, Right?

Finding Underground Water in New ZealandWe have been dreaming of the new, the absurd, the ambitious, the frightening, and the fantastical since the dawn of, well, us. Thinking feeds imaginative thoughts, while imagination brings ‘food for thought’. A familiar meal would be the occult, or the knowledge of the paranormal. Dig past the dark outer layer of ghosts, monsters and voodoo and you will find an interesting little morsel: water witching. This is unrelated to those broom riders, cauldron stirrers, mind you. Rather, this one refers to the practice of using forked sticks, canes, wires or pendulums to find all sorts things buried beneath us, from water to corpses.

Witching survives to this day, and scientists explain why it really should not have.

Of Powers Unknown

Radiesthesia, divining or dowsing (as it is formally called) originated from Germany in the context of Renaissance Magic. It is exactly what it sound like: the elite forming an obsession with magic, and the masses letting the wonderful pseudoscience spread like a plague. Dowsing, after almost six centuries of practice, qualifies under the Law of Truly Large Numbers; something that is exactly what it sounds like as well.

Dowsing has seen countless successes that reinforced its legitimacy as a science, more so a natural human ability. But, scientists from the United States Geological Survey are having none of it. They say that people can drill and reach groundwater nearly anywhere in the United States, given that they dig deep enough. The majority of the international scientific community dismisses water witching as nothing more than ‘paranormal nonsense’, with some of them offering cash prizes to people who can prove that divining actually works.

A Scientific Prognosis

Water well specialists from Carlyle Drilling tell us that dowsing is simply people convincing themselves that exterior forces are moving whatever tool they have in their hands. This is an established psychological phenomenon called the ideomotor response, where mental images can trigger ‘unconscious movement’ from invested individuals.

But, as we mentioned earlier, only a majority of scientists agree on the effectiveness of divining. Some have attempted — and failed — to disprove the practice at an empirical level. A study aptly financed by the German government tried to end the dowsing movement once and for all using concrete data, publishing the resulting study in the Stanford-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration.

Researchers analysed the historical successes at finding water in the arid regions of Sri Lanka, Zaire, Kenya, Namibia and Yemen over the past decade. Drill crews assisted by dowsers found an impressive number of reservoirs, with Sri Lankan diviners finding 691 holes — a 96 percent success rate. The scientists were unable to, in good faith, categorise those instances of water witching as mere ‘lucky guesses’.

Dowsing lives on since the scientific community has yet to hit the final nail on its coffin. Even then, the odds of the centuries-old practice dissipating completely are slim. As long as people believe, and find success in using forked sticks, canes, wires and pendulums to find subterranean wonders, that coffin will not take too long before being uncovered once again.

February 27, 2016 at 12:10 amStudy Section