Jack Bonner Blog: Visiting Arizona’s Wave

Jack Bonner is an outdoorsman – the type who’d drop everything he’s doing and go on a hike for days. He’s also a native of Arizona, and because of this, Jack Bonner has explored much of the state, including its mountains, deserts, rock formations, and canyons. Today, he writes about the most striking rock formations that can be found in the state of Arizona.

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As a life-long Arizona resident, I’ve always had a thing for the outdoors. Growing up in the Phoenix area, I could see Camelback Mountain from our kitchen window, and I was just ten years old when Dad started taking me on hikes. I’ve gone on over a thousand hikes and climbs since the first one, and I never seem to get tired of the sights and sounds of the desert and mountains. The rock formations, too, are unlike anything else in the world, and below, I try to describe the best rock formation that I’ve visited in my home state.

The Wave

Don’t let the name fool you – Arizona is land-locked, and the closest sea is nearly 700 miles away. This sandstone rock formation is closer to Utah than it is to Arizona, but is considered one of the state’s foremost landmarks. The wave-like appearance of the Wave comes from the intersection of troughs that were formed through the gradual wind erosion of Jurassic-age sandstone, which is further accentuated by alternating light and dark bands. If you’re lucky, you might also find dinosaur tracks in the sandstone.

But because the sandstone is very old and fragile, the Bureau of Land Management is very strict about letting people into the Wave. Access to the rock formation is granted through a series of lotteries, and only twenty permits are granted each day. So if you’ve been given a permit to visit the Wave, consider yourself a very lucky person.


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Jack Bonner Arizona: Visiting Taliesin West, Arizona’s Most Beautiful Home

Jack Bonner has explored much of Arizona, and everywhere he turns, he sees something worth coming back to. As a lifelong Arizona resident, Jack Bonner is an advocate for tourism in his home state, and has a passion for the state’s natural and man-made wonders. Today, he writes about Taliesin West, one of Arizona’s foremost architectural landmarks.

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Frank Lloyd Wright is one of America’s foremost contributions to modern art, architecture, and design. His buildings, which can be found around the world, are equal parts stately and interesting, forward-looking and organic. His designs range from the imposing Imperial Hotel in Tokyo to the modernist perfection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He is also known as an architect who built some of the most iconic residential structures of his time, including the Praire-style Robie House in Chicago and the Maya-inspired Ennis House in Los Angeles.

However, he did some of his best work for himself. His first studio, located in Wisconsin, was named “Taliesin”, and there, he showcased the Prairie School of architecture and its emphasis on emulating the Great Plains and the limestone outcrops of the state. He also built another studio, this time called “Taliesin West”, in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Every part of Taliesin West sought to emphasize the house’s relationship with the desert in which it stood. For instance, the exterior walls of his house-cum-studio were made of desert rocks mounted on wooden forms and connected with raw concrete. He also considered the amount of natural light that Arizona received in the winter; his drafting room, for example, had a roof that was originally made of translucent canvas. His dining room had walls that did not extend all the way to the ceiling to allow natural light to enter.

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Wright was also in his element as an acoustic engineer while he was building Taliesin West. The compound had a separate cabaret theater, which was so finely tuned that someone in the back row can hear someone whispering on the stage.

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Jack Bonner Space Blog: Are Humans Ready to Colonize TRAPPIST-1?

Jack Bonner has been obsessed with space and space travel since he was a little boy. He used to draw comics about a fictional planet within the Milky Way that was colonized by humans in the year 2119. Today, Jack Bonner writes about the newly-discovered TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system, and how the planets there could be a destination for human explorers in the future.

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It has been firmly established that Earth is not the only planet of its kind in the universe. However, it was previously thought that Earth-like planets are few and far between, with the closest being hundreds to thousands of light-years away. With the discovery of TRAPPIST-1’s planetary system, it now appears that Earth might have similar cousins much closer to home.

NASA had long known that TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf star just 39 light-years from Earth, had planets orbiting it. Last February, though, they announced that the star actually had seven planets, and that some of these planets are similar to Earth, both in terms of size and amount of energy received from their sun.

What are the implications of this discovery? This could mean that the planets are able to hold liquid water without it evaporating away. With water on the surface, it’s not far-fetched to think that life could develop on those planets, if it hasn’t started developing yet.

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Another implication is the possibility of human exploration and colonization. While 40 light-years are equivalent to almost 1.5 million years’ worth of space-shuttle travel, it’s possible that humans will develop a much faster mode of space travel in the distant future, just in time for them to witness the evolution of life as it starts. TRAPPIST-1 could also be a hospitable destination for human explorers seeking to escape the inevitable death of the sun, which, fortunately, won’t happen until more than five billion years from now.

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Jack Bonner Space Blog: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 is for Real

Jack Bonner is a fan of all things related to space and space exploration. He has visited Cape Canaveral several times and each time went home with a deeper understanding of space travel. Today, Jack Bonner writes about the successful relaunch and landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, an event that is likely to have a major impact on the way space travel is being planned and done.

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The entrepreneur extraordinaire-Elon Musk-has pulled a hat trick that will potential fuel a significant in space exploration and travel.

Our big hurdles to further space exploration are just two ones-technology and cost. Bother may about equal significance in chance of significantly our manned robot exploration of space.

Space X is taking a great run at beginning to help with these hurdles-great news for the planet!

Growing up as a kid with a great fascination with spaces and rockets, I knew that space rockets were not meant to be reusable. The first stage contains engines and propellant, while the top stage contains the payload. Because the first stage weighs a lot, it must be discarded to help the top stage get to its destination, and so forth. More often than not, discarded rocket parts go straight into the ocean, which is sadly like buying a brand-new plane, flying it across the sea, and discarding it once it lands.

However, Elon Musk’s Space X has succeeded in relaunching a used rocket, named Falcon 9. And SpaceX’s achievement has some pretty far-reaching effects on the space industry.

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For instance, there are the obvious cost savings. The design and construction of new rockets to be used only once takes billions of dollars, and a reusable rocket will help governments and private clients, such as telecommunications companies, save a lot of money on construction costs. If Elon Musk’s timeline goes according to plan, tomorrow’s rockets could be used between 20 to 30 times, opening up the field to different industry players.

Falcon 9’s proprietary vertical landing capabilities, which had been in testing for the past few years, can also help ferry goods to and from planets like Mars, where the atmosphere is too thin for parachutes. Multiple rockets serving Mars should help humans visit the Red Planet, if not establish a viable colony, in a matter of years.

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Jack Bonner: Arizona’s Most Famous Tourist Spots

Arizona has always been Jack Bonner’s favorite; so much so that he named one his daughters Arizona! Whether you are planning a quick weekend getaway or a longer vacation, Arizona is home to some of the most scenic places in the United States. Several attractions in Arizona are world-famous, such as the Grand Canyon, Cathedral Rock, Barringer Crater, and Havasu Falls, while other things to see in Arizona are still relatively undiscovered.

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One of the biggest attractions in America, and certainly in the state of Arizona, is the spectacular Grand Canyon. This incredible landscape which was carved out by the Colorado River reveals the power of nature and the wonder it can create. The canyon walls glow a variety of colors in the late afternoon sun, with hues of orange, red, yellow, and all the colors you can think of. Most visitors see the canyon from the South Rim, where there are numerous lookout areas all along the road and walkway running along the canyon’s edge. The North Rim provides a different view altogether, but the road is closed in winter. For those who want a closer look, Jack Bonner says it’s possible to hike down into the Grand Canyon or take a helicopter flight over and through the canyon.

Cathedral Rock, Sedona is one of the most famous landmarks in the U.S. and one of the best places to visit in Arizona. It is located in Yavapai County in the Coconino National Forest. The rock is carved from red sandstone created from sand dunes around the ancient Pedregosa Sea. The elevation of Cathedral Rock’s summit is 4,921 feet, and reaching that summit is the goal of thousands of hikers every year. Named Cathedral Rock Trail, the steep, short ascent starts at the Back O’ Beyond trailhead and climbs all the way to the gaps or saddle points in Cathedral Rock.

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Located on Native American Navajo land east of Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon is made up of two slot canyons: a slot canyon is a deep and narrow canyon formed by water running through several kinds of rocks including basalt, granite, limestone, and sandstone. The name of the canyon comes from the fact that there used to be many pronghorn antelope living in the canyon. The two canyons are called Upper Antelope Canyon, or the Crack; and Antelope Canyon, or the Corkscrew.

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Jack Bonner: Why Social Entrepreneurship Is Good for Communities?

Jack Bonner has long been an advocate of corporate advocacies. He has firsthand experience as a third-party advocacy expert. He is very aware that more business owners and customers are looking for opportunities to be more charitable and help a cause they care about. Entrepreneurship isn’t about selling things; it’s about finding innovative ways to improve people’s lives. Jack Bonner discovered that until recently, most people in business focused on products and services that would appeal to consumers, and this resulted in the creation of many great companies and a lot of jobs. But attitudes are changing. A new generation of entrepreneurs is using approaches from the commercial world and employing technology to tackle social and environmental problems. These areas used to be the exclusive territory of government agencies and charitable organizations.

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Entrepreneurs with civic and social engagement can solve the social and global challenges we face. Social entrepreneurship can turn passion into profit. Brands like TOMS Shoes and Warby Parker have combined fashion and social good to create a major niche foothold in their industry. TOMS gives away one pair of shoes; Warby Parker gives one pair of glasses to someone in need for every purchase you make. With this initiative, they are making a major impact on easing the lack of glasses and footwear in other countries and sharing those good feelings of charity with their customers. Entrepreneurs today have more freedom and courage to help social causes by building profitable businesses that give back to their communities.

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Another unique aspect of entrepreneurship that is tied to social causes is the financial windfall that can come from getting acquired or having your company meet great success you never thought possible. Because many entrepreneurs are making more money now than many people thought was even possible 50 years ago, there is more to go around when it comes to committing funds to non-profit organizations. This frees up entrepreneurs to spend more money on causes they are passionate about. The higher visibility of social causes through the Internet has inspired these billionaires and other successful entrepreneurs around the world to make a significant impact globally. And you don’t even need to be an entrepreneur to give to a global cause that has ties with entrepreneurship. There are websites that allow anyone to give a micro-loan to a business owner or entrepreneur in a developing country.


Tips for Driving Across America

Jack Bonner knows that a road trip across America can produce memories that will last a lifetime. But whether those memories will be good or bad might depend on how the trip is planned. Expect to be confined to tight sitting quarters in a vehicle for long stretches of time with other people. There is much more to consider than just plotting a route from point A to point B and what sights to see along the way. These tips will make you consider other factors aside from road trip snacks.

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Getting from one point to another in the U.S.A. isn’t always easy, a car is a must if you really want to see the rest of the country. There are few non-car options outside the major cities, and besides organized tours, it’s hard to get around the countryside and to the national parks. A car would make access to a lot of places so much easier. The country might not have much trains, but they sure love their cars. Expect to find roads for major highways between states. You can buy cheap used cars from car dealers or owners online.

Now that the car is sorted out, it’s time to actually plan the road trip. Confer with your travel party to decide what kind of road trip you want: getting across the country as quickly as possible with a minimum number of stops, or stopping to see some sights and smell the proverbial roses along the way. If everyone isn’t on board with the basic plan, it could cause problems. Agreeing to allow time for short, serendipitous side trips might be a good idea to head off any routing/scheduling arguments that could arise.

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Stop at state welcome centers and rest areas rather than whizzing past them to the next exit. Many welcome centers have staff on hand to answer questions and give travel advice, or an area to pick up travel brochures and maps that could help you on your journey. You also can go to the bathroom for free here. Bring a cooler stocked with perishable food and beverages. If you get stuck on the side of the interstate or a back road, having items such chilled food and drinks can be comforting, as well as reducing costs on meals. Instead of stopping for fast food whenever you get hungry, pull off at a rest area, pull out the cooler and take advantage of the picnic grounds.


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Jack Bonner: How the Electoral Process Works

Like every other American, Jack Bonner was ready to vote for their next president this  past November. For those who doesn’t understand how your vote counts, Jack Bonner is here to explain how the American electoral system works. This is great information to be aware of so we can educate the next generation on how it works. It also gives others a glimpse of our political systems in the most important election for our country.

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An election for President of the United States occurs every four years on Election Day, held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The 2016 Presidential election was held on November 8. The election process begins with the primary elections and caucuses and moves to nomination conventions, during which each political party selects a nominee. The nominee also announces a Vice Presidential running mate at this time. The candidates then campaign across the country to explain their views and plans to voters and participate in debates with candidates from other parties.

During the general election, Americans head to the polls to cast their vote for President. But the tally of those votes—the popular vote—does not determine the winner. Unlike in other U.S. elections, the President and Vice President are not elected directly by the people. Instead, they’re chosen by “electors” through a process called the Electoral College. The idea of using electors is based on the Constitution. The nation’s founders saw it as a compromise between electing the President by a popular vote among citizens and electing the President in Congress.

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To win the election, a candidate must receive a majority of the electoral votes. In the event no candidate receives the majority, the House of Representatives chooses the President and the Senate chooses the Vice President. In the rare event that no candidate gets the needed 270 electoral votes, the decision would go to the House of Representatives, who would vote to elect the new President from among the top three candidates. A similar process would take place in the Senate to elect the Vice President from among the top two candidates. Once the President and Vice president have been decided, it’s time to inaugurate the newly elected officials. The Vice-President-elect is sworn in first, and repeats the oath of office in use since 1884. Around noon, the President-elect is sworn in and recites the oath in accordance with the U.S. Constitution.

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What to Do When You’re Traveling During Winter

It’s the holiday season, and you might be looking forward to your first winter adventure! After all the excitement, you are suddenly at a loss on what to prepare for your trip. Jack Bonner knows it can be confusing with all the bulky coats and jackets; that’s just the clothing! Successful winter travel is all about successful navigation of winter weather. He hopes his readers get to their destinations and back with minimum trouble and maximum enjoyment. And to always arrive safe and sound, no matter how much snow, ice, sleet, or freezing rain you may encounter.

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A lot of travelers prefer to go by air because it’s still the fastest option; this is, of course, only possible if all flights leave on time. But there are tricks to increase your chances of flying hassle-free. One is choosing a morning flight, for two reasons: first, you are far less likely to have your flight affected by problems at other airports. Second, if your flight is canceled or badly delayed, your options for alternate flights are greatly increased, improving your odds of getting on a different flight by the end of the day. If you absolutely must fly with a connection, watch your layover times carefully. If a weather delay causes you to miss your connection, you might be out of luck, as the airline is not necessarily obligated to find you a seat on the next flight. It’s also hard to book on-the-spot since most flights are likely to be sold-out by this time.

Driving during the winter months seems like it comes with its own set of rules. Because icy roads can be slippery, it’s best to use extreme caution when traveling by road—just as in any type of severe weather event. If at all possible, avoid driving during winter weather, as even small amounts of snow and ice can make traveling by land extremely dangerous. If you must drive, stay on main roads and highways, and stick to level roads if possible. Avoid hills and roads with sloping surfaces wherever possible. Drive only during daylight hours, and avoid driving alone if you can.

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Don’t forget these tips so you can take your vacation in peace. You can opt to take your preferred route, whether by land or by air, just make sure you always plan ahead on the side of caution. There’s no better treat than knowing that you’ll be coming home as safe and hassle-free as possible.

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Elon Musk, Space X, and Mars: The Future of Humankind

Jack Bonner knows that anybody who’s interested in space exploration has certainly heard about Elon Musk. Born in South Africa in 1971, Elon Musk became a multimillionaire in his late 20s when he sold his start-up company, Zip2, to a division of Compaq Computers. He achieved further success by founding X.com in 1999, SpaceX in 2002 and Tesla Motors in 2003. Musk made headlines in May 2012 when SpaceX launched a rocket that would send the first commercial vehicle to the International Space Station. Since then, Elon hasn’t stopped his dream of space exploration and its possibilities for humankind. Now, Elon Musk wants to go to Mars. And he wants you to help him get there.

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For years, Mr. Musk has been offering hints and teases of his desire to colonize the big red planet. During a speaking engagement at the International Astronautical Congress, Mr. Musk finally provided engineering details, optimistic timelines, and a video. Elon Musk said that the rockets and spacecraft in the video were pretty much what the public should expect SpaceX to build. He then estimated that it would cost $10 billion to develop the rocket, and he said the first passengers to Mars could take off as soon as 2024 if the plans went off without a hitch. For now, SpaceX is financing development costs of a few tens of millions of dollars a year, but eventually, the company would look to some kind of public-private partnership.

Each of the SpaceX vehicles would take 100 passengers on the journey to Mars, with trips planned every 26 months as Earth and Mars pass close to each other. Tickets per person might cost $500,000 at first, and drop to about a third of that later on, according to Elon Musk himself. To establish a self-sustaining Mars civilization of a million people would take 10,000 flights, with many more to ferry equipment and supplies.Mr. Musk was confident that his company could pull off his vision, but he said he would not be among the first colonists, saying he wants to see his children grow up.

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What do think of Elon Musk’s plan? Scientists have been warning us that our planet can eventually be uninhabitable if we don’t take care of it. Is Mars the next frontier for the human race? As exciting as all this sounds, it still sounds pretty expensive for the common folk. Half a million dollars is too much money for a one-way trip.

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