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Chuck Cavin
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I have seen most of the Rocky Mountains except the southern part. Several weeks ago, I toured the southern region. I took Colorado Hwy 50 that runs from Grand Junction to Pueblo, Colorado. Spent the night in the town of Gunnison, ate breakfast at the W Cafe, and bought a souvenir shirt with the name Rocky Mountains- Gunnison, Colorado on it. Gunnison made history by arresting any visitors in their town and having them quarantined for 5 days during the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic that killed 50-100 million people worldwide. This drastic measure kept the flu away from the entire town and was the inspiration for several novels/movies.... Took Colorado Hwy 9 north towards Breckenridge, spent the night in Fairplay, Colorado, and ate a turkey panini sandwich at the Java Moose Cafe. Crossed the Continental Divide at Hoosier Pass reaching the elevation of 11,500 feet. From there, I descended upon the ski resort community of Breckenridge. Most people ascend into the ski resort areas feeling the awesomeness of their high elevations, but traveling into these areas from a much higher elevation in the south makes resorts like Breckenridge feel like a low level plain.....
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Spent Memorial Day weekend in the Glen Canyon, Utah and Page, Arizona region of the USA. Near the Utah border, the town of Page has a population of only 7,000 people but has over 30 hotels servicing the tourists that venture outdoors to view the canyons. A must-see area for anyone looking for another tourist destination in the USA. The Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River forms Lake Powell which has many water sport activities. The Lone Rock formation surrounded by the water is a beautiful sight.....The USA is a remarkable place that has very beautiful natural features but no old architectural structures or buildings unless you are counting adobe huts and tepees. Ha, Ha.....The USA is a young country that is not even 250 years old with some states having recently celebrated their 100 years of statehood. This greatest country in the world developed swiftly....I was visiting with a foreigner that settled into a career in the USA. Knowing that he grew up in a culture that harbours animosity towards America, I boasted of what a fabulous country America is. It provided him a job, support for his kids, etc. He cringed and grumbled. I explained that America is a young country under 250 years old, and the civilization where he was born is thousands of years old. So, what makes America great? Our leadership. I continued talking and mentioned that his country's leaders had thousands of years to make his country great and have failed miserably. He nods his head and agrees.....
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The Cote d'Azur trip was phenomenal.....Flew into the Nice Airport and started my adventure.....Took the SNCF train north up the coast to see Monaco. Monaco is such a beautiful place located in the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The Monaco Yacht Club is an amazing site with luxury yachts filling the harbor and very expensive real estate built into the cliffs with views of the harbor. The Monte Carlo Country Club is gorgeous with its terraced landscape in the hillside and the Mediterranean scenery. I watched a little of the Novak Djokovic/Borna Coric match. To my surprise, the Italians poured into the club when their countryman, Fabio Fognini, started preparations for his match. After visiting with some Italians during his match and looking at a map of the area, I noticed that the Italian border is only a few miles away and Genoa, Italy being maybe 95 miles up the coast. History has this region originally torn apart by wars with Italy claiming this territory and then the French until treaties established the boundaries. Thus, there is a strong Italian influence on the culture and architecture here. The wealthy first came to the French Riviera as a winter haven, then as both a summer and winter getaway. The Rothschild family, the world's wealthiest family in the late 1800s and early 1900s, have several magnificent, vacation villas on the French Riviera. The villa at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat is open to the public; the villa in Cannes is now a library...Needing an easy day trip to rest my legs so that I could enjoy a run along the beach, I chose a day trip to Antibes, France which is a small, cozy town with cobblestone streets, many storefront vendors, and quaint restaurants. Antibes is also home to Port Vauban, the largest marina on the Mediterranean Sea that moors the most extravagant yachts in the world, including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's giant yacht named Octopus.....My exercise day took me to Cannes, France for a jog along the beach on the popular Boulevard de la Croisette. The famous Intercontinental Carlton Hotel is located on this street and is a favorite spot for people who want to be seen. The finer restaurants are also in this area. I finally found some delicious seafood at the Le Venice Restaurant. Great food is difficult to find even in the Cote d'Azur. I looked at somewhere around 15 different menus until I settled on their salmon dish with sautéed vegetables. My determination to find great food was put in my heart from the age of 12 when Mr. B was my chaperone on a tennis trip to Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. B, who owned a bottling plant, had a very critical eye from overseeing quality controls at his plant. This trait carried over into other aspects of his life including his quest for fine food. One evening I watched him walk out of 5 restaurants without ordering until he found great food.....Strolled thru the Cap 3000 shopping mall, the Cote d'Azur's largest mall, located in Saint Laurent du Var. Stopped at a McDonald's by the mall and noticed a French pastry and coffee shop inside. The French are very nice people who love their pastries, coffees, and cigarettes which is quite different from my tastes. The French Department of Health is trying desperately to curb their appetite for cigarettes. Cigarette manufacturers are forced to package their products in the same generic packaging in order to remove any glamor from smoking certain brands. Nothing is working with almost 1 in 3 French adults still smoking creating huge healthcare costs for the country......The weather on this trip was perfect with sunny days and highs reaching 26 degrees Celsius or 79 degrees Fahrenheit. An easy way to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit in your mind is by doubling Celsius, subtract 10%, then add 32 degrees. It is much easier than using the 1.8 conversion factor, F=C x 1.8 + 32=C(2.0-0.2) + 32=2C(1.0-0.10) + 32= 2C - 2C(0.10) + 32, especially if internet access is not available to calculate it....Soon, I will be ending my trip in Dublin, Ireland with a full day to sightsee in absolutely gorgeous, I mean, horrendous weather.....During the second week in May of next year, the Italian tennis players that I met at the Monte Carlo Country Club will be in Rome at the prestigious Foro Italico Club that sits along the Tiber River. I plan on visiting them at that time. Vatican City is just south of the club, and the Roman ruins are a short distance across the Tiber. I will also tour Florence and Naples, Italy which are an hour from Rome by train.....
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Finished my final tour of northern California.....Started in Nevada going north on Hwy 95 towards Reno....Stopped at Beatty, Nevada where some of the nation's best ghost towns are nearby .....Only 8 miles west is Death Valley National Park that has color hues in its landscape that are similar to the Grand Canyon National Park, just not as vibrant and without the awesome feeling of deep canyons...Spent the night in Reno....Hwy 36 took me through the Lassen Volcanic National Park....At Corning, California, I viewed the olive groves....Lake Tahoe still had snow on the mountains surrounding it and the Truckee River was flowing swiftly as the snow slowly melted....The Truckee River is popular in the minds of crossword puzzle enthusiasts with Reno being the answer to the clue, "the city on the Truckee River" or Lake Tahoe being the answer to "the lake that feeds the Truckee River".....I recommend crossword puzzles as a fun way to master the English language by knowing all the synonyms and antonyms of words which allows a more colorful use of the English language....One of my funny experiences came from my blogging days after colorfully composing an article on adults cheating in recreational sports. A New York Times writer found my story on the internet and wanted to reference it in his next article. The writer had recently hit a homerun with his last article about adults behaving poorly at their children's sporting events.....I only need 3 more trips to California- one to visit the La Jolla Beach Club & Tennis Club and two trips to Los Angeles to use the LAX Airport for trips to Australia and Singapore.....I will soon be in Orlando, Florida to catch a flight to Europe.....
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My trip to the Cote d'Azur or the French Riviera is finalized with a fun itinerary focusing on the beach and tennis at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Monaco..... I should avoid the many tourists that frequent there by being in the area after the spring break crowd and before the huge international group that flocks to the Cannes Film Festival......
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I have now visited the two most famous ranches in the US- The YO Ranch, west of San Antonio and The King Ranch, southwest of Corpus Christi. The YO Ranch is special in that it offers more exotic game animals to hunt. One hunter, who hunts all over the world, was there specifically to hunt bison. The trophy fees for the hunts are reasonable, but the killing of a prized kudu will cost you $15,000. .....The King Ranch is so popular that Ford named one of their trucks after it. Both ranches have interesting stories about their owners and origin.....
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Was in Sarasota, Florida a couple of weeks ago. Sarasota is home to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Founded in 1919, they performed their final tour last year....Had a fun time in Lake Park, Georgia and enjoyed my visit at Rev. Ben Weeks' assembly..... I finalized my trip to the famous YO Ranch in Texas and will soon be enjoying the unbelievable wildlife setting created there.....
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Just ended a perfect trip to London....I took the Tube, London's subway, to the Westminster Station. As I made my way up the stairs to street level, I was amazed that there I was standing on a street corner with my back against the House of Parliament building as I gazed at my Google map to find out where I was. When I looked up, across the street was Big Ben, Westminister Cathedral, Abbey, and Palace. Quickly, I lugged my bags to the hotel and set on my journey to see London. Marched towards Buckingham Palace, stopped at the Queen's Gallery and Gift Shop for a souvenir, and continued to Trafalgar Square where the National Gallery is located. I was surprised how easy this adventure was becoming. Moving thru London during the tourism off season was a breeze- no lines at all!!! .....Always on the lookout for a nice place to work out, I thought that St. James Park might be the ideal place with spacious sidewalks, and it had a cool location in that the park backs up to Downing Street where Prime Minister Theresa May has an office. Instead of jogging St. James Park, I decided to map out a run thru an area that I haven't seen, and it turned out to be the most exciting part of the trip. I started my run at the corner of Grosvenor Road and Chelsea Bridge Road on the banks of the River Thames. Heading north took me along Sloane Street into the heart of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Sloane Street ends at Knightsbridge Road and Kensington Road, and then I was jogging thru Hyde Park. This is the more affluent neighborhood of London with the shopping district anchored by the famous Harrods Department Store. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will reside in this area soon. Teslas lined the streets and were plugged into charging stations. Even a new Lamborghini sports car was parked in front of one flat. I overheard a Brit tell someone that the flats in this neighborhood looked like other flats throughout London but some flats in this borough are worth twenty times more......Hyde Park is a wonderful place with a mixture of tourists and old Londoners enjoying a stroll thru the park. The Kensington Palace and Gardens next to the park was hosting the Princess Diana Fashion Exhibit. During peak tourist season, the line to this exhibit would have extended thru the park. I only had to wait behind two people for tickets. As for great food in London, there is none. The best food that I could find was some Scottish salmon at a restaurant in the upscale Belgravia neighborhood.......I spent one night in the Canary Wharf and Docklands area of east London hoping to get tickets into the funky-looking O2 Arena and watch an ATP World Tour Finals tennis match. I checked the tournament website for tickets and it was sold out for the Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev match. Making one last attempt to find a ticket, I checked the Stubhub website and found an outstanding seat for only 150 British pounds. A British gentleman explained to me that I could dodge the huge crowd heading to the arena by taking the cable car. The cable car is like an amusement park ride that takes you high above London, over the River Thames, and then lowers you to the arena's doorstep. This little maneuver saved lots of time. After the tennis match, I went back to the hotel to chill out in their business lounge and listen to some Brits talk business. They have a great sense of humor..... It didn't take me long until I mastered that art of roving London, a metropolis of nearly 10 million people. Having some extra time on my hands, I decided to take the underground rail to the King's Cross station where the international trains operate. Hoping that a train to Paris would be available, I trekked there. As I was nearing the station, I was reminded of some sound advice that an old Londoner had given me. He said that if I didn't see a departure/arrival time that suits me, then don't do it. Heathrow Airport would have more options and better pricing. He was right. There was only one train operator going to Paris called Eurostar, and it had only one departure time with few options in getting me back to London. I nixed that idea and was offered a smarter plan that would give me a free trip to Paris by making Paris a two-day stopover when I fly to Nice, France in the spring!!!......As an additional note- I used Expedia to choose my flight plan for the first time and was very impressed. They chose a flight path that was quite different by putting me on Iceland Air for four flights- Boston to Reykjavik to London and London to Reykjavik to Orlando. Iceland Air uses high quality aircrafts with built-in headrests. The stewardesses were exceptionally well groomed. Iceland Air also doesn't overbook their seats, and you rarely have passengers on both sides of you. I had three seats to myself on one 5 hour flight, flipped up the armrests, and made a nice, comfy bench......
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Two weeks ago, I stumbled upon the coolest place in the USA- St. George, Utah. I drove the scenic route into St. George using Arizona Hwy 89A that passes over the Colorado River at Marble Canyon and thru the northern part of the Grand Canyon National Park near the North Rim viewing area....The city itself is listed as one of the Top 5 fastest growing areas in the country. The climate is near perfect with rarely seen snowfall. Geographically, St. George is situated near the Colorado Plateau and the desert region north of Las Vegas. With its palm tree lined streets, it has the feel of a resort community with no extreme hot/cold temperature spikes. Two of the nations most beautiful parks are nearby, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park. Instead of a small Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints that is constructed in most towns across the USA, it has a gorgeous Mormon Temple that lights up at night for everyone to marvel its beautiful architecture. Upon seeing both beautiful Catholic Cathedrals and Mormon Temples, I am reminded of a lesson format that I put together in my teaching years. Whether teaching mathematics or tennis, I sometimes would ask a question and propose us, students and myself, to reach an unbiased conclusion in answering the question using the most reliable, accurate methods. It is a great way to learn a principle instead of just accepting the correct answer. So, I formed a fun question and then will try to solve it......

QUESTION:

Would a Mormon or Catholic Church Member Qualify to be a Church Member of the Early Churches Founded During the Birth of the Church Age 2000 Years Ago?.....

In order to unbiasedly answer this question, I would need to visit with original church members and ask their guidelines on how to become a new church member (which is not possible since they're all deceased) or find the oldest, most accurate and reliable documents pertaining to the early church history and use in my unbiased research. Luckily, I researched and found these historical documents neatly compiled into a book form called The Book- Acts of the Apostles which is sandwiched between the Gospels and the Epistles in the New Testament. Instead of being written in paragraph form, a chapter and verse form is used to place emphasis on each sentence and to eliminate overlooking a particular fact......Upon reading through these documents, I found the first instance in which people asked, "What shall we do (to be saved)?" or in today's lingo, "How do we become church members?" This is found in Chapter 2 and Verse 37.....Peter was teaching a crowd of people at a Jewish festival where they asked about church membership. Immediately, Peter answered them with a simple 3 Step Program-
1. Repentance
2. Water Baptism in the name of Jesus (by immersion)
3. Receiving the Infilling of God's Spirit (with an outward manifestation). This program for church membership is found in the next verse 38......

After researching the Mormon and Catholic church bylaws, doctrines, creeds, and dogmas, I found that they have a Step 1- Repentance correctly stated into their beliefs. Most people in the USA have a good moral compass in how they should behave towards others and live a fairly clean life, Mormons and Catholics included. They are great people with excellent secondary schools and universities, and are highly respected in their communities.....

Now, let's move to Step 2- Water Baptism. The Catholics incorrectly use a form of water baptism that does not immerse their new members in water but sprinkles water. Catholics also do not use the words- in the name of Jesus. Mormons, on the other hand, do immerse their new church members but fail to correctly use the words- in the name of Jesus. In Chapter 19, Verse 5 new church members were rebaptized using the correct formula stated by Peter proving that baptism has to be done correctly.

The last step, Step 3- "Receiving the Infilling of the Spirit" is supposed to occur in both Mormon and Catholic churches by the laying on of hands and a prayer said at this time.

Does the laying on of hands mean the infilling occurred? NO, an outward manifestation of the Spirit must occur to validate the infilling experience. Chapter 2, Verse 4 (First infilling of the Jewish race) & Chapter 10, Verse 46 (First infilling of the Non-Jewish race) & Chapter 19, Verse 6 clearly state that the infilling had new church members speaking in other tongues which was the outward manifestation of this occurence. I love to sit and enjoy the desert landscape and watch a small whirlwind descend. The whirlwind sometimes will stay on the ground in the same place and rotate for hours. I can't see the whirlwind because it is invisible, but only see the ground debris and dust swirl as evidence that the whirlwind is there. The same occurence happens with the Spirit. It is invisible but an outward manifestation occurs as it descends upon church members......Thus, using these ancient documents proves that some church members today would not qualify as new church members during the birth of the Church Age 2000 years ago.(Supporting Reference Material listed below)

Supporting Reference Material-

Acts 2:37 "Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?"

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF A QUESTION PERTAINING TO SALVATION DURING THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH AGE

Acts 2:38 "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF THE PLAN OF SALVATION OFFERED DURING THE BIRTH OF THE CHURCH AGE

Acts 19:5 "When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus."

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF WATER BAPTISM CORRECTED

Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF THE FIRST INFILLING OF THE JEWISH RACE

Acts 10:46 "For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF THE FIRST INFILLING OF THE NON-JEWISH RACE

Acts 19:6 "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

***FIRST WRITTEN RECORD OF THE INFILLING AFTER WATER BAPTISM CORRECTED

NOTE: When you have reached the FIRST WRITTEN RECORD of any documental research on any subject, then you have reached the origin and the beginning of any chain of events occuring on the subject. Any documental alteration or change occuring after the FIRST WRITTEN RECORD is a change from the original and is a FAKE or PHONY. Some people, who are nearing the end of life's journey and reassessing their lives, both spiritually and financially, and who are waiting on the final appraisal of their valuable, treasured religion to come back from a very qualified appraiser, are going to be shocked to find out that their valuable, treasured religion, not authenticated by these ancient documents but based on ALTERED documents of authenticity, is actually COMPLETELY WORTHLESS!!! .........

If anyone knows of an interesting vacation spot that I may want to visit, you can email pictures of the vacation spot to: chuck.cavin.cc@gmail.com or text the pictures to: 512-829-1615 .........

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In Alaska, I was reading in the library room at the Gustavus Inn Bed & Breakfast and came across a book on the history of the Glacier Bay area. It was noted that Capt. George Vancouver detailed the area in 1794, and there was no bay but a sheet of ice. In 1879, John Muir surveyed the area and gave an account that the glaciers had receded 44 miles creating the bay. Over the span of 85 years, did global warming cause this phenomenon? Well of course it did, and the gas guzzling automobile did not cause it during this time period. Global warming is a part of the design but fossils fuels do slightly exacerbate it. Since creation, there has always been an environmental or save the planet movement. The earliest history of man has him facing droughts, famines, earthquakes, floods, whirlwinds, and even wildfires. Man in his most primitive state had elaborate ceremonies with sacrifices unto temple gods hoping for favorable climate conditions. Even back in the agrarian society days, some old farmer would tell his wife that he believes the winter is the coldest or the old goat would tell her that the summer has been the hottest. If a storm came up and blew the roof off the neighbor's house, the couple would declare that the storm was the worst in decades..... The recent wildfires in California that caused around 30 deaths should fully be blamed on Gov. Jerry Brown. He has held political power for decades and had numerous opportunities throughout his political career to implement a forestry/land management program consisting of fire breaks and controlled burns that would have prevented these tragic deaths. Gov. Brown would rather have huge, uncontrollable fires than small, controlled fires that would eliminate the wildfire's fuel. ... A portion of the Glacier Bay history is given in this Bader Journal....
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