Sunrise to Sunset – Petropavlovsk, RU and Portland,


Sunrise to Sunset

Edition 6

1 j296ySunrise over Klyuchevskoy

Facts about Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Eight thousand kilometers east of Moscow, Kamchatka is an incredible place. It holds such titles as the highest recorded density of brown bears on Earth, the only geyser field in Eurasia and the tallest active volcano on the continent. For decades, the peninsula was shut by the Soviet government to protect its local military assets, but the Soviet collapse caused this region to open and brought in waves of outsiders.

Perestroika prompted a massive exodus from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Kamchatka’s capital city, which more than half the peninsula’s population calls home. Nearly 100,000 people have left since 1992. The city therefore appears much as you’d expect a slowly emptying military outpost to look: cracking cement buildings, icy streets and abandoned bunkers tucked into hills.

Still, visitors keep flowing into Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky…..

Visit: http://www.themoscowtimes.com/beyond_moscow/petropavlovsk_kamchatsky.html

portland-maine-cityscape-skyline-hdr-panorama-cropped-smallerSunset over Portland, Maine

1. Eastport is the most eastern city in the United States. The city is considered the first place in the United States to receive the rays of the morning sun.

2. In Wilton there’s a cannery that imports and cans only dandelion greens.

3. Maine is the only state in the United States whose name has one syllable.

4. Maine is the only state that shares its border with only one other state.

5. Bath is known as the City of Ships.

6. Joshua L. Chamberlain born in Brewer received the only battlefield promotion to General during the Civil War. He was also the last Civil War soldier to die of wounds incurred in the War.

7. The White Mountain National Forest covers nearly 800,000 acres, the forest covers a landscape ranging from hardwood forests to the largest alpine area east of the Rocky Mountains

8. Aroostook County at 6,453 square miles covers an area greater than the combined size of Connecticut and Rhode Island.

9. Approximately 40 millions pounds (nearly 90 percent) of the nation’s lobster supply is caught off the coast of Maine.

10. Maine produces 99% of all the blueberries in the country making it the single largest producer of blueberries in the United States.

Visit: http://www.50states.com/facts/maine.htm#.UwY81IU0fn0

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