Tony’s: East Verses West Topography
OK…while the initial posts were authored under my name, they were predominantly Spider’s posts…with the exception of our blog’s initial Hello post. So I thought it was time to author something of my own.
Most of you are aware I have been traveling the East Coast visiting the states of Florida, New York, and Massachusetts. What I have found most interesting is the topography comparisons from where I live on the West Coast to those that I have seen while breezing through the East Coast. Much of these eastern states are either flat or gradual rolling hill elevations but dominated with much greenery, forests, or some combination there-forth. The west coast elevations seem much more distinct in look and defined in elevation changes…guess what I mean on that last comment is less gradual gradation.
While California has it’s elements of rolling hills, flat lands are clearly flat, dominated often by hay-like fields in the valley areas and then sudden dramatic climbings of grounds laying the footwork for high mountain ranges. As Pete and I were driving up to Lake George, New York this past Friday, I found myself comparing it to Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada. The drive to Lake George was much more direct and at times I had no idea that we were really ever making a climb up to higher elevations (granted, the elevation change is no where near as high as Tahoe). Once you get into the Adirondack State Park Region, much of the forest is a mixture of pines, red maples, birch, and several other maple tree varieties. The lake itself is pristine much like Lake Tahoe though not nearly as ‘blue.’ Every inch of the surrounding hills are covered with trees. In comparison, Tahoe is distinctly mountainous, its granite and often snow-covered surfaces visible from all portions of the lake. And the forests are dominated by evergreens…pines, sequoias, Douglas firs, etc.
I found myself telling Pete if this land were in California it would be gobbled up. I find it hard to believe that more of New York, and for that matter Florida, has not been developed. And I am amazed at how much rich historical architecture in some of these areas just seems tobe going by the wayside. I think some of these eastern communities really need to study how they could revitalize areas long thought dead due to parting industries. Then again that’s me speaking.
In any event, I have rambled here enough. Just thought I’d share some thoughts on East verses West. Damn, I’m loving this great country of ours, the more I see of it!! Hope you all get to see more of it too, if you haven’t experienced some of it already. Later.