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2021-03-18

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 6 of 10

Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and presents you the sixth of the 10 highlights of sights...

Did you like the stone sights of the last stopover in Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa National Park? Well, let us tell you today what special spots there are further west.... We join the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers on their virtual journey to Purnululu National Park!

Purnululu National Park used to be called Bungle Bungle National Park. It is located in the eastern Kimberley in the federal state of Western Australia. This area can be reached either virtually with us or on site only with a four-wheel drive vehicle. Characteristic of the Purnululu National Park are on the one hand the worldwide singular, beehive-like sandstone mountain range (Bungle Bungle) and on the other hand the extremely narrow rock gorges in the sandstone plateau with palm oases.

The lost world of the Bungle Bungles, as they are described, is a natural wonder in the middle of remote wilderness. What is now Purnululu National Park has been the home of aboriginal people for thousands of years. There are numerous Aboriginal art and burial sites in this area. The name "Purnululu" means sandstone in the language of the local Kija tribe. It is believed that it was either misunderstood as "Bungle Bungle" or that it is the incorrect spelling of the common Kimberley grass Bundle Bundle. However, rumors still circulate regarding the true origin and meaning of Bungle Bungle, making this "lost world" seem even more mysterious. The results of radiocarbon measurements suggest that indigenous people have lived in this region for at least 20,000 years.

The Purnululu National Park in the northwest of this nature reserve was established in 1987. It covers about 240,000 hectares (ha), the nature reserve another 110,602 ha. The park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. However, the Bungle Bungle Range has been isolated from the outside world until 1983, making it one of the best kept secrets in history. A spectacular landscape of rock formations rising 250 meters above the surrounding semi-arid grass steppe, it is considered the most impressive sandstone cone karst area in the world.

The formation consists of fragile sandstone, covered by a thin layer of silica and lichens. The massif covers about 45,000 ha and is of Devonian origin, about 375 to 350 million years old. Tectonic movements have uplifted the massif twice, once about 250 million years ago and another time about 20 million years ago.
The rounded towers of the Bungle-Bungle massif (also called beehives or domes) to the south and east are the result of severe erosion created by the heavy cloudbursts of the rainy season. The sandstone is low bonded and open porous, therefore it sands easily.
In the north and west, the plateau has essentially been preserved, rising 200-300 meters above the surrounding plains, from which isolated rivers have eroded some deep gorges and steeply sloping chasms. From the savannah of the west and north abruptly rises the abrupt edge of the plateau.

The plateau and the domes themselves are vegetation-free, but both between the beehives and at the canyon entrances there are green islands with more than 600 documented plant species. The park is home to plants, some of which do not even have a name yet, having only recently been discovered.
Animals that are easiest to spot in the park are the birds. There are about 150 species, including spinifex pigeons and flocks of colorful budgies.

If you ever want to visit live on site to admire the beehive-like mountain range: The park is open from 1 April to 31 December and can be visited with an Australian National Park Pass. Since the rainy season usually starts in October/November, the park may close earlier in some years, depending on road conditions.

Let's dream together about long walks through this unique landscape...
Your Team FLAGSTACK
 
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2021-03-16

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 5 of 10

Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and presents you the fifth of the 10 highlights of sights...

Here we go into the heartland! The 8 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers travel south to the next national park, the Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa National Park...

The Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa National Park (formerly Ayers Rock National Park) is also listed by UNESCO as a World Natural and Cultural Heritage Site. The park covers 1326 square kilometers. Parts of the park are the famous Uluṟu Rock (Ayers Rock) and, 40 km to the west, Kata Tjuṯa (Mount Olga). The main tourist settlement is Yulara.

Uluṟu is the most famous natural landmark in Australia. This inselberg rises 348 meters above the landscape. The word Kata Tjuṯa means "many heads" and refers to a group of 36 rocks whose material is more than 500 million years old and was exposed by erosion about 300 million years ago. Uluṟu and Kata Tjuṯa are culturally significant to the original inhabitants of the territory, the Anangu Aborigines, and are subject to special taboos. Today, they also host guided walking tours where you can learn more about the flora, fauna and traditional bush foods of the area, as well as the Dreamtime stories. The Anangu Aborigines are the owners of the Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa National Park. In 1976, the Aboriginal Land Rights (Northern Territory) Act recognized the rights of the Aborigines; 9 years later, in 1985, they obtained freehold title to the area of the park. They leased the land back to the Australian government for 99 years. Since then, the Anangu and Parks Australia have been working together under joint management. Its aim is to preserve the Anangu culture, maintain an ecological balance and give visitors an insight into the culture and history of the park.

At first glance, the landscape of Central Australia may look desolate, but closer inspection reveals life in the desert. Animals and plants have adapted to the extreme climate and form a unique biotope. Many of these animal and plant species were used by the traditional owners, the Aborigines, as medicine or as a source of food. Trees such as the Mulgabush and Bloodwood, a genus of eucalyptus, were used to make spearheads, boomerangs and vessels. The red sap of the Bloodwood tree was used as a disinfectant and as an inhalant for colds. Other trees such as the River Red Gum, also a species of eucalyptus and Duboisia species such as the Silver Oak and Hakeas are in themselves a source of food. Spinifex, a genus of spiny sweet grasses, have a distinctive root system that keeps the desert sand from blowing away. The Anangu use a species of this spinifex to make gum. The bush is pounded on the ground until it breaks up into small pieces, which are then heated to form a tar-like liquid. This rubber is used for hunting and for tools.

If you ever visit the Uluṟu-Kata-Tjuṯa National Park yourself, please pay attention to the rules in the park, because there are high penalties for non-compliance. These rules are for the protection of flora and fauna and for the protection of Aboriginal sacred sites.

Reverent greetings from this unique and impressive region sends you
Your Team FLAGSTACK

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(Code Valid until 18.03.2021 - 18:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

2021-03-14

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 4 of 10

Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and present you the fourth of the 10 highlights of sights...

From the wonder of the Great Barrier Reef, Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers travel on to Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory.

The park is considered one of the most beautiful national parks in Australia due to its unique fauna and flora. It was officially established in 1981, was declared a "Heritage of Humanity" by UNESCO in 1992, covers an area of about 19,804 square kilometers and stretches almost 200 kilometers from north to south and over 100 kilometers from east to west. Kakadu National Park has been included in UNESCO's list of both World Heritage Sites and World Heritage Sites because of its outstanding natural and cultural value. The park contains one of the finest and most extensive collections of rock paintings in the world - an indication of how long the aboriginal connection with this area has lasted. The park contains magnificent landscapes, from the wild and rugged sandstone flanks of the high plateau to the extensive forest areas and vast wetlands.

The park is a cultural landscape which, according to the belief of the indigenous people, was given shape by their spiritual ancestors during the Creation Era: They walked the land and created the landscape forms, plants, animals and Bininj/Mungguy (indigenous people) on their journey. They taught the Bininj/Mungguy how to live and how to care for the land. The park is now managed collaboratively by its traditional owners, the Aboriginal people, and Parks Australia staff. They aim to protect the interests of the traditional owners, preserve the park's cultural heritage, and encourage visitors to the park to make use of what it has to offer with respect for nature and Aboriginal tradition. What a great idea - let's keep our fingers crossed that this plan will work out and that nature and traditions will be given such recognition and respect.

The name "Kakadu" originated from the mispronunciation of the word "Gaagudju", which is the name of the Aboriginal language spoken in the northern part of the park. Aborigines have inhabited the Kakadu National Park area for probably 50,000 years. In total, there are more than 5,000 art sites that have been created over thousands of years, demonstrating settlement for at least 20,000 years. A stone axe found in eastern Arnhem Land has been dated to an age of 35,500 years, and is considered the oldest artifact in the region and the oldest tool of its kind in the world.

Fire is part of the landscape of Kakadu National Park, especially on the vast grasslands and bushlands that are exposed to long dry periods. The flora is adapted to fire and some plants need these bushfires to reproduce, as the seed pods only burst open at high temperatures. Fire in general is less dangerous here than in southern parts of Australia. Many trees are resistant to fire, and other plants have a rapid regeneration period. Controlled burning is done in Kakadu National Park in consultation with the traditional owners, the Aborigines.

Are you planning a trip to this wonderful area yourself? Please pay attention to the seasons: Dry season is from April to September with an average of 32°C; "Build-Up" is the time before the onset of the monsoon rains October to December with a maximum of 37.5°C in October; rainy season is from December to March with an average of 33°C in January. Visitors in the rainy season can experience the vivid changes when stream and river beds fill up after the onset of the monsoon rains and their water pours into the floodplains. The young shoots transform the eucalyptus forests into a sea of bright green. However, the humidity often rises uncomfortably high, accompanied by frequent rains. On the other hand, the waterfalls are at their most beautiful during this period, although some can only be seen from the air, as access to several park areas is severely restricted during this time.

Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers continue to explore this vast, diverse, and culturally rich area....
Enthusiastic greetings sends
Your Team FLAGSTACK
 
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2021-03-12

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 3 of 10


Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and present you the third of the 10 highlights of sights...
 
We stay at the coast. From Gold Coast, DTas and his 7 guests travel on to the Great Barrier Reef - a world-famous wonder!

The Great Barrier Reef off the northeast coast of Australia is the largest contiguous collection of over 2,900 individual coral reefs on earth. In 1981, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is also known as one of the seven wonders of the natural world. The origin of the Great Barrier Reef dates back some 600,000 years.

The Great Barrier Reef, with its 359 species of stony coral, forms the largest structure on Earth created by living creatures. It provides habitat for a variety of other species - including 80 species of soft corals and sea feathers, over 1,500 species of fish, 1,500 species of sponges, 5,000 species of mollusks, 800 species of echinoderms such as starfish, 500 different species of kelp and 215 species of birds. Six of the world's seven species of sea turtles are found in the Great Barrier Reef.

Coral reefs are very fragile ecosystems. Any change can cause unpredictable damage. Corals can only thrive and survive in clear, sunlit waters with a very restricted temperature range - around 18 to 30 degrees Celsius.

To get a close-up look at the Great Barrier Reef, Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers turn to one of about 820 reef tour operators, which provide about 1,500 boats, helicopters and small planes for tours to the reef. In the towns, companies offer trips ranging from day trips to multi-week sailing trips.
Dry-footed visitors can marvel at the reef by taking a ride on a glass-bottom boat or semi-submarine, as well as by visiting one of the countless underwater observatories. However, the most sought-after type of reef experience is snorkeling or scuba diving.

The existence of the Great Barrier Reef and its great biodiversity is seriously threatened by the anthropogenic greenhouse effect and the resulting changes in the chemistry of the oceans. If coral reefs like the Great Barrier Reef are to continue to exist in the future, effective climate protection measures are needed very quickly to rapidly combat global warming.

Currently, we are all very aware of how important health is and how quickly normal life can be disrupted. Let's all just change small things in everyday life and live more consciously with regard to nature conservation. Even small improvements have a big impact in the sum and thus nature and its health can be protected.

Nature loving greetings sends you
Your Team FLAGSTACK
 
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(Code Valid until 14.03.2021 - 15:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin

2021-03-10

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 2 of 10

Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and present you the second of the 10 highlights of sights...

The journey continues... Coming from Sydney we head north along the east coast to Gold Coast! Yes, you read correctly - to Gold Coast, not to the Gold Coast...

The Gold Coast region was settled over 23,000 years ago. It was home to the Yugambeh Aborigines. In 1770, James Cook was the first European to sight the coastline. 53 years later, settlement of the fertile area began. Shortly thereafter, loggers, fishermen, cattle ranchers and sugar cane farmers settled in the region. With the founding of Southport in 1875, tourism became established. The Gold Coast experienced a real tourist boom in 1925, after several hotels and a good infrastructure were built. Over the course of 50 years, a loose collection of smaller towns has developed into Queensland's second largest city with a population of just under 600,000 (as of 2016). Gold Coast is Australia's sixth largest city and also the country's most attractive region for tourists. In the 1960s, construction of the first high-rise buildings began. Another essential step in promoting tourism was the opening of the airport in 1981 in the Coolangatta district. Numerous attractions followed, such as amusement parks, green spaces, shopping centers and nightclubs.

Thanks to the subtropical climate (average annual temperature is about 26.3°C in daytime) and 57 km of attractive sandy beaches, including the world-famous Surfers Paradise beach (all surfers shout YAY!), millions of Australian and international tourists are attracted - as well as our Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers! Lednimedvidek, CacheKidsCB, Sim1, Cbsassy, asp_fan_cb, Borghuis, Thwe16 and DTas are definitely taking a virtual trip to the subtropical hinterland and walking through rainforest passing waterfalls...

And now continue dreaming for a moment... Of 25-30°C now in March... Of fine sand trickling through your toes as you stroll barefoot along the beach... A delicious ice cream in your hand (don't let it melt!) and your gaze lingeres on the endless blue sea...

Enjoy this moment and stay healthy!
Your Team FLAGSTACK

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(Code Valid until 12.03.2021 - 15:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-03-08

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop Australia - 1 of 10

Welcome to the third country of the virtual world trip: Australia! DTas has planned a great round trip for the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers and present you the first of the 10 highlights of sights...

But first we are happy to see that the virtual flights were on time and Lednimedvidek, CacheKidsCB, Sim1, Cbsassy, asp_fan_cb, Borghuis, Thwe16 and DTas landed safe and sound in Sydney. One thing that is immediately noticeable is the pleasant temperature of about 20 °C. Some of the volunteers are still freezing at home - so nice that these 8 have a great trip ahead and that we can all join them. So tell us, volunteers, what you have seen at the first highlight :-)

We begin on the east coast of this vast country, looking directly at one of the most striking and famous buildings of the 20th century and Sydney's landmark - the Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge.

In the late 1940s, the idea matured in Sydney that this city should also have an opera house. A representative appearance of such a building was considered helpful. The originally set construction price was overdrawn by a factor of fifteen, and completion could only be realized with the help of a lottery set up especially for the purpose.

Construction work began in 1959. However, the curved shells of the roof caused great problems, as they were difficult to calculate. Often, new architectural ground had to be broken, and problems were solved on an ad hoc basis. The design often had to be modified to take account of new realities. The complex geometry on the roof alone was redesigned over twelve times in six years.

Today, the Sydney Opera House is one of the most popular tourist attractions and, along with the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Uluṟu (Ayers Rock), the landmark of Australia. The Sydney Opera House is one of the largest cultural centers in the world. It hosts about 2,500 performances and events annually, with about four million visitors. Free concerts and other events are occasionally held as part of the Sydney Festival. The Opera House has been regularly included as an exhibition venue in the biennial Biennale of Sydney since 1978.

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is a bit older... Officially opened on 19 March 1932, the Sydney Harbour Bridge is the main link between Sydney's north and south coasts across Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson) and is known by locals simply as the "coat hanger".
The span of the Sydney Harbour Bridge is 503 meters, and the apex of the arch rises 134 meters above sea level, although this height can increase by 18 cm on hot days due to the expansion of the steel. There are 39,006 tons of steel used in the arch. A total of 52,800 tons of steel were used, making the bridge one of the heaviest and widest arch bridges in the world. The clearance height for ships is 52 meters.

Protective painting of the bridge is an endless undertaking, as it usually takes ten years, consuming 30,000 liters of paint. Once a painting crew has completely painted the bridge, it has to start all over again. A total of 485,000 square meters of steel must be painted.

Before the bridge was built, about 40,000 vehicles used the ferries every day. In 1992, 181,878 vehicles passed the bridge daily, and after the construction of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel at the turn of the millennium, about 161,000 vehicles still did. The amount of the toll depends on the time of day. Since 1 October 1998, it has been possible to climb the bridge arch for a fee. Many visitors are led up in groups every day, the one millionth on 14 April 2003. Since 1993, the bridge has been the center of the New Year's Eve celebrations in Sydney Harbour, which are always celebrated with a gigantic fireworks display. The bridge is also pyrotechnically illuminated.

WOW, what a start for the Australia round trip.... Can this still be topped? Read on the next few days excited and stay healthy!
Your Team FLAGSTACK

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(Code Valid until 10.03.2021 - 15:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

2021-03-04

FLAGSTACKs Corona Survival Kit 03.21 with a new option

On the trip through the USA, the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers made a stop in New York to meet with Cbsassy at Nikola Tesla Corner. Remember what they did there? The trip report said that they have been working on a secret project for a while and together in New York they came up with the bright idea for the last missing piece of the puzzle.

This project has been fine-tuned in detail by FHQ (FLAGSTACK Head Quarter) and "The Tech" the last weeks and days and is now ready to be presented to you!

May we introduce? Das KRAFTFELD / The FORCE FIELD
This force field is an option that helps you to collect Jumper Flags * even more comfortably.

How exactly does the force field work?
You can activate (deploy) the energy of a force field 24/7. Once activated, this force field attracts jumper flags *.
While the force field is active (60 minutes after deploy), up to 60 jumper flags * are attracted by the force field's energy, even during times when no jumper flags * would actually show up at your place. If you have push notifications enabled, you will get those for all attracted jumper flags * so you won't miss any.
Since you alone choose when to activate your force field, you're guaranteed to have fun with Jumper Flags * that come to you even when they're actually long gone elsewhere. A Jumper Flag * is attracted to your activated force field only once. The force field has an area of effect of 500 meters around the center - this is the area in which the Jumper Flags * are attracted.
You can activate max. 5 force fields at the same time. You can activate a force field directly from the app at the place where you are at that moment. The distance to other force fields is at least 5 meters.

In the Corona Survival Kit 03.21 you get 3 Jumper Flags plus and 2 Dice Flags as well as 3 force fields to get to know! You remember, besides the great offer (26.50 € instead of 53 €) you get an exclusive badge and a 50% discount code for the webshop .

This Corona Survival Kit 03.21 is looking forward to you taking it from the Fanshop - you will have a lot of fun together!

Testing will continue until mid-March, after which the powers will be unleashed and you can activate your force field. Watch out for the starting signal - and then it’s time to play...

Energetic greetings from FHQ
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: * = Jumper Flags and Jumper Flags plus
PPS: We are looking for 10 beta testers! Contact us at info@flagstack.net !


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2021-03-01

Team Battle #63 is over now and all 69 teams have achieved great results!

Here is a look at the top 10 of the overall ranking for our statistics fans:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Country

Fraction

Members

Credits

1

USA Misfits
additional 30,000 credits for the team account

326

5

138,787

2

Knight Riders
additional 20,000 credits for the team account

277

5

126,521

3

FlagstackFanatics
additional 10,000 credits for the team account

311

5

114,530

4

AMEzing team Netherlands
additional 9,000 credits for the team account

260

5

109,822

5

Psychos
additional 8,000 credits for the team account

245

5

108,052

6

A whole lot of flagging
additional 7,000 credits for the team account

261

4

92,066

7

FlagTerriers
additional 6,000 credits for the team account

232

5

89,076

8

Sic Mundus Creatus Est
additional 5,000 credits for the team account

250

5

86,269

9

Rapunzel 2.0
additional 4,000 credits for the team account

186

5

76,612

10

Tower Power North
additional 3,000 credits for the team account

191

5

72,680

And here's the fraction ranking of Team Battle #63, and we're delighted with the great overall performance from all players:

Rank

 

Name

Towers

Teams

Credits

Average

1

The Syndicate of Flag Hunter
each player has won 5,000 credits and the fraction badge

1819

23

705,339

30,667

2

The Alliance of Flag Keeper
each player has won 3,000 credits and the fraction badge

1616

24

667,528

27,814

3

The Cartel of Flag Seeker
each player has won 1,000 credits and the fraction badge

1238

22

518,963

23,589

All details about the team and fraction rankings can be found with a quick click.

You can find all detailed information about the credit distribution on the official FLAGSTACK help page for Team Battles.

You are enthusiastic about Team Battles, all the excitement and variety and especially about your personal advantages through the great prizes? Than you know what you have to do: Tell all your friends about it and create a new team - or even two - because after a short recovery time the next Team Battle is already in sight - on 05. March 2021 at 0:00 (Timezone Europe / Berlin) the TB #64 starts!

2021-02-28

FLAGSTACK March Competition:
Volunteers on a virtual world trip - Stop AUSTRALIA


G'day FLAGHUNTER!

The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers (Lednimedvidek, CacheKidsCB, Sim1, Cbsassy, asp_fan_cb, Borghuis, Thwe16 and DTas) are flying virtually halfway around the world to get to know DTas' adopted home: AUSTRALIA! One by one, the volunteers will arrive in Sydney, where the journey begins.

Which hotspots has he picked out for the visitors and the diligent readers of the travel reports, for you for example? The first task for the badge "Virtual world trip - AUSTRALIA station" is hidden in these short stories. You will be shown Friend Flags, which you have to capture in the given validity period to get the badge "Virtual World Trip - Station AUSTRALIA".

Do you want to ease the waiting time until 08 March, when the stories continues? Suggestion: get in the mood for Australia mentally and culinarily :-)

DTas has picked out the recipe for a sweet Australian classic for you - that will definitely help against your wanderlust. Do you want to know what words the recipe starts with?
“There's a reason this recipe is an Aussie classic - serve these lamingtons and you'll see why!”

Check the ingredients before you start in the kitchen... Here you can find the recipe!

Luckily you checked - a few things are missing. No problem, you can find the necessary ingredients from Friday (05.03.2021) on the FLAGSTACK map! Look for butter, eggs, milk, coconut, cocoa, vanilla and flour on the map! Once you've collected all the missing ingredients, you'll get your Recipe Reward Badge for Australia and these Lamingtons!

Start of the two campaigns for the virtual "World trip - Station AUSTRALIA" is on 08.03.2021 during the day. Little by little you will get the news with the sights and the Friend Flags. As the volunteers arrive one by one in Sydney, you can start collecting the ingredients on the map in parallel from 05.03.2021. End of the competition for the virtual "World Tour - Station AUSTRALIA" is 31.03.2021, 23:59, time zone FHQ/Europe/Berlin.

What do you think about contributing to the baking and enjoyment for the FLAGSTACK community? If you think there are still ingredients missing on the map, we recommend you to enter the virtual FLAGSTACK supermarket! Soon the missing ingredients will be delivered fresh - we will let you know. Are you more of a classic online shopper? Click here to visit the Flagshop ( https://www.flagstack.net/shop ).

Have fun baking and snacking on the Lamingtons and these tasks ;-)
Stay healthy and have fun!
Your team FLAGSTACK

PS: If you have collected all the recipe badges of this world trip over time, you will also get a world trip delicacy badge! And when you have achieved this and the above mentioned world trip badge, then as a bonus there is a complete diligence sticker ;-)

 

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2021-02-26

FAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 10 of 10


Welcome to the second country of the virtual world trip: the USA. The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have planned a great round trip and present you the tenth and final stop of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

After so many experiences, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Cbsassy, who organized this virtual tour as an inofficial volunteer ;-)! Maybe it wasn't the cliché sights that travel enthusiasts would have picked out on their own - but that's what it's all about... To get some different tips and to get to know places that we didn't know existed.

And this brings us to the relaxing part of the journey... Volunteers are excited for a relaxing river cruise on the Erie Canal in Lockport, New York.  Come aboard!

Discover "life in the past" on the historic Erie Canal, a 363-mile (more than 584-kilometer) waterway between the Hudson River and Niagara River and the Great Lakes - an important part of American history. Opened in 1825, the canal is said to have made New York the busiest port in the U.S. during its heyday and boosted commerce in the towns along the canal. Today, cruises include onboard musical performances, stops at the official Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, and wine tastings and shopping in waterfront towns. Construction of the canal began in 1817 - we can't imagine it today, but most of it was dug by hand!

The cruise passes 5 original locks from the 1800s. Locks 34 and 35 are filled with 3 million gallons of water (more than 11 million liters). They are the only double locks on the Erie Canal and raise boats 50 feet (more than 15 meters)!

As well as the locks, there are also great bridges on the route, e.g. the curious Upside Down Bridge in Lockport or the Big Bridge, which is a whopping 399 feet wide (more than 121 meters)! It passes through the 20 feet (more than 6 meters) high stone walls of the Deep Rock Cut and under lift bridges, so much variety is rarely offered...

We let ourselves drift for a while until March, when we head to the next country we want to discover together... Our next big destination: AUSTRALIA! DTas has invited the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers to his "home". Let's wait and see what we will visit while traveling virtually to the other side of the world.

By the way, dear volunteers, you don't need to pack your winter clothes - at DTas' home in Australia it will be late summer when you arrive :-)

Have a good time so far, stay healthy and confident!

See you soon...

Your Team FLAGSTACK

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(Code Valid until 28.02.2021 - 23:59, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

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