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2021-02-20

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 7 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 seventh of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

After the cool adventure of touring an amphibious vehicle in Hot Springs, we're off to a real classic sight today: Welcome to St. Louis, Missouri at the Gateway Arch!

The imposing Gateway Arch is one of the newest monuments in the U.S. National Park System. At 630 ft (192 m), it is the tallest monument, almost twice as high as the Statue of Liberty in New York. The stainless steel arch is surrounded by a park and invites visitors to relax.

The Arch and the nearby Old Courthouse form what is known as the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. For visitors, going up to the Arch should be a must on the St. Louis visit itinerary. A 40-visitor capacity elevator takes you to the top of the Arch, where you have a perfect view of the city and the Mississippi River - often 50k visibility in good weather! The elevator system, known as the Tram System, consists of eight cylindrical cabs arranged as if on a string of pearls to compensate for the curvature of the arch. This ensures that passengers are always seated upright during the trip to the crown. Five people can be carried per capsule at a speed of just under 4 km/h. At wind speeds of 240 km/h, the arch flaps around 46 centimeters from its resting position.

Ground was broken for the Gateway Arch on 11 February 1961. The first stainless steel triangle was installed at the south base on 12 February 1963. 28 October 1965 was the day of final completion. The visitor center opened to the public on 10 June 1967, and from 24 July it was possible to use the elevators to reach the apex of the Arch. In the first year, 619,763 people visited the arch.  Meanwhile, the annual number of visitors varies between 2 and 3 million.

Today you were one of many virtual visitors :-)
We still have 3 exciting destinations ahead of us. In the land of unlimited possibilities, we are curious to see what we will come across..

Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 22.02.2021 - 22:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

2021-02-18

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 6 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 sixth of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

Wasn't that beautiful along the San Antonio River? Such a lively area with lots of variety and colorful hustle along the river... Speaking of the river - the 7 Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have made the virtual journey to the next stop and tell you what they will experience there... :-)

We’re going to Arkansas to the Hot Springs National Park! This park was established on 20.04.1832 by the US Congress for recreational purposes. Hard to believe, when this happened there was no concept of national parks at all.... The area was established as a national park on 04.031921, making this year the 100th anniversary. Until the redesignation of Jefferson National Expansion Memorial as Gateway Arch National Park in 2018, Hot Springs was the smallest national park in the United States by area.

The hot springs flow from the western slope of Hot Springs Mountain, part of the Ouachita Mountain range. In the park, the hot springs have not been preserved in their unaltered state as natural surface phenomena. They have been managed to conserve the production of uncontaminated hot water for public use. While this was a federal reservation, the area developed into a well-known resort nicknamed The American Spa; it attracted not only the wealthy but indigent health seekers from around the world. The park includes portions of downtown Hot Springs, making it one of the most accessible national parks. There are numerous hiking trails and camping areas. Bathing in spring water is available in approved facilities at extra cost. The entire Bathhouse Row area is designated as a National Historic Landmark District; it contains the grandest collection of bathhouses of its kind in North America, including many outstanding examples of Gilded Age architecture.

The bathhouses were a common hangout during the gangster era for hoodlums like Al Capone, Frank Costello, Bugs Moran or Lucky Luciano.... Today, there's a very different adventure in that area: you can take a tour on an amphibious DUKW through the park, passing the famous bathhouses and other historic sites on the way to beautiful Lake Hamilton. The vehicle will take you through the water for part of the tour. :-)

Quite a lot of water on the tour of the USA so far, isn't it? It seems that the "source" behind the insider tips really likes landscapes around water.
And so we do! Let's drift to the next stop...
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 20.02.2021 - 20:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-02-16

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 5 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 fifth of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers (DTas, CacheKidsCB, asp_fan_cb, thwe16, Sim1, Borghuis and Lednimedvidek) are very enthusiastic about the sights so far. This is not a run-of-the-mill tourist program.... They show us areas that are very special and provide a great variety!

So is the next stop on the tour through the United States. Coming from New Mexico, the journey goes on to Texas, more precisely to the San Antonio River to the River Walk. Never heard of it? Well, read on attentively...

The River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río) is a unique and beautiful attraction. The San Antonio River flows right through the center of San Antonio, a few feet below street level. The River Walk winds under bridges to form two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and stores, connecting major tourist attractions, from the Shops at Rivercenter to the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, La Villita, HemisFair Park, the Tower Life Building, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl and the city's five Spanish Colonial Missions, which have been designated World Heritage Sites, including the Alamo. During the annual Fiesta San Antonio in the spring, there is the River Parade with flower-decorated floats floating down the river.

The River Walk has several historic, commercial and cultural institutions to offer as well, such as the San Antonio Museum of Art and the Pearl Brewery buildings, built in 1881. The old brewery and restored stables now house one of the three campuses of the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). The remaining buildings have been converted into restaurants, stores and hotels.

The lively River Walk is famous for its variety of restaurants and entertainment along the river. You can also explore it on one of the guided boat tours.

San Antonio is extremely diverse with its theme parks, excellent cuisine, cultural highlights, relaxing resorts and numerous riverfront attractions, making it undoubtedly an ideal vacation destination.

Reading this does feel like we're spending a warm summer evening together on the riverbank, enjoying the time.
Put your feet up, enjoy the moment, we'll read each other again at the next stop....
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 18.02.2021 - 18:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-02-14

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 4 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 fourth of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

From the western coast of the U.S., from San Francisco, the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers travel inland to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is located there. It is dedicated to the artistic legacy of Georgia O'Keeffe, her life, American modernism, and public engagement. It opened on July 17, 1997, eleven years after the artist's death. Georgia Totto O'Keeffe (November 15, 1887 – March 6, 1986) was an American artist. She was known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscapes. O'Keeffe has been recognized as the "Mother of American modernism". She is one of the well-known women in art in the 20th century. Some of her works are very highly traded. Her 1932 painting Jimson Weed / White Flower No. 1 sold at auction at Sotheby's, New York City, in November 2014 for $44.4 million. This made her the most expensive painter in the history of art.

The museum's collections are the largest repository of Georgia O'Keeffe's work and personal materials, including items from her historic houses. Items from the collections rotate throughout the year in the Museum Galleries. Selected materials are also on view in the Library and Archives and the O'Keeffe Welcome Center. The Abiquiu Home and Studio was the artist's primary residence from the late 1940s through the end of her life. It includes the artist's garden, operated and harvested annually by local students. The museum's fine art collection includes many of Georgia O'Keeffe's key works. Subjects range from the artist's innovative abstractions to her iconic large-format flower, skull, and landscape paintings to paintings of architectural forms and rocks, shells, and trees. Initially, the collection was made of 140 O'Keeffe paintings, watercolors, pastels, and sculptures, but now includes nearly 1,200 objects.

Even an extinct reptile (a Poposauroidea) is named after her, Effigia okeeffeae, found in 1947/48 during excavations by Edwin H. Colbert at Ghost Ranch in Texas, but not identified until 2006.

A paintress of such stature is able to bring people virtually to distant scenes.
Painterly virtual greetings
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 16.02.2021 - 20:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-02-12

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 3 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 third of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

For now, we've had enough of the water and are traveling from Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, on to San Francisco....
There is so much to see here - and an insider tip recommends this one:

The Cable Car Museum is a free museum in the Nob Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, California. Located at 1201 Mason Street, it contains historical and explanatory exhibits on the San Francisco cable car system, which can itself be regarded as a working museum.

The museum contains several examples of old cable cars, together with smaller exhibits and a gift shop. The cable cars displayed include:

    Sutter Street Railway - grip car 46 and trailer 54 dating from the 1870s
    Clay Street Hill Railroad - grip car 8, the only surviving car from the first cable car company

The museum is part of the complex that also houses the cable car power house, which drives the cables, and the car depot ("barn"). The car depot is not open to the public, but two overlook galleries allow the visitor to view the power house, and to descend below the junction of Washington and Mason streets in order to view the large cavern where the haulage cables are routed via large sheaves out to the street.

Have you ever taken the cable car in San Francisco? It's THE mode of transportation popular with tourists and the only remaining cable streetcar in the world with decouplable cars.

Have you ever taken the cable car in San Francisco? It's THE mode of transportation popular with tourists and the only remaining cable streetcar in the world with decouplable cars.

Virtually standing on the footboards of a cable car and waving goodbye for today....
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 14.02.2021 - 22:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-02-11

♥ FLAGSTACK loves you not only on Valentine's Day ♥

Dear FLAGHUNTER!

On Sunday it's that time again - it's Valentine's Day, the day of love and lovers ♥

Not only Cupid is spreading an incredible amount of love around the world again... Also at FLAGSTACK you will be pampered from 14.02.2021 with lots of cordialities by the latest special campaign "Be my Valentine 2021"!

For you as a loyal FLAGHUNTER with a premium membership, we will hide a small cupid in your inventory during 13 February 2021 (time zone FHQ Europe / Berlin). You can deploy this cupid via the app from Valentine's Day on 14 February 2021 at midnight (time zone FHQ Europe / Berlin). Your personal cupid has 30 teddy bears with him, which he will deploy for you on the map around your location. Collect at least 14 of these teddy bears and get the badge "Be my Valentine 2021"!

Isn't this one of many reasons to fall in love with the Premium Membership again and again? In addition to many comfortable features, you regularly get one or the other special promotion as a gift... That's awesome!

You know what else is really awesome? You can reach the badge several times! Even with this one cupid, who has 30 teddy bears for you, you can reach the badge twice (14+14 = 28 < 30 = ♥). Find a good and smart position for the deploy, and nothing can stop you from it...

If you don't have a yearly premium membership, you can still get the badge for the "Be my Valentine 2021" campaign. And if you have a yearly premium membership and just want to capture more teddy bears to reach the badge even more often, you can easily treat yourself to a cupid from the FLAGSTACK webshop.
Just follow this link ( https://www.flagstack.net/shop ) and you are very close to feel happy...

Of course you can also give one or the other cupid as a gift - use the giveaway feature in the flag store and make others really happy! Click here for the giveaway tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReB8T9b93fA )

By the way, the teddy bears are only visible to you, which means that no one can snatch your teddy bears from under your nose. Please note that the time limit for deployment and capturing of the teddy bears is 28 February 2021, 23:59 (time zone FHQ Europe / Berlin).

Best wishes and have fun with your teddy bears from
Team FLAGSTACK

PS:
Since it is not possible to check whether teddy bears are in a restricted area or to check the quality of mobile phone reception, in individual cases teddy bears may not be accessible. Therefore there is no legal claim to be able to collect all teddy bears. For this reason, you will receive more than twice as many teddy bears on the map as are needed to receive the badge.
A combination with any discounts, vouchers and rebates is not possible, except gift vouchers. The discount is not payable in cash. Only available for orders via the website in conjunction with PayPal. Orders with vouchers and/or discounts via apps are currently not possible.

 

2021-02-10

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 2 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 second of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...

At Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the water flows traditionally from top to bottom. At this highlight - literally high - it's the other way around....

Welcome to the Old Faithful! Old Faithful is a cone geyser in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. It was named in 1870 during the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition and was the first geyser in the park to be named. It is a highly predictable geothermal feature and has erupted every 44 minutes to two hours since 2000. The geyser and the nearby Old Faithful Inn are part of the Old Faithful Historic District.

In the afternoon of September 18, 1870, the members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition traveled down the Firehole River from the Kepler Cascades and entered the Upper Geyser Basin. The first geyser that they saw was Old Faithful. Nathaniel P. Langford wrote in his 1871 Scribner's account of the expedition:

It spouted at regular intervals nine times during our stay, the columns of boiling water being thrown from ninety to one hundred and twenty-five feet at each discharge, which lasted from fifteen to twenty minutes. We gave it the name of "Old Faithful."
    — Nathaniel P. Langford, 1871

Eruptions can shoot 3,700 to 8,400 US gallons (14,000 to 32,000 L) of boiling water to a height of 106 to 185 feet (32 to 56 m) lasting from 1 1⁄2 to 5 minutes. The average height of an eruption is 145 feet (44 m). Intervals between eruptions can range from 60 to 110 minutes, averaging 66.5 minutes in 1939, slowly increasing to an average of 90 minutes apart today, which may be the result of earthquakes affecting subterranean water levels.

It's fascinating what nature is capable of... Be excited about the next destination of the virtual world trip!

Best regards
Your Team FLAGSTACK

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet???
(Code Valid until 12.02.2021 - 12:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

2021-02-08

FLAGSTACK Virtual World Trip - Stop USA - 1 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 first of the 10 highlights of sightseeing...
Thanks to the virtual trip around the world, the Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers have no jet lag, even though they live so far apart and have "traveled" across many time zones :-) Let's get right to it...

Let's start in the north of the USA, at Minnehaha Falls, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The highlight itself, the waterfall, starts as Minnehaha Creek. This Creek extends from Lake Minnetonka in the west and flows east for 22 miles (35 km) through several suburbs west of Minneapolis, and continuing through south Minneapolis. The watershed for the creek covers 181 square miles (470 km2). Along the creek is a 53-foot (16-meter) waterfall, Minnehaha Falls, which is situated 3/4 of a mile from where the stream empties into the Mississippi River.

Minnehaha Falls is geologically linked to Saint Anthony Falls, which is the only waterfall on the Mississippi River. Roughly 10,000 years ago, St. Anthony Falls several miles downstream on the Mississippi River at the confluence of the glacial River Warren (at present-day Ft. Snelling). Geologically, the area has a sandstone layer beneath a layer of limestone. Thus St. Anthony Falls receded, moving upstream at a rate of about 4 feet (1.2 m) per year. As St. Anthony Falls on the Mississippi River moved past Minnehaha Creek, a second falls was created, Minnehaha Falls, which also continued to move upstream to its present site in the park.

Due to extremely cold winter temperatures, the falls freeze, creating a dramatic cascade of ice that can last well into the spring. If there is a rain shortage in the autumn, the falls may virtually dry up. In the summer, especially in the rainy months of June and July, the flow can be surprisingly forceful.

More than 850,000 people visit Minnehaha Falls each year, and it continues to be the most photographed site in Minnesota. The surrounding parkland is also designated for encampments of people experiencing homelessness.

Just as water flows steadily upstream, Official FLAGSTACK volunteers make their way to the next destination.

Best regards and always dry feet
Your Team FLAGSTACK

 

PS: Have you scanned the Friend Flag Code yet??? (Code Valid until 10.02.2021 - 12:00, time zone FHQ / Europa / Berlin)

 

2021-02-04

FLAGSTACK Competition: Volunteers on a virtual world trip - Stop USA

Hi FLAGHUNTER,

The Official FLAGSTACK Volunteers are currently on their way to the USA in a virtual plane. They are very excited, because from Monday, 08.02.2021, they will virtually travel to 10 highlights in the USA, which have been exclusively recommended by a secret but trustworthy source...

You can accompany them every step of the way and, just like on the tour through Germany, you'll get nice reports about the sights. The first task for the badge "Virtual World Tour - Stop USA" is hidden in these short stories. You’ll find Friend Flags there, which you have to capture within the specified validity period to get the badge. So take care of opening the app fast enough - oh what twaddle, don't even close it at all :-)

Of course, there's a delicious, typical American recipe for you, so that you also get into the mood at home. In February we recommend the "Classic Cobb Salad"!
Please find the recipe here  - but doh, there are still a few ingredients missing...

No problem, you'll find them on the FLAGSTACK map starting Monday! Look for lettuce, avocados, eggs, chicken, oil, salt, pepper and tomatoes on the map! Once you've collected all the missing ingredients, you'll get your reward badge!

Would you like to contribute to the cooking fun of the FLAGSTACK community? So organize some ingredients here in the virtual supermarket for the whole community to enjoy! Click & Buy here:
https://flagstack.help/produkt/virtual-world-trip-recipe-usa/?lang=en#number

Start of the two campaigns for the virtual "World Tour - Stop USA" is on 08.02.2021 during the day. By and by you will receive the news with the sights and the Friend Flags. At the same time you can start to collect the ingredients on the map.
The end of the campaign for the virtual "World Tour - Stop USA" is 28.02.2021, 23:59, time zone FHQ/Europe/Berlin.

So cool that you get a typical American recipe just in time for the Superbowl. Why don't you try it on Sunday? May the best team of the season win - it will definitely be exciting...

If you think ingredients are still missing on the map, we recommend to visit the virtual FLAGSTACK supermarket! It is all available here!
https://flagstack.help/produkt/virtual-world-trip-recipe-usa/?lang=en#number

Highly recommended is also this extremely delicious offer for you:
https://flagstack.help/produkt/the-corona-survival-kit-02-21/?lang=en

Are you more of a classic online shopper? Then visit the Flagshop here:
https://www.flagstack.net/shop

Have fun cooking, eating and snacking on these tasks ;-)
Stay safe!
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 ;-)

 

 

2021-02-03

FLAGSTACK Corona Survival Kit 02.21

Hi FLAGHUNTER,

The new month of February offers you new possibilities according to the idea "variety @ home"...
Here at FHQ, for example, it's snowing! So we’ll soon be out in the garden building a snowman :-)

If you want a little change from video conferencing and series nights, FLAGSTACKs Corona Survival Kit 02.21 is made for you!

You get a great deal on favorite products from the FLAGSTACK Store:

3x Jumper Flag Plus (worth 6.99€ each)
2x Happy Holidays Options (worth 2.99€ each)
3x Personal Happy Hour Plus (worth €2.50 each)
3x Treasure Flag 2.0 (worth 4.99€ each)

Plus a big extra: you get a personal 50% discount voucher for the web store https://www.flagstack.net/shop !
And as a heartfelt thank you, there is also a badge attached to this Corona Survival Kit 02.21!

With the Corona Survival Kit 02.21 - also known affectionately as CSK 02.21 - you can play FLAGSTACK at your home without endangering yourself or others unnecessarily and still comply with the regionally different Corona regulations. You can stay in touch with people worldwide who share the same hobby with FLAGSTACK as you do.

This offer has a total value of more than 50€ - and you get this fun for 25€! As you can see, with the CSK 02.21 you get an "all-round worry-free home" FLAGSTACK package for lots of good mood!
Where can I get the CSK 02.21? With a one click here on this link to the fan store

FLAGSTACK is a virtual game with a currently virtual community, but all this as real fun for days at home!
With the Corona Survival Kit 02.21 let's look forward to the time when we can meet again at events, master Night Trails or Jump & Run Hotspots together and discover new regions with LABs and COBS or POIs... Until then, we just play with the Corona-compliant game items :-)

Stay safe and hopeful!
Your team FLAGSTACK

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