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Michael Ayers
Michael Ayers.

129 of the sites I have visited I saw during my bicycle tour of the southern continents (02005-02008).

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A new Grand Tour begins in April 2019, with plans to visit many more sites! 

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Visited Sites Michael Ayers

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Île d'Anticosti (T)

Michael Ayers USA - 29-May-19

Île d

Visit in May 2019

It is my understanding that the nomination of Île d'Anticosti, a large island in the Gulf of St Lawrence, is primarily supported by its being one of the premier locations for obtaining fossilized life from the Silurian epoch. If inscribed, the site will join several other Canadian fossil WHSs, and will share several features with those other sites. I was not able to determine exactly what the proposed boundaries of the site would be, or whether the site would include the entire island. From readings I did before arriving, it seems that fossils are often found wherever there is a rocky outcropping, especially at seaside cliffs and riverbanks. So it may be that most, or all, of the island is being nominated

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Chaco Culture

Michael Ayers USA - 21-Apr-19

Chaco Culture

Visit in April 2019.


I will add another review for this WHS because I included a stop at Aztec Ruins National Monument, which has not been covered previously. The Monument is located within the relatively pleasant town of Aztec, New Mexico (both usages of the name “Aztec” are acknowledged misnomers,) and so would make an easy visit for a traveler who wants to learn something about the interesting Chaco Culture and visit this WHS.

This [...]

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Coffee Cultural Landscape

Michael Ayers USA - 02-Mar-19

Coffee Cultural Landscape

Visited in February 2019.

Like many members, I am often bewildered when trying to determine exactly what I am supposed to see when visiting a Cultural Landscape site. Colombia's recently-inscribed Coffee Cultural Landscape is a perfect example of that.

As I prepared my recent visit, there was a map available on the UNESCO page for this site that, in theory, gives the location of the core- and buffer-zones of this site. However, the map is close to impossible to read easily, seemingly being created from whatever public-domain map its creators could find. Text labels for cities and towns are sometimes in the wrong place, and the roadways, and other landmarks, are also not very clear

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Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (T)

Michael Ayers USA - 02-Mar-19

Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta National Parks and their Archaeological Sites (T)

Visit in February 2019.

As I understand it, the current iteration of this nomination consists of two National Parks, Parque Nacional Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, and Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona, each containing an interesting archeological site. The parks are close to each other, and to the city of Santa Marta, which serves as the gateway to the site. Tayrona Park is the smaller of the two, and is located on the Caribbean coast, while the larger Sierra Nevada Park is slightly inland and its mountainous terrain creates a more humid biome compared to the surrounding area, which is semi-arid

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Hawaii Volcanoes

Michael Ayers USA - 24-May-18

Hawaii Volcanoes

Visit in May 2018.

It had been a surprisingly long, and often frustrating, ten years since I last had the opportunity to visit a new WHS in person. Only a few recent inscriptions of places I had visited in the past were added to my total during that time. Then, in 2018, a hastily-arranged trip, which was part personal business and part pleasure, would allow me the opportunity to see seven sites that I had not previously visited. Chronologically, the last of those was Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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Profile Data

Name
Michael Ayers
Country
USA
Most Impressive
Can't decide.
Proposal
Geological Remnants of Ice Age Floods, USA; Spiny Forest Protected Areas, Madagascar; Antarctica (all of it)
Website
website

Recently Visited WHS

Update 14.07.19
Rating Stats
Cuzco 3.5
Potosi 3.5
Quito 3.5
Sigiriya 3.5
Zacatecas 3.5
Goias 2.5
Lumbini 2.5
Puebla 2.5
Vat Phou 2.5
Lima 2

Top 50 Missing Sites

  1. Andaman Islands
  2. Bagan
  3. Baikonur Cosmodrome / Cape Canaveral
  4. Cape York and the islands of the Torres Strait
  5. Ciudad Perdida, Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta
  6. Dzongs of Bhutan
  7. Forests of Southern New Caledonia
  8. Golden Gate Bridge
  9. Lake Titicaca
  10. Major Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright
  11. Mammoth Bone Burials
  12. Mt Kailash
  13. Naica Cave: Cave of the Crystals
  14. Okavango Delta
  15. Plain of Jars / Sites Mégalithiques de la province de Xieng Khouang
  16. Railways of the Andes
  17. Shwedagon Pagoda
  18. The Sacred Complex of Babylon
  19. The Sublime Karsts of Papua New Guinea
  20. Torres del Paine National Park