Sometimes called the hexagon due to its somewhat hexagonal shape, France is the largest country in Western Europe and one of the most visited. French is the second most common language in Western Europe. France has been inhabited by human-like species for hundreds of thousands of years. Neanderthal habitation has been found as far back as 200,000 years ago. About 40,000 years ago, a species of human beings called Cro-Magnon started living in the area. Later in 3rd century BC, France became part of a settlement of the Celtic people. In the 1st century BC, the Romans led by Julius Caesar, conquered this area and called it Gaul. In the 5th century AD, France was again conquered, this time by a Germanic tribe called the Franks, who eventually gave France it's present day name.
USA is an awesome place to explore. Lacking much of the known history that Europe has, United States has a diversity of natural landscape that is hard to beat. From red rock canyons to massive granite rock formations, to volcanoes, to rocky columns and towers, to amazing waterfalls, to fossil beds and amazing coastlines, United States has something for every nature lover, and every so often, a few things for a history lover. Here are our recent explorations by state:
I am learning that California is pleasantly diverse and geologically quite remarkable. From volcanoes - both active and ancient, to earthquake geology to fossil beds to deep blue glacial lakes, scenic rugged coastlines, natural rock columns and towering granite domes and walls, California is one place I can spend many years exploring and still not be completely satisfied that I have seen it all. Here are our explorations thus far....
Meet The Family
We are a family with 3 kids looking to explore the world on a budget, one step at a time. We hike, bike, visit museums, geologic and historic parks, all in a bid to get to know our surroundings a little better. Come join us, then go out to make your own memories!
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