Monday, June 22, 2009
NASCAR is starting a new line of environmental programs, one which is called NASCAR Green Clean Air. This is a program that plants 10 trees for every race that is in the Sprint Cup schedule, which totals to 360 trees a season. This program is not the only green thing that NASCAR is starting to do either.
"There are strong waste management, land conservation and bottle-and-can recycling programs at NASCAR-sanctioned race tracks; all oils and car fluids used at the track are recycled by Safety-Kleen; Goodyear recycles all tires used in racing; Exide provides a recycling program for racing batteries and all NASCAR offices have introduced a recycling program aimed at 100 percent recycling, while two new NASCAR office buildings, the 20-story NASCAR Plaza in Charlotte, N.C., led by NASCAR and the new headquarters building for ISC and NASCAR in Daytona Beach, Fla., will qualify for LEED certification, an important and relatively rare distinction making them "green buildings."
Aubrey is one happy green NASCAR camper.
(To read the article, go here: http://www.nascar.com/2009/news/headlines/official/06/12/tree.planting.program/index.html)
Friday, June 19, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
Want an idea what it looks like? Watch Lord of the Rings. The Shire looks like parts of Scotland and Ireland. Forests look like where the Ents resided near Isenguard. The hills looked like Rohan. Edinburgh castle reminded me a lot of Helm's Deep, too. Sorry, no Mordor (guess I'll have to go to New Zealand to walk the path to Mordor--Uncle Brian, you in?)
I have to admit, besides the Middle Earth-y scenery and visiting family, my favorite part of the trip was the birds I got to see. One bird in particular, the Jackdaw, I saw every single day except for the first 2 days of the voyage. They reminded me of the bird in Sleeping Beauty that Maleficent has. We called the birds "Aubrey's Birds" because everytime I saw them I freaked out and screamed for joy. I love these little buggers.