Archive for November, 2010


A new buzzword has arrived. Geotourism is where fears of human intervention with the earth meets ideological activism. The Sierra Nevada Geotourism MapGuide provides an answer to “what is geotourism?”

Geotourism is defined as tourism that sustains or enhances the geographical character of a place—its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage, and the well-being of its residents. Geotourism incorporates the concept of sustainable tourism—that destinations should remain unspoiled for future generations—while allowing for ways to protect a place’s character. Geotourism also takes a principle from its ecotourism cousin—that tourism revenue should promote conservation—and extends it to culture and history as well, that is, all distinctive assets of a place. Through this site we invite you to visit and experience the distinctive landscape and communities of the Sierra Nevada. Visit National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations to find out more about Geotourism and discover other places where local communities have come together to encourage responsible tourism.

The implication here is that of stasis. Culture and history have been added to the list of things that must not be allowed to change for a given tourist destination. Tourism is to be tapped for the funds to make this so.

This particular organization has a long list of organizations behind it ranging from the National Geographic society to city and county governments to state and federal government agencies with an interest in lands or parks. All of these entities support the Geotourism Charter which subscribes to principles such as integrity of place, international codes, market selectivity, market diversity, tourist satisfaction, community involvement and benefit, protection and enhancement of destination appeal, and conservation.

The website has a lot of material. It represents a modern attitude towards tourism that warrants careful consideration about its implications.

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Coming to a roadside near you?

It’s mobile! and it is connected to the DMV computer – Big brother trailers can nail drivers for five different offences at dvice shows a picture of a trailer being deployed in Europe to monitor traffic and drivers, It not only checks for speed but also tailgating, insurance, registration, and seat belt use.

There is a trend towards letting robots drive the car. Now there are robots to watch the traffic. What will happen if its robot versus robot in traffic court?

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SNU November newsletter

SNU Folks,

The November 2010 Newsletter has been posted! — Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there, too.

November Rally at Death Valley

Plan to join the SNU for the very last rally of 2010 at the Mesquite Campground at the North end of Death Valley. The dates are November November 18 – Sunday 21.

November and December luncheons

Please RSVP for both lunches.

November Wes and Roylaine are the hosts for the November SNU luncheon. The date is Saturday November 20, 2010. The luncheon will be at the Pioneer Crossing Casino, Fernley which is on Hwy 50 East of Fernley, NV just past the round-a-bout and heading towards Fallon.

December Wheels & Doris Wheeler are the hosts for the December SNU luncheon. This will be Saturday December 11, 2010 at J.T.’s Basque restaurant. J.T.’s is on Hwy 395 south of downtown Gardnerville.

Both of these lunches are $15 person. To RSVP for either lunch (especially important for December at J.T.’s) contact the SNU via email or phone: 772 972 5011.

Topics in the November newsletter

Lahontan rally -|- SNU elections -|- November and December Luncheons -|- Don and Gail’s trip to Florida -|- SNU on the cover of the Blue Beret.

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Lahontan Rally

The SNU Nevada fall rally was at Lake Lahontan, a Nevada State Park.

See the photo gallery!

The lake was a bit low so the birds had sandbars to rest upon without worry about the coyotes. The fish were jumping, The moon made it easy to see at night, The temperatures were moderate. The trees were just starting to show some color. Nevada’s interior in the fall with friends made for a weekend break to remember!

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