3/29/2015

Best 5 places in Wyoming you must visit

Wyoming is a western US state. It is a truly wild west and famous for adventure. Plenty of open space and wildlife. Based on my experience while I was attending graduate school in Laramie, I suggest 10 places in Wyoming you should not miss to visit. I will miss these places.
Photograph Wind River area Wyoming by Basant Giri on 500px


1. Vedauwoo
Close to Laramie, the home of the University of Wyoming, Vedauwoo is famous for outdoor rock climbing-I never did though. This place has Sherman granite rocks, some of which are seen to be placed on top of other rocks very carefully.




I have been to Vedauwoo several times for picnic, camping and hiking specially in summer. In cold winter nights, we went there with chilling beer. White snow on ground and clear sky with stars supported us.

I needed no prior planning. I used to be ready for anytime whether it was an early morning or a late night, specially, when bored or frustrated with the lab experiments and classes.

You can also enjoy Curt Gowdy State park with some beautiful lakes for fishing. Also, you don't want to miss HappyJack recreational area during winter for snow sports. I specially enjoyed sledding. Lincoln monument (3.8 m tall on a 9.1 m pedestal) on the side of I 80  (at 8878 feet elevation) can be another attraction. We also enjoyed drinking beer on the other side of the monument over looking I -80 and Vedauwoo in both summer and winter nights.

2. Snow Range Mountains
I like mountains-no doubts. Snowy Range Mountains are part of the Rockies, just half an hour drive west of Laramie.

Snow sports in winter and fishing and hiking in Summer. Around this mountain, there are numerous high elevation lakes in which you can enjoy fishing-we had done hand fishing too.

Photograph snowies by Basant Giri on 500px





I have hiked to the top of this mountain (12013 ft). More than this, I liked the scenic highway (HW 130) that crosses the mountain: driving is this road was an unforgettable memory. Highest point on this road is at 10847 ft.

There is a small town called Centennial on the eastern side of the mountain and Saratoga on western side. Saratoga is famous for hot spring.

3. Grand Teton National Park (GTNP)
GTNP is bit far from Laramie-northwest part of Wyoming. You need at least four days to fully enjoy the place. This park includes a major section of Teton Range mountains, Jackson valley, and Jackson lake.




Photograph Jackson Lake and the Tetons by Basant Giri on 500px




You can mostly enjoy the natural-prestine scenery, wildlife-deers, bears, moose, hardworking beavers, marmots and hiking to the Teton Mountains peaks in addition to backcountry camping.


Photograph Mom Grizzly with cubs by Basant Giri on 500px



I had seen black and grizzly bears almost every time I visited this NP (3 times so far).Camping on the periphery of Jackson lake looking towards the Tetons was awesome. I had hiked twice up to the static peak (11,303 ft) via death valley trail which includes Phelps lake. During one of the trecks, enchanted black bears couple of times from very close.

Hike to the Static Peak


4. Yellowstone National Park (YSNP)
YSNP is the world's oldest (estd: 1872) national park. It is north of GTNP, comprises lakes, canyons, rivers, and mountain ranges and touches Idaho and Montana states.  


This NP is most famous for wildlife (Bison, bears, deer, elks, moose, wolf, coyote etc. to my interest) and its many geothermal features such as the Old Faithful-the biggest one. There are hundreds of other smaller geysers too.



Photograph Old Faithful geyser eruption by Basant Giri on 500px










You can enjoy hiking, fishing, camping, boating, sightseeing etc. We had camped close to Jackson lake and at Mamoth-close to north entrance-Montana. Making a 8-loop is very famous to cover almost every aspects of Yellowstone ecosystem. Yellowstone lake and upper falls of Yellowstone river are amazing.


5. Devils Tower National Monument
From northwest, lets move to northeast where you can see the Devils tower. Devils tower is an igneous intrusion which rises 1267 ft above the surrounding terrain in Black hills.


For me it looked like a Shiva Linga in Hinduism. If it was in south Asia, religious people would have made it a place of worship.

Devils Tower Monument


When you are traveling to this place, don't forget to incorporate the Mt. Rushmore near southwestern South Dakota in your visit where you can see a sculpture of five US presidents carved into the granite.

2/03/2015

Crowdfunding Science: Experience from a Developing Country



Photograph of UV-Vis spectrophotometer and computer installed in MMAMC, Nepal


Educational institutions in Nepal like other developing countries lack basic infrastructure (e.g., instruments, equipment) for teaching and research in science. Unfortunately, support from the government is not enough. Nepal spends only 0.4% of its GDP in science and technology. Majority of this money goes to administrative expenses of government institutions related to science and technology. Universities and their affiliated colleges do not receive funding for research at all. Despite the lack of basic facilities, few enthusiastic researchers are trying their best to carry out research and train their students in science.
In 2014, we raised $3772.10 + NRs 61797 from a fundraising campaign in my coordination. Majority of this amount was collected via a crowdfunding platform, the Fundrazr.com and was used to buy UV-Vis spectrophotometer (a scientific instrument) and its accessories for department of chemistry, Mahendra Morang Adarsha Multiple Campus (MMAMC), Biratnagar, Nepal.
Among other campuses around the country, MMAMC, Biratnagar desperately needed an UV-Vis spectrophotometer, one of the basic instruments in many disciplines of sciences. Unfortunately, neither MMAMC nor the Tribhuvan University could support the purchase of this instrument, making external funding crucial. Unlike others, Dr. Ajaya Bhattarai, assistant professor of chemistry from MMAMC came forward and discussed the possibilities of obtaining funds with me.
Crowdfunding

1/05/2015

सेल्फी लौरोको रमाइलो

२०१३ मा सेल्फीले खुब चर्चा पायो।  सेल्फी भन्नाले आफ्नो फोटो आफै खिच्ने । बिशेषगरि स्मार्टफोनको ब्यापकता पछि यसको प्रयोग ह्वात्तै बढेको हो । प्रख्यात सामाजिक संजाल ट्विटरले त सन् २०१४ लाइ सेल्फीको वर्ष नै घोषणा गर्यो ।  सेल्फी सब्द करिब नौ करोड भन्दा धेरै पटक ट्विटरमा उल्लेख भएछ, २०१४ मा । हुदा हुदा अब सेल्फीको पढाई नै हुने भयो रे लण्डनको सिटि कलेजमा ।  

अब त सेल्फी संस्कृतिको रुपमा नै बिकाश भैसक्यो । 

हातैले सेल्फी खिच्दा अलि धेरै वर पर सम्मको भिउ ओगट्न नसक्ने । अथवा अलि धेरै साथीले ग्रुप सेल्फी खिच्न नमिल्ने । यसैलाई सजिलो बनाउनको लागि सेल्फी लौरो आयो । सेल्फी लौरो लाइ प्रख्यात टाइम म्यागाजिन ले २०१४ को उत्कृष्ट २५ आबिस्कार मा लिस्ट गरेको छ ।

सेल्फी लौरोको टुप्पोमा फोन राख्न मिल्छ । यो लौरो फोल्ड गर्न मिल्छ जसलाई अंग्रेजीमा extendable monopod भन्ने गरिएको छ । एक मिटर जति लामो बनाउन मिल्ने लौरो पाइन्छन बजारमा ।

करिब $१० देखि $३० सम्म पर्छ अहिले यो सेल्फी लौरो ।

फोटो खिच्ने बेलामा कि त रेमोट प्रयोग गरेर क्लिक बटन थिच्नु पर्यो कि त ब्लु टुथ प्रयोग गरे पनि हुञ्छ । यी दुवै तपाइको सेल्फी लौरो मा छैन भने पनि नो प्रोबलम ।  टाइमर मा राखेर सेल्फी खिच्न मिल्छ ।   

मैले नि भर्खर किनेको सेल्फी लौरोले डल्लै फेमस खायो ।

फोटोको क्वालिटी भने फोनको पछाडिको क्यामेरामा भर पर्छ । यहाँ खिचेका सबै फोटोहरु OnePlus One फोन बाट खिचेको हु ।  

एक्लै भा'को बेलामा फोटो खिच्न मन लाग्यो, कसलाई खिच्देउ भन्ने? सेल्फी लौरो जिन्दबाद ।  


एलामो, सान एण्टोनिओ, TX 
जोइ पोइ घुम्न हिडियो, फोटो खिच्न मन लग्यो । सेल्फी लौरो फेरी पनि जिन्दाबाद ।   
कोर्पस क्रिस्टिको बीच, TX 

साथीहरुसंग घुम्न गएको बेला ग्रुप फोटो खिच्न पर्दा पनि सेल्फी लौरो । अब कोहि पनि छुट्न परेन र अरु कसैलाई हाम्रो फोटो खिच्देउ पनि भन्न परेन । यो सुँगुर चोचे चाइ तितो सत्यको प्रभाबले हल्का रमाइलो ।

US Lexington, Corpus Christi, TX

डुंगा चडेको बेलामा सप्पै ग्रुपकै आउने गरेर फोटो खिच्न पर्यो रे । कसरि सम्भब होला त? सेल्फी लौरो छदै छ नि, नो चिन्ता ।  






ग्रुपको फोटो खिच्न पर्यो तर पछाडिको पुरै आउने गरि, सेल्फी लौरोले खिची हाल्छ नि ।  



घरमा पार्टि भयो, ग्रुप फोटो खिच्न पर्यो कोहि नछुटि ।