Internship at NVIDIA 2014
5 Traveling around California
A big part of this internship was traveling. This was mostly because me and my friend went by car from Indiana to California and back. If you are on internship in California I highly recommend you to visit some of the national parks there. I have to admit that I was really surprised by the beauty of the national parks — pictures cannot capture the scale and depth of the real experience.
In this chapter I go over all the places I have visited during my internship. You can take this as a travel advisory or just bunch of nice pictures.
5.1 Arches National Park
Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah and it is known for containing over 2000 natural sandstone arches. The lucky composition of materials and erosion gave birth to all the amazing arches. The erosion process is still happening and it is possible that there might be no arches left in a thousand years, so remember to take pictures! :)
Figure 1: Photos from Arches National Park.
5.2 Red Canyon
Red Canyon is on the way to Bryce Canyon. This place is very interesting because there is sudden change of land from green to red. We stopped there just for 15 minutes but the view was amazing.
Figure 2: Red Canyon — sudden transition of land from green to red.
5.3 Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park is located in southwestern Utah. The beauty of this park is that it is very unexpected. Unlike Arches, Bryce Canyon is somewhat hidden. You do not know what to expect until you get out of car and walk to the cliff. Unfortunately there was no time to hike there but you can actually go down to the canyon.
Figure 3: Photos from Bryce Canyon National Park.
5.4 Las Vegas
I know that Las Vegas is not national park but it is worth visiting if you are going around. I am personally not very much into crazy partying and drinking but Las Vegas has something for everybody!
Me and my friends stayed in hotel called Stratosphere that has 350 m (1150 ft.) tall tower which is actually the tallest point is Las Vegas. On top of the tower there are some crazy thrill rides and of course a bar.
Figure 4: Photos from Las Vegas.
5.5 Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree National Park is located in southeastern California. It is named after the Joshua trees that are very distinct and grow in high concentration through the park. One thing that amazed me about Joshua trees is that they are somewhat hybrid between traditional trees and palm trees. As you may know, traditional trees grow wood and form tree rings in the wood and branches rapidly. On the other hand palm trees have no tree rings and they do not branch at all. Joshua trees grow like palm trees but they actually branch.
Figure 5: Photos from Joshua Tree National Park.
5.6 Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam is located southeast of Las Vegas on the border of Nevada and Arizona. This marvelous piece of engineering was built in 1936 and its installed capacity of 2 GW is equal to a nuclear power plant. Nowadays the water level is relatively low and you can clearly see where the water used to be because the rock turned white.
Figure 6: Photos from Hoover Dam.
5.7 Death Valley National Park
Death Valley is a desert valley located in Eastern California. It is the lowest, driest, and hottest area in North America (hence the name). It was so hot there that our car was not able to cool down the air in the car so we were sweating all the way. The fact that there is actually water is quite interesting to me.
Figure 7: Photos from Death Valley National Park.
5.8 Crowley Lake
Crowley Lake was created in 1941 by the building of the Long Valley Dam by as storage for the Los Angeles Aqueduct and for flood control.
Figure 8: Crowley Lake.
5.9 Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is located in eastern portion of state California. Yosemite is really spectacular place! You can find there Yosemite Falls — the highest waterfall in North America with height 739 m (2425 ft.). The park also has ancient Giant Sequoia trees which are one of the tallest and longest-lived tree species. Yosemite has an elevation range from 648 to 3997 m (2127 to 13114 ft.). Definitely a place to visit at least for a whole weekend!
Figure 9: Photos from Yosemite National Park.
5.10 Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is located along the border between California and Nevada. It has surface elevation of 1897 m (6225 ft.) and it was formed about 2 million years ago. It is known for the clarity of its water which is unfortunately decreasing at an average rate of 0.25 meters per year. Lake Tahoe is very nice area for camping, hiking or even skiing but I disliked the amount of tourists there.
Figure 10: Photos from Lake Tahoe.
5.11 Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park is located in northwestern part of Wyoming. Half of the world's geothermal features are in Yellowstone, fueled from underground by the largest super-volcano on the continent centered over the Yellowstone Caldera. Yellowstone also has one of the most famous and most predictable geysers Old Faithful. Definitely another place to visit over a weekend!
Figure 11: Photos from Yellowstone National Park.
5.12 Mount Rushmore National Memorial
The Mount Rushmore National Memorial is located in southwestern part of South Dakota. You might know it as "president heads in a rock" because that's what it is. In case you want to be smart and know the names (left to right): George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.
Figure 12: Photos from Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
5.13 Other places worth visiting
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Table of contents
- 1 My way to NVIDIA
- 2 Getting ready
- 3 Internship at NVIDIA
- 4 Benefits and fun at NVIDIA
- 5 Traveling around California
- 5.1 Arches National Park
- 5.2 Red Canyon
- 5.3 Bryce Canyon National Park
- 5.4 Las Vegas
- 5.5 Joshua Tree National Park
- 5.6 Hoover Dam
- 5.7 Death Valley National Park
- 5.8 Crowley Lake
- 5.9 Yosemite National Park
- 5.10 Lake Tahoe
- 5.11 Yellowstone National Park
- 5.12 Mount Rushmore National Memorial
- 5.13 Other places worth visiting
- 6 Conclusion
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