Travel To Europe Without Leaving The USA
18 and 19 and we have an impressive lineup of companies and organizations using both. Among them: BMW European Space Agency The U.K. government Theres also a burgeoning industry for cloud providers in Europe (which will perhaps see a spike in interest after all the NSA revelations in the past few months). We have number of them, including CloudSigma, ElasticHosts, Flexiant, OnApp, ProfitBricks and UpCloud. U.S. providers with a presence in Europe (aside from AWS) include Google, Microsoft, Rackspace and VMware. Well have all of them, too. Global companies, such as Facebook and Netflix, that know a thing about running cloud applications will also take the stage. So if youre in the vicinity of London on Sept. 18 and 19, and youre interested in how European companies are using the array of cloud computing technologies around, there are worse places to be than Structure: Europe. Feature image courtesy of Shutterstock user Markus Pfaff . Related research and analysis from GigaOM Pro: Google+ Market indexes are shown in real time, except for the DJIA, which is delayed by two minutes.
to deter the use of chemical weapons by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime . Over the next three days, Kerry will meet with European Union and Arab leaders in Lithuania, France and the United Kingdom. Military planning is already underway to define the type of armed support provided by other countries in a proposed joint U.S.-France operation, according to a senior State Department official traveling with Kerry. Congressional leaders quiet on looming Syria vote The secretary of state, who has been the Obama administration’s most visible and vocal supporter of intervention , will detail the military options and U.S. aid for some moderate rebels who are fighting on the ground. Kerry faces the diplomatic challenge of persuading some of the 28 member states of the E.U. and some reluctant Arab ministers to do more than publicly condemn Assad and the “friends” who provide military aid, which include Russia, Iran and the terrorist group Hezbollah. Kerry is in Lithuania to meet with a group of E.U. defense and foreign ministers as the country currently holds the presidency of the European Union. Coverage of the Syria crisis While Kerry campaigns abroad, the administration will try to court congressional votes to approve a limited military strike to degrade Assad’s ability to launch another chemical attack. The August 21 sarin gas assault on the Damascus suburbs killed between 1,400-1,500 people per American and French intelligence reports. In a series of hearings this week, three of the president’s top national security advisers explained that unlike the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, this narrowly defined action would not commit the U.S. to a war nor commits American troops.
Don’t let the lack of press fool you: Europe has a lot of big-time cloud users
Strap on the crampons and explore deep ravines cut by glacial streams that cascade into the glacier’s icy depths. A dazzling waterfall tumbles off of Donoho Peak, separating the two glaciers; rising beyond it, the perennially snowcapped, 16,390-foot Mount Blackburn is one of the park’s most spectacular volcanic massifs. Anglers—and foodies—know all about delicious Copper River red salmon, and sockeye, coho, and king salmon can be plucked from the braided Copper River every summer. Or hike up one of the river’s countless tributaries to a backcountry lake where Dolly Varden, lake, cutthroat and rainbow trout thrive, along with burbot and grayling.
Photo: © Courtesy of National Park Service Channel Islands National Park, Channel Islands, California See more of America’s Best Secret National Parks
Looking for empty beaches within 100 miles of Los Angeles? Hop a catamaran and cross the Santa Barbara Channel to this gorgeous archipelago of eight islands, stretching from Newport Beach to Santa Barbara. Despite their proximity to the SoCal metropolis, the five northern islands (San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara) that make up the 250,000-acre park are among the system’s less visited—all the better for a beach picnic at Santa Cruz’s Scorpion Anchorage, a scalloped, pebbly cove from which you can snorkel through kelp forests or kayak along craggy cliffs. For an even more isolated experience, make the trip to San Miguel Island, the westernmost 9,500-acre island-plateau above the Pacific. The journey to this wild, windswept island pays off in a 16-mile hike to Point Bennett over a wildflower-strewn expanse—gum plant, buckwheat, poppies and verbena remain in bloom through the summer. Point Bennett is one of the most isolated beaches in the world and a sanctuary for harbor seals, northern fur seals, northern elephant seals and California sea lions.
Photo: © George H.H. Huey/Corbis Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Gunnison, Colorado See more of America’s Best Secret National Parks
The snow atop Colorado’s towering West Elk Mountains melts into the roaring Gunnison River, which plunges west toward the mighty Colorado River, carving this 53-mile chasm—one of the deepest and narrowest canyons in North America. Reaching depths of 2,722 feet, this canyon is an (expert) rock climber’s dream; Painted Wall is the tallest vertical rock wall in the state at 2,250 feet, and even seasoned climbers struggle with the North Chasm View Wall at over 2,000 feet. The park offers plenty of action for the less-extreme adventurer: The hike to the canyon’s bottom is exhilarating, and the Long Draw trail accesses one of the narrowest parts of the canyon. The Oak Flat Loop Trail wanders along the rim through Gambel oak before ascending through Douglas fir and aspen to an unmarked overlook peering down the Gunnison into the abyss. Winters are also wonderful here; the park rents snowshoes for guided treks over Devil’s Lookout, where white snowdrifts contrast brilliantly with the canyon’s black walls.
Photo: © iStockphoto Isle Royale National Park, Lake Superior, Michigan See more of America’s Best Secret National Parks
Step off the seaplane or Park Service-operated ferry onto this splendid 132,000-acre archipelago protruding from the depths of the world’s largest freshwater lake, and you’re on your own in an untamed wilderness of lakes and boreal forest. Well, maybe not entirely on your own—the park is a haven for moose and endangered gray wolves, which circle each other in a fascinating prey-predator dance.