Connecting Photography Dots Around The World With Google+

You are cordially invited to the Google Plus One Year Anniversary Photowalk happening around the world this Saturday! 

Google is already your best friend.. Now they are going to be your BFF reaching out to touch you around the world sharing their global community through photographs!

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When: Saturday, June 30, 2012  check time in your city

Where: Anywhere in the world check over 200 locations

Who: Photographers of all skill and levels. From beginners to pros. Cell phones are just fine too!

Why: To celebrate the one year anniversary of Google+ in the G+ photo community. To hang out with other fun Google+ photographers. To SHARE MORE PHOTOS! To meet new and interesting people.

Cost: All Free! The best things in life are free right? We just need people to step up and decide to host one in your city.

Anyone can host a photo walk. Groups of people can host them. Anyone can be involved with them. This is a loosely defined community of photographers.

To host a new location go sign up at  There is still time so come on in the water is great! 

Become Part Of History This Saturday June 30, 2012 as you participate in the world's first GLOBAL social media "meet-ups" with photographers from all over the world.

Everyone is welcome to join the  Google+ One Year Anniversary Photowalk.  All photography skill levels embraced with kindness and a willingness to share knowledge and talent.

Come join the group in your city or there is still time to create your own group an be part of this history making social media event with Google+.   

Places include: Singapore, Denver, Switzerland, Phoenix, London, Columbus, Baltimore, Calgary, several places in LA, Hong Kong, Dubai and over 200 more cities.

City ?? Beijing
Link ??
Host ?? +Mitchell Masilun 
Time ?? 5:00pm
Meet spot ?? South side of Gulou (Bell Tower) at the three way intersection?

City ??Shanghai, cn
Link ??
Host ?? +Angelia King 
Time ?? 
Meet spot ?? around the Shanghai Expo Park.

Check out the Dubai listing they are meeting at the world's tallest building!
City ?? Dubai, UAE
Link ??
Host ?? +Syed Rizvi 
Time ?? 
Meet spot ?? Burj Khalifa – the World's Tallest Tower

Someday I WILL do a photowalk in Dubai and after this event I will know photographers there so I can get that checked off the list!  

I will be hosting the Williams, Arizona photowalk on Rt66 or we might just jump in the car and head up to the Grand Canyon.  If you are in Arizona and want to come to the cool country, please let me know.  ??This event will provide an opportunity for people go create relationships with photographers of all skill levels all over the world.  A participant will be able to circle and comment on all the photos as the doors are opened through a common interest in cities around the globe.  Think global, act local brings on new meaning as you really do have a way to connect with the world and share your community through social media at Google+.

The Google+ community is reaching out to touch the world and make you feel safe with engaging in social media. There is even a contest that might interest you if you are a photographer and want to participate .

Photo judging for this great event will be broken down into the following categories:

  1. Macro
  2. Wildlife
  3. Landscape
  4. Architecture
  5. Sunset or Sunrise
  6. Portrait (candid or posed)
  7. Black & White (monochrome)

The door is open for an opportunity to connect with something exciting that everyone loves to talk about, pictures!  
Contest rules include:
"Remember that this is all about enhancing our photographic abilities and interaction with others here on Google Plus. We are here to have fun and to learn a bit along the way. This is a positive experience and please don’t make any negative comments along the way.??The one and only rule is that you must be a Google Plus member before this walk to enter.??Anyone and everyone can participate and take photos in the various photowalks around the world and actually that is encouraged, the more the merrier! We are just limiting the judging to existing G+ers.  😉

I will be hosting the Williams, Arizona photowalk on Rt66 or we might just jump in the car and head up to the Grand Canyon.  If you are in Arizona and want to come to the cool country, please let me know.  ?Hope to see you there! 

Please connect some photography dots around the world and join us for the GLOBAL Google Plus One Year Anniversary Photowalk
Watch us on twitter #GplusAnniversary

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Going Glocal! Thinking Globally, Acting Locally

Going “GLOCAL!”

Global Interdependencies: Thinking Globally, Acting Locallly

“Glocal” is a great word for 2011.  I am looking forward connecting the dots around the world in economics and sustainability. Processing what we learn and bringing it right back down to our local communities where we live, work and play. 

“Thinking Globally, Acting Locally” is the theme for the Spring 2011 Semester At Sea voyage my husband Tom and I are taking in January.  Carra & Tom Riley

is a 104 day journey where we will be living with 605 college students and 55 Life Long Learners taking global issues and bringing them back to a local level.

“Glocal” Is my  new favorite word and coined by Semester At Sea 2011 voyage originators:

“Glocal: Someone who is able and willing to think globally while acting locally to improve the human condition and the planet we inhabit”

The voyage director writes:

“Our voyage will expose partipants to a wide range of issues regarding globalization and its implications internationally and locally across the Americas, Africa and Asia. While we think of globalization as a modern condition, its roots actually stretch back far historically…..

Our voyage will use the many opportunities provided by the diverse cultures we will encounter in our stops to compare how globalization has affected our world both historically and currently…… global marketing ….Through Global Studies, our voyage will consider how globalization makes its presence felt on a local level. We will analyze the advantages and disadvantages of globalization on individual, national and regional levels.

……global effects of international and national economic policies. Service learning courses will provide the opportunity to understand more fully how we as individuals can make a difference on a local level.

While globalization is sometimes considered a negative force in our world… The internet promotes the preservation of localized languages, food and cultural practices while also allowing international marketing practices to customize products according to local customs and practices. Our curriculum will explore the question of how we are connected globally, what the outcomes of this connection are and how we can be a positive force in this process as we go “glocal”.

I have been participating with the local Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce on events, doing videos around the area and am now ready to take the engagement to the next level We  have the community support as we go on this world adventure. Williams, Arizona is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon and as such is host to international guests from all over the world as they come to see one of the seven wonders of the world the, Grand Canyon.  The local paper Williams News did an article on the journey so our entire community is going to be aware of how global concepts can come right back to our local community as we evolve into being “glocal.”

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego

My hometown in Broomfield, Colorado also printed an article in the Broomfield Enterprise so this is going to be fun with world wide followers!

Now to add some Cosmic Cow Pie fun to the adventure.

Do you remember “Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?”

It was a game to teach geography and reasoning skills.

Now you can experience this exciting concept LIVE as you play

“Where in the world is Carra Riley?”

Go to my website at and register in the forum to play the game.. it is all about getting points for comments!

The winner will receive a $500 Travel voucher to one of the 7 wonders of the world! The Grand Canyon! And A trip on the Grand Canyon Railway to the Grand Canyon, entry to Bearizona, Breakfast at the Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe, golf at Elephant Rocks Golf Course and possibly more!  Watch for the next post or go to for the details!

There are so many incredible places we are going to go and THE most exciting for me is building a house in Ghana with Habitat for Humanity!

We are going to swim with the dolphins in the open in Mauritiusa, share love at the Taj Mahal and shop at the floating market in Viet Nam.

I am going to do a LIVE blogtalkradio broadcast from Viet Nam and think about Robin Williams as I open the show!  Then we will experience the floating market in Ha Long Bay.

We will also be fishing for piranha on the Amazon River and bonding with Monkeys in the rain forest!

Here are the Ports of Call Around the world!  Strap in and buckle up, it is going to be an exciting journey!

  • Nassau, Bahamas ~  January 12
  • Roseau, Dominica ~ January 16 & 17
  • Manaus, Brazil ~  January 23-27
  • Takoradi, Ghana ~ February 6-10
  • Cape Town, South Africa ~ February 17-22
  • Port Louis, Mauritius ~ Febryart 27  ( Swim with dolphins in open water)
  • Chennai, India ~ March 6-11
  • Singapore ~ March 16
  • Ho Chi Minh, City, Viet Nam ~ March 19-24
  • Hong Kong/Shanghai, China ~ March 26 to April 1
  • Kobe/Yokohama, Japan ~ April 4-8
  • Hilo, Hawaii ~ April 17-18
  • San Diego, CA USA ~ April 24

So come along with us on the adventure of a life time and live it with us through our youtube, blog and flickr posts!  Comment on the the posts and win a chance to see one of the 7 wonders of the world in Arizona at the Grand Canyon!

Glocal: Thinking Global Acting Local

Christmas In Williams, Arizona

A Special place for Christmas!

Come Visit Williams, Arizona and experience a wonderful Christmas Memory!

Williams, Arizona Gateway to the Grand Canyon and Home of Bearizona

Bearizona Update 2! The Bear Cubs Are Getting Frisky!

Welcome to the Bearizona Series.

Bearizona is a new wildlife drive through park located at the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon” in Williams, Arizona.

The new park has over 160 acres of Ponderosa Pine and gentle terrain to house Northern American wildlife.

Summer hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Plenty of time to take the train to the Grand Canyon and see the wildlife at Bearizona.

Catch up with the Soft Opening information.

Check out great Bearizona pictures on Flickr.

Please feel free to join the Bearizona group on Flickr and add your photos or videos.

See more Bearizona videos on TheCosmicCowPie channel on youtube.

Today you can see:

  • Full grown bears
  • Bear Cubs
  • Dall Sheep
  • Longhorn Sheep
  • Buffalo
  • White Bison
  • Burros

Bearizona cubs and lambs

In a week to 10 days the Alaskan Tundra Wolves should arrive and the wolf pup exhibit should be open.  The Bearizona group hasn’t decided on names. Two males and one very dominant female.  They would like to come up with historic, regional names.

Any ideas?

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Bearizona Opens in Williams Arizona

Bearizona Opens in Williams Arizona

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bearizona had its official “Soft” opening.

What is Bearizona you may be asking?

Bearizona is a drive-through wildlife park at the gateway to the Grand Canyon in Williams, Arizona.

Live animals in a natural habitat in one of the world’s largest Ponderosa tree forests. See bison, mountain goats, big horn sheep, black bear and wolves all roaming freely in 160 acres of Arizona wilderness.

Bearizona has easy access located just south of I-40 at Highway 64 (Historic Route 66) Only 58 miles to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and 25 miles west of Flagstaff.

Having attended the Soft Opening on May 22, 2010 I must say this is well worth the price of admission.

The time we had in the park was MAGICAL! No other word describes how you will feel watching the animals navigate the natural habitat in such a serene environment.

Background on the Bearizona project was posted in an article By Steve Miller Journal staff March 15, 2010 “Two members of the Casey family, which owns Bear Country USA near Rapid City, are starting a similar attraction in northern Arizona. Partners Sean and Dennis Casey, sons of Pauline Casey and the late Doc Casey, founders of Bear Country USA, plan to open Bearizona in Williams, Ariz., in May. Bearizona, like Bear Country USA, will be a drive-through wildlife park, but it will put more emphasis on conservation and the environment…”

The article indicates they would like to have about 40 species, including bears, wolves, bison, mountain goats, mountain lions and javelinas. Bearizona with it’s 160 acres, will be slightly bigger than Bear Country USA in Rapid City. The project was estimated to be 15 million to begin with.

The area is going to include cliffs and waterfalls which will make it easy to hide enclosures. The initial plans for the park is permitted to have up to 800 hotel rooms, which are going to be designed into the park and would be in a future phase of development.

Bearizona is going to be a wonderful addition to the Williams Rt. 66 and Gateway to the Grand Canyon atmosphere. With the local Williams elevation at about 6700 feet it is the perfect place to escape the heat from other Arizona locales and be close to the Grand Canyon majesty.

Everyone we talked with on our soft opening adventure was delightful and loved what they were doing. I have followed Bearizona on Twitter, liked their page on facebook and registered the location on foursquare.

Like Bearizona on facebook

Follow them on Twitter

This is going to be a fun ride so follow along as new animals and excitement arrive at Bearizona in Williams, Arizona.

1500 E. Rt. 66, Williams, Arizona 86046