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Sport in the United States is as important to American culture, as food is to the functioning of the human body. In fact, some may even say it is a religion, worshiped by avid and passionate fans from across the world.
The sporting world in the US is dominated by the four major leagues of football, baseball, basketball and hockey, and this is apparent in the home, in the education system and on the field.
So what’s all the big fuss about? Check out our Guide to US Sports to find out!
In the meantime, here’s a sneak peak…
Known simply as football or gridiron, American Football is quintessential to any sporting experience in the US.
The NFL is the highest level of professional American Football in the United States and is played between two teams of 11.
The objective of the game is to score points by advancing the ball into the opposing team’s end zone. It involves a lot of running, throwing and tackling and is largely a spectator sport.
Baseball in America is almost as standard to the common household as bread and milk. This bat-and-ball sport is played between two teams of nine players each, with the aim of the game to touch four bases arranged at the corners of a diamond before returning to the original place of play.
Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of professional baseball in the US and is comprised of 30 teams, with 29 in the US and one in Canada.
Basketball is one of America’s favorite team sports in which two teams of five score points by throwing a ball through the top of a basketball hoop. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league of America and consists of 30 clubs, 29 of which are in the US, with one in Canada.
This family of sports is played in teams in which the aim of the game is to maneuver a ball or puck into the opponent’s goal by using a hockey stick. The sport itself comes in many forms and can be played as field hockey, ice hockey, roller hockey, sledge hockey and street hockey.
Ice Hockey is incredibly popular in the US and is largely associated with the National Hockey League (NHL); an organization considered the premiere professional ice hockey league in the world. The league is currently comprised of 30 teams across the US and Canada.
Want to find out more about America’s favorite past time. Check out our Guide to US Sports.
Cute, cuddly furry things seem to be loved by all and the good news is that the world is full of them.
But with every little creature comes a big one; some scary, some dangerous and some just plain strange. But just how many are there in the US?
Trawl through pages and pages on the Internet and you will struggle to find a comprehensive guide to the wildlife in America.
So, doing what we do best, we at Jurnii have developed a guide to the Wildlife of the US. Including useful information on where the animals can be found, and even rating how dangerous they are.
Here’s a small preview to get you started:
Commonly referred to as a “gator”, the American Alligator has a large rounded body with thick limbs, a massive tail and a broad, killer head. They can reach up to 19-feet in length and any animal living in water or coming to water is potential prey.
It might be America’s smallest and most common species of bear, but if you come across one of these you will still probably shake in your boots. These bears hibernate for 7 months out of the year, resorting to their dens in October and November.
These small, striped animals are similar in looks to the squirrel and are known for their habits at the beginning of autumn when begin to stockpile goods into their burrows for winter. They were also made famous by the 1958 group, “Alvin and the Chipmunks”.
The star-nosed mole is easily identifiable by its eleven pairs of fleshy appendages that rise out of its stout. These are used as a touch organ, with more than 25,000 minute sensory receptors allowing them to feel their way around.
The porcupine is a rodent with a coat of sharp spines that they use to defend themselves against predators. Weighing up to 16kg, these creatures are rounded, large and very slow, and will give you a nasty prick if you come into contact with one.
This semi-aquatic mammal is endemic to North America and can be found along many of its waterways and coasts. These creatures can weigh up to 14kg and boast a muscular neck so smaller than the head, and an elongated body that is broadest at the hips.
These mammals are best known for their ability to secrete a liquid with a strong, foul odor. The most easily recognized of these is the striped skunk, with its black and white coat easy to identify.
Want to see more? Check out our Guide to US Wildlife.
Dry, hot and barren!
These are the three words that usually spring to mind when we talk or think about deserts.
While on the most part, these assumptions rain true, some deserts actually turn out to surprise us.
In fact, deserts are fast becoming a popular destination to take an RV vacation. C’mon if the girls of “Sex and the City” can do it, so can we right?
So where are these deserts? Most of us have heard of the Great Basin and the Colorado Desert, but did you know there are actually quite a few more?
At Jurnii, we know you just want to go to one place to find out all there is to know about a topic…this is why Wikipedia is probably such a hit.
With this in mind, we have developed an ultimate guide to the deserts of the US, offering all the information about their location, size and where there is to stay in them.
So why not check it out and start exploring America’s great deserts.
Here’s a few to get you started
Noted as the third-largest desert in the Western Hemisphere, the Chihuahuan Desert primarily consists of basins broken down by numerous mountain ranges. Several of its larger mountain ranges include the Sierra Madre, the Sacramento Mountains and the Guadalupe Mountains, all of which are great for exploring.
As a major part of the Sonoran Desert, the Colorado Desert is home to many unique flora and fauna, while at the same time boasting countless barren, but exceptionally beautiful landscapes.
Common desert wildlife you may spot here includes mule deer, bobcat, desert kangaroo rats, black-tailed jack rabbits and red-diamond rattlesnakes.
The Mojave Desert is home to mountain ranges, valleys, endoheic basins, salt pans and seasonal saline lakes, making it a land of vast contrasts and dramatic landscapes. Spring is a particularly beautiful time to visit as this is when the wildflowers come out and create a blanket of color over the desert plains.
Want to see more? This is just a taste. Check out the full guide here.