Death Valley National Park, CA

Death Valley, the name doesn't sound very inviting. When mentioning a vacation to this park, some people might reply with an incredulous "why?!?" My husband and I visited ten years ago for our anniversary. Needless to say, we received a lot of teasing about our choice of an anniversary getaway. However, it truly is a... Continue Reading →

Yosemite National Park

On October 1, 1890 thanks to the efforts of John Muir, over 750,000 acres surrounded by the Sierra and Stanislaus National Forests became Yosemite National Park. The park is incredibly diverse and includes lakes, streams, granite cliffs, waterfalls, meadows, plants, towering trees, animals and much more. Yosemite Falls We visited in April, 2018 and the... Continue Reading →

Balboa Park, San Diego

It’s hard to beat sunny San Diego as a vacation destination with its brilliant blue shores, inviting, sandy beaches, lively neighborhoods, and temperate weather, but in my humble opinion, Balboa Park is the city’s crowning jewel. Originally known as “City Park” this gem has an interesting history dating back to the mid 1800s and offers... Continue Reading →

The Redwoods, Mighty, Majestic Trees

Sequoia sempervirens, also known as costal redwood and California redwood, are the tallest and largest trees on the planet. They once covered over 2 million acres in Northern California. Sadly, due to over-logging in the mid 1800s to early 1900s, they now cover only 131,983 acres. In 1918, the Save the Redwoods League was formed... Continue Reading →

Photos in Blue

Jess at I’ve Been Travelling Blog, recently posted several blogs focusing on a particular color. I enjoyed her posts and was motivated to do the same. Today I am focusing on blue, my favorite color. It’s amazing that mother nature has provided us with a hugely diverse palette of this cool color. Cool colors are... Continue Reading →

National Park Service Founder’s Day

National Park Service Founder’s Day is celebrated on August 25th and is the day in 1916 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act, which was intended to provide protection for the national parks and their resources. In honor of this day, I’ll share some photos from the National Parks I have visited. Here in... Continue Reading →

Travel Photos of California

California became a state on September 9, 1850 and is home to the highest (Sierra Nevada Range) and the lowest (Death Valley) points in the contiguous United States. It has nine National Parks, more than any other state and is the birth place of Apple computers and the Barbie doll. There are beaches, mountains, deserts,... Continue Reading →

International Mountain Day

Today, December 11, is International Mountain Day, a day set aside to celebrate and recognize the dynamic ecosystems and importance of mountains. Global warming impacts mountains by melting glaciers, killing off plants, trees, animals and damaging the habitats of the people who live there. By increasing awareness and through conservation, hopefully we can preserve these... Continue Reading →

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