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Strange formations at Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, In Utah. Image by Bonnie Fink

Strange formations at Goblin Valley State Park, Green River, In Utah. Image by Bonnie Fink

If you were blindfolded, taken to Goblin Valley and told that you had just walked through a Stargate and were now on the mysterious red planet Entrada Prime, it might just be believable. Goblin Valley State Park near Hanksville, Utah, is just that kind of place. Just a little imagination, and you can easily pretend that you're not on Earth any longer. In fact, portions of the space comedy “Galaxy Quest” were filmed here because of the unusual shapes of the rocks. In the movie, some of the rocks were alive and attacked Tim Allen!

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Let's give the Disney chefs a few pounds of chocolate, some fondant, sugar floral, royal icing, and a few other goodies. Then give them some creative freedom and instructions to come up with something Easter, and you'll have another annual Easter Egg display at the Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World, Florida. Several pastry chefs - headed by Master Pastry Chef Erik Herbitschek from Victoria and Albert's restaurant in the Grand Floridian - took about three weeks to create the Easter Eggs displayed below. Each egg is made from primarily modeling chocolate and weighs in at between nine and twelve pounds.

If you're on Disney property between now and Easter, this display is something you won't want to miss. After all, it's an easy boat or Monorail ride over from the Magic Kingdom. The display is in the lobby of the Grand Floridian.

Mesa Arch is one of the most popular destinations among photographers in Canyon Lands National Park Located only 1/4 mile from nearest parking area, it makes an easy early morning walk. Image by Bonnie Fink

Mesa Arch is one of the most popular destinations among photographers in Canyon Lands National Park. Located only 1/4 mile from the nearest parking area, it makes for an easy early morning walk. Image by Bonnie Fink

In the red rocks of Utah, almost everyone has seen the famous Delicate Arch of Arches National Park. While most people haven’t actually walked up to it in person, they’ve at least seen it on the Utah State license plates. The walk up to Delicate Arch is three miles round trip, and is a bit more than some people want to tackle.

There’s another arch that attracts a lot of attention too, and it’s just ½ mile round trip from the closest parking area. That’s Mesa Arch. Mesa Arch is located in the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park. It’s popularity probably comes from the extreme red glow it seems to emanate, and the close proximity for viewing when you arrive. You can almost reach out and touch it, but not quite. (read more...)

 

Mono Lake along the eastern Sierras is an interesting place to spend a few hours making unusual images. The best time for us has always been  in the winter because of the low angle of light. Image by Donald Fink

Mono Lake along the eastern Sierras is an interesting place to spend a few hours making unusual images. The best time for us has always been in the winter because of the low angle of light. Image by Donald Fink

If you’re a photographer and you live in California, you’ve probably been to Mono Lake at least once. Mono Lake seems to be a required stop for all amateur photographers at least once. The reasons are obvious if you’ve been, with the quiet beauty of the eastern Sierras in the background, the unusual formations called Tuffas, and the opportunity for large vistas. All of the possibilities that are apparent at Mono Lake are coupled with its proximity to Yosemite National Park just over Tioga Pass, and Bodie State Park (the famous 19th century ghost town) just north and slightly east on Highway 395, make this stop a must see, especially if you’re visiting other attractions in the area. (read more...)

Windsor CastleWe don’t follow the British Royals as closely as some, and don’t even know much about them, but when you do visit England, and you happen to spend some time looking over the palaces and castles, it’s hard not to be totally awed by the experience. (read more...)

For 14 years, chefs and engineers at the Yacht and Beach Club resort have presented the Gingerbread Carousel. With 2013 gingerbread tiles, this confection is worth seeing. Image by Donald Fink

For 14 years, chefs and engineers at the Yacht and Beach Club resort have presented the Gingerbread Carousel. With 2013 gingerbread tiles, this confection is worth seeing. Image by Donald Fink

Not long ago we posted a note about the Gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian. We thought it was a lot of fun to see, and kind of unique. And while it is unique by most standards, it turns out that it isn’t alone in the Disney scheme of things. There are others, and have been for some time.

Today we want to show you the Gingerbread Carousel, presented by the chefs and engineers at the Yacht and Beach Club resort Hotels. Like the gingerbread house at the Grand Floridian, this tradition has been around for fourteen years and is an amazing piece of confection to see. Located in the lobby of the Beach Club, this rotating gingerbread delight includes 2013 pieces of gingerbread, 14 hidden Mickeys, and displays images of the “Fab Five”, which is Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto. If you visit this display, take a moment and see how many of the hidden Mickeys and Fab Five you can spot.

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