New Zealand South Island
The south island of New Zealand is a "trip of a lifetime" vacation. While it's not a typical south seas spot, it has abundant national parks with plenty of sight seeing, hiking, and other activities.
Crossing The Atlantic
Images of the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of the Seas crossing the Atlantic Ocean from Fort Lauderdale to Barcelona, Spain.
Rome in a Day
We spent one day in Rome in relatively dismal weather, but came away with many memories. Like many of our stops during our first visit to Europe, it reminded us how much we need to come back and spend more time.
Lisbon, Portugal (or Lisboa as it's spoken by the locals) was a city along the Tagus River where it empties into the Mediterranean. We had one day to see this beautiful city, and came away wanting more. There was the Tower of Belem, Jeronimo's Monastery, and the famous Alfama District, to name a few places, and much more to see in this historical and vibrant city.
A few images from a one day stroll around Barcelona, Spain. This magnificent city is full of life with plenty of street vendors selling wares and food. It's also long on European history and worth way more time than we had on this one great day.
Columbia State Park
One of the California Gold Country must see places is Columbia State Park. Located in the foothills along Highway 49, just north of Sonora, this state park is rich in Gold Country Lore.
Bodie State Park
Bodie State Park is located along California Highway 395, south of Reno near the town of Bridgeport. It's an easy day trip from Yosemite over Tioga Pass. Bodie is almost unique in that it is one ghost town that, even though only a small percentage of the original buildings are still standing, it looks like it was a vibrant town only yesterday. Well worth the time to visit.
Travel back to Colonial Williamsburg, when the United States was just an idea.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Rocky Mountain National Park near Denver, Colorado. This is the essence of the great Rocky Mountains.
Yellowstone is the first national park in the US, and probably the first national park in the world. At over 22 million acres, this is a great place to visit. You can see many kinds of North American animals and unique and beautiful geologic features.
Capital Reef National Park is one of the most interesting places in the southwest. The Waterpocket Fold opens up several hundred million years worth of geology in breathtaking sandstone layers. The wind sand, and rain have sculpted the landscape into a place worth seeing.
Kodachrome Basin is a great side trip from either Bryce Canyon National Park or Capital Reef National Park. The name Kodachrome Basin was originally used by a team from National Geographic who were in the area for a story on the landscape. The name stuck and became the original reference when it was designated a Utah State Park.
There isn't much you can't say about the Grand Canyon. If you're ever in the southwest, especially if you travel through Interstate 40 through Arizona, the Grand Canyon is absolutely a must see destination. Any amount of time you spend there, whether it's an afternoon or a full vacation, you'll want more when you leave. Nothing else like it.
Grand Canyon North Rim
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is a rare treat to visit. It's more difficult to get to because it its relative remoteness and therefore sees fewer visitors. if you happen to be in Utah in the area, near Zion and Bryce Canyon, do what you can to pay this park a visit. You won't be disappointed.
Goblin Valley State Park
Goblin Valley is located near Capital Reef National Park in Utah, between Hanksville and Interstate 70. These rock formations, called Hoodoos, are unique in all of the Colorado Plateau.
2014 Atlantic Crossing