Friday, August 22, 2014

Jasper National Park, Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip (4 )

Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
So many places..... so little time. 10 days of adventure in the Canadian Rockies were definitely not enough. Only that I also knew at the time of planning that we could not go beyond 10 days, not because we get tired physically, but I usually feel sick of outside foods. I guess that is the drawback of having a taste only for fresh vegetables, fish and fruits. It's hard to be away from the comforts of home. After a while, I feel weak, not from wandering and hiking, but from a lack of nutritious home prepared foods. But 10 days, were definitely enough for us to be inspired and rejuvenated. Nature's wonder is always a strong healing force for me. It is for that reason that our travels would always seek the healing power of nature's beauty.
Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park, AB, Canada
In this 4th part of the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip series, I will be sharing some inspiring places we were blessed to enjoy at Jasper National Park. Jasper is the largest of Canada's Rocky Mountain National Parks and part of UNESCO World Heritage site. Its shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest, all surrounded by towering, rugged mountain peaks are some of the reasons why it is in UNESCO's World Heritage List – deemed by the World Heritage Committee to number among the most significant sights on earth.

Just a day before our wanderings here, we were heavily rained out at Yoho National Park. Heavily rained out, but very much thankful. That heavy rain was answered prayers. The Canadian Rockies at that time were battling wildfire at Banff and Jasper National Parks. Very thankfully, heavy rain poured just a day before we were set for Jasper, and it put off the fire in the area. There was no more threat of road closures in Columbia Icefield, and no more threat of not reaching our hotel at Jasper. :) It was a time to rejoice for us.
jumping for joy, no more hazy and smoky skies, no more wildfire

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Yoho National Park, Canadian Rockies

This is the 3rd part of the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip series. In this 3rd part, I will be sharing about the beauty of Yoho National Park.
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, BC, Canada
"Yoho" is a Cree expression of awe and wonder, and very appropriately so. I jovially said out loud, "yoooohoooo!!", after my eyes settled and my heart beat faster in excitement upon seeing the beauty of Yoho National Park. The park is found in the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Yoho is bordered by Banff National Park to the East, and Kootenay National Park to the South. It's a park with snow-topped mountain peaks, roaring rivers, calm lakes and silent forests. It's a park whose history is bound up with a railroad: spiral tunnels inside mountains and stories of runaway trains.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Taking A Tour Of Fiji

Fiji is one of the most beautiful places to visit on this Earth. The island group sits in one of the sunniest and most lush locations in the South Pacific, and the islands offer people many adventures that they could not find at home. Planning Fiji holidays is all about making sure that every part of the country is taken in, and the adventures listed below help to achieve just that.

The Sun

Finding a quality resort to stay in is the first step in visiting Fiji. Every person who has gone to Fiji knows that they can get a wonderful tan and sit in the sun for hours. The rays of the sun hit the Earth differently in this part of the world, and every adventurer needs to have a place where they relax.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

2014 Summer Staycation

collection of photos from my summer 2014 Staycation
Life is simply wonderful. It does not have to be extravagant to be one. There's so much beauty and happiness in simplicity! To feel life is wonderful is a choice. I am so glad and thankful to have that choice.

Though we may have taken a 10-day Canadian Rockies adventure vacation,  but that does not mean Canadian Rockies adventure is more joyful than my staycation's adventure. They're different, nothing is better than the other, both gave me joyful memories to treasure forever. :) Yes, FOREVER!! Afterall, everyday is like a staycation for me, even when I have work! :) I always take time to rejuvenate in nature so I stay inspired everyday, whether at home, at work, or anywhere! Perhaps, that's the reason why I could not say that staycation is better than work days. They're different, both work and staycation are JOYFUL for me.

Anyways, here are some reasons why summer 2014 staycation is so WONDERFUL. :)

1. Joy swimming with the fishes. Ahhh, probably this is the very reason why summer is my MOST FAVORITE SEASON! It's a time to enjoy swimming with the fishes in the ocean. The underwater world is amazing, and thankfully, I do not really have to take vacation to enjoy it.
Summer 1014 Snorkeling

Friday, August 15, 2014

Swimming with the Fishes: One of the Simple Joys in Amazingly Wonderful SIMPLE LIFE

Snorkeling At La Jolla Shores, August 11, 2014
music: Simple Life from Karl Kohlase's Simple Life Album
**note: leopard sharks are NOT AT ALL HARMFUL TO HUMANS, they are one of the harmless and friendly sharks, such as THE WHALE SHARKS, that you could swim with them safely, and not get harm for they DO NOT HAVE THE PHYSIOLOGICAL MAKE UP to bite nor cause harm. 

Let me take a break from my Canadian Rockies vacation post to share the simple joys of my summer staycation here at home sweet home San Diego. :) I still have about 2 weeks of staycation, though of course I used some of those time preparing also for the school year ahead. 

One of my simple joys in simple life is of course being out in the sea. Though this blog shares mostly hiking stuff, but my summer actually is mostly about water. :) 
2014 Snorkeling here in San Diego

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Chasing The Sun At Sanibel Island