Monday, July 28, 2014

Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA Adventure Trip of a Lifetime

1 International Airport ( Calgary International Airport ), 8 National Parks, 5 different hotels ( 2 nights each mostly), 10 days of adventure in the Canadian Rockies + Glacier of USA.

Brief Itinerary ( more details of each National Park and of each place later ):

Flew to Calgary International Airport ( YYC ). Sorry, no picture of the city (we are city snobs ), as we always prefer to spend our time on National Parks for very obvious reason, NATIONAL PARKS ARE CALMING TO THE SOUL AND HEALING TO THE SPIRIT.

From Calgary, we drove to Waterton National Park, where we stayed for 2 nights for Waterton Glacier International Peace Park exploring.

Days 1- 3: Waterton Glacier International Peace Park
Waterton Glacier International Peace Park is the name of the union of two neighboring National Parks, one in Canada ( Waterton National Park) and the other one in USA ( Glacier National Park). Waterton and Glacier are not only 2 National Parks and a Peace Park, but also a UNESCO Wolrd Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. Aside from amazing scenery and sights so relaxing and calming, we enjoyed so much the wildlife in these 2 National Parks of 2 different countries.

WATERTON NATIONAL PARK of CANADA
Waterton Lake with Prince of Wales Hotel in the background, Waterton National Park, AB, Canada

GLACIER NATIONAL PARK of USA
approaching Many Glacier area of Glacier National Park, MT, USA

Bow Lake from Bow Glacier Falls Trail

Panorama of Bow Lake from Bow Glacier Falls Trail
Columbia Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Canada
photo taken by Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Pouring in July

Remember my post before about San Diego needing a rain dance because we currently have the worst drought ever since recording history? 

Rain dance was meant to bring rain for the entire year or for a specific season which is essential for survival. 

It seems that call for rain has been answered. We had rain yesterday, and oh boy, was it pouring. The magical rain dance probably worked. So, maybe, we could gather together again, shop for music at musician's friend and bring those music instruments out, for more rain to hopefully nourish the soil and bring back moisture to bone dry vegetation. Wishfully thinking next summer will be as colorful as this.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Jump!

Mirror mirror on the wall, who is more fearless of the two? :)

ME

OR HUBBY?

Jumping pictures taken at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, AB, Canada.

Enjoy San Antonio by Tour

Especially when taking a guided tour, visitors love to see and hear about the charm of the city, stroll the River Walk and other points of interest, and absorb the local rich culture and dramatic history. Recreational attractions include Six Flags over Texas, Sea World, the San Antonio Zoo, and the best public golf courses in Texas. 

River Walk


The River Walk, the largest urban ecosystem in the United States, winds through the city center below street level over 15 miles of paths and sidewalks that are lined with cypress trees. The River Walk provides easy access by foot, bicycle, or river cruiser to the city’s historic and cultural sites such as The Alamo and 300-year-old Spanish missions. You will find riverside tables at restaurants who specialize in local cuisine as well as Tex-Mex, Italian, barbecue, and Southwestern fare. 

The Alamo

Begun in the early 1700’s as one of the first Texas Spanish Missions, it played a crucial role in the settlement of the area. Five countries who occupied the Alamo over time were Spain, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, and the United States of America.

Mission San José 

This mission was founded on June 11, 1797, and was the fourteenth Spanish mission established in California. Many restoration efforts over the years have reconstructed numerous original structures. The old mission church and its chapel remain in use today. There is also a museum, a visitor center, and a slide show telling the mission's history. 

Click here to get more information about San Antonio sights and to book a guided tour to help you enjoy your adventure.

Moraine Lake at Canadian Rockies

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park,  Alberta, Canada
photo taken by: Samsung Galaxy Note 2

This is another cell phone shot of one of the places we visited in the Canadian Rockies during our day trip. Just got back from vacation, and no time yet to change format of my pictures from RAW files to JPEG, so, sharing cell phone shots for now. More of our Canadian Rockies trip later.