Saturday, November 01, 2014

Exit Glacier, Kenai Fjords National Park

Exit Glacier is one of the 38 glaciers that flow out from Harding Icefield. The name Exit Glacier was derived from the first recorded crossing of the Harding Icefield in 1968 which exited in this glacier.If the hike to the end of trail of Harding Icefield is strenuous, the hike to Exit Glacier is easy to moderate. After hiking Harding Icefield, we took the much easier trail to Exit Glacier terminus.
Surface of Exit Glacier
The trail to Exit Glacier is only a 1 mile loop, though it has uphill/downhill slope, but not as steep nor as rocky as Harding Icefield trail making the walk a lot smoother and easier. In just a matter of minutes from the trailhead, you will be face to face with a glacier.
A Stream of Water Falling From the Melting of Glacier
Like many of the low altitude glaciers, Exit Glacier is steadily melting.You will hear the sound of the many waterfalls falling from the melting of ice when you come close to a glacier. The Exit Glacier has shrank 2 miles for the past 200 years.
Glacier Waterfalls 
If you are planning for a trip to Alaska, I really highly recommend putting Seward where Kenai Fjords National Park is in your list to visit. If you are physically fit and won't give up on physical and mental challenge, the hike to Harding Icefield is really out of this world and very mentally, emotionally and spiritually rewarding. However, if you think you cannot make it to Harding Icefield, the easy to moderate 1 mile loop hike to Exit Glacier is still very much worth it. 
Unlike the trail to Harding Icefield, the trail to Exit Glacier is almost free of rocks and snow during summer, and can be accessed even by some with disabilities. I am always happy to see this kind of trail since it allows and opens up our natural world to others who may not be able to take strenuous hikes because of physical reasons or because of having little babies in the family. 
One of the Many Tubes at Exit Glacier
The Exit Glacier shows many hollow tubes, and for me, these are the natural warning signs that we take extra pre-caution when we are in front or hiking in a glacier. The glacier is unsteady and parts of it can crumble anytime. Some may get tempted to have a picture inside the tube, but what if the ice above crash and you get buried? I have seen and heard a glacier crumbled, it is a phenomena that I will never forget. It is both inspiring and sad. Inspiring to see how nature carved the Earth and sad to observe how everything on Earth is temporary. 
In my next posts, I will show the other side of Harding Icefield.
Exit Glacier from Harding Icefield Trail
At the other side of this 4000 ft thick of ice and 700 square miles of icefield is the ocean. It is kind of hard to imagine that this vast mountain of ice sits right next to the sea, and everyday is changing.  

Vacation Condos in South Florida

People who want to enjoy the comforts of home during a vacation in south Florida may want to stay in condos instead of hotels. One resort in the area has condos with one or two bedrooms for rent.

Amenities at this resort include a spa and a pool. Places to eat in the resort include a restaurant on the oceanfront and a bar and grill by the pool. There is also a bar on the beach. More restaurants, shops, a tennis court and a playground are approximately half a mile away from the resort. There are places near the resort to go snorkeling and parasailing. Kayaks and jet skis are available for rent.

The condos here have full kitchens, washers and dryers. The kitchens have stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The one-bedroom condos have seating at the kitchen bar, and the two-bedroom condos have dining tables. Complementary wireless Internet service is available. Every condo has a beach umbrella and beach chairs.

The one-bedroom condos have a king bed in the bedroom and a queen sofa bed in the living room. These condos have one bathroom.

The two-bedroom condos have two bathrooms. There is a king bed in one bedroom and two double beds in the other bedroom. The living room has a queen sofa bed. These condos will accommodate up to six people.

Interested travelers can visit the resort's website and click today to find out more.

Join the Millions of Women Hosting Breast Cancer Fundraisers Every Year

The number of women diagnosed with breast cancer decreased in 2000 and in every year since then. Experts believe that the awareness brought to the disease starting in the late 1990s led to this decline. As female celebrities found themselves diagnosed with breast cancer and watching their loved ones struggle with the condition, they looked for ways to raise awareness and fund new research. Millions of women around the world hold fundraisers every year, and you can join their ranks with a fundraiser of your own.

Choose a Type of Event

The first decision that you need to make is about which type of event you want to host. Many fundraisers take the form of a marathon or a long walk. While this is perfect for those who are in good shape, you might alienate those with mobility problems and those in poorer health. A silent auction is another good option. You can ask for donations in the form of products and services from local companies and auction those items off. Other events can include a bake sale, a meal cook off, a sit down dinner or a car wash.

Look for Partners

As much as you want to help raise money, you cannot do it all on your own. Look for partners in your community who can work with you and make the event a success. Local businesses often take part in these events and view the events as free or cheap advertising. Those companies can donate food for a meal, drinks to serve marathon participants or products that you can auction or raffle off. You should also look for partners who can help you reach out to others and ensure the event runs smoothly.

Advertise Your Goals

The only way you can raise money is if people know about the event. Creating a page on Facebook, notifying local news outlets and hanging flyers around town can all help bring awareness to the event. Once you decide where your money will go, contact the organization for additional help. Many charities will advertise your event online for free. Read through Breast Cancer Society reviews and online reviews of other charities to get a feel for how each one operates and what it does with its donations. Choose your organization and ask about advertising your fundraising event on that site.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fun Friday: S is for San Diego

Our Blogging for Fun group is doing an A-Z  meme for our Fun Friday (or is it now Saturday Special for me since I am always a day or two late) , and this week, we are working on letter S.
S is for San Diego
and all the other S in and around San Diego, such as:
The Sea and the Snowcapped Mountain
Sunset By the Sea
Splashing Waterfall
Sea Caves
Sea Lions
Seals
Surf
Sea Gulls
Sea Star
Sea stars
Succulents by the Sea
And there are probably more S in and around San Diego that I can add here, however, my other S pictures such as the squirrels and snails were somehow hidden in my portable hard disk drive and unlabeled that I still have to look for them :( 

Hope everyone is having a good weekend. 

Obstacle Course Racing



Have you ever heard of obstacle course racing? Apparently, 300 million people have, because that’s how many people participated in the 91 races held in 2013. This “baby” sport of just four years is picking up steam in a big way for a number of great reasons. All you need is the proper shoes and clothing, and you’re on your way to optimal fitness. Obstacle course training helps you hit all major muscle groups throughout your training week, too. 
Although it got its roots in military training, the overall fitness it provides is something even civilians can benefit from. The combination of explosive jumping, resistance training and running helps to reduce body fat and increase cardiovascular stamina. There are specific exercises you need to do to get started, including body weight, pulling up, balance, core and jumping exercises.
To avoid problems or injuries, your shoes should be your prime consideration. Buy cross training shoes, or shoes that work for the specific surface you’ll be racing on, and be sure to break them in before race day, too. If shoes weren’t important to you before, once you start obstacle training, they will be. Your shoes will get you through the toughest turf and longest obstacle course, every time.
Now that you’ve gotten a taste of what’s involved in obstacle course training, tie your shoes and get ready to leap like a frog, push a wheel barrow and carry logs through the mud, sand and surf of any race. The excitement permeates the air as people run, jump, climb and carry a variety of objects over a vast assortment of terrains. What’s in it for you? The best body of your life, that’s what, so get going.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

North Cascades National Park

Ross Lake, North Cascades National Park, WA
From Seattle, we drove 120+ miles North East to North Cascades National Park. North Cascades National Park sits on the border of US and Canada. This park is also known as the Alps of the West,  features rugged mountain peaks,
Rugged Mountain Peaks Seen From Easy Pass Trail
cascading waterfalls everywhere,
One of the Many Nameless Waterfalls We Found On The Trail
thick forests,
Forested Trail to Easy Pass, North Cascades National Park, WA
deep valleys, long valley lakes,
Diablo Lake, North Cascades National Park, WA
Lakeshore, North Cascades National Park, WA

glacier fed pristine rivers, 
Emerald Waters of the Skagit River, North Cascades National Park, WA
and more than 300 glaciers adorning its rugged peaks, the most glaciers of any US park outside of Alaska. 
Glaciers and Snow, Mount Shuksan, North Cascades National Park
Some have glaciers thousands of years old and at 1988/1999 receive world record snowfall at 1140 inches of snow. 
Summer ( June 30, 2010 ) at higher elevations of North Cascades National Park
In my next posts, I will be featuring some of our hikes at North Cascades and a more detailed exploration of the park.