Sunday, July 29, 2012

Planning Ahead For an Awesome San Antonio Vacation

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One of the places in the country you wouldn’t want to miss visiting is San Antonio. It is known to be one of the best places to spend the vacation with the entire family. It won’t be that difficult to plan it out because they have this so called SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience budget vacation packages.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

My Summer Break in San Diego

Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla
(all pictures in this post were taken by cell phone)
Let me take a break first from sharing the excitement of our Montana-Wyoming vacation to share some fun activities stay-cationing in San Diego. I should have ample time to be productive online right now, to follow Icy (of Wandering Thought ) and Jo (of Poetic Shutterbug) in making a zazzle store out of their beautiful and inspiring images. BUT, I guess, I am having so much fun in the sun right now. I realized that I even seldom update this blog, and my other blog, Breathe In....Breathe Out. I thought it is this time of the year where I could fill my blog's drafts with saved posts for scheduling, but I found out I do not have any saved posts. What happened to the time? Well, spent very well under the sun. :)
Sea Gulls @ Ellen Browning Scripps Park, La Jolla

Northern Elephant Seals @ Piedras Blancas

An Adult Elephant Seal Bull, Piedras Blancas, CA
Point Piedras Blancas is one of the elephant seal rookeries that can be found in California coast. A rookery is a breeding site on sandy beaches protected from dangerous surf and predation. Elephant seals got their name from their size, the males can grow to 14 ft and 5000 lbs. The elephant seals were hunted almost to extinction by the 19th century,  being prized for their oil. There were only about 100 to 1000 Northern elephant seals left, and they found refuge in Mexican waters. The only surviving rookery that was left then was at the Guadalupe Island, Mexico. The rookery was granted protection by the Mexican government.  By early 20th century, elephant seals have been protected by both Mexico and United States laws. After US passed the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the numbers have recovered to over 100,000. Now, the population is growing at about 25% in California, new colonies are established, and are probably limited only by haul out space. However, the population can easily be reduced with weather conditions. In 1997- 98 El Nino, about 80% of the pups were lost to the weather.

Great Deals You Get For Choosing AstroBrights Paper

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Puppy Love and New York City Apartment Rentals

     
The kids, the hubby and I are all fond of furry friends. We actually consider them part of the family. They are the ones who would greet us first when we reach home. In fact they are the ones constantly staying at home and guarding what little property we have. What I love most about them is that they would walk before me along the woods like loyal bodyguards who from time to time would stop to wait for me to keep up with their pace. Their barks to us are sweet sounding and we allow them to occupy whatever spot they love most in our home sweet home. Sharing with you shots of one of our dogs Meijo and shots of the neighbor's puppies I couldn't help but snap.

 Meijo at his favorite spot in our garden

Grand Teton Without The Hikes

Let me start this post with this travel quote from Lao Tzu: "A good traveler has no plans, and is not intent on arriving."
Wild Sunflowers at Jackson Lake, Wyoming By The Roadside

When we explore other places, especially National Parks, hiking is always in our "must do" list. Hiking allows us to see and experience places that are not ordinarily seen unless one leaves the main road. It also allows us to experience deep peacefulness in nature. Sharing nature with other nature lovers as well is very inspiring because you get to see the efforts other do to experience and preserve nature. 

However, it does not mean we do not open our eyes and other senses to the majestic scenery and sounds around us if we are simply on the road. Whenever we are on the road, we do not focus on our destination, but rather we enjoy seeing scenery one moment at a time. If we need to stop, we would, as long as there is a safe turn-out, or there is a legal parking by the roadside. And the pictures here of Jackson Lake is by the look-out point which has legal parking lot. While photographing this scenery (all landscape shots here of Jackson lake were taken by cell phone), some cars stopped, looked around, and one asked me, "what did you see?"

Things to Bear in Mind When Travelling By Plane

One of the most exciting modes of transportation is by plane. Aside from the fact that is the fastest among other means of transportation, travelling by plane is also one of the experiences in life that a person could boast. Some people would even make an album of pictures during their first plane ride and have it framed in the walls of their room.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

From Yellowstone to Glacier National Park

Part 4 of 4: Exploring Glacier-Grand Teton-Yellowstone National Parks

Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park ( in part 3 of this series)

This is the conclusion of my trip sharing about our exploration of Glacier-Grand Teton- Yellowstone National Parks. If you missed the first 3 parts, and would like to learn about:
1. Itinerary and sights to see for this trip- please go to part 1.
2. Sights to see in the south loop of Yellowstone National Park.- please go to part 2.
3. sights to see in the north loop of Yellowstone National Park - please go to part 3.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ringtones For iPhone and Some Common Things to Remember For an Extreme Day Hike

Thanks to Nice for sharing her thoughts on hiking.

Hiking is one of the best exercises that a person could have and just like any other form of exercises it needs ample preparation. If you’re planning to have one, make sure that few weeks before the event, you’ve jogged a few times to gain stamina. You won’t be jogging when you hike, but when your body gets used to jog for quite some time, your hiking activity would be easier to accomplish. To engage into hiking right then and there because your body might not be able to adjust immediately and you’ll just end up exhausted and stressed out.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Part 3 of 4: Exploring Glacier-Yellowstone-Grand Teton National Parks

This is the continuation of the summary of our Yellowstone-Grand Teton-Glacier National Parks trip. If you missed the first two parts, and is interested to learn more about:

1. Planning for a Yellowstone-Grand Teton-Glacier National Parks itinerary with some of the sights- please visit Part 1 of this series.

2. Sights to see in the south loop of Yellowstone National Park - please visit Part 2 of this series.

The previous day, we explored the south loop going North from Madison Junction to Canyon Village and Lake Village, ending at sunset in the Old Faithful area. Since we already have covered the eastern part of the north loop on our first day, we decided to take some time to explore some parts of the south loop that we had missed before proceeding to explore the western part of the north loop.

wanted to share this blue to my dear friend, Kulasa of The Letters of November

Part A: Lower and Midway Geyser Basins in the south loop.
1. Coming from West Yellowstone, before turning left to go North from Madison Junction, we turned right to continue our exploring of the south loop. Out first right turn was at the Firehole Canyon Drive.
Hot Spring Next to the River

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Trip to Legoland Florida

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Thanks to my friend Zen of The Letters of November for this post.
 


     Today I spent minutes playing lego with my nephews Zach and Yuan. You bet, we had such a great time! The multi-faceted blocks in different colors made me remember my childhood days spent assembling lego too.



     Eyes that sparkle with each piece of plastic brick properly or even unevenly constructed are what entertained me most. They kept asking me about legoland and whether they could make huge vessels out of their little sets.


     I gleefully announced to them and my sisters-in-law what I learned about a chance to win a  two-day vacation for four to Legoland Florida by participating in the Atlantic Luggage and Legoland Sweepstakes! Atlantic Luggage is committed to providing quality, light-weight luggage that makes every journey hassle free and enjoyable. They have engineered durable back-packs, carry-ons, totes, garment bags, duffels of a wide variety for all ages which would be perfect for lucky participants who will get the chance of meeting a Legoland model master builder and staying in a sponsored hotel room for four and also car voucher!
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     The thought of the new water park at Legoland Florida with its  wave pool, tube slides and body slides and even designing a unique lego vessel which a family could set afloat the 1,000 ft lazy river is driving me crazy here as I stare at the colorful toys my nephews are assembling. They are asking me to make a robot! A robot you will have little boy I announce with conviction as I lay to sleep my computer and grab the lego from Yuan haha...wish me all the luck in the world....:-)
     "Because life's a trip," as stated at Atlantic Luggage site... I think I have just been inspired to helping my nephews build not only their legos but their huge dreams of the future as well :-) 
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Monday, July 16, 2012

Exploring Glacier-Yellowstone-Grand Teton National Parks (Part 1 of 4)

Field of Canola Flowers, Montana
Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park are two parks which are right next to each other where visitors can experience some interesting places of both parks in one day. Glacier National Park on the other hand is quite a drive from Yellowstone National Park, about 7 hours (400 miles). However, Great Falls International Airport in Montana is quite strategically located right in the middle of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, thus, it allowed us to experience all these majestic parks in 7 days by dividing the drive into smaller segments. Also, the drive from Yellowstone to Glacier was never boring because of the scenery, we had to pull over so many times because of the sights.
Great Falls, MT from our airplane window

Russel A Solomon In The Himalayas

Wild Sunflowers at Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park
This was the scenery that greeted us as near the North entrance of Grand Teton National Park. Though we only had less than a day of exploring at Grand Teton, we sure had a great time. I will share more of our experience there in my later posts.

Bear Grass

Bear Grass Lilies (Xerophyllum tenax ), Glacier National Park, Montana
Bear grass are closely related to lilies, they are found mostly in Western North America from British Columbia South to California east to Wyoming, in sub-alpine meadows, coastal mountains and in California coastal fog belt. For more information about this beautiful flowers, please click here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xerophyllum_tenax

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Have you been enjoying the benefits of having internet? I do! I believe most of us do! How easy it is  to find cheaper deals when we travel on line.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Point Lobos State National Reserve: Wildlife (Part 2 of 3)

Looking North to the Town of Carmel and Monterey from Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
To continue my previous post on Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, on top of spectacular views from its hiking trails, visitors will be delighted with the wildlife here. I would like to also share that aside from land wildlife, Point Lobos is a popular site for diving because its offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitat in the world. Anyway, here are some of our wildlife encounter at Point Lobos.

Friday, July 13, 2012

E-travel Exploring: Waikiki

Aerial View of Waikiki Beach
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One of the tips I can share in itinerary planning for our adventure vacations is by researching well about the place and its points of interest. I actually call it, e-travel exploring. After e-travel exploring, I then can determine the minimum number of days we needed to explore the area and other nearby places of attractions.

In this post, let me share with you, my e-travel exploring Waikiki.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Balboa Park Free Tuesdays

@ Rose Garden, Balboa Park ( free everyday for everyone, all year)
 Still enjoying my summer break, this Tuesday, I went to Balboa Park to visit the museums that are free on 2nd Tuesdays. Balboa Park offers 15 museums, and every Tuesday, certain group of museums are free admission to the residents. Aside from the museums, Balboa Park has various gardens, which are year round free to everyone.
Fountain Between Science Museum and Museum of Natural History  Buildings

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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Friday, July 06, 2012

Life At Brunswick Islands is More Than Just a Beach

There is always magic in the water. At the end of every day, I always long to listen to the powerful splashing of the waves in the sea. A deep sense of peacefulness comes in whenever I hear the waves crash into land, as if washing away all the stresses I had for a day. The ocean has always been my refuge, it is one place on Earth where I feel like I can cry and unload my pains, yet the tears I shed were just but a small fraction of the water that crashes on my feet. The power of the ocean waves seem to be God-sent in taking away any pain and putting back revitalizing energy for me to move with a passion in what I love doing. The ocean is not only a place I go to when I feel like crying, at the happiest moments in my life, I would also run to the ocean to stomp my feet for jubilation, embracing the music from the splashing waves. Life, is definitely more than just a beach for me, whenever I am in the sea.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Back to Home Sweet San Diego

Hiking @ Glacier National Park, Montana (6/30/12)
Hiking @ Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (6/27/12)
- this is my favorite picture of myself during our trip, thanks to hubby for taking my pic :)

 After 7 days of escaping civilization to the natural wonders of Wyoming and Montana, we're back in home sweet San Diego. We had such a wonderful time enjoying nature to ourselves, sometimes sharing and experiencing it with other nature loving enthusiasts that we met at the trails or at some points of interest. I truly loved our hikes, despite there were one hike we did that my heart was thumping most of the time due to grizzly bear scare. Just a few days before our hike, the trail was still closed due to grizzly bear activities. I wanted to see bear, but from afar. Maybe see them from inside of our car or on a guided ranger tour, but definitely not from our self guided hikes. However, because I wanted to experience that trail so much, we did the hike but followed the precaution given to us by the National Park. Did we see bears in that hike? YES! But I will share more about that hike and the rest of our trip later. Meanwhile, let me share first some experiences closer to the heart, which is home sweet San Diego.