Thursday, September 27, 2012

Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces

@ the top of Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces
Mammoth Hot Springs Terraces trail is one of the best way to experience Mammoth Hot Springs. The trail is a series of walkway and boardwalk loops. The boardwalk climbs 300 ft along marginally steep grades and wooded staircases.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Part 2 of Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike Via South Kaibab-Bright Angel Trail

Before continuing to the main content of this post, let me quickly share with you the interview I had with Nature Center Magazine. If you have some time, I invite you to read my thoughts on nature and blogging. Thank you so much - Betchai

Mules Carrying Some of Hiker's Camping Gears
This is the continuation of Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike via the South Kaibab-Bright Angel loop trail Part 1. In part 1, you will find the summary of hike and description of the route. In Part 2, we discuss the other questions frequently asked about this hike.

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Grand Canyon Rim to River Hike Via South Kaibab-Bright Angel Trail Part 1

hiker at grand canyon south kaibab trail
Hiker at South Kaibab Trail, Grand Canyon National Park
Mileage: 16 - 17+ miles, depending on your wandering in the trails and at the bottom of the river gorge
Elevation Change: 5000 ft descent/ascent
Best Time to Hike: During cooler months, late October - early April
Best Route: South Kaibab trail- river-Bright Angel trail

Some common questions asked in this hike:

Monday, September 24, 2012

A Lifetime Pass

We recently bought Lifetime Membership for a lifetime pass at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve. Is it worth it? I must say, it is!
Torrey Pines Cliffs from Flat Rock, San Diego, CA
( both pictures, top and bottom, were taken using the Panorama Feature in the new IOS application of iPhone)
Flat Rock from Torrey Pines Cliffs, San Diego, CA

Where is The Spot for Leaf Peeping in California?

 North Lake, Bishop Creek Canyon, Bishop, CA
California is not best known for its autumnal hues, as most of its forest is evergreen. It is however better known for spring wildflowers, where the otherwise dry barren land would put forth a phantasmagoric show of a million buds of wildflowers fluttering in the breeze.

Mediterranean Cruise Ideas

One of my friends is going to Greece and Italy next month. How I wish I can join, but my reality says no. Thankfully, Greece and Italy can wait.

Crete Beach, Greece ( picture source: WikiTravel )
Most tourists visiting these two countries join tours or cruises. There are various mediterranean cruise ideas that we can found online that will help us on planning. Mediterranean cruise is so popular because it offers a sense of romance, history and adventure that span Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana

Snow Covered Trail to Hidden Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier National Park was our last stop during our Wyoming-Montana vacation last summer. One of the must-do hikes I listed in our itinerary was Hidden Lake. When I first saw pictures of the Hidden Lake, with the melting snow causing waterfall, and beautiful wildflowers adorning the majestic rugged peaks, I told myself, "we must go here!" 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Random Snapshots and Musings

Black Crowned Night Heron
I have a habit of taking photos whenever we hike or explore places, but truth is, that's all I do. Once I get home, I forgot about the pictures I took. I am also not good in organizing pictures. As such, I always have a hard time finding my pictures. Except starting this year, I started labeling my albums, not only according to date, but also according to places.

A Closer Look on My Well - Being

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Well-Being Powered by Humana for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. -Rovs T. A.
It is always a relief to know that there is an online community that you can check out when you need some inspiration to improve in all aspects of your life. I consider joining My Well-Being community one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. I like browsing the website every now and then because it gives me the information I needed especially in becoming healthy – financially, physically and mentally.

Mesa Arch, Canyonlands

Mesa Arch, Islands in the Sky District, Canyonlands National Park, Utah
Canyonlands National Park is another amazing National Park in the Grand Circle of the America's Southwest.   It pretty much looks like an ancient desert ruin, but a marvelously landscaped ruins. The park preserves an awe-inspiring landscape as a result of river erosion by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The rivers divide the park into 4 districts: The Island in the Sky, the Needles, the Maze, and the rivers themselves.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Fulfilling Dreams through Kmart’s Layaway Giveaway!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kmart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine. ~ Rovs T. A. ~

The thought of winning gives people hope and the chance to dream big. I believe that everybody wants to win in all their endeavors; be it in joining contests, betting on something or making a winning decision in life. Each and every people have different perspective about winning but what is most certain is that, it is definitely something that gives people joy and happiness.

Crater Lake National Park, OR

Crater Lake National Park, OR ( 1) 
Crater Lake was one of the National Parks we visited in the Klamath Region Circle of Parks of Northern California and Southern Oregon. From Mt. Shasta, CA, where we stayed after our adventures at Burney Falls and Lassen Volcanic, the drive to Crater Lake was approximately 2 hrs and 40 minutes. Though the drive seemed long, but it was very enjoyable for us, taking pictures of Northern California's and Southern Oregon's countryside, where everything was all so green and white (from snow) graced by cows, some horses and some field of wildflowers. When we finally arrived at Crater Lake and taking in our first glimpse, we were filled with awe at this crater on top of the mountain.

Basic Things To Bring When Camping Out


Camping is one of the best bonding activities that a family could have. However, there would come a time that your kids will enjoy it most when they’re going to spend it out with their friends or classmates. Parents at first would most likely prohibit such activities but later on would realize that their children need it to teach them independence and socialization.
Parents might have tried camping themselves during their school age years and would probably know what are the needed things to prepare when attending one. It pays to be prepared during sleepaway camps to ensure that they would be enjoying the entire experience.

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone


Lower Fall from Red Rock Point, Grand Canyon of The Yellowstone River
(can you see the people at the brink of the waterfall?)
In my previous post, I shared about Gibbon Falls, which is a beautiful roadside waterfall in Yellowstone National Park. In this post, I will be featuring two of the more popular waterfalls in Yellowstone, the Upper Falls and Lower Falls which sit at the head of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Mom's Fall Planting Project

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Scotts Miracle-Gro. All opinions are 100% mine.  ~ by Zen aka kulasa

      Roses remain the most beautiful of flowers for me. They have these delicate scented petals whose fragrance lingers like rays of sunshine in my memory. I've been thinking of one particular kind of Rose these days. One who smiles sweetly and always reminds me to do so myself. One who never gets tired pushing me to be the best that I can be. She taught me practically everything I know at home from cooking to gardening and mothering....the sweetest face in all the world for me- my mama Rose.                                                                      

     We both love plants and had a blast visiting botanical gardens when she was here. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Rediscovering LA, part 2

Grapes @ Gainey Vineyard
In part 1 of Rediscovering LA, I ended my post with Gainey's Vineyard. In this post, I will start with a hike at Malibu.
Because I am not very familiar with hikes in LA, my cousin chose the place to hike. She chose Solstice Canyon Deer Valley Loop Trail with a short side trip to the Robert's Ranch House Ruins. The hike is 6-mile round trip with 1000 ft elevation gain. The trail winds through chaparral, coastal sage, oak woodlands, and grassy meadows. 
Oak Woodland at Solstice Canyon, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area

Saturday, September 08, 2012

How to Pass An Exam on the First Attempt

~post by Zenserly of The Letters of November~

      One of the most exhilarating moments in life is passing an exam on the first attempt. There is one sure way to pass whatever test one takes may it be a professional licensure exam, a driver's test, a  tax preparer exam or a CPA exam; p-r-e-p-a-r-e-d-n-e-s-s works all the time.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

A Story of FIVE

"Oh, please, baby, don't cry...."

"Thank you mom, for always being there for me, you are just simply the best mom!"

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is said to be the sport that only rich individuals can afford. However, anyone can have an experience of what it feels like riding a horse or a mule when exploring places.