Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #20: Silver Falls, Oregon

South Falls, One of 10 Silver Falls.  Oregon.  Spring 2013.

Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrk Overview

Thеrе’ѕ аn ѕtоrу that Sіlvеr Crееk gоt іtѕ nаmе when аn Orеgоn ріоnееr, ѕаddlе расkѕ fіlеd tо the brim wіth ѕіlvеr, аttеmрtеd tо сrоѕѕ the сrееk іn hіgh wаtеr. Thе mаn аnd hоrѕе, іt іѕ ѕаіd, mаdе іt асrоѕѕ, but the расkѕ wеrе lоѕt іn the rushing сrееk аnd the ѕіlvеr wаѕ nеvеr rесоvеrеd. Thаt mіght іnѕріrе уоu tо tаkе а trір tо Sіlvеrtоn, Orеgоn tо ѕееk lоѕt rісhеѕ. But ѕіlvеr оr nо, уоu’ll fіnd the trір еnrісhіng аѕ lоng аѕ уоu ѕреnd tіmе wіthіn the glorious саnуоnѕ оf Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrk.

Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrk, Orеgоn іѕ the lаrgеѕt ѕtаtе раrkѕ wіth tеn fаmоuѕ ѕсеnіс саѕсаdіng wаtеrfаllѕ. It іѕ lосаtеd аt 25-mіlе drive frоm Hіghwау 101, еаѕt оf Sаlеm, іn the Wіllаmеttе Vаllеу. Thе fіnаl 3-mіlе drive tо the hіddеn and hаrd tо fіnd, gеm, іn the dеnѕе соаѕtаl fоrеѕtѕ оf ѕоuth-wеѕt, іѕ а nаrrоw ѕіnglе-lаnе grаvеl rоаd. Thе раrkіng аrеа and а рісnіс ѕроt аrе lосаtеd аt the еnd, аlоng the ѕhаdу bаnkѕ оf Sіlvеr Crееkѕ and Glenn. Sеvеrаl lаrgе аldеr, mарlе, and Orеgоn mуrtlе trееѕ lооk bеаutіful аt the ѕіtе.

Mајоr Attraction аt Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrk

Where else can I hike behind the waterfalls?  Thе fаmоuѕ ‘Tеn wаtеrfаllѕ саnуоn hіkіng trаіl’ wіndѕ through the bеаutіful ѕсеnіс саnуоnѕ tо the сооl wаtеrfаllѕ, which рlungе оvеr ѕhееr rосkѕ’ сlіffѕ tо mоѕѕеѕ and fеrnѕ соvеrеd bоuldеrѕ that аrе аbоut 27 tо 178 fееt bеlоw.

Hіkеrѕ mау wаlk bеhіnd the fоur wаtеrfаllѕ while hіkіng оn а tаdроlе lіkе lоор trаіl. Thе trаіl іѕ the mоѕt bеаutіful and wеll mаіntаіnеd wіth ѕеvеrаl bеnсhеѕ fоr tаkіng а break during а hіkе, mаkіng іt а реrfесt сhоісе fоr the whole fаmіlу. Thе dіѕtаnсе саn bе сut ѕhоrt еаѕіlу bу lеаvіng the tаіl оf the tаdроlе, bу ѕkірріng а fеw wаtеrfаllѕ оut оf tеn. 

Thе іnfоrmаtіvе ѕіgnѕ аlоng the fаmоuѕ Cаnуоn Trаіl guide уоu throughout the hіkе, but you won't always find the signs along the trail so it is easy to get lost.  We hiked Trail of Ten Falls (10 Falls Canyon Trail) to see these 10 gorgeous Waterfalls: South falls, Lower South Falls, Twin Falls, Middle North Falls, Upper North Falls, North Falls, Double Falls, Winter Falls, Drake Falls and Middle North Falls. 

Hоw tо Gеt tо the Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrkѕ

Thеrе аrе two еntrаnсеѕ tо the Sіlvеr Fаllѕ Stаtе Pаrk. Onе wау hеаdѕ ѕоuthеаѕt оn the Hwу 214 frоm the quaint tоwn оf Sіlvеrtоn tо the раrk'ѕ nоrth еntrаnсе. Anоthеr wау gоеѕ dіrесtlу еаѕt оf Sаlеm tоwаrdѕ the раrk'ѕ ѕоuth еntrаnсе.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

6 Reasons Why You should Travel More

Biltmore Este, North Carolina

Good things come to those who [Do Not] wait, when it comes to travel.  Traveling is a beautiful thing that only those who have traveled before can attest of its beauty.  Even to those who have traveled, you still need to travel more and more to enjoy the beauty of traveling in a newer level. 

There are various reasons why you should travel more.  Here are my top 6 reasons:

London, England, UK
You Become Open-Minded
Traveling more will expose you to diverse culture in the world. By sampling all the culture, you will become open-minded. This will also work to improve your reasoning since you will be equipped with knowledge to tackle different problems arising.

You Become More Independent, Confident and Social
Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

It is through your frequent travel that you will become more independent. More especially if you are traveling alone. Not only will you become independent, but also confident and social since you will interact with many people you meet.

Big Island, Hawai'i
You Become an Interesting Person
Frequent travelers are often more interesting than those who do not travel more often. This is because they get exposed to different environments and hence adapt to various ways of living. You also become knowledgeable and thus people will find you to be interesting.

Travel Gives you Time to get out of Comfort Zone
Paradise Island, The Bahamas
It is no longer about work. This is the time you need to get out and have fun. You should go out of your comfort zone more often to avoid the monotony of being in one place.  This is the reason why I don't like business travels.  When I travel, I have no job, no title.  I'm just a traveler.  No business meetings, absolutely nothing to worry about anybody else but myself.  I feel more independent that way.

You Get to Walk More
Death Valley, California
Exercise is one thing that people have been encouraged to participate in to improve their health conditions. By traveling more, you also get to walk more hence you get to exercise thus improving your health.  When I travel, I walk everywhere.  It is the perfect way to keep yourself in shape.

You Make Memories
Silver Falls, Oregon

By traveling more you get to have more wow moments and so many moments to make memories from.  If you want to have more exciting memories in your life, you should make a point of traveling more.

There are other reasons that have not been stated that carry much importance but the above given reasons should be enough to make a person travel more.  Life moves fast.  Don't settle with your nine-to-five, nightly TV shows and weekly night-outs at the bar in your comfort zone.  Get out there and see how other people are living in different parts if the world.  Are you inspired yet?  

“I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.” – Steve McQueen 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Laurelwood Park Sugarloaf Mountain Open Space

Veterans Day hike at Laurelwood

Laurelwood Dam

400+ calories burned in an hour.  Not bad I guess.
My last hike was at Purisima Creek Redwood back in June.  It has been 5 months!  This is the first hike in 5 months and I didn't want to kill myself with usual 10 to 15 mile distance.

6 reasons to visit London

Happy Veterans Day!  Thanks to those who have served our country.  I thought I would write a blog post on my day off as it’s hard to sleep in on the weekday, so here goes.

London is among the most popular cities in the world. Its popularity has been on the rise due to the many tourists’ attraction sites this city has. For those who have been to London, they can attest that it is a warm city that is so welcoming to visitors. There are many reasons why a person should visit this great city.  

Here are my top 6 reasons to visit London:

Tower Bridge is one of the most popular bridges in the world.  It is an iconic symbol of London.  There are walkways that are free for the public.  There has been a major color change when it was changed from mid-greenish to red, white and blue.  The color change was done for Queen Elizabeth II’s silver jubilee.  You’ll find tourists from many parts of the world and hear several different languages.  The Tower of London is walking distance from Tower Bridge.

TheLondon Eye is the giant Ferris wheel found in many London panormas.  It is meant to deliver great views, not a thrilling ride.  It circles around slowing, offering an unbeatable birds-eye perspective of London’s South Bank.  You can view 360 degrees of the gorgeous city when you are more than 400 feed high.

Red Busses and Tubes

One of the reasons a person may want to visit London is to have the experience gotten from their red buses and the underground tubes. The red buses, more especially, are very famous and have been a trade mark of London for a long period. Nowhere else in this world would you find a city painted with red buses, which have seats upstairs for tourists to view the city.

Free Attractions
The National Galary
Another reason for visiting London is to enjoy the free attraction sites. There are museums that do not charge tourists to visit. Some of the museums include the British Museum, the National Galary, museum of London, science museum, and the Art museum. You get free entry to these museums though at times one may be required to make a donation to the museum.

Tower ofLondon is one of the historic sites that have stood the test of time since 1078.  The tower as served as Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress.  The castle was also used as a prison in the 16th and 17th centuries.  Tower of London is protected World Heritage Site for it is by no doubt one of the country’s most popular tourists and attraction.  It is a huge campus.  I walked for hours there.  I visited all major attractions including Crown Jewels, Yeoman Warders, The Ravens, The Fusilier Museum and MedievalPalace.

Rivers and Canals
Big Ben & Houses of Parliament
View from South Bank of the river
There is also the attraction that comes with the rivers and canals in the city. The most popular river in London is River Thames. There is also the Bow Back Rivers and River Roding. Some of the canals found in the city include Hertford Union canal and Grand Union canal among many other canals spread beautifully in the city.

Once you are there, you will find that there are more reasons for visiting this great city. Make a plan of visiting London to see the above stated sites and other amazing sites.  London is a huge city.  You can’t walk everywhere.  Well, you can but it is way more efficient if you take buses and trains.  Public transportation is incredibly reliable.

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.” – Andre Gide