Thursday, November 27, 2014

Bryce Canyon

Greeting from Utah.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  

Today's destination was Bryce Canyon.  Bryce Canyon National park has a deep history since its formation.  It was first named a national monument in 1923 before the congress could pass a bill to form Utah National park.  Bryce Canyon National Park became a national park in 1928.

Inspirational point
As the name suggests, it is an inspirational point where people go to get inspired.  This point is located along Rim trail.

Bryce Point
This point is located along the rim trail.  It provides the most amazing view of the park and more especially hoodoos.  The best place to get the most naturally beautiful photos is at Bryce Point.

Sunrise and Sunset Points
Sunrise point provides a good place to view the sunrise.  The sunset point is located just near sunrise point, a walk along the Rim trail.  Best view of sunset is found here.

Natural Bridge
This is a natural bridge formed from and an eroded hoodoo.  It is one of the most interesting features of the park.

Rainbow point
Rainbow point is located at the end of park road.  It provides access to park trails and also provides a good place to be on the lookout for more hoodoos.

A lot of driving today.  Over 500 miles on the same day.  That was really crazy driving in the dark.  I chose the hotel that is closer to tomorrow's destination.  I am in Mountain time zone so I lost an hour.  The sun was set at 4pm pacific standard time.  Well, I got to the hotel safely.  What an adventure!

From Bryce to Hotel in Green River
From Vegas to Bryce
Road to Bryce

Good night Utah

As of today, I have visited and explored 25 out of 59 US National Parks.  25 and counting.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Back in my favorite city on earth

Back in September, I wrote about Why Las Vegas is the Best City to visit in America.  Well, I'm on the road now and just landed on the night before Thanksgiving.  This is my first time in Las Vegas.  For this year.  For my life time, this is the 25th time.

I invited my family/friends/coworkers to join this adventure.  First, everyone got excited about Vegas; once they heard about the rest of the trip, then they just could not make it.  As always, when no one is available, I just get up and go by myself.

Well, here's what they missed.  A full suite room at Hard Rock.  I am creating this blog post here, just me in the room with some beer, 2 beds, a shower room and a hot tub.

While most visitor in the sin city will be gambling/partying late tonight and will be sleeping in tomorrow morning, I need to hit the bed (one of the beds) soon.  Tomorrow will be an exhausting day.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sunday Travel Photos #21: Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scotland

 Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, Scotland. March 2014.

The Palaceof Holyroodhouse, also commonly referred to as Holyrood Palace, is the official residence of the Scottish monarch in Scotland.

Located at the bottom of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, at the opposite end to EdinburghCastle, Holyrood Palace has served as the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 16th century, and is a setting for state occasions and official entertaining.

A brief history of Holyroodhouse Palace

This Palace is the Queen's official Edinburgh residence and has frequently been at the center of Scottish history, it was where James II and James IV were each married, where James V and Charles I were crowned, and where "Bonnie Prince Charlie" held court in 1745.

When the Queen's away, public access is permitted to the stunning Historic Apartments (former home of Mary Queen of Scots) and the State Apartments, famous for their fine furnishings, tapestries and plasterwork.

James IV constructed a new palace adjacent to the abbey in the early 16th century, and James V made additions to the palace, including the present north-west tower.

Holyrood Palace was re-constructed in its present form between 1671 and 1679 to the Baroque design of the architect Sir William Bruce, forming four wings around a central courtyard, with a west front linking the 16th-century north-west tower with a matching south-west tower.

Holyroodhouse Today

Queen Elizabeth spends one week in residence at Holyrood Palace at the beginning of each summer, where she carries out a range of official engagements and ceremonies.

The 16th century Historic Apartments of Mary, Queen of Scots and the State Apartments, used for official and state entertaining, are open to the public throughout the year, except when members of the Royal Family are in residence.

If they're not visiting, the palace is open for tour, and you'll need at least two hours to view the King James Tower, the crumbling 12th century abbey, the Royal Dining Room and the Throne Room, among others.

The Great Gallery is also worthy of a mention with its portraits of Scottish kings, both legendary and real.

Tours are also available of neighboring 12th century Holyrood Abbey, founded by King David I. Afterwards, be sure to snap a shot of the lovely Holyroodhouse Fountain outside the palace.

How to get there

By train: Edinburgh Waverley Station.  The Palace is 15 minute walk from the station.
By bus: Number 6 and 35 stop near the Palace.

My hotel was on the Royal Mile, which is walking distance to the Palace of Holyrood House and Edinburgh Castle.  It was a very nice walk in the freezing weather.

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