Tuesday, December 31, 2013

My 100th blog post: Waddell Beach to Berry Creek Falls

I promise.  This is my last hike of 2013.  HAPPY NEW YEAR!!





Berry Creek Falls at Big Basin Redwoods State Park






Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Tunnel Rock



The Giant Forest


Woverton


The General Sherman Tree

Ok.. these are the last two national park visited in 2013.  I was here for the first time in 2011.

List of 19 National Parks visited: 
 Denali (AK), Redwood (CA), Lassen Volcanic (CA), Yosemite (CA), Sequoia (CA), Kings Canyon (CA), Channel Islands (CA), Pinnacles (CA), Death Valley (CA), Joshua Tree (CA), Petrified Forest (AZ), Arches (UT), Zion (UT), Grand Canyon (AZ), Yellowstone (WY, ID & MT), Grand Teton (WY), Rocky Mountain (CO), Great Smoky Mountains (TN & NC) and Everglades (FL).

Saturday, December 28, 2013

General Sherman

The largest tree on earth

 

Right: One of the broken branches


The General Sherman Tree is located in the Giant Forest of Sequoia National Park in California.  
Height = 275 ft
Diameter = 25 ft
Volume = 52,513 ft^3
By volume, General Sherman is the largest living single stem tree on earth.
   
 

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Grand Canyon


Mather Point


Yavapai Point


Yaki Point
 
 
Grandview

Moran Point

Watch Tower near East Entrance

Grand Canyon is the second most visited National Park in the United States.  Nearly 5 million people visit the canyon each year.  The most visited national park is Great Smoky Mountains which I traveled to in November.

This is my second time at Grand Canyon.  We drove 600+ miles today.  Now back in Vegas.  Exhausting day!

List of 19 National Parks visited: 
 Denali (AK), Redwood (CA), Lassen Volcanic (CA), Yosemite (CA), Sequoia (CA), Kings Canyon (CA), Channel Islands (CA), Pinnacles (CA), Death Valley (CA), Joshua Tree (CA), Petrified Forest (AZ), Arches (UT), Zion (UT), Grand Canyon (AZ), Yellowstone (WY, ID & MT), Grand Teton (WY), Rocky Mountain (CO), Great Smoky Mountains (TN & NC) and Everglades (FL).



Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Miss you, baby Leo!  (Leo's blog here)

Christmas is here!  I am in Las Vegas with family.  I hope everyone is having a wonderful time with family and friends.  Stay warm!  Oh, and happy travels!

Bellagio
Rio

The Cosmopolitan 

 My second time visiting Vegas this year.  The 24rd time, for a life time.

Xmas night work out at the casino gym

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Death Valley

Sand Dunes

Stove Pipe Wells Village


Furnace Visitors Center

Death Valley is my 19th National Park visited (out of 59 US National Parks).  I have visited all National Parks in California.

Denali (AK), Redwood (CA), Lassen Volcanic (CA), Yosemite (CA), Sequoia (CA), Kings Canyon (CA), Channel Islands (CA), Pinnacles (CA), Death Valley (CA), Joshua Tree (CA), Petrified Forest (AZ), Arches (UT), Zion (UT), Grand Canyon (AZ), Yellowstone (WY, ID & MT), Grand Teton (WY), Rocky Mountain (CO), Great Smoky Mountains (TN & NC) and Everglades (FL).


Scotty's Castle



The another name of the museum hidden by the green desert oasis is - the Death Valley Ranch. It is much more memorable than it's original name. 



It is a fancy historically charged dream getaway. Historically it is connected to the '20s and '30s with all the necessary features to completely satisfy that 'genre'. 



Stepping into it was like stepping back in the time.It seems that Walter Scott, a dreamer who built it was so in love with this place that he practically built his own dream land. Tours include a visit to the house, basements and tunnels and at the end the lower vine hike.




Scotty's Castle is located in Grapevine Canyon, at Death Valley National Park.