Monday, July 29, 2013

Leo's Road Trips

I am going to take another roadtrip with Leo in the next few days.

Leo has done several road trips before.  He has been to 4 States (including CA).

This is one of the strangest kitties on earth, who loves car rides and staying at the different hotels.  He's weird.


Bok Kai Temple

I have been meaning to visit this temple for years.
Finally made it.  If you are a Buddhist, you'd appreciate this place.
It's in the middle of nowhere, 50 miles north of Davis.
2.5 hr drive, 160 miles away from my home.  It is worth driving.  

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Castle Rock

Castle Rock State Park is a great place for rock climbing.
For hiking only.. I wouldn't recommend unless you like hiking on big rocks.
Hiking boots are a must.

Clambering up the Goat Rock was a good experience.  We got an opportunity to see the view on the top of the Goat Rock and watch people climbing on the other side of Goat Rock.


4.85 miles.  I am a little disappointed about my ability this time.
It's pretty intense because of the heat and the rocky surface.
We decided to turn around after 2+ miles.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Stanford Football

Saturday, July 13, 2013


My first time hiking with a large group.  
With 45 other people.  At Sanborn County Park.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Miami & Key West

Miami doesn't need a special introduction. Everybody knows it, but the thing that people maybe have no idea about is the horrid fact that the land was forcefully taken away by the Spanish conquistadors from the native Indians, the Tequestas, who literary disappear in the next 250 years due to diseases, war and relocation.
It's so Miami!
Today, Miami is called the American Casablanca and it developed into a multicultural town which serves as a gateway to Latin America. It is the third tourist center in the United States right after the LA and NY. The entertainment and tourism are the largest source of the city's income and it is also the biggest port for the cruse ships.

South Beach

160 mile drive from Miami to Key West

Key West is more beautiful than the rest of the Miami. Middle Florida and the near purlieus of Orlando are both more or less lame because of the swamps, plains, wetlands, mosquitoes. 

At some point the intense and sweltering heat starts to be too much. As a tourist destination, of course, it is a great place, I recommend it by all means. Parks are well decorated, hotels are great, and the most stunning sight, the azure blue sea is amazing. 

Key West is a small place you can discover it all in a day and you will not need a car or a taxi for that task. Mostly, all the attractions worth seen are the outdoors, so you can't miss them.  And the Food in Key West - oh, so good!

Every Restaurant I tried treated me well with Caribbean food
Key Lime Pie.  It was okay.. I'm just not a huge fan of sugary desserts.  (except for Asian Treats)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Arastradero preserve

Just a quick hike after a long day at work.

Jungle Island Miami

Their regular schedule includes a very profound titles, for example, they call Pepsi Parrot Bawl - a 'Winged Wonders'. They are parrots. Of course watching them carefully while they are eating fruits and vegetables is not for the sensible audience.
There is more in the Jungle Theater with some domesticated big cats, Serpentarium, interactive experiences with primates and so on.

Big Basin

This is the longest hike I have ever done so far.  The phone battery died at 12+ miles.  About 14 miles and 2000 calories burned in one day.  Not bad, I guess..

Berry Creek Falls

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Nor Cal

Burney Falls, McArthur-Burney State Park

Hiking and the falls are the main reason for a trip of this magnitude, hence the available boating experience too.

Lake Helen, Lassen Volcanic National Park

National Park is open to non-camping visitors and you can stay at the Drakesbad Guest Ranch from June to October, with the advanced notice, that you have to make reservations. 

Food service is a bit tricky around here. It is provided in the Visitor Center and Camper Store but it is seasonal so you need to make an inquiry about the specific hours and seasons. They are not the same every time.  Ice cream here is awesome after the hike in the heat.

Mill Creek Falls, Lassen Volcanic National Park

Hiking is pretty intense at Lassen Volcanic because of the heat and the tough inclined surface.
Practice makes perfect!

As of today, I have visited 14 US National Parks (out of 59).

Denali (AK), Redwood (CA), Lassen Volcanic (CA), Yosemite (CA), Sequoia (CA), Kings Canyon (CA), Channel Islands (CA), Arches (UT), Zion (UT), Grand Canyon (AZ), Yellowstone (WY, ID & MT), Grand Teton (WY), Rocky Mountain (CO) and Everglades (FL).

Silver Falls, Oregon

6 hr hike.  8.7 mile loop.  10 Amazing Waterfalls.  Visited in May 2013.
It was my second time visiting Oregon.

Silver Falls State Park is the picturesque waterfalls jewel of the Oregon's Cascade Mountains. At the famous South Falls you can walk behind 177 foot water curtain and see how a waterfall looks from behind and it is rather big. 
Lower South Falls

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.

North Falls

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 & 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 & Glenn. Sеvеrаl lаrgе аldеr, mарlе, & Orеgоn mуrtlе trееѕ lооk bеаutіful аt the ѕіtе.

Pets are not allowed for safety. The north lot is much smaller. The most popular activities that you can engage in are biking, hiking or horseback riding. 

South Falls

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. 

There are also stands, shelters and a charming creek all included in a daytime package at the spot. You can settle overnight at the campground.

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.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

World of Coca Cola

World of Coca Cola is the largest Coca Cola Museum in the world, located in Atlanta, Georgia.

There is over 100 flavors besides the original Cola - the huge international collection, stored in the beverage lounge.  They have 4D movie experience, which is the largest memorabilia collection and a gift store. 

Cola is closely related to a pop culture so you will have an ideal opportunity to see some pop art work and learn something about the artist from the era.