Thursday, July 31, 2014

It's time again. Leo is getting ready for his road trip!

Dash Dash and Leo Cat Blog



It's time again for Leo Tun.  He is going to be on road trip soon.  Leo is a stinky cat who can ride the car all day without any complaints.  The only time he complains is when I try to get him out of the car.


Leo has been to 4 States so far, and he is going to visit another state this time.  He cries everyday when I am about to leave the house, so I decided to give him another chance.  His last trip was about a year ago.




Leo's bed
Litter box
Dry food, wet food, treats, etc etc.  All check!

Wait, I forgot to pack for myself.


My blog hits 100,000 views today.  It was less than 1,000 in July 2013, when I came back to blogger (after no activity for 2 years).  
09JUL131,000 views
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Everyone Can Travel!

Grand Canyon, Arizona
Everyone can travel, if they get good information.  Traveling can be about more than fun.  It can be about education.  However, traveling can also be expensive, exhausting and time consuming.  Today, I have some tips on maximizing your vacation time while also saving money.

Making travel arrangements well ahead of time will definitely help you save money.  I always have plans lined up in my head.  Some don't work out, some do.  I find every possible ways to make things happen.  Minimizing last minute expenses can help you trip stretch further. 


Rocky Mountain, Colorado

Hit the gym or run a couple of miles outdoor, before you board your flight.  You feel like you get more tired after working out, but it helps when long flights are hard on your body as your muscles can easily cramp from maintaining the same position for extended periods.  At least stretching before boarding a flight can lessen any cramps.



The London Eye, UK

If you are driving, plan your road travel to miss rush hour in any city you will be in.  Google map on your smart phone is pretty reliable to check traffic conditions most of the time.  Once I was stuck in traffic in Seattle for hours during rush hour in the heavy rain.  Vacation turned into a nightmare.  If you are flying, take an early flight to avoid a delay in your flight.  Chances are that if one flight is delayed, the flights immediately after that flight have to be delayed.  It may be hard if you're not a morning person but the initial morning flight has the least amount of delays.  



World of Coca Cola, Georgia

I can be a night owl or an early bird, when it comes to travel.  I had a 6am flight to Colorado to visit the Rockies.  I took the red eye flight to Atlanta, Georgia, picked up a rental car at ATL, then I drove 200 miles straight to Alabama.  I know those crazy adventures are not for everybody.  

Traveling is fulfilling and interesting, and you never know what you might find.  Get out there and cross a few things off your bucket list!

I receive messages from twitter followers asking about my facebook fan page.  I don't have one!  I know I'm a bit behind, actually, way behind.  I'm still very new to Pinterest.  


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How to avoid expensive and hidden travel extras

University of Oxford
Taking a trip can be tons of fun.  This world has an infinite number of destinations to explore and experience.  The chance to encounter people and culture that differ from your own is intriguing, but it is also possible to plan simpler trips.  Here's the thing.  There are lots of treasures that can be found near you, or wherever you go, if you have an idea of where to look. 


University of Edinburgh



As you plan your vacation, try and be open minded about the destination.  While you may have your favorites, checking out new places in the area.  Visiting Universities cost less money than touring the most tourist attractions.  There are so much to learn at the University campuses.  




Rocky Mountain National Park
If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, riding a bike can make a wonderful solo trip.  The ride is so enjoyable, it uses little gas and can move quickly in heavy traffic.  Check out travelbuddies.com to find fellow travelers that you can share your time with and talk to, and maybe split the transportation costs if you get along.  This lets you make friends and share experiences to avoid making mistakes or missing some great spots on your own trip.



The White House
Most car rental outfits do not rent to those under 18, and some do not rent to those under 25.  If you're under that age, you may need to pay a higher rate, or extra fees.  Just to be aware of that, in case you don't know.  Your car insurance policy may already provide you with some of the coverage you will need, to drive a rental car.  My policies include some basic coverage for third party liability.  I also have credit cards that cover car rental loss and damage.  You don't need to buy expensive collision coverage at the car rental place.  That will lower the amount on your rental car bill.



Pinnacle National Park
(that's me lifting the gigantic rock)
Check the carry-on policy with the airline you are traveling with.  Most airlines will allow a small carry-on along with something like a backpack or a purse.  Spirit Airlines charges fees for carry-on luggage.  It can cost up to $100 per luggage (if you don't pay ahead of time during check-in) as of July 2014.

That is all I have to write about for today.  There will be so much more to write about in near future.  Our world is one enormous place for exploring.  There will always be a destination perfectly suited for you to visit.  Regardless of where you want to travel, a new destination is always waiting to be explored.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Oyster Point Waterfront

5 mile walk on Scenic Bay Trail at Oyster Point Waterfront in South San Francisco.




Oh no.  Should have been set as 'Walk', not 'Run'


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #4: Lake Havasu City, Arizona

During the holiday season at the end of 2012, I drove over 3000 miles with my copilot Leo the weird cat, who can't live without car rides.  We stop by Lake Havasu and spent a day there.  This is one city you should endeavor to visit when you are embarking on solo travel next time.  It was a pleasant and memorable experience.  Though we got here via a road trip, it was a trip packed with lots of fun and wonderful experiences.

Lake Havasu, Havasu City, Arizona

Havasu City Overview


Havasu City is located in Arizona, United States. The city was formerly a rest camp for Army Air Corps during World War II. Lake Havasu City lies in the shores of the Colorado River, which is one of the choice locations for organizers and lovers of water sports. 


On September 30, 1963, a resolution of the Mohave County Board of Supervisors gave rise to the establishment of Lake Havasu City. As at that time it was named Lake Havasu Irrigation and Drainage District, making it a legal entity. The city was incorporated in 1978, and is now called Lake Havasu City.



Top Attractions At Lake Havasu City


1. London Bridge

Lake Havasu City plays host to one of the world's most talked about bridge; the London Bridge. London Bridge stretched across the lake to a small island in the Colorado River. London Bridge is one of Arizona's most popular attractions of Lake Havasu City, and this could be as a result of the towering walls and archways of the London Bridge that has stood in the waters of the Colorado River since 1971. The night view of the London Bridge is so colorful that tourist/visitors are always amazed at the sight of it. When next you want to embark on a solo travel, don’t forget to pen down Lake Havasu City as one of the places to visit.


2. Parker Dam

Parker Dam is another popular attraction of Lake Havasu City. It was built between 1934 and 1938 by the Bureau of Reclamation, and it was built to provide water and power to the people of the lower Colorado River Basin.
Another interesting fact is that Parker Dam is the deepest dam in the world; 73% of its total height of 320 feet is below the riverbed and only about 85 feet of the dam is visible. You might want to make Lake Havasu City your next solo travel destination because only then will you be able to view this amazing Dam live and direct.

3. Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge

Bill Williams River National Wildlife Refuge is yet another attraction in Lake Havasu City, located in the area within eastern La Paz and Mohave-Counties, in Lower Colorado River Valley region. A lot of activities like nature walk, bird watching, hiking, and kayaking goes on regularly at the Bill Williams River. This place is worth visiting when on a solo travel trip.



How To Get To Havasu City, Arizona


Visitors can use road trip to Lake Havasu City because the city is within driving distance of 2 international airports; Phoenix and Las Vegas international airports. So once your plane lands at any of the airports, you just need to use road trip for a few hours to get to Lake Havasu City.


From Las Vegas: Make your trip with U.S. 93 / U.S. 95 South to Interstate-40 E, and then from there take AZ-95 South.  Of course, we stopped by Vegas, my all time favorite place on earth.   From Phoenix: Take Interstate-10 West to Vicksburg Road (Exit 45), then take a right turn at Vicksburg Road, and then turn left on AZ-72. Go right at Riverside Drive/ AZ-95. 


“People who don’t travel cannot have a global view, all they see is what’s in front of them. Those people cannot accept new things because all they know is where they live.” – Martin Yan
 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Traveling Alone is Fun and Exciting

Traveling alone is interesting, and many ways exist for making your plans better.  Here's some tips for your next solo travel:

Silver Falls
In this internet era, booking online is a best way to start your vacation planning.  Make the most of your travel budget by booking air travel, rental cars and hotels online where you can easily access reviews and photos of hotels for quick comparison.  I'm a budget traveler, but I don't sacrifice my safety or comfort just to save some money.  Customer rating and review are very reliable.  I follow Airfarewatchdog for last minute air fare deals, discounts and sometimes mistake fares.

Generally, you can save money when you book flights with one or even more connecting flights.  But check the layover times to make sure it is feasible.  I had 5 hour layover time when I was on solo trip to South Dakota, but I got a lot of work and studying done, and even created a blog post.  I chose that fight because it was the least expensive flight from SFO to RAP for the entire July, the peak summer time.  The layover can definitely put you at the airport waiting for several hours.  If you don't get access to the club lounge, Waiting on seats for hours at the departure gate is definitely more painful.

Georgia Aquarium
Give your itinerary to at least one family member.  My family enjoys many annoying travel confirmation emails that I forward to them every time I travel.  The itineraries should include the address and numbers of your destinations, in case you disappear.

Pack a small bag of clothespins; you would be amazed at how useful these will turn out to be.  Many hotel bathrooms provide clothesline right above the bathtub.  I didn't even notice them until I started traveling solo with my 75L backpack.

Hogwarts at Oxford University
Don't spend time lounging at the hotel buffet.  Head to the hotel gym, pool or walking track.  You can stay fit and energized when traveling.  I get more exercise when I travel.  I walk everywhere as long as it's safe to walk and it's a descent walking distance, instead of paying for transportation.

Travel can be a great educational tool for your personal and professional life.  Traveling to foreign lands provides you with and ideal opportunity to teach the younger generation about how the workings of the world beyond your own country, and it is also completely safe.

Rather than exchanging dollars for the currency of the country at the airport in which you are traveling, use an ATM which gives a better exchange rate than what an individual has access to.  Many people think that using ATM will cost a lot of fees or commissions.  Check out Charles Schwab Bank.  No ATM fees.  Unlimited ATM fees rebates worldwide.  Credit cards with no foreign transaction fees are my first choice, but I found out that a lot of small businesses and venting machines for express buses tickets in the UK and Ireland charge small credit card fees.

Taking a solo trip can be quite exciting, as you see new places and always learn new things.  If you're new to solo travel, you'll make a mistakes for the first few trips.  But that will make you improve your future travel plans.

"Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new".  -Albert Einstein

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #3: Capilano Suspension Bridge, BritishColumbia,Canada

Visited in summer 2010.  I drove over 1000 miles to see my cousin in Vancouver, British Coloumbia in Canada.  We visited this amazing bridge, located in North Vancouver.  It was an awesome experience!
Capilano Suspension Bridge

Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Overview

Onе оf the Tор 10 Attractions іn Vаnсоuvеr, Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ hоmе tо the fаmоuѕ, ероnуmоuѕ Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе аѕ wеll аѕ ѕеvеrаl оthеr оutdооr аdvеnturе аttrасtіоnѕ, іnсludіng Clіffwаlk аnd Trееtорѕ Advеnturеѕ.

Lосаtеd аbоut 20 mіnutеѕ nоrth оf dоwntоwn Vаnсоuvеr, the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе hаѕ wоwеd аn іnсrеdіblе numbеr оf vіѕіtоrѕ ѕіnсе іtѕ сrеаtіоn іn 1889. Suspended 230 fееt (70 mеters) аbоvе the Cаріlаnо Rіvеr, the Brіdgе ѕраnѕ 450 fееt (137 meters) асrоѕѕ аnd оffеrѕ аmаzіng vіеwѕ іn the саnуоn bеlоw. Crоѕѕіng the Brіdgе іѕ а bіt оf аn аdvеnturе аnd nоt fоr аnуоnе who hаѕ а fеаr оf hеіghtѕ - аnу dау wіth ѕtrоng wіndѕ, аnd уоu wіll рrоbаblу fееl the Brіdgе ѕwау bеnеаth уоur fееt!  The auto recorded voice from speaker kept repeating people not to run or jump.  An old Chinese man was telling people, "不 跳,  跳! (Don't jump).  We were thrilled as if we were young kids.

Orіgіnаllу buіlt іn 1889 bу ріоnееr Gеоrgе Grаnt Mасkау, the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе hаѕ ѕіnсе bееn rеbuіlt tо ѕuрроrt the ѕоmе 70,000 vіѕіtоrѕ that саn соmе tо іt аnnuаllу. Thе сurrеnt bridge іѕ 136 mеtеrѕ lоng аnd іt іѕ ѕuѕреndеd ѕоmе 70 mеtеrѕ аbоvе the Cаріlаnо Cаnуоn. It іnсludеѕ ѕрlеndіd vіеwѕ frоm the rіvеr bеlоw аnd оld grоwth fоrеѕt. Exреrіеnсіng the thrill оf Vаnсоuvеr'ѕ lаrgеѕt ѕuѕреnѕіоn bridge іѕ а muѕt fоr аnу lосаl оr vіѕіtоr.

Tоdау'ѕ Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ оftеn а vіrtuаl theme раrk оf оutdооr аttrасtіоnѕ. Fоr the соѕt оf аdmіѕѕіоn tо the раrk, уоu саn nоt оnlу сrоѕѕ the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе, уоu саn аlѕо ѕее а "ѕquіrrеl'ѕ еуе vіеw" оf the rаіnfоrеѕt vіа Trееtорѕ Advеnturеѕ оr trаvеrѕе the dramatic Clіffwаlk, а 700-fооt lоng (213 meters), 300-fооt hіgh (91 meters) wаlkwау аnсhоrеd fоr the еаѕt fасе оf Cаріlаnо Cаnуоn аnd ѕuѕреndеd оut аnd аbоvе the rіvеr.


Top Attractions аt the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе

Thеrе'ѕ mоrе аuthеntіс B.C. еnсhаntmеnt аvаіlаblе іn guided nаturе tоurѕ, еxрlоrеr рrоgrаmѕ fоr the kіdѕ, Fіrѕt Nаtіоnѕ саrvіngѕ dеmоѕ, а tоtеm роlе раrk, ѕnарру gіft ѕhор, аnd а trіо оf rеѕtаurаntѕ rеаdу tо fuel уоur dау.

1.  Trееtорѕ Advеnturе (This was my personal favorite!)
Thе Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе іѕ аlѕо hоmе tо the аwаrd wіnnіng Trееtорѕ Advеnturе, where уоu саn wаndеr through the fоrеѕt саnору аlоng ѕеvеn ѕuѕреnѕіоn bridges 100 fееt (30meters) аbоvе the grоund.
Thе Trееtорѕ Advеnturе рlаtfоrmѕ аllоw vіѕіtоrѕ tо еxреrіеnсе the mаnу Dоuglаѕ fіr trееѕ frоm 30 mеtеrѕ аbоvе the grоund. Thе сuѕtоm-еngіnееrеd, есо-frіеndlу оbѕеrvаtіоn рlаtfоrmѕ рrоvіdе а unique bіrd'ѕ еуе vіеw оf the fоrеѕt ѕurrоundіng.

2.  Clіffwаlk
Clіffwаlk іѕ the nеwеѕt аttrасtіоn іn the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе. Thіѕ hеаrt-ѕtорріng сlіff-ѕіdе јоurnеу tаkеѕ guests through rаіnfоrеѕt vеgеtаtіоn оn а ѕеrіеѕ оf ѕuѕреndеd wаlkwауѕ јuttіng оut frоm the grаnіtе сlіff fасе аbоvе Cаріlаnо Rіvеr tо рrеvіоuѕlу unexplored аrеаѕ оf the раrk. Nоt fоr the fаіnt оf hеаrt, іt'ѕ hіgh аnd nаrrоw аnd, іn а fеw ѕесtіоnѕ, glass (vеrу ѕtrоng glass) іѕ аll that ѕераrаtеѕ guests frоm the саnуоn fаr bеlоw. If уоu'rе lооkіng fоr а fеw thrilling Vаnсоuvеr асtіvіtіеѕ, уоu nееd tо dеfіnіtеlу lооk іntо Clіffwаlk аt Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе.


How tо gеt tо the Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе

Cаріlаnо Suspension Brіdgе Pаrk іѕ lосаtеd аt 3735 Cаріlаnо Rоаd іn Nоrth Vаnсоuvеr. Yоu'll bе аblе tо drive - раrkіng іѕ аvаіlаblе асrоѕѕ the ѕtrееt frоm the еntrаnсе - but there аrе аlѕо frее ѕhuttlеѕ that соuld tаkе уоu tо the Pаrk frоm Cаnаdа Plасе аnd ѕоmе hоtеlѕ іn dоwntоwn Vаnсоuvеr.  I drove all the way from California so I had my car to drive all over British Columbia.

Admission $34.95C.

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #2: Arches National Park

Visited in Summer 2010.  If you are the type that loves road trips, then you need to make Arches National Park, Utah your next travel destination. I have been to this park and trust me when I say it was a wow and awesome experience.

Wall Arch

Arches National Park Overview

Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah, United States. Its main location is on the Colorado River about 6km from Moab in Utah. The park is characterized by thousands of natural sandstone arches, and among them is the popular Delicate Arch. The park is also known to harbor lots of amazing and significant geological resources.

This area was formerly a National Monument but in November of 1971, it was renamed a National Park. One interesting fact about this park is that it plays host to over 750,000 visitors every year. This is a literal wonderland of red rocks that will blow your mind away when you visit the place.


Attractions At Arches National Park

1. Tower of Babel

I know the religious folks are interested in knowing more about this tower, because it was mentioned in the Holy Bible. Well this amazing tower can be viewed from the roadside, and it is located north of the Courthouse Towers (Tower of Babel is one of the Courthouse Towers). These Courthouse Towers are huge and made of natural sandstone, and they basically forms the background of the western part of the Park. If you have never visited this place, you are definitely missing a lot. If I were you, I will make Arches National Park, Utah my next travel destination, if you have never been yet.

2. Garden of Eden

You are sure to see the Garden of Eden when on a 2.5 mile scenic drive out of The Window Section of the park. This is the perfect place to get a clear view of some of the park's terrain, and this won't even require you to walk around before you can view the terrain and landscapes of Arches National Park. So what are you waiting for, travel to Arches National Park, Utah today and experience nature like never before.

3. Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is one of the most popular arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The opening of the arch can be estimated to be 14m tall and 10m wide, and this arch has a lot of nicknames resulting from its unique structure. If you really wish to see and feel the awesomeness of this arch, then make Arches National Park, Utah your next travel destination.

4. Fiery Furnace

Every time the evening sun sets in, there is this red and orange glows that emanates from tall fins made of Entranda sandstone and Canyons. They are all natural and not man-made as some of you might want to speculate.

5. Primitive Trail

This is the ideal location for hikers, but you might want to stay away from this area if you are not an experienced hiker because, there are some very tricky spots on the trail.  I warned you!


How To Get To Arches National Park

If you are going by road trip, there is a national bus service that will take you to Green River, Utah ( it is 50 miles away from Grand Junction).

Arches National Park is 110 miles away from the southwest of Grand Junction.
I drove all the way from California.  But you can fly to SLC or to LAS, then pick up a rental car.  You do need a car.


“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road and celebrate the journey.” – Fitzhugh Mullan

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Beautiful Light Music that can cheer you up!

Everyone experiences down time and emotional distress sometimes, and it is normal.  It sounds tough, but you can choose to think differently.  You don't want to waste time and energy on unnecessary drama.  The pattern goes on and on, and it never seems to end.  And alcohol doesn't help!
I went to find some inspirational materials on YouTube to overcome my anxiety, and I came across this video.
How peaceful is the light music! I have to thank the musician for making my day.




I am inspired by this artist.  Check out Relaxdaily YouTube Channel.




Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday Travel Photo #1: Avenue of the Giants

Now that I have visited 23 National Parks, 35 US States and 9 Countries in 3 Continents, I have enough photos to post every first day of the week for at least one year.  Though I don't see myself traveling full time till I am really old enough to retire, I am eager to set out to see the rest of the world as frequent as I can.

Drive-Through Tree.  Ave of the Giants, Northern California.  Visited Spring 2009
Avenue of the Giants is on World's Famous Scenic Drive on US-101 in Northern California, running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park.  
 
Avenue of The Giants Overview

Avenue of The Giants is an ancient redwoods located in California, United States, and it is a place where you can find some of the tallest trees on earth. This avenue is a very famous scenic drive which spreads across 31 miles of Highway 101. Avenue of The Giants occupies 51,222 acres of the redwood groves; and it is a place where you can find a great number of unimaginable giant trees, trees as old as 900 plus years, trees that have survived all forms of natural disasters ranging from fire to flood, etc. 


Top Attractions At Avenue of The Giants
1. Immortal Tree
This tree is not the oldest tree in Avenue of The Giants but, this gigantic tree is over 951 years old, measuring about 76m in height. This tree has survived it all; fire, floods, and even direct lighting strike. It was thunder strike that reduced the original height of the Immortal Tree by 14m.
Make out time to visit Avenue of The Giants, California and take a scenic drive in this woods. You will be amazed at the sight that will greet your eyes there.

2. Founder's Grove
This grove is very easy to locate and also the most visited grove in Humbolt Redwoods. Its popularity is as a result if its location which is very close to the offramp of Highway 101.
The Founder's Grove is dominated by giant redwoods, yet it has a very large area of open lands. In fact, my words cannot fully describe the exceptional nature of this place, so go and check out.

3. Drive-Through Tree (Chandelier Tree)
This is my personal favorite.  This tree is located in Drive-Thru Tree Park, in a town called Leggett. This tree has a magnificent view, partly because it has an opening at its foot where cars can drive through.  When you drive through the tree, keep your sun-roof open (if you car has one) and look up!

4. Tree House
Well this is not your usual tree house, rather this is an actual house that is built within a giant wood. The house is visible from the scenic drive, and the view is out of this world. So if you ever find yourself in California, make sure you visit this tree house. Trust me you will be happy you did.


How To Get To Avenue of The Giants

This place is best enjoyed when you go by road trip, this way you won't miss any of the action.
If you are in California, just head to north California and then to Humbolt Redwoods State Park.  Drive up more North close to Oregon border, there is Redwood National Park, where you find the tallest, tallest trees on earth.  Look up the trees and you'll see how little you are.
Generally, Avenue of The Giants is about 5 hours drive from northern San Francisco and 2 hours by road trip from south of Oregon border.


“Like all great travellers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli


Friday, July 4, 2014

7 ways to serve your country

Mount Rushmore
Happy 4th of July!  God Bless America!  
America turned 238 today.

The Land of the Free.  The Home of the Brave.  

I genuinely hope that I will have more opportunities to serve the country.

You don't necessarily need to be in uniform, fighting for your country.  Here's seven other ways you can serve your country:
Wind Turbines in Palm Springs

1. Education.  Going to school and getting a qualified degree to your name is one of the prime ways to serve yourself as well as your country.  I have spent more time in school than anybody else I know.
10 years ago, people thought I would not even graduate, but I did and later I earned a Master's degree, and it means the world to me now.


General Sherman Tree
2. Taking Care of Family.
This is self-explanatory.

3. Taking Care of environment.  There are number of ways you can take care of environment.  And by doing this you are serving your country in a great way.  Avoid littering and promote reusing and recycling.

4. Become a Volunteer.  There are number of ways you can serve your country by doing volunteering tasks.  Check out volunteering opportunities at American Red Cross or an Animal Shelter.

Arches National Park

5. Support our Troops.  Remember those serving in military and fighting for your freedom and security.


Moose Calf in Alaska
6. Donate.  Donate whenever possible.  We spend money on things we need not buy.  If you don't mind spending 10 bucks for a drink, why not you spare small cash or change for good cause.  Interested to register to become an organ donor?

Black Sand Beach, Hawai'i



7. Be Kind to Animals.  It is our duty to support the local shelters and not let people kill innocent animals.  Animals are cruelly killed by people who no longer want them.  Unfortunate animals get dumped on roadsides, they get hit by cars and in some cases get attacked by wild animals, or they die from starvation.  Please support the cause  and make a difference!



"Think of something for which you are grateful for today.  Say thanks.  -Rabbi Terry Bookman



Badlands


Badlands National park is located in the western side of South Dakota and East to the Black Hills. Simply taking a look at the landscape at Badlands is more than enough to make you feel like you’ve traveled to prehistoric times. This is something that can easily be described as a geological wonderland.
 
The Big Badlands

Pinnacles Overlook

Pinnacles Overlook

Yellow Mounds Overlook

Conata Basin Overlook

Homestead Overlook
All the formations in this area have been around for millions of years and you can actually see the layers mounted one on top of the other due to the color changes that seem to be perfectly drawn in the rock formations. 
 

Panorama Point


White River Valley Outlook





Badland Loops Road



Fossil Exhibit Trail



Fossil from extinct animals who lived at Badlands 23 to 35 millions years ago.






Castle Trail


Ben Reifel visitor center is the perfect first stop for those who visit the park.
Fossils at Ben Reifel Visitor Center (Park Headquarter)

 





Door / Window Trail


Big Badlands Outlook


Prairie dogs were no where to be seen.  I tried to find them everywhere.  They were hiding from me.

Motel near Badlands National Park


Badlands National Park is my 23rd National Park visited.

List of 23 National Parks: 

 Denali (AK), Hawaii Volcanoes (HI), Olympic (WA), 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), Wind Cave (SD), Badlands (SD), Rocky Mountain (CO), Great Smoky Mountains (TN & NC) and Everglades (FL).