Exploring Santa Cruz California

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Santa Cruz Santa Cruz is a town located at the northern edge of Monterey Bay, about an hour south of San Jose. It is known primarily for its beach, its surfing, and its university. It has plenty of places to stroll, relax and people watch. The Beach Boardwalk is home to an amusement area with [Read more …]

Olympic National Park

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The Olympic Peninsula is a scenic peninsula just east of Seattle Washington. It is filled with steep, glacier-clad mountains, a conifer rain forest, rushing streams, and waterfalls. Most of its area is wilderness and devoted to Olympic National Park. In its million acres, the park contains three primary, ecologically interlinked ecosystems: mountains, rainforest, and lakes [Read more …]

Mendenhall Glacier

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Getting to Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau The Mendenhall Glacier is about 13 miles from downtown Juneau Alaska. You can reach it in various ways from Juneau: Taxi. While we thought this would be a reasonable cost, it ended up being expensive as taxis need a special permit to drop people at the glacier. They charge [Read more …]

Boulder Colorado

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Boulder Colorado is another of our favorite small Colorado towns. This hip town is home to the University of Colorado. It has developed into the state’s primary education center and primary technology hub. It is home to several corporate research labs, government organizations such as the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Joint Institute [Read more …]

Rocky Mountain National Park: Too Popular For Its Own Good

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We can’t count the number of times we have visited the Rocky Mountain National Park, We’ve driven the park’s roads (especially Trail Ridge Road—the highest paved road in the country), explored the visitor centers, stopped at the designated overlooks, walked a number of the trails and read the interpretive signs. Unfortunately, too many other people [Read more …]

Vail Colorado

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Vail Colorado is in Eagle County in Colorado. At over 8,000 feet it is home to the highest ski mountain in Colorado. It is not one of our favorite towns. We are not skiers and we tend to not like these types of tourist cities. But the Swiss-themed city is conveniently located for when we [Read more …]

Aspen Colorado

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Aspen Colorado is a place we continually return to. We love the small town and, especially the hiking in the area. We were last there in 2014 and decided that it was time to return. Aspen was originally a mining town. The Federal government repealed a law in 1893 that had required the government to [Read more …]

Monterey Peninsula

Outdoor sculptures admidst beautiful landscaping at Hawthorn Gallery

The Monterey Peninsula is under a 2-hour car trip south from San Francisco. The area has a wide range of things to do in addition to just taking in the beautiful views. You can: Kayaking in the Bay; Horseback riding through Pebble Beach; Visited the incredible Monterey Aquarium; Walk or bike Pebble Beach, Pacific Grove, [Read more …]

Reacquainting Ourselves with Aspen

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We recently had an opportunity to get back to Aspen, Colorado. After a quick walk through the town to reacquaint ourselves with the town and its many galleries, we stopped to see the wonderfully renovated Hotel Jerome and the greatly expanded Aspen Art Museum. The renovation of the Jerome lived up to its billing and [Read more …]

A Return to Glacier Bay

We visited Glacier Bay National Park once before, 27 years ago, to be precise. That visit produced indelible memories of steep fjord walls, iceberg-clogged channels, close-up views of beautiful, blue-white tidewater glaciers, and especially the spectacle of calving—where what began as dull rumbles, turn into sharp cracks, loud roars, and visions of huge chunks of [Read more …]