Monday, September 11, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

Park # 46 - Sequoia National Park

Welcome to Sequoia National Park!

Home of the BIG trees!
Including the General Sherman, the biggest one of all.

You can even drive through one of the trees.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Park Number 45 - Kings Canyon

Also in the Sierra Nevada mountain range but south of Yosemite,
is Kings Canyon.

The General Grant tree is there, 
the second largest tree in the world, by volume.

The park also features Kings Canyon, 
a beautiful drive down the mountains to the Kings River.

The drive is very scenic and bucolic.

This is Grizzly Falls

We stayed at the Cedar Grove Lodge along the Kings River
and enjoyed nature.

It was a magical place!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stellers Jays

Steelers Jays were everywhere in the parks.

I enjoyed watching them.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Revisiting Park #4

We've been to Yosemite National Park in the past, but it is worth revisiting.

We stay at the Majestic Yosemite Lodge in the heart of the park.

There were wildfires burning and parts of the park were in accessible.
The first morning we were there, we had lots of ash on our car.

We hiked up to the footbridge below Vernal Falls but its hard to see the falls in the smoke.
Can you see them between the tree lines?

 The second day we were there we drove to Tenaya Lake 

Olmsted Point

Tuolumne Meadows

And Tioga Pass which were all closed due to snow on our previous visit.

 There was still snow in the upper mountains, but the road was open.

We also visited the Toulumme Meadows Lodge and were surprised to discover it was a tent!

Had a great lunch at the Whoa Nellie Deli in the Mobil station in Lee Vining
and returned to our room at Yosemite Valley.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Alaska - Day 5

Day five is another exciting day!
We will be kayaking in Kachemak Bay around Yukon Island.

 A water taxi takes out to the island.

 Lisa's ready to go!

Our first wildlife sighting was a bald eagle.

 He posed as we floated under him.

We kayaked through some arches.

Through kelp beds
 Saw loons, jellyfish,

Otters & even a whale!
 A perfect end to an unforgettable trip!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Alaska - Day 4

Day 4 we are on the move again,
heading south to Homer.

But first, a stop in Soldotna at the Moose Is Loose bakery.
Lots of wonderful donuts, even giant donuts, breads & cute fish shaped cookies.
That will help the miles pass!

The views are gorgeous as we travel the Sterling highway.
We stop at Anchor Point for another wonderful Backroads picnic.

And then gear up for a bike ride into Homer.

Here's a view of the Homer spit, a 4.5 mile low lying piece of land jutting into the Kachemak Bay.
It is believed that the spit is a terminal moraine, a result of a now retreated glacier.
At any rate the spit has the longest road in the world going out into the ocean.

And we get to bike to the end where our hotel awaits!

A little Homer flavor

Finally at our hotel

The hotel is at the end of the spit on a rocky beach.
We delighted in seeing the sea otters swimmimg outside our window.
They seemed to be just as curious about us as we were of them.
They would pop up and watch as beachcombers walked by!