Saturday, March 10, 2012

Views from the top

 Do you feel like sometimes you are on top of the world? Life has its ups and downs but mostly life has been good.
For my Scenic Sunday I thought I would do a post of my views from the top of the world. Well not really the top of the world but some seem pretty close to it.  Actually these shots are from various trips hubby and I have been on, we love to travel. The 22 years we have been together I believe we have managed at least one trip a year sometimes two if we could swing it.  My hubby likes to see the views from the top of mountains so we have hiked, we have driven to the top, we have taken trains and we have taken lifts.


As usual you can click on the photos for a larger image.




                              After a hike to the top of  Mt Tallac we had a view of Lake Tahoe.

                                After a train ride and some fancy lifts we arrived at the top Jungfrau, Switzerland

                                    Jungfrau Ice sculptures

       
Above another photo of  Jungfrau.  Also, while in Switzerland we also took lifts to see a view of Mt Blanc, which is the highest peak in Western Europe. We were actually in the clouds and did not have a great view. Once a cloud broke I believe we actually see the peak for a short time. By then I was ready to go down and kiss the ground. The lifts were small and shaky. Nothing like the lifts and trains we took to Jungfrau or to see the Matterhorn.


         Above more hiking and climbing mountains, this time In Yosemite California.


                             Hiking to the Yosemite Waterfalls.


               We have driven to the top of the Going to the Sun road in Glacier National Park

                       The Going to the Sun road is a narrow winding road and in some places has waterfalls running right under the road.

                                  Sunrise on top of the Haleakala Crater Maui, Hawaii. We saw the sun rising above the clouds.  If you go here wear some warm clothes it was freezing cold at the top of the crater.



Looking down from the top, a view from our helicopter ride around the island of Kauai, Hawaii. The NaPali coastline was gorgeous.


The helicopter ride took us into the Waialeale crater, Kauai, Hawaii where we saw waterfalls just about all of 360 degrees inside the crater.



Kauai's  Waimea Canyon... the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Kauai, Hawaii

I hope you enjoyed my views of the top and  looking down from the top. I enjoyed reliving some of our trips thru my photos. To see more beautiful and wonderful scenes please visit Scenic Sunday

Thanks to the Holleys for hosting Scenic Sunday and thanks for visiting my post. Have a Happy Weekend!




43 comments:

  1. You have a wonderful collection of highly scenic spots. Especially enjoy the waterfalls. Thanks for visiting my Santa Fe blog today. Have a great, restful weekend!

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  2. Fantastic views from around the world!
    My absolute favorite is the waterfall picture!
    But the swiss alps are really great as well!
    Many greetings from Switzerland! :)
    Yvonne & Raphael

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  3. Lovely photos and the Jungfrau ones very familiar, you may have seen my recent photos on two of my blogs. I am off to add this blog to my blog roll on Travel Tales.

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  4. Wow Eileen, queste foto oggi sono veramente magnifcihe... difficile dire quale sia la mia preferita.
    Buona giornata.
    Myriam

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  5. WOW! Your views from the top of the world set my travel heart soaring.

    I did see Lake Tahoe from the top of a Heavenly Valley sky lift and was blown away. Also the top of Mt St Helens all the way to Mt Baker, Adams, Hood and the Olympics.

    The Jungfrau ice sculptures appear to be in a cave. Can't tell if they are natural or not.

    Those waterfalls in Waialeale crater look like ribbons against all that green.

    All awesome shots. Thanks for taking us on another one of your adventures.

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  6. Nice views...love the one of Tahoe. Beautiful area when the tourists aren't there:)

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  7. Your photos of tops are tops, Eileen. The ice sculptures gave me the chills!

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  8. Wow you have been to some wonderful places on top of the world. I have been up the Jungfrau but those helicopter shots inside the volcano are stupendous. Is it hawaii

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  9. Eileen, you've visited so many wonderful places! I hope to visit Glacier National Park one day soon and drive up the same road.

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  10. Whoaaa! fantastic pictures!! This is a super journey.

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  11. Very beautiful and spectaculare pictures !

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  12. Fabulous photos, Eileen. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. You certainly get around on your vacations, Eileen!! Your photos are really very good, too~ you're taking us along right with you. :-) I need to get out more. LOL ~ Sue

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  14. Wow Eileen, what breathtaking photographs. AND you've been all these locations! How blessed you and your husband were to travel so much and see such beautiful and exciting places. My husband and I have been to Waimea Canyon in Kauai but we didn't get the helicopter view, I'm sure it was jaw dropping gogeous!
    Thanks for the top of the world views, awesome.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  15. These photos are amazing and so vivid. Love the view of Tahoe and Switzerland shots. Just gorgeous.

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  16. Kauai's Waimea Canyon one of my favorite places. Hope to return

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  17. What a glorious collection of photos, Eileen! Travelling is such a joy and one sees and learns so much!

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  18. What wonderful adventures, beautiful shots for scenic Sunday.

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  19. An amazing collection of fabulous photos from some of your trips Eileen... with a very interesting unifying theme! thanks for sharing.

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  20. Fabulous views from the top of the world! Thanks for sharing, Eileen. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog.

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  21. Eileen - re your question about the delay in finishing the replacement of the cantilever section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge: During the quake of October '89, which happened during rush hour, a section of the cantilever bridge broke - with traffic on it - and fell into the Bay. Fortunately, only one person was killed. CalTrans immediately declared that the cantilever section must be replaced. (Structural tests determined that the suspension section was still sound.) The political infighting began immediately. Various "environmental" groups, joined by the Sierra Club, sued to halt the replacement section. They have the attitude that if they make it difficult enough to drive, everyone will abandon their cars for public transportation. Democrat Willie Brown was mayor of San Francisco at the time. The Navy had closed its base on Treasure Island where the cantilever and suspension sections of the bridge meet. Wille Brown had his hand in the pocket of a group of developers who wanted to build housing and a shopping center on Treasure Island. This group wanted the new bridge to end on Treasure Island instead of meeting the suspension section at the tunnel on adjacent Yerba Buena Island as the existing bridge does. This was to bring traffic to their planned TI development. In the meantime, developers on the Oakland side had reasons for the bridge to continue to connect through Yerba Buena Island. So there was a war between the developers. Construction finally began in 2004, but various other lawsuits stopped the construction and most of what had been done was ripped up and they had to start over. The unions and the so-called environmentalists have brought California to its knees. The middle class and the entrepreneurial types are all moving to Texas. More an more this once-great state resembles a third world country. The REAL unemployment rate across the state is 20%...

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  22. Lovely photos, Eileen. I lived in Hawaii for several years and those photos brought back some great memories!

    Thank you for visiting my blog, too!

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  23. Dear Eileen, these is such a wonderful collection... I like the best the waterfalls pictures from Hawaii and from the Yosemite.

    Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving a kind comment! I too am fond of sunsets - quite nothing like them...

    Greetings from Tel Aviv :)

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  24. Oh wow..Eileen, I think you're on top of the world with these fantastic photos.

    You did have many amazing trips!

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  25. Stunning photos of some lovely places. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. wonderful views from the top of the world, Eileen, they are just gorgeous.

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  27. Fantastic view, great photos.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  28. Breathtaking shots :) Thanks for sharing these photos with us. Thanks also for visiting my blog :)

    http://www.stepsonair.info/rice-in-the-philippines/

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  29. Fantastic shots for the "top" of the world. Thanks for sharing.

    Darryl and Ruth :)

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  30. Magnificent photos. The waterfalls are gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  31. All these are beautiful, Eileen. I am quite envious of all your travels.

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  32. I absolutely enjoyed viewing the top of the world through your lens...that sunrise is so beautiful...how I'd love to be able to visit those places too someday...

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  33. Those water falls are incredbily tall.

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  34. I've skied the Canadian Rockies, the White Mountains in the US and stayed at Zermatt in Switzerland. So I love the mountains. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  35. What an incredible series of images, Eileen!

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  36. Magnificent set of photos...I'm speechlessness....

    Love
    BShell

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  37. You have been to the top of some very scenic and impressive mountains, Eileen. Great shots!

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  38. Definitely top shots from the top, Eileen!

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  39. I enjoyed all the photos ! awesome trip !

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  40. Too much snow! Had it with snow!!!

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  41. Love those Kauai pictures! Kauai is our family main vacation spot, we have return to Kauai once a year for the last 9 years. Also, mahalo for your comments on my pictures from "Shutterbugs capturing the world around us" blog.

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