Thursday, November 7, 2013

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

 I am linking up with  Oh, the places I've been @ Tablescaper   and check out  Gemma's  Scenic Weekend 

 Hubby and I spent a week's vacation sightseeing around New Mexico and spent 3 nights in Carlsbad. These are some scenes from inside the Carlsbad Caverns located in Carlsbad, New Mexico.



The stadium seats outside are used mainly for the bat flight in the evenings.


Exploring the Big Room. There is a paved one mile loop trail to follow and lit up to highlight some of the more decorated parts of the caverns. Access to the Big Room is either by the elevators ( descending 750 ft)  in the visitor center or walking the mile down from the Natural Entrance. We did both the Natural Entrance and the Big Room walk.




I would not want to use this ladder, do you want to try exploring new rooms? This is not it but they have one section called the Bottomless Pit. And there are some sections yet to be explored and are not open to the general public. You can pay extra to go on separate guided tours, more on the experienced level of caving or what my hubby calls spelunking.


I wanted to show the size of some of the cave formations with hubby standing somewhat next to one. It is said that 6.2 football fields could fit inside the BIG Room which totals 357,480  sq ft.



I took a lot of photos inside the caverns and I can only post so many, I would to show some of the decorations and colors. One of my favorite decorations are called Draperies.



I hope you enjoyed my travel post.  I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.  

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

National Parks CLOSED

 October 5, 2013

 I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend 
 also please visit with Oh, the places I've been @ Tablescaper And Our World Tuesday

I am sharing my views of our National Parks..which are now CLOSED due to the shutdown.

Our government should be ashamed of themselves...the politicans are acting like children instead of doing the job they were elected to do..FOR THE PEOPLE..not for Corporations and not for themselves.

I hope they can come to some kind of agreement and end this silly shutdown..put furloughed workers back to work and open our National Parks. Not only is it a loss for the visitors.. the National Park System and the local economy is taking a hit...hotels, stores and restaurants will all lose business.



Acadia National Park, Maine


Arches National Park, Utah



Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah



Canyonlands Natiional Park, Utah




Cascades National Park, Washington



Everglades National Park, Florida


Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Alaska




Glacier National Park,, Montana


Grand Canyon, Arizona



Grand Tetons National Park, Wyoming



Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island Hawaii


Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina


 


Lassen National Park, California




Mount Rainier National Park, Washington



Redwoods National Park, California


Olympic National Park, Washington



Sequoia National Park, California


Shenandoah National Park, Skyline Drive Virginia



Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming


Yosemite National Park, California


Zion National Park, Utah

Millions of people from the USA and from around the world visit our National Parks every year.. In the year 2012...280 million people visited the National Parks..As you can see hubby and I also love our National Parks...Over the years, hubby and I have visited many of the National Parks around the USA. I can not imagine being turned away and not allowed to enter. I feel sorry for the people who were made to leave, who reserved hotel rooms and planned a yearly vacation all around visit the National Parks. Hubby and I have a trip planned soon to visit Carlsbad National Park and Guadalupe Mtns Nat'l Park.. I am hoping this shutdown is over before our trip..

I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend post.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.  

 Thanks for stopping by and I appreciate your comments. Thanks for stopping by to see my post and thanks to Gemma for hosting Scenic Weekends. also thank to the host @ The Tablescaper
thanks also to the hosting team at OurWorldTuesday

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chincoteague & Assateague

 I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend

 These are some of the pretty scenes from last weekend's visit to Chincoteague and the Assateague Island National Seashore. We only stayed on night and since this was somewhat of a last minute trip, I missed out on our usual Best Western hotel room. I prefer the Best Western it is located right outside the park. This time we chose the Fairfield Inn, a new hotel that opened off the the main street in Chincoteague Island.


Seen in the distance is the Assateague Lighthouse.


The beach at Assateague Island National Seashore.


The boardwalk trail at Tom's Cove.


A beautiful day barely a cloud in the sky. 


An early morning misty view of the lighthouse .

I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.  

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

A week in Curacao

 I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend

 Saturday 14, 2013

For this week's post I am sharing some archived photos from our vacation in Curacao.

To see some of my original post on our trip click here Curacao. 



 These are some of the scenes from around the hotel we stayed at the Marriott Beach Resort.


The pool at the Marriott


The beach outside the hotel.



A walk along the beach and a look back at the hotel.


A pretty sunset from the Marriott beach, an awesome spot to watch the sky. The Marriott Beach Resort was lovely place to stay, everything was wonderful.

I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.  

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Saturday, September 7, 2013

Cape Mears Lighthouse State Park

  I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend

These photos are from my archives and last years vacation to Oregon.  Hubby and I enjoyed traveling up and down the Oregon coast. The Oregon coast is very scenic, I love the rocky coast, the lighthouse and all the critters.

Cape Mears, a high steep bluff is located on the south end of Tillamook Bay, Oregon.

The Cape Mears Scenic viewpoint has three miles of hiking trails. One is the trail to the Cape Mears Lighthouse.



This area also includes the wildlife refuge. There are great viewpoints to see the native birds and whales.



I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.  

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Arenal Volcano & more

  I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend 

August 31, 2013

Happy Labor Day weekend!

I thought I would do a post on one of my favorite places,  it has been awhile since I have done a travel and Scenic Weekend post. Working full time it has been hard to keep up two blogs so my Travel blog has been ignored. I hope to do more posts in the future.

Some of my other post on Costa Rica



These photos are from my archives and from our trip to Costa Rica. I have to say Costa Rica was my favorite country to visit. I would go back in a NewYork minute. Above is a beautiful scene showing the Arenal Volcano.



We had a great view of the Arenal Volcano from the overlook.It is an active young volcano. It is located about 55 miles from San Jose, Costa Rica.



We had a great tour at the Arenal Hanging Bridge reserve. A beautiful place to visit and I enjoyed the hanging bridges. Along our swinging bridge walk we saw a small python, heard a lot of birds and saw some critters called Coati. I would love to go back to the Hanging Bridges just to take their bird tour and wildlife walk.


I am also sharing some of the scenery from our travels along the roads in Costa Rica. I believe in the distance is Lake Arenal which is a reservoir for hydroelectric power.




Beautiful green rolling hills with the turbines at the top. There was so much to see in Costa Rica, I especially love the lush green rainforest areas.

I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend.  I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend.  

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Ricketts Glen State Park

June 21, 2013

 I am linking up with Gemma's  Scenic Weekend 

Last weekend we visited Ricketts Glen State Park in Benton Pennsylvania. This is the third time we visited this park.The first two times hubby and I hiked the loop trail that passes the 22 named waterfalls. The 13,050 acres is known for its old growth forest. This time we started the trail from another direction and saw only some waterfalls. I am sharing the waterfalls that I was able to see on this trip.


This waterfall above is called Murray Reynolds. This park is named after R. Bruce Ricketts a hotel proprietor. Mr. Ricketts also built the trail along the waterfalls from 1873 to 1903.


This waterfall is called Sheldon Reynolds.

These are some cascades that were close to the area called "The Waters Meet". Actually two parts of Kitchen creek  follow the loop trail and meet at this spot. I read that the trees in this area have never been cut.



This waterfall is called Harrison Wright.




 The tallest waterfall Ganoga Falls is 94 ft. The park is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. It is also named an Important Bird Area by the Pennsylvania Audubon Society. The Waterfalls loop trail is very popular and is considered one of the best hikes in the Eastern United States.

 These are some links to my previous post on our visits to Ricketts Glen :  Ricketts Glen falls trail and Ricketts Glen State Park

I hope you enjoyed my scenic weekend.  I wish everyone a safe and happy weekend.  

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