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A Visit to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Nothing is more rustic than getting outdoors and discovering the natural beauty surrounding your home, cabin or lodge and we wanted to show you one of our favorite places to explore.

On the Central Coast of California in Monterey Country sits what is considered to be one of the most beautiful state parks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Point Lobos has so much to offer visitors, from gorgeous sightseeing, to scuba diving, jogging, hiking, and of course plenty of spots for a lovely picnic. The park is also incredibly popular among artists and is usually sprinkled with photographers, painters, and poets looking for inspiration.

The park staff is dedicated to educating the public on the rare plant communities, endangered archeological sites, unique geological formations, and rich flora and fauna that reside along this stunning coast.

The captivating animals, breathtaking views, and peaceful atmosphere at Point Lobos are truly remarkable and we feel blessed to live so close to this amazing stretch of land.

 

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A National Wonder- Glacier Park is 100 Years Young

Glacier National Park was designated our nation’s 10th national park on May 11, 1910. The story of Glacier’s past, present, and future is one shared by many diverse cultures and people. It is a story that has deeply-rooted personal connections. Consider this a time for celebration, inspiration, and engagement!
This year the park celebrated 100 years of enjoyment for families and people of all ages.
To learn more about this grand park click here.
 

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Scenic Float Trip Through the Grand Tetons

> If you’re looking for an adventurous and breathtaking journey through one of America’s many incredible landmarks, the Grand Tetons is for you. Sail down the Snake River and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the great outdoors.

Click Here to learn more about this grand opportunity.

For a print of this beautiful scene click here

 

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Yellowstone, Our First National Park

> Established in 1872, Yellowstone National Park is America’s first and one of its most famous national parks. Located in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, it is home to a large variety of wildlife including grizzly bears, wolves, bison, and elk. Preserved within Yellowstone National Park are Old Faithful and a collection of the world’s most extraordinary geysers and hot springs, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. This incredible park was formed by the boiling hot magma that lies below the surface creating this unique landscape.

Plan your next trip to Yellowstone here!

 

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A Rare Site Amongst One Of America’s Most Famous National Forests

A rare sight!! Yosemite National Park

This park was gazetted as a national park in 1890. It is world famous for its rugged terrain, waterfall and century-old pine trees. It covers 1200 sq km and the “fire” waterfall of El Capitan is one of the most spectacular of all scenery. The spectacular view of the waterfall is created by the reflection of sunlight hitting the falling water at a specific angle. This rare sight can only be seen at a 2-week period towards the end of February. To photograph this rare event, photographers would often have to wait and endure years of patience in order to capture them. The reason is because its appearance depends on a few natural phenomenons occurring at the same time and luck.

1st, Is the formation of the waterfall – The water is formed by the melting of snow and ice at the top of the mountain. It melts between the month of December and January and by the end of February there might not be much snow left to melt.

2nd, is the specific angle of the sun-ray hitting the falling water – The sun’s position must be exactly at a particular spot in the sky. This occurs only in the month of February and at the short hours of dusk. If it is a day full of clouds or something blocking the sun, you won’t see this sight. This coincides with the fact that the weather in the National Park at that time of the year is often volatile and unpredictable.

 

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Tips For Planning A Great Backpacking Trip

Backpacking is a great way to see the sights, enjoy nature, and get some exercise. Backpacking trips can be a couple hours or a couple days depending on what you want to do and how much you like to hike. If you are an inexperienced backpacker it may be in your best interest to take an experienced friend with you. But if you are experienced this is the perfect opportunity to take a newbie!  Here are a few tips that can help make your backpacking trip fun and safe.

First decide on your destination. Depending on the time of year some locations may not be well suited for your trip. Stay clear of extreme heat and cold, unless you are a highly experienced backpacker. Next make sure you have experience in reading a map and have one that clearly covers the area you are looking to travel through. This is where doing a bit of research can really save you time, effort and maybe even your life. Having knowledge of the area and the know how can help keep you out of trouble. Don’t forget a compass! Get comfortable using your compass in relation with your map; knowing how to navigate will keep you on the right path Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Pinecrest Lake Resort In California, A Great Place To Camp

For years my family and I have been spending two whole weeks at Pinecrest Lake Resort in California. Pinecrest is a great campground with lots of great activities for the whole family.

I spent days renting paddleboats with friends, swimming, hiking around the lake and fishing. As a kid there was nothing better than having all the fun outdoor activities in one place. There was never a dull moment, never a time when I looked to mom and dad with boredom inquiring what to do next, there was always something new to try. We even spent one day out of the trip each year and hiked to Cleo’s Bathes. It’s a beautiful cascade of waterfalls hidden up on the ridge that we could swim in, and even slide down one of the falls. Mom and Dad had the pleasure of relaxing Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Hiking the Grand Canyon

“Grand Canyon National Park encompasses more than 1.2 million acres, the vast majority of which are inaccessible due to the predominance of cliffs and inhospitable to all but plants and animals able to survive in the desert. The Colorado River bisects the canyon; hikers can cross the river only at Phantom Ranch. If you choose to hike from rim to river to rim, you will have to deal with an elevation differential of more than 10,000 feet from start to finish.” Source: Grand.canyon.national-park.com

We found this great video on YouTube.  The video provides the details you need to plan a successful hiking trip in the Grand Canyon- including  information about specific hiking trails as well as general hiking tips.

 

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