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Jump In To This Years Family Vacation!

With summer time approaching fast and the count down to the end of school nears it may be time to start planning a family vacation. There are so many fun things to do with the family during those warm summer days. One of my family’s favorite things to do is rent a houseboat! Every year around the same time we get together a great group of friends and head to Lake Shasta in California. We usually take a week and have fun in the sun boating, fishing and swimming in the cool water.

Shasta is one of the many great places to take out a houseboat as well as enjoy many other activities. Lake Shasta offers visitors a chance to take the boat out for a spin, swim along the shoreline, camp, hike, fish and even tour the Shasta Caverns! Shasta Caverns is a short boat ride across the lake and a quick bus trip up the mountain. There in the mountain is a large selection of stalactites and stalagmites. It’s a nice easy walk through the caverns and a great way to spend a hot day, as the caverns are quite cold!

Shasta is fed by four rivers Sacramento, McCloud, Squaw and the Pit River. Most of the year the water is cold and the weather is too, but during the short summer months June through September the water warms up a bit and the weather…gets HOT! We’ve found the June and September are the prime months to visit. During our one trip in July we experienced 114-degree weather and the water was about 85, so even jumping in the lake didn’t cool you down. If houseboating is out of the budget, check out Lake Shasta’s beautiful campgrounds.

This year take the family out! Get the kids away from the television and mom and dad…turn off those cell phones. Enjoy the outdoors, family, friends and relax!

To learn more about Lake Shasta click here to visit their site for reservations and information.

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A Grand Day Out!

Before it gets too sweltering outside, why not plan a trip to see one of America’s greatest wonders, The Grand Canyon! Located smack dab in the middle of Grand Canyon Arizona, the Grand Canyon offers lots to see and do. With the latest addition of the Skywalk, you can view the canyon the way few have done before, straight down! The glass building allows visitors to walk off the edge of the canyon walls and peer straight down one mile to the canyon bottom.

The Grand Canyon was formed by the mighty Colorado River over thousands of years. As one of the wonders of the world it’s a must see! Anything you can see without leaving the US is a great thing. Along with the glass viewing there’s a lot of fun activities for the whole family including hiking, a burrow ride to the bottom, camp outs on the canyon floor and even white water rafting down the great Colorado River.

Find out more information and plan your trip right here!

 

Arches National Park- Utah

Another great place to visit in the great United States of America! So many US citizens strive to visit exotic and far away places when they don’t always stop to realize that there are so many spectacular places to see right here in America.

This is Arches State Park in Utah. A National Park full of grace and beauty that few have the privilege to see. A perfect place for photographers!

Arches National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, like the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as many other unusual rock formations. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the park create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world.

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Bryce Canyon, Utah- A Snowshoer's Paradise

Located just 5 hours South of Salt Lake City Utah, Bryce Canyon National Park is a sight to be seen! As the depths of winter approach visitors to the park have the opportunity to see the park in a whole new light. As snow covers the well worn trails amongst Utah’s spectacular hoodoos and bristlecone pines, snowshoer’s find one incredible place to explore. Many snowshoer’s enjoy a night trek by the light of a full moon as a way of discovering the park all over again. With miles of scenic views Bryce Canyon is a great place to visit for snowshoer’s, hikers and camper’s alike. Click on the image above to visit the Bryce Canyon Park site for more information about visiting the park as well as information in the upcoming Winter Festival.

 

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Scenic Hikes in North America

This is a list of the Top Ten hikes and is just a handful of the many hiking trails that can be enjoyed in North America. Some are short and others would take an entire season to complete. No matter the type of hiker you are and no matter your skill level, there is something here for everyone. Every trail offers a new and exciting experience along with a venture through the various seasons and environments that make up our great country. Click on any of the trail names for a link to more information.

1. Zion National Park – Zion comes from the ancient Hebrew word meaning a place of refuge or sanctuary. Protected within the park’s 229 square miles is a dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. Zion is located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces.


2. Glacier National Park – Glacier preserves over million acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to over 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds. The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hikers paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.


3. Yosemite National Park – Yosemite National Park embraces spectacular mountain and valley scenic views in the Sierra Nevada Mountains on the California side. Yosemite was elected a national park in 1890. The park harbors a grand collection of meadows, waterfalls, and forests that include groves of giant sequoias, the world’s largest living things.

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A Winter Solstice Eclipsed

For any of our readers out there that live in Utah near Bryce Canyon be sure to stop by the park during the Winter Solstice on Tuesday December 21st, 2010. Not only is it winter solstice but there will be a lunar eclipse happening early morning on the 21st (So late night on Monday)! The Bryce Canyon officials are planning a special evening of moon gazing and stargazing above the hoodoos in the park.

This is truly a once in a lifetime experience because the lunar eclipse will not occur during the winter solstice for another 391 years!! Our winter solstice is the shortest day of the year, which will make this night the darkest of them all. The winter solstice is when the earth is the closet distance to the sun out of our 365 days. In turn we have a summer solstice which is the longest day of the year when the earth is the farthest from the sun.

This incredible event will make for one amazing night of stargazing over one of the most beautiful parks in North America. The festivities include a night hike by the light of the moon as you await complete darkness. For more information you can visit the Bryce Canyon website or to read more about this event click here.

 

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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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