California Zephyr to Glenwood Springs, CO

Today was my first time in Colorado. So far it is a pretty awesome state. The nature is all right there. Granted, I haven’t seen much yet. But pulling up to Glenwood Springs Station on my Amtrak train, I think I saw a good amount. After losing my phone in an Uber, we had quite an experience trying to get it back. We finally did, and once that extreme stress moment was over, I decided I needed to visit Glenwood Springs Hot Springs. Not only a hot springs, it is the worlds largest natural hot springs! The water, reminding me…

Moab: An Otherworldly Destination

Moab is the center of some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Rock formations like no other; Red, orange, green and blue creating a world of color, and a sun that makes the desert landscape dance around you. Moab is paradise. But to believe paradise, you need to see it. If you get to Moab by train, you get here, Green River. North of Moab by 50 miles, Green River is the closest town to Moab by the main highway where you can get any form of civilization. But even that is a stretch. With a population…

Trains in the Middle of Nowhere

Amtrak decided not to offer Wifi on their ‘California Zephyr,’ running from San Francisco to Chicago. It makes sense, from the nothingness we saw out the windows We met some great people on the train, and sat in the Observation Car most of the time. Using Coach, the seats were quite uncomfortable, and although much more expensive, I suggest a roomette simply for the better sleep.

Swimming in Oregon

Oregon is a great state. Full of nature and scenery, from the coast to the mountains, you can never get enough. Yesterday, I discovered 2 of the most amazing lakes I have ever been on/in. Go visit them on your next trip to Oregon! The first is Klamath Lake, near Klamath Falls. For the last 2 days of our holiday, we stayed at Point Comfort Lodge, where you got your own private cabin. Early in the morning yesterday, I grabbed the paddle board and went out on the lake for 30 minutes. This is what the lake looks like. The…

Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Not well documented, the Newberry National Volcanic Monument is largely comprised of what once was the inside of a volcano, and includes hundreds of smaller cinder cones planted randomly across the area. The monument is a place of extreme beauty and natural history that defies what we see one a daily basis. It is a collection of volcanoes, waterfalls and hikes that mesmerize you every step of the way. Below, see the best places to see inside the National Monument. Heading to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument Visitor’s Center means coming face to face with one of the larger cinder…

Mt. Hood and the Surrounding Areas

  Mt. Hood is the tallest mountain in Oregon, and an interesting one at that. With 1,600 square miles of nature surrounding it, there is no slight introduction to the mountain. It is visible from surrounding states. And how lucky are they. Leaving our stop for the previous night, we had a quick stop at Hood River waterfront on the Columbia River. Hood River is the windsurfing capital of the world, but we, unfortunately, weren’t able to go. Not that I know how. Our next stop brought us closer to Mt. Hood, where we actually stopped in the town of…

Mt. Rainier in Wildflower Season

Mt. Rainier is famed as one of the tallest mountains in the United States, one of the most accesible, and certainly one of the most beautiful. Although I have hiked Rainier before, never has it been during wildflower season, where the landscape changes dramatically and the flowers produce all colors of the rainbow. In a lucky year, the wildflower season peaks for only about 2 weeks, in late July and early August. It is important to try and make Rainier during that time, but if not then it’s fine, as the hikes are still great and you still may catch…

Reflection Lake: Photography

Reflection Lake is often famed as one of the best destinations to get perfect photos of the gigantic volcano that is Mt. Rainier. Of course I agree. I have seen many pictures of it. I haven’t necessarily taken many. Due to the haze in the area, which has been coming from the fires in both Oregon and British Columbia, visibility is completely cut off, making it impossible to see that far in the distance. As you can see, you can barely make out the mountain. We arrived in Rainier late, barely making it to sunset at Reflection Lake, which was…

Off the Beaten Path in Chelan

Only accessible by boat or plane, the town of Stehekin in Northern Lake Chelan holds 80 people, who share it’s natural beauty and open hearted kindness with the few that visit. Stehekin is a town at the top of Lake Chelan. Lake Chelan, 55 miles long, is one of the deepest lakes in the USA, and one of the clearest too. The best, easiest, and cheapest way to get to Stehekin is on the Lady of the Lake. Departing from Chelan every morning at 8:30, there are two routes. The slow one and the fast one. The fast one gives…

Hall of Mosses

Yesterday was our last day in the Olympic National Park area before heading home. Our first stop was the Hoh Rainforest. Also known as the Hall of Mosses, when you walk through the trees here, you are looking at huge amounts of moss, as seen here. On the way out of Hoh Rainforest area, we headed south to Ruby Beach, where we climbed the driftwood and rocks, touched the starfish and sea anenomes, and even went for a little wade. Ruby Beach is a great stop for kids.