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.

Top Photos in San Francisco

The Golden Gate City. Baghdad by the Bay. Fog City. Shaky Town. San Francisco goes by many names. It’s people are so distinct, it’s architecture so unique and it’s culture so defined. Although I have visited San Francisco before, it has never been in one day. Here, I will show you exactly where to go for one day in the City by the Bay. The cloud cover towered over the skyline of San Francisco, but that is definitely very normal for the Golden Gate City. Our first touristy stop was Union Square, a one square block plaza flanked by buildings…

My First Train Trip

My first train trip required me waking up at 6:00 am and doing the packing I hadn’t done. Our train departed from King Street Station in Downtown Seattle at 9:35 am, so we had to be there a little beforehand. The process was easy, and soon after we checked in, Amtrak’s quick and easy service was on it, as we entered the train. Business Class treated us well, with large amounts of leg room, two power outlets, reclining, reasonably comfortable seats, and perfect views of the outside world. Passing by the farm houses of southern Washington, I noticed a lot…

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…

Crater Lake National Park

Crater Lake is a lake formed by the historic Mazama Volcano, a 12,000 ft tall mountain which erupted and then collapsed, only to form thousands of cinder cones in the valley it formed. Crater Lake is a world renowned lake, being the 9th deepest lake in the world and the clearest in North America. Crater Lake has always been on my bucket list, and yesterday we got to see it! The first thing we saw, driving from our lodge in Point Comfort, were the pinnacles. They are formed by fossilized steam, caught up in rock that is ions-old Soon, we…

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…