For being in such a rainy part of the world, Vancouver is a brilliant place. The skies may be grey, but there is color in the streets (and the water ways). This coastal seaport was the first stop on a long weekend road trip to Whistler. Before I get ahead of myself. Let me show you around. A really great way to see the city is by boat–and a speed boat will get you there twice as fast. The only downside […]
In my opinion, the best history books on earth are earth. The Grand Canyon is a perfect example of that. It dates back 5 or 6 million years. I have to be honest, that is hard to wrap my mind around that amount of time. But, for some reason, when you’re standing out there on the edge, staring down into the guts of our little planet, you’ll get the gist of those mega-annums. Layer after layer of rocky-goodness, a feast […]
After spending a little time in Phoenix, I got on the road towards Sedona. It’s about a 2 hour drive. If you’re looking for a pit stop, Montezuma Castle National Monument is about an hour and a half into the trip. The cliff dwellings, carved into the limestone walls, were built by the Sinagua people between 100 and 1425 AD. The castle sits about 90 feet above the ground. It looks so tiny, but there are 20 rooms nestled in there. Archeologists […]
As I’ve mentioned in my previous Norwegian posts, the fjords are a unique part of Scandinavian topography. What’s a fjord? I had the same question before I set foot in these parts. Most of the Norwegian coast is made up of jagged, narrow inlets to the sea, with steep and rather spectacular cliffs. You can see them when flying directly overhead or up-close by boat. During my time in beautiful Stavanger, I took Norwegian’s version of a jetboat, and a […]
The Rhine River, originating in the Swiss Alps, flows through Germany and the Netherlands, emptying into the North Sea. Along the way, you’ll find Rhine Falls. Located on the boarder of Schaffhausen and Zürich, it is the largest waterfall in all of Europe. In the photo below you can see two separate falls, divided by a rock formation. There is a boat you can take to that formation and climb the stairs to see the waterfall from above. These famous falls, formed […]
My guy is a Points Wizard. He snagged this unbelievable room in Paris for 5 nights for FREE! Scroll down and you’ll find a video inside our room at The Renaissance Paris Arc de Triomphe. The hotel is only a few blocks from the Arc, which you can spot from the balcony along with The Eiffel Tower and Sacré-Cœur. Don’t these pink velvet beauties match the sunrise that day?
As the seasons change, I get the itch to document it. This year, I did do a bit of exploring to catch the leaves as they turned. (Check out my photos from Colorado and Arkansas if you’re interested.) Next year, I’ve decided to make it a point to do a few more fall themed trips. Until then, here’s what Kansas City, MO had to offer: Below you’ll see KC firefighters squirting a symbolic saber arch over a road a busload […]
South Valley Park Trail is a beautiful, simple hike just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. The red sandstone rock formations jet out of the ground in a seemingly random order. I’d advise you go at sun up or sun down for ultra-dramatic lighting. Do you know of any other quick hikes near downtown Denver?
I’ve lived in Kansas City, MO for a year now and I’ve had the itch to discover the nature in this neck of the woods. Last weekend, I made the long trek (5.5 hours in a car) to the Ozark National Forest in the Ozark Mountains. Here it is! Whitacker Point in Arkansas. The hike itself was very easy and should only take an hour or so (if you’re not taking tons of photos). It was the drive to the trailhead […]