Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Destination: Vacation

I started thinking about summer vacations after a conversation with my wife last night, and the ideas started flowing.  Most of these interest me because they're just so beautiful.  Nature is grand, strange and wonderful.  Nothing recharges me like spending time out there.

When I was growing up, I spent some time living in New York.  While there, I met and befriended people from all over the world.  Years later, my wife and I traveled to Europe, broadening our horizons further.  There is so much more to our world that the little corner we live in.  I'd love to share these places, and many others, with my wife and children.

The Grand Canyon, Arizona (map it)

Sedona, Arizona (map it)

Arches National Park, Utah (map it)

Canyonlands National Park, Utah (map it)

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado (map it)

Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado (map it)

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California (map it)

Bridal Veil Falls and El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, California (map it)

Homer, Alaska (map it)

HuangShan (The Yellow Mountain), China (map it)

Machu Picchu, along the Inca Trail, Peru (map it)

Mars. OK, this is silly. But how beautiful! (map it...no really, try it)

Now it's your turn. Got a favorite place we just have to visit? I'd love to hear about them.


  1. The Grand Canyon is up there on my list. But close to home I love Mount Madonna. Redwoods near my house in the bay area. How much better can it get? I want to go to the big redwoods in nor Cal too soon. Me want to see BIG trees!

  2. Mount Madonna looks beautiful...I found some nice pictures on flickr (my favorite sight-seeing tool, sans being there of course).

    Last summer, we took a long road trip, all the way up the coast to Seattle and back. Along the way, we stopped for an amazing hike through Jedediah Smith state park near the Oregon border, home of lots of old growth Redwoods. The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic drive that parallels I-5 for a long stretch. Well worth the detour if you're passing through the area. Another nice stretch is route 128, connecting the coast south of Fort Bragg with the wine country. The westernmost part of the drive is all winding road through redwoods. Beautiful. Then, just when your stomach can't take one more winding turn, the road straightens out, the trees recede and turn into oaks, and the wine country opens out in front of you.

    One mild word of warning: if you're standing in the old growth redwoods, be careful when you look straight up. Sometimes you can lose perspective and, with it, your sense of balance. I've heard stories of people hitting the ground on their backs before they realized they were falling. Of course, once you're lying in the soft loam, it's a beautiful view.

  3. Falling flat on my back looking at trees sounds kind of fun! I'd love to see how my kids reacted to the giants. Well I'd love to see them probably more. It is pretty high up on my list right now for vacations. We're planning an overnight at Mt Madonna since it is only 20 minutes away. Suzi and I will take the kids if we cant get the men motivated.

  4. Excellent!

    Keep a sharp eye out for banana slugs. My kids were FASCINATED by these bright yellow critters. There's almost as much to see in the understory of these forests as there is overhead.

    I'm missing the Redwoods just thinking about it.