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Snapshot Saturday 2015 #2 – Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake

This picture of Mount Rainier and Reflection Lake is from my recent trip in September which is a nice time of year to see the fall colors. The view of the mountain from Reflection Lake is my favorite. It is best to arrive early in the morning to get the reflection before the wind picks up.

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Castello di Amorosa’s Royal Food and Wine Pairing

When traveling, I have a tendency to splurge from time to time. I can save on some things so I am able to indulge when I want to, and depending on my mood, I can just keep on splurging! I’m definitely not a budget traveler. Traveling is exhausting and if I want a nice hotel room so I can relax after a long day, I’m going to get it!

Last June, my sister, two aunts and I went to Castello di Amorosa winery and enjoyed the Royal Food and Wine Pairing hosted by their Sommelier Mary Davidek. Mary has been their Sommelier since 2008 and she is extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. The Royal Food and Wine Pairing includes an informative tour of the winery which stops at the Royal Apartment for your wine and food sampling. Mary pairs freshly prepared foods that go well with each wine.

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Snapshot Saturday 2015 #1 – Mount Rainier and Edith Creek

Fall is my favorite time of year. The colors are beautiful, the air is crisp and Halloween is right around the corner. If you live where the leaves change, this means extra work of raking that comes along with that beauty, and winter is on the way. That brings cold temperatures, shoveling, potentially getting stuck in the snow, or my worst fear which is falling on the ice. I try to be optimistic and think of winter as a time of rest. Catching up on reading while snuggled up with some hot chocolate (or wine) and watching the snow come down. Parents aren’t running around with so many activities for their kids and they can prepare for holidays with family. Which brings me to my least favorite time of year, now especially since I just lost my dad at the end of August. So like many others in the natural course of life, I am now parentless.

In my opinion, the best time to visit Mount Rainier is when the wild flowers are blooming. The second best is in the fall when the undergrowth comes alive with vibrant colors. Other times of the year they just blend and are hardly noticed, but in the fall, they get vibrant. Everywhere you turn there are different autumn shades to capture for later. So getting back to Snapshot Saturday, here is a picture I took in September of Mount Rainier with Edith Creek.
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Cool Places to Explore in Branson with Friends

Guest Post by Joseff Alovera.

With more than 50 music theaters, 100 shops and restaurants, 13 world-class golf courses, a number of theme parks, and scenic view of Ozark Mountains, the city of Branson has something to offer for all its guests. There are tons of fun outdoor adventures for the whole family and friends.

In this entry, we will breakdown some of the coolest places to explore in Branson with your friends. Read this entry and make a better itinerary for your trip in the “live entertainment capital of the world.”

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7 Interesting Places to Visit in Florida

Guest Post by Rohit Agarwal.

Located at a perennially sunny location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Florida is the 3rd most populous state in the US. With famous cities like Miami and Jacksonville, Florida is known for its warm and sunny climate and a fully beach influenced lifestyle. The state was one of the first in the history of continental America to be visited by the European settlers, when Spanish conquistadors came during the early 15th century. This is also one of the main reasons for the large Hispanic population in Florida as compared to other states in the US. It is also popular as a tourist destination owing to its history, flashy beaches, warm climate and a variety of iconic American wildlife species. Florida also sports the longest coastline in the United States which stretches to around 1,350 miles. The state was named ‘La Florida’ (The Flowery) by the Spanish when the landed here around Easter season when flowers are in full bloom in Florida. If you are looking for reasons to visit Florida, here are some interesting places that will make up your mind.

1. Castillo de San Marco

Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos – Photo by National Park Service
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Snapshot Saturday 2014 #6 – Arches National Park

North Window Arch, Arches National Park, Utah

North Window Arch

View of the moon at dusk through North Window Arch in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The park has over 2,000 arches and was originally established as a national monument in 1929 but was redesignated as a national park in 1971. The views of the arches are amazing as you are hiking along the trails. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #5 – Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog slet team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Dog sled team at the Mid-Minnesota 150

Today was the 26th annual Mid-Minnesota 150 dog sled race from Remer to Outing and back. The teams left Remer and headed to Outing where they all took about an hour long break before continuing on. During the mandatory rest stop, the dogs were checked over to make sure they were OK to continue racing. The dogs were extremely excited to race and had to be held back before being released. More pictures to follow shortly.

Snapshot Saturday 2014 #3 – Ice Fishing Extravaganza

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014, Brainerd, Minnesota

Ice Fishing Extravaganza 2014

The Brainerd Jacyees wanted to create an event to raise money for local charities, so they came up with an idea for an ice fishing contest. Their first Ice Fishing Extravaganza was held in January 1991 and has grown every year since making it the largest ice fishing contest in the world. Continue reading

Travel to Alaska to See Real Beauty

Cruise Ship Near Glacier in Alaska

Photograph by Kent Weakley purchased from

Guest post by Jesse Cadena at XL Travel Blog.

One of the main reasons for travel is to view the world from different perspectives. If you want to see famous mountains, unique animals, breathtaking landscapes, and fish in open waters for enormous halibut and salmon, traveling to Alaska could be the one event that makes all of these wishes come true. Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #25 – Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska

Talkeetna, Alaska is a census-designated place 2 1/2 hours north of Anchorage that had a population of 876 at the time of the 2010 census. It is just east of where three rivers meet: Susitna, Chulitna and Talkeetna. If you walk west on Main Street and continue past the end of the road, you come to the river (this is the edge of Talkeetna) where you can see Mt. McKinley. Downtown Talkeetna is a National Historic Site. I enjoyed walking around Talkeetna after a great lunch at the Denali Brewing Company restaurant. We walked to the river and enjoyed the view, the fresh air, the crystal clear river rolling by and just being in Alaska! Check out more about my visit here: Alaskan Adventures. Alaska was my 50th state checked off my list, some would say I saved the best for last. What is your favorite US State?

The Best of Oahu

Guest post by Jessica at Turquoise Compass

The Accommodation - Polynesian Hostel Beach Club

The Accommodation

Arriving in Hawaii was a dream come true! Although it took great effort to get there, the trip was worth it. Every day I was amazed by what I saw on the island of Oahu. I stayed at the Polynesian Hostel Beach Club in Waikiki which was conveniently located a couple blocks from the beach. The rooms are secured with key cards. Each bed has its own locker to use with your own personal lock. The dorms itself are basic, but clean. The hostel offers free breakfast of granola bars, oatmeal, and bananas. Basic enough, but a nice addition. Free is free in my books! Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #23 – Cruise Dinner Buffet

Carnival Cruise buffet

Carnival Cruise buffet

One of the funnest parts of cruising is all of the fantastic food. The elaborate buffet is quite a site. Every food is cut to a certain design, flower or put together to make a beautiful display. Then it is topped off with an ice sculpture or two, or three! We were able to get a kitchen tour where we watched as someone was carving an ice sculpture, which is a real talent. The buffet line moved slowly as most of us were taking pictures along the way.

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #21 – Fall Colors

Fall colors in Minnesota

Fall colors in Minnesota

Fall in Minnesota is a beautiful time of year and October is my favorite month for a few reasons. First, I love all of the colors, when they are on the trees and when they blanket the ground. The temperature is usually perfect, I like the 50-60 degree range. Some years we can get snow in October, but it’s not typical. Halloween is another fun part of the month, I enjoy going to haunted houses, corn mazes, etc. Fall is also the best time for decorations, hay bails, corn husks, pumpkins, mums and then of course, the Halloween decorations.

My Snapshot Saturdays haven’t been the most consistent, neither has my blogging, but that will be changing! I have combined the images on this post and I was wondering what your thoughts are. Do you prefer just one photo and some information about where it was taken, or do you like the combination?