Wenches, nobles and fairies, oh my! As you walk into the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, you are greeted with singers, fairies, magicians and other characters using Elizabethan words and phrases so you feel like you have been transported back in time. Continue reading
Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park is located 7 miles south of Mandan, North Dakota. The park was established in 1907 by Theodore Roosevelt and includes Custer’s house, the blockhouses, On-A-Slant Village with the earthlodges and a visitors center. Continue reading
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina had been on my bucket list for a long time. Since my husband and I were “driving by” on our way to Hilton Head Island, this was the perfect opportunity for a visit. The weather was perfect so we were able to see the rolling hills that the mansion sits on nestled in the Appalachian Mountains. Continue reading
I recently spent the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon and one of best parts of the trip was all of the food we enjoyed. One of our first meals was at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant, the service was a little slow since it was a very busy weekend with all of the people flooding to the coast for the warm weather, but that was understandable. Continue reading
Lupine are one of my favorite wildflowers and I usually stop to take pictures anytime I find them.
This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually. Continue reading
I was visiting family and friends in Portland, Oregon and my two aunts and I spent a few days at a rental house in Cannon Beach and the weather last week was unusually high, the temperature was in the 80s. There were a lot of people on the rocks and tide pools around Haystack Rock at low tide looking for starfish, sea urchins and sea anemones. They were all out to enjoy the great weather at the beach. Some of them stayed and made fires on the beach to enjoy the sunset.
Winter has stuck around longer than anyone really wanted this year, the migrating birds came home to find the lakes still frozen. Here are two swans that were at a nearby river.
Portland, Oregon at night from across the Willamette River. There are walking paths along each side of the river. Portland is a very unique city in the Pacific Northwest with a mild, rain forest type climate where it rains most of the winter – making it a very green area. Mount Hood and the Oregon Coast are both about an hour away from Portland, in opposite directions. Perfect location if you want to go hiking one weekend and deep sea fishing the next.
The beautiful city of San Francisco from Twin Peaks. This is the photo I submitted for a change to win two tickets anywhere Delta flies, unfortunately, the upload looks very blurry. It probably won’t get many votes, but if you would like to show your support, you can vote for me here.
Looking for some haunts on your visit to New Orleans? Well there are plenty of places to find them. Although there are plenty of haunted places outside of the French Quarter, these will be easily accessible by foot. I’m sure there are many more, but these are where there have been a number of sightings. Maybe you can have a sighting during your visit. Continue reading
Minnehaha Falls in Minneapolis. It is frozen right now, but water is still running underneath the frozen parts you can see. Another picture below with two people in it just to show how big it is. Continue reading
Devils Tower in Wyoming is a rock monolith towering above the surrounding landscape. The site is considered sacred by the Arapaho, Cheyenne, Crow, Kiowa, Lakota, and Shoshone tribes and there are over twenty tribes that have a cultural affiliation with the tower. The American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed in 1978 to protect and preserve the traditional religions of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians and allow them access to sacred sites.
The tower was first climbed in 1893, but the American Indians feel that it is disrespectful to climb the tower since it sacred to them. In 1995 a compromise was made and climbers were asked to voluntarily refrain from climbing the tower during the month of June, which is a month high in ceremonies because of the summer solstice. Climbing is down 85% during the month of June because of the voluntary climbing closure.
The name of the tower is another controversial topic, the name was initially translated incorrectly as “Bad God’s Tower” instead of “Bear Lodge”. Then the Bad God’s Tower was modified to Devils Tower. Each tribe refers to the tower by different names such as Bear’s Tipi, Grizzly Bear’s Lodge, Bear Lodge Butte, Tree Rock, Bear’s House, Bear’s Lair, and many others. A name change would require legislation and congressional action, but it has been done before with Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument (previously Custer Battlefield National Monument) and Denali National Park (previously Mt. McKinley National Park).
To read more about Devils Tower and see more photos, check out my blog article: Devils Tower and Mount Rushmore.
Mission San Xavier del Bac is located about 9 miles south of Tucson, Arizona and was built between 1783 and 1797. I’ve been here a few times and I love how this bright white mission stands out so much from the surrounding landscape. There is no admission charge but donations are accepted for restorations.
Visiting Pier 39 to see the sea lions is one of my favorite things to do when I’m in San Francisco. This used to be an area for boats, but the sea lions liked being in the safety of the bay and the marina because their predators, great white sharks and orcas, don’t typically come into the bay. Instead of trying to move the sea lions, it was decided to move the boats to another location. The quantity of sea lions increases and decreases depending on the month. The population is higher in the winter months when the herring spawn in the bay and lower in the summer months when the sea lions travel to the Channel Islands to breed. Another benefit of the docks instead of a rocky beach is that these floating platforms will rise with the tide. If the sea lions were on the beach, they would have to shift along the beach with the tide. This way, they can lay in the sun all day without worrying about shifting positions. Sometimes they do argue over positions though.