United States 59 National Park Quest #42 – Crater Lake National Park

The sun had long since set by the time I got to Crater Lake National Park. I had made the long drive from Davis, CA to Crater Lake National Park after work to spend the weekend in Oregon’s only national park. I couldn’t wait to check out Crater Lake as it would be my 42nd national park and the last of the Cascade mountain national parks. As with most of my trips, this was a last minute decision to spend the weekend in Crater Lake. Continue Reading . . .

8 Great Reason to Work in Mount Rainier National Park

Starting in early May, over 200 people arrive to work in Mount Rainier National Park.  These people come from all over the world to spend the summer in the Park.  These people live and work on the mountain.  They are split between the National Park Inn, Paradise Inn, and Sunrise Visitor Center.  The staff comes from different walks of life; the college students, the park bums, and the retires looking for something to do. Continue Reading . . .

Nine things to know about the stairs up the Eiffel Tower

Paris, France, the City of Lights and the City of Love. It is the home of many famous landmarks.  The Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and last but not least the Eiffel Tower.  Instantly recognizable by most of the world population.  This landmark was built to the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair).   No trip to Paris is complete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. Continue Reading . . .

Photo Thursday – Viewing the Garden of the Gods

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Every Thursday, I will be posting a photo from my travels.  Today’s Photo Thursday is of the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado.  Just a few miles from my office, these sandstone rock formations were a favorite evening activity during my summer in Colorado Springs.  This photo was taken on the 24 June 2012.  I remember the date due to the fact that it was the day that the Waldo Canyon Fire came over the ridge into Colorado Springs.  They had closed the Garden of the Gods due to the fire so we were sitting at the overlook above the Garden watching the smoke. Continue Reading . . .

5 Stars in the Desert – Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort

After ten long weeks of training in the United Arab Emirates, I should have been sick of the desert and the heat.  I had six days of vacation and could go anywhere in the world.  I selected to stay in the UAE and finish exploring the country.  Originally, I had planned to spend all six days in Dubai.  But after a weekend in Dubai during my training, I had done most everything on the Dubai to-do list.  I started looking for something else to do in the UAE.  I came across the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort. Continue Reading . . .