Showing posts from May, 2009

Traveling The Historic Apache Trail, Arizona

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Here I am, your friendly tour guide.

Come travel with me as we tour and enjoy our trek into some rugged country in Arizona along The Historic Apache Trail. There's much to see, it's a full day. Most of my reading about this trail before hand indicated the trail took 5 hours, is 41.5 miles in length, and begins 15 miles outside of Phoenix at Apache Junction. The information I read did not indicate how truly rugged the roads were, that bathrooms were limited, and food even more scarce. The scenery though is well worth it. Beautiful outcroppings, sheer mountains, remote desert areas with cactus and lizards, a ghost town, mountains, hiking, camping, and Ancient Ruins. We spent the entire day...well beyond the 5 hours noted.. You'll experience hairpin turns as your drive through the Sonora Desert and see two common cactus -- Saguaro and Fero.

I suggest beyond my usual note to wear sensible comfortable shoes (which do not include flip flops or san…

Special Thank You for my Traveling Companions

I've traveled lots of places and have been blogging about places to go, things to see when traveling. I've also posted a few things not to see and do, age appropriate and things of that nature.

Some people travel with children, some travel in groups, some travel with friends, and some travel with their families........some travel by plane, some travel by car, and yes some travel on buses and in trains........... DRUM ROLL......the cheapest and less taxxing way to travel in any of these forms in here on my blog. You can take a virtual vacation, it will cost you nothing, you don't have to plan for months, you don't have to do laundry or pack. I love having traveling companions and hope you'll all come frequently and leave me's nice to know whom I'm traveling with. lol

I've been blogging about travel since Feb of this year, and would like to thank my regular travelers/commentors. I love having you with me, sharing in my trips. My thanks …

Lombard Street, Traveling in San Francisco, California

Lombard Street, famous (incorrectly so) for being the crookedest street in the world. In fact, it's not the steepest or crookedest even just in San Francisco. No matter, it is known and photographed as such. The steepest street in San Francisco is Filbert with a slope of 31 1/2 % grade, while Famous Lombard Street is only a 27% grade. Vermont Street in San Francisco claims to be more crooked, while Snake Alley in Burlington, Iowa has yet sharper turns.

Lombard Street, San Francisco has 8 hairpin turns that attract tons of visitors every year. It's fun to ride the Hyde Street Cable Car to the top and walk down. From the top you get quite a view of San Francisco. Looking down the hill towards the bay you can see Fishermans Wharf, Alcatraz, and Ghirardelli Square.

Beautifully restored Victorian homes line the street, with well manicured flower beds give one colorful backgrounds for photo's.

I was taken aback by the number of rude tourist who seemed to forget these were …

THE ROCK, Alcatraz Island, California

Alcatraz, The Rock, so much more than the movie! This site is the location of the first Lighthouse on the west coast, the first US Fort on the west coast, a bird santuary. A whole village/town existed at one time. Children played here, went to school here. Some of the memories and history written about Alcatraz comes from these folks. It was considered good duty to live and work on the Island. Nothing of the town or private houses is left; though one can see where they were.

Sunny California it is NOT! Notice my heavy gray sweatshirt that I purchased at Big Sur in an effort to get warm. Many of us on the ferry are huddled up, back to the wind, ears covered trying to stay warm. Bring a jacket...and a scarf would have been nice to cover the ears. Ferries to and from Alcatraz run almost constantly. It is wise to purchase your tickets for the ferry ahead. There are day and evening tours, though the evening tours sell out first. Plan ahead!

Look how foggy it was. You can see Th…

Muir Woods, California

Muir Woods. Most interesting thing to me is how a forest of this magnitude can be soooooooooo close to San Francisco, so close to civilization. These trees are awesome! How forward thinking to preserve them. You can see the size by how small I look when standing near them. It's not possible to look up enough to see the tops of tree without feeling like you're going to topple over backwards.
The black on the tree is the tree's way of self protection, from disease, animals, and fire. We were told the fire damage one can see happened over 200 years ago; but these trees show it like it happened just yesterday.

Muir Woods is a National Monument, part of The Golden Gate National Recreation Area. In 2008, it turned 100 years old, having become a National Monument (the 10th), in 1908 by an order from President Theordore Roosevelt. Named for Conservationist, John Muir; it almost didn't happen. In 1907 a water company from Sausalito wanted to dam the Redwood Creek, went to cou…

EntreCard & BLOGUPP

This is sorta a bookkeeping item...Though a great way for you to take a virtual trip, no packing necessary. Sit there in the comfort of your computer chair and travel with me to a place with animals, a place to learn facinating history of Chicago, a place to get kids and adults excited about writing, a place that celebrates the fun and joy of motherhood, buy fun gifts from the ever popular Hello Kitty without having to travel to the crowded mall and spend precious time and money on gas, travel abroad with me to The don't even need a passport.

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