We finally made that trip to Alaska, during summer 2005. Five days is too short to see much of Alaska, but we did manage to get a glimpse of the vastness and beauty of that state. Here's more.
We spent a fun, mellow and relaxing week at Maui in early summer 2004. Stayed at the Sheraton resort - good food, great views and nice swimming pools! All of us, especially Rebecca (she's such a water baby!), had a wonderful time.
We visited Europe during the spring (May - June) of 1998 and spent
almost three weeks there. Started off with England - reliving history in
London, visiting friends and relatives in Cambridge and Manchester.
Then five glorious days of walking, sightseeing and eating in Paris and
finally soaking up the beer and sunshine in southern Germany.
We relied almost exclusively on the Internet to plan and arrange
our trip. There is a huge wealth of useful information about hotels,
motels, train timings, directions and such on the web now.
Most of the reservations and other transactions were however
done thru the phone. Here are some websites that we found
We also relied a lot on the
LonelyPlanet series of books
Yellowstone is definitely the
most interesting place we've visited in the US. Entering the park from
the west entrance is like stepping into a fairy tale ! Its got
everything - geysers, warm springs, vast green valleys, waterfalls,
We visited YellowStone in the summer of 1996 and spent almost a
week there. Camped, hiked and drove all around the park and also spent
a couple of days in the Grand Tetons National park. Some photos
Its a long drive to the
but certainly worth it. The spectacular 1-mile deep and 15-miles wide
canyon, carved by the mighty Colorado river is testimony to the power
of mother nature. Some day, I hope to make the 7-mile trek to the
botton of the canyon and perhaps raft the Colorado river !
Here are some photos from our trip a
few years back.
One of the world's largest waterfalls.
Awesome, however its become too commercial - with floodlights,
watchtowers, motels and gift shops surrounding it. Check it out from
the Canadian side, if you can. The boat (Maiden of the Mist) ride by
the falls is kinda nice.
One of the nice things about living in the BayArea is its proximity to
the towering Sierra Nevada mountain range. The
Yosemite National Park
offers a view into the grandeur of the Sierras. It includes
cliffs, rounded domes and scenic meadows.
We have camped in the valley, hiked up to the foot of the waterfalls
and I've even climbed all the way to the top of Half Dome ! Backpacking
in the Tuolomne Meadows is next ! More snaps here
A charming island off the coast of British Columbia that still retains
its British origins - especially the gardens and afternoon tea. We spent
almost a week here in the summer of 1997.
We also visited Vancouver and Seattle
during this trip.
The Pacific coast
The Pacific coastline, running along the west coast of California has
some of the most scenic areas in the US. Route-1 snakes along this coast
starting from Southern California, past the Central coast and going further
up into Northern California and beyond. Its a slow, arduous route, but well
worth it. A great book that describes this region is Hidden
San Francisco and Northern California by Ray Riegert.
Some of our favourite spots on the pacific coast:
Photos from our trips to these locations.
- Santa Barbara
- San Simeon - home of the Hearst Castle
- Big Sur
Point Lobos - our favourite sea-side park
Monterey/Carmel - great weekend getaway
- Santa Cruz - beaches, waves, boardwalk, people-watching!
- San Gregorio - rough, beautiful, uncrowded beach
- Half Moon Bay/Pacifica - decent surf spot, watch out for
Mavericks, though !
- James V.Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - Check out the crabs, sea urchins,
and anemones during low-tide. Nice family beach too.
- Angel Island - nice hiking, biking trails and great views
of the Bay. Best in Fall
San Francisco - beaches, bridges, restaurants, theatre,
shopping, tourist traps ... - its got it all
- Muir Woods/Stinson Beach - crowded during summer, but nice
Point Reyes - Huge, Empty, Desolate - you might like it !
- Mendocino/Fort Bragg - check out the skunk train