This is Africa: A Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Maasai Mara

Our first African safari – a dream come true. My husband and I had been planning this trip for over a year and had included all of our wish list items. The only optional excursion offered on our tour was a hot air balloon ride over the Maasai Mara. We decided to opt in for this activity, though I was very apprehensive going into it. I have a huge fear of heights and I was not sure if I would be able to handle the ride without getting a bad case of vertigo. I was really torn, because this would be a once in a lifetime activity and there was no turning back once it started.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Floating Above Kenya’s Maasai Mara

We started our first full day in Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve with an early morning hot air balloon ride over the grasslands, floating softly over the landscape as the sun rose behind us. We looked down on these wilderbeests as they strutted along, their bodies half covered by the tall grasses that covered the landscape from horizon to horizon.

Such and amazing and memorable experience in an amazing  location.

Thanks for visiting.

Rose

 

 

Hiking Mt. MItake – Where Nature and Religion Meet

Mt. Mitake in  Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park is a green and peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of nearby Tokyo. Only 90 minutes away, it is easily accessible and provides a non touristy cultural experience as you hike with the locals past shrines, waterfalls and a natural moss covered rock garden.

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Ricketts Glen – Pennsylvania’s Prettiest State Park

If you like waterfalls, then Pennsylvania’s Ricketts Glen State Park should be at the top of your hiking list. With 21 named waterfalls along Kitchen Creek, you won’t find a more gratifying hike in the state, especially in the fall when the leaves start changing color.

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A Colorado Road Trip (Part 3) – In Search of Aspen Gold in the San Juan Mountains

 

In Part 3 of the series about our nine day Colorado autumn road trip, we visit the San Juan Mountain region with a home base near Ridgway, CO.

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A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO

Our fall trip “leaf peeping” trip this year took us to Colorado.  We did a nine day trip focusing on three different parts of the state. In Part 1 of this series I described our trip on the Peak to Peak Scenic Byway and visiting Rocky Mountain National Park. (You can read the post here ). In Part 2 we visit the areas around Aspen, CO, aptly named as we found out. Continue reading “A Colorado Road Trip (Part 2) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Aspen, CO”

A Colorado Road Trip (Part 1) – In Search of Aspen Gold in Rocky Mountain National Park

Every autumn, my husband and I plan a “leaf peeping” road trip to catch the peak fall color changes. We’ve done trips to New England, driven the Blue Ridge parkway and discovered the Finger Lakes in New York. This year, we went out west for a Colorado road trip to look for aspens at their golden peak.

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Unplugging in Stehekin – a North Cascades National Park Adventure

A six hour plane flight, a three hour car ride, and 2.5 hours on an express boat – that’s what it took to get away from it all in Stehekin, one of the most isolated communities in the North Cascades area of Washington state.  Continue reading “Unplugging in Stehekin – a North Cascades National Park Adventure”