Angels Landing, Zion National Park, United States

Located near Utah, the Zion National Park provides some beautiful scenery and hiking trails.  If gentle meandering up and down grassy slopes isn’t your style,  maybe you’d like to visit the Hua Hiking Trail in China (reviewed earlier) or Angels Landing.

View from the summit of Angels Landing

Among other things, the trail is known for the 21 “switchbacks” called Walter’s Wiggles, named after the park’s first superintendent, who built them himself.  Switchbacks are trails which zigzag rather than go straight in order to prevent surface erosion.  Photo sources can be accessed by clicking.

Walter’s Wiggles

Looking Down at Walter’s Wiggles

I get dizzy just looking at it.

Can you say paralyzed with fear?

Near The Top

Just when I decided that this hike was only for the vey fit (and very brave), I came across this photo:

Pregnant lady at the top of Angels Landing

Now I’m really embarrassed.

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Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve, Costa Rica

I am so throughly enchanted with Costa Rica it’s not even funny.

The Lapa Rios Ecolodge and Wildlife Reserve  is

set in a private nature reserve spread over 1,000 acres of Central America’s last remaining lowland tropical rainforest in Costa Rica, Lapa Rios Ecolodge overlooks the pristine point where the Golfo Dulce meets the wild Pacific Ocean, a destination matching everyone’s idea of paradise.

 This 16 thatched-roof bungalow ecolodge offers everything, I mean everything:  all meals, non-alcoholic beverages, hikes and tours galore, and–my personal favourite–a rainforest zipline!

Zipping through the rainforest: How much fun is this!

 

Rates are based on High Season and “Green Season”.  The High Season runs January to April and November to December.  The Green season runs from May to October and is the area’s rainy season.  Costs average $400/night/single and $360/night/double.  Four day, five night packages are available for $2000+, and include airfare to and from Puerto Jimenez.  They also offer a “Girlfriend Getaway”, where you get a day’s stay free.

 

Bungalow Layout

 

Beautiful pool just steps away.

 

Beautiful Bungalow in the Rainforest.

 

Intoxicating Scenery

 

Girlfriend Getaway

King Pacific Lodge, British Columbia, Canada

It’s not cheap, running at $2000 per night for the least expensive room.  (Pick yourself off the floor now.)

But man, is it’s beautiful.

Located on B.C.’s west coast, King Pacific Lodge is the ultimate in gorgeous scenery and eco-travel.

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King Pacific Lodge in British Columbia, Canada

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Hiking in the Rockies.

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Arial View of the Lodge and Surrounds.

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Not exactly roughing it!

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Kayaking is one of the many activities available.

The Hopewell Rocks, Bay of Fundy, Canada

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The Hopewell Rocks at Various Points in Low and High Tide.

Located in New Brunswick, Canada, The Hopewell Rocks formed over a million years ago when mountain ranges older than the Rockies began to erode.

The water table rises to a height of 50 feet, every 6 hours, creating the highest tide in the world.

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The park is open from mid-May to mid-October.  Park passes are good for 48 hours, allowing enough time to experience both the low and high tide.

There’s something about walking on the ocean floor one day and seeing it fill up the next that is just thrilling to me.  I hope to get there one day, to experience it for myself.

Maybe this summer. 🙂

Born Free

Earlier I had decided to use the next few posts to feature Trip Advisor’s top all-inclusive resorts.  After having had a peek at them, it’s no wonder they’re the top picks:  they’re uber-expensive and are the ultimate in luxury.

So, forget that idea.  I will, however, offer up the Number 1 pick, because it’s just too beautiful not to show you.

Garonga Safari Camp and Little Garonga, South Africa.  An elephant and wildlife sanctuary located in the Makalali Conservacy near Krugar National Park,  the Garonga Safari Camp and its cousin, Little Garonga, is pure luxury in the wild.

Tent suites in the wild.

Interior view of tent suite.

I'd neve want to leave.

Main Lodge

Another view of the main lodge.

One of the beautiful suites at Little Garonga.

Bathing at Little Garonga.

Prices are in the South African Rand.  In Canadian dollars, costs per night in Safari camp is anywhere from $350 to $400, depending on when you visit.  This cost includes all meals, laundry, excursions, etc.  A stay at Little Garonga is substantially more–over $1,000 per night.   Air charters and other related fees are extra.

Born free, but not rich, I’m afraid.

For most of us, this is the stuff that dreams are made of.