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  • Glacier National Park Photo Essay
    location of historical Lake McDonald Lodge Alan took this photo of St Mary Lake the park s second largest lake on a moody fall day Off the Beaten Path Polebridge Mercantile serves the North Fork area of Glacier Polebridge is a funky enclave on the west side of Glacier National Park Boomers can also access Bowman and Kintla Lakes from here Polebridge Mercantile provides services and delicious baked goods to campers hikers and hardy souls who live in the area for the summer Be sure to hang around for a meal at the Northern Lights Saloon And if you re visiting the park over the 4th of July the most creative parade in the U S will be rolling down the gravel road to Polebridge Scenic Views At Logan s Pass on the trail to Hidden Lake overlook Turn in any direction and you ll find natural beauty at Glacier But my favorite spot for the view is at Logan Pass At 6 464 ft it s the summit of Going to the Sun Road This photo is taken from the boardwalk path as it leads across the tundra for the short hike to an overlook of Hidden Lake In the summer you ll be accompanied by blooming wildflowers and sightings of mountain goats If it s a heavy snow year the snowplows could still be clearing snow until July from this portion of Going to the Sun Road You can monitor the snowplowing progress at the National Parks Flickr page Personally I enjoy watching this Going to the Sun snowplowing video Glacier Hikes Swiftcurrent Lake in the Many Glacier area Twenty five glaciers from the same NPS data I referenced above give this Montana national park its name And yes they are shrinking So you better lace up those

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  • Tips for Visiting El Morro National Mounment
    of the sandstone cliff I could understand why travelers stopped at the tree shaded pool which is replenished by rainwater and snow melt Old West graffiti Continuing along the base of the rock we began to see messages from long ago First petroglyphs and the hand prints of the Anasazi Turning a corner we came to a poem scratched into the stone by a Spanish explorer followed by a letter chiseled in perfect penmanship by a Western adventurer Over 2 000 inscriptions and petroglyphs mark the walls However don t think that you can leave your boomer message to eternity Since 1906 U S federal law has prohibited marking on the sandstone cliff of El Morro An explorer leaves a message The pavement ends as Mesa Rock Trail leads to the top of the mesa 2 mile round trip hike from the visitor s center Climbing the stone staircase carved into the rocks will take you on a 200 ft climb to the remnants of an Anasazi pueblo Due to the heat we saved this hike for another day opting for lunch at a shaded picnic area near the El Morro visitor s center instead A walkway leads to graffiti from Western explorers This is isolated country It s about a 43 mile drive from Grants the headquarters for our El Morro National Monument visit More lodging is available in Gallup or Ramah Another national monument El Malpais is located on SR 53 just up the road from El Morro Lava flows cinder cones and lava tubes dominate the rugged landscape Alan had his heart set on driving the Chain of Craters Backcountry Byway Unfortunately rain had turned the high clearance road into a dangerous mud and caliche mix so we saved this boomer adventure for another day Want to

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  • Hiking the North Rim at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
    and a deep gorge that s every bit as impressive as the Grand Canyon A scenic drive with six dramatic overlooks offers numerous photographic opportunities Sharp eyed visitors might spot an expert climber traversing the steep routes along the canyon walls Hiking trails range from short nature walks to longer treks At the ranger station we asked the ranger s advice for moderate day hikes Deadhorse trail his recommendation proved to be the perfect choice The 5 mile round trip hike took us through high desert vegetation decorated with summer wildflowers The trail followed rolling terrain to the canyon s edge where we could hear the roar from the Gunnison River as it rushed through the gorge For overnight visitors a pinyon pine shaded campground offers 13 sites on a first come first serve basis Since I prefer a little luxury mixed in with my adventure Alan and I stayed at LeRoux Creek Inn in nearby Hotchkiss Colorado Sipping a glass of Chambourcin on their deck is my idea of relaxing after an adventure filled day But we ve only scratched the surface at Black Canyon of the Gunnison Next time we ll travel to the South Rim near Montrose the park s major entrance Here a rim drive with 12 overlooks provides another view of the canyon Plus East Portal Road a steep drive filled with curves accesses the Gunnison River Please note the road to the North Rim is closed during winter but the South Rim remains open throughout the year Have you visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email to ask a question or share your experience You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of

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  • Arches National Park: Delicate Arch Sunset Photo
    West Delicate Arch While on a photo workshop with Exposure36 Photography in Arches National Park Alan captured this sunset photo when the group took a late afternoon hike to Delicate Arch for a sunset photography session at the most famous arch in the world Since the trail crossed over slick rock this boomer chickened out due to her fear of heights The 3 mile round trip journey only climbs 480 feet but there is one section that travels along a rocky ledge for about 200 yards Alan says that I could have made it as the trail is fairly wide Photographers who stay for the very last hues of sunset that s when the best shots occur must make the hike back to the car in the dark It s a boomer adventure that I m sorry to have missed Have you hiked to Delicate Arch Post a comment to tell us about it Next time I m going for it New here We hope you ll come again To keep up with us subscribe to our posts sign up for our monthly newsletter or keep up with baby boomer travel news and deals at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park Seven Off the Beaten Path National Parks to Avoid the Crowds Montreal City Guide A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes About Donna Hull A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet she is also the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure and Coloring the West An Adult Coloring Book for Travelers View all posts

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  • explore Archives
    Hull on 2016 03 19 in Boomer travel tips Plan Trip Tips Are you considering traveling to Europe Spring and fall are wonderful seasons to experience Italy Spain or your favorite European country Although the weather is not as consistently good you ll avoid the summer throngs of tourists And that s a good thing Alan and I are big believers in planning ahead So ask yourself these questions before Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure If You Only Have One Day in Key West By Donna Hull on 2016 03 11 in Boomer road trips Destinations Florida North America Southeast United States If your Florida travel plans include spend a day in Key West I might as well warn you that s not enough time With a vibrant waterfront playing host to a killer sunset colorful historic homes to explore along tree shaded side streets and an energetic vibe emanating from local restaurants and bars you ll be crying in your Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure 6 Questions About Cruising to Antarctica By Donna Hull on 2016 01 22 in Antarctica Bucket list trips Destinations It s been about a week since Alan and I returned from cruising to Antarctica We keep asking each other Did we really go there The trip seems so distant Perhaps it s that our senses are overloaded and we ve yet to process all that we experienced on this trip of a lifetime We ve just begun the process Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cruising to El Brujo Glacier By Donna Hull on 2016 01 16 in Chile Cruise excursions Destinations Go South America Trip Tips Want to make your holiday cruise a white one or blue in this case Choose an itinerary that visits a glacier When Alan and I sailed in South America on Seabourn Quest Christmas Day began with a 6 00 a m wakeup call to see the icy toe of El Brujo Glacier in the Chilean Fjords We Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cruising to Antarctica With Seabourn By Donna Hull on 2015 12 17 in Active travel Antarctica Chile Luxury cruise reviews South America Earlier this year in Tips for Making a Travel Bucket List I wrote that Alan and I would be checking an item off our bucket list in 2015 with an Antarctica trip Well it s almost here We re so excited to be experiencing an active boomer travel adventure that s at the very top of our want to do list We ll be Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Riding to Georgia s Beautiful Golden Isles By A Guest Writer on 2015 12 03 in Boomer road trips Destinations Georgia Southeast United States Although we love any form of travel we re always on the lookout for a great boomer roadtrip adventure Last month guest contributer Diane White took us on a Harley Adventure to the Four Corners Today she s back to take

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  • Visit London with your grownup child
    bus in London Based on a great tip from the internet we decided to explore the city using public transportation Upon arrival I bought two 7 days Oyster cards valid on all buses and underground Using the underground gave us a chance to move around efficiently At the same time it gave me that great urban feeling Every big city I visit I pride myself in mastering the metro system However sitting on top of the double decker was my favorite Gabriel and I could see the city unfold observe the crazy traffic watch people listen to the sounds of the city and talk at the same time a nice way to keep the conversation going between mother and son From our hotel in Kensington we walked to Hyde Park passed Royal Albert Hall and visited the famous fashion warehouses Harrods Harvey Nichols and Selfridge Such monumental architecture The interior of Harrods cannot be described in words it has to be seen in real life Walking among bags shoes clothing and perfume from all the leading fashion brands like Hermes Prada Chanel Dior Burberry and Mulberry was heaven for me Portobello Road Not far away from Harrods on Regent street you ll find fashion brand stores like Barbour Burberry Tommy Hilfiger Jaeger Aquascutum Gap and Duchamp If these brands are not your favorites Hermes Bulgari Chanel Emporio Armani and Jimmy Choo are located on the adjacent New Bond Street and Oxford Street Shopping enthusiasts could spend days just exploring this area It was here that we found the huge M M store where Gabriel found lots of material for his assignment about marketing towards children Gabriel wanted to visit the famous Camden market so we combined our wishlists to make a full day of it Starting at Notting Hill Gabriel and I walked to Portobello where we discovered lots of antiques high priced brands and tidiness at Portobello Road Walking the long road is a highly recommended thing to do At the end of Portobello Road we caught a bus and sat on the top all the way through Oxford street Piccadilly Circus Trafalgar Square and more We got off at Liverpool station to catch the underground to Camden At Camden market it was hectic with displays of leather tattoos pipes and bongs and low priced artsy items Gabriel loved it and I had a delicious Cobb salad at the Diner Hanging with my son in London was a success We managed to catch up and strengthen our relationship And we both fell in love with London My Must do list for a great mother grown up son stay in London I did a lot of research in order to find the perfect hotel with the best location and best suited for my budget You spend quite a few hours in the room and its important that you like the room and are able to relax there Kensington Close was the perfect hotel for our stay in London Research the

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  • Wyoming Archives
    A Golden Road Trip By Donna Hull on 2011 10 08 in National Park adventures North America See United States West Wyoming A fall leaf peeping trip usually means a drive somewhere along the U S East Coast to see a brilliant landscape colored red purple and gold But don t forget the mountains of the West when making your boomer road trip plans On a fall visit to Grand Teton National Park Alan and I discovered a vibrant Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Spouting Off in Yellowstone By Donna Hull on 2011 05 24 in Destinations Do National Park adventures North America United States West Wyoming Updated 04 01 2016 Are you planning a national park adventure in Yellowstone this summer Don t forget to visit the geysers Did you know that Old Faithful the world s most famous geyser is just one of 10 000 thermal features in the Wyoming park When Alan and I made a fall trip to Yellowstone we spent several hours exploring Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Autumn s Reflection at Oxbow Bend By Donna Hull on 2010 09 25 in National Park adventures North America See United States West Wyoming On an early October visit to Grand Teton National Park Alan and I joined a crowd of photographers to capture the fall colors reflecting in the water at Oxbow Bend Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saturday s scene Blowing Off Steam By Donna Hull on 2010 06 05 in North America Off the beaten path travel See United States West Wyoming At Yellowstone National Park Alan and I discovered that Old Faithful wasn t the only geyser blowing off steam We don t remember the name of this one but it s on the

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  • National Park Photography Tips
    never seen such an array of lenses tripods and cameras in my life The photo shoot at sunrise The same If you need help on where to go and how to take the best national park photos check out the national park photography tips books on Amazon and you ll find plenty of valuable information including the popular The Photographer s Guide series But we have a little advice of our own to share National Park Photography Tips When photographing iconic scenes in the National Parks expect the company of other photographers But don t let that stop you from taking your perfect picture We ve found the photography crowd to be respectful and helpful to other camera buffs Here are a few tips to ensure success Arrive early to stake out a prime spot Don t walk in front of another photographer s shot Find a new perspective on a familiar scene by shifting positions shooting high low or at an angle Strike up a conversation You might learn a valuable new technique or insider info on another photogenic location Look around you Don t miss a photographic opportunity because you re shooting the same scene as everyone else Go with a pro A photography expert leading a workshop knows where to go and when to be there for that perfect shot Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park Want to know what the experts say Kodak offers national park photography tips Profession photographer Michael Melford offers tips for photographing in national parks on the National Geographic site Do you have any national park photography tips Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel Feet page on Facebook or send us an email You may also like to read Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Sunrise

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