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  • Handcrafted Bracelets That Give Back
    available upon request The Marine Life Collection includes my favorite sea animals Green Global Travel sent me the Marine Life Collection to try out The dolphin family bracelet sea turtle bracelet and spotted ray bracelet The colors are perfect to wear year round but they ll go especially well with my summer outfits Wearing all three bracelets at once really makes a statement But when I want to dress more casually I ll probably pair two of them together In fact I did just that on a short getaway to Grey Cliffs Ranch in Three Forks Montana And since I like to be different I ll also pair one or two of the bracelets with a silver charm bracelet that I already own or perhaps a silver bangle bracelet I ve enjoyed wearing since high school I wore two bracelets from the Sea Life Collection to dinner at Grey Cliffs Ranch The Bracelets That Give Back collection will be fun to wear while traveling They re eye catching without being flashy while adding just enough pizzaz to dress up an outfit And wearing them will remind me of my own travels on a South African safari the enjoyment I get from swimming with stingrays and the time I watched hummingbirds attack a feeder on a trip to Ouray Colorado The Green Global Travel Shop also includes a handpicked collection of gifts crafted by fair trade artisans and co ops from around the world Bret and Mary explain why purchasing fair trade items is so important By buying products from Fair Trade certified exporters or buying directly from producers when we travel we can ensure that local artists and craftsmen earn a fair wage for their work And once again 10 of the profits from the Green Global Travel Shop will

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  • Discover Waterton Lakes with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies
    is set for adventure Each day riders head out to explore a different destination ranging from mountain valleys to ridge tops and alpine lakes On horseback you can travel much farther into the backcountry than by walking and you still get back into camp in time for a shower and hearty dinner Paddle on Kayakers take in the spectacular scenery on Upper Waterton Lake Photo courtesy of Parks Canada Each evening after dinner everyone gathers in the doughnut a canvas tent designed like a tipi for music and a singalong and a chance to share stories jokes and highlights of the day This summer the after dinner activities will include not only musical entertainment but also a cowboy poet a naturalist and a dance caller getting everyone up for square dance lessons The last night in camp wraps it all up with a celebration and everyone participating with a story poem song joke or any other way they d like to share Teepee Town with The Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Photo by Judy Fleetham Stuart references the film City Slickers to describe what the Trail Riders have to offer We are very much like that we take city people out into the backcountry although it s not a cattle drive it s a trail ride It s about education and submersing people into our western cowboy culture Judi Pearce went on her first trail ride last summer with the Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies Describing herself as a beginning rider who knew which end of a horse was up but who hadn t ridden in many years it was an adventure for Judi a widow who is absolutely coming back to do another trip this summer Waterton is very very beautiful and it has the additional significance of being the International Peace Park where Waterton joins up with Glacier National Park she says I loved the mountains and I loved the wildflowers we saw It was just beautiful You could see forever There were high mountain lakes that you could only ever see if you went by helicopter It was a real emotional high Now I know why John Denver wrote Rocky Mountain High That s really what it felt like The wranglers from Alpine Stables Judi adds did an amazing job they knew every inch of that territory The horses were amazing There were times when we were riding along a cliff edge and you would look down and say I hope this horse really knows what it s doing It was fun There were lots of laughs The people that came were such a diverse group There were people from every walk of life from all over the U S she says With the strong U S dollar and the low Canadian dollar this is a great time for Americans to come to Canada for a vacation The sun rises in the east over Vimy Peak illuminating the Prince of Wales hotel and a majestic

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2016/04/19/waterton-lakes-national-park/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Sunrise on Maui's Haleakala National Park
    nene the state bird of Hawaii Nenes are greatly endangered birds that unfortunately don t do much to help their own cause These curious creatures all too frequently hang out on the side of the road and it s every visitor s responsibility to be on the lookout State Bird of Hawaii You re likely to see nenes and silverswords on Haleakala s many hiking trails which range from strenuous overnight trips to modest nature walks My personal favorite is Hosmer s Grove a short loop near the visitor s center This area was once an experimental forestation project and trees from around the world were planted in hopes of creating a timber industry This is the last place you d expect to see Norwegian Spruce but there it is This is one of the quietest most peaceful trails I ve ever explored and it s due in part to the work of The Friends of Haleakala Park The Friends have worked tirelessly to remove many of the invasive alien species around Hosmer s Grove and other areas of the park They also lead multi day service oriented hikes to help with this work and other aspects of park maintenance The Friends aren t the only group offering amazing travel opportunities for visitors Like all National Parks the rangers of Haleakala offer daily programs for both children and a general audience You can even go on a guided hike with them The rangers don t just offer programing at the summit side of Haleakala but also at the second section of the park the Kīpahulu District Accessible only through the remote south west coast of the island the Kipahula District entrance is just 12 miles from the town of Hana and a million miles from the look and feel of the Summit District Here in Kipahula you ll find the Maui that s sold in the brochures Everything is incredibly colourful and lush and bright a huge contrast to the unearthly desert of the summit Mini waterfalls of the Ohe o Gulch There s wonderful hiking in the Kipahula District side of the park but the most popular attraction is the turquoise waters and mini waterfalls of the Ohe o Gulch Haleakala doesn t get much better than this But with all outdoor activities take heed This area is known for slippery rocks and flash floods and the possibility of being swept out to sea would almost certainly result in disaster both rip tides and sharks like to hang out at the mouth of the pools Yes this area is gorgeous but be careful The ride to Haleakala may look short on a map but don t be deceived A considerable portion of the drive involves a never ending series of hairpin switchbacks that are unnerving to say the least Before entering the park gates we saw a number of roadside coffee and breakfast stands which would allow travelers to stock up on hot drinks for the ride Haleakala can

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2016/04/14/haleakala-national-park/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Read My Itchy Travel Feet Articles for Boomer Inspiration
    Trail Riders of the Canadian Rockies By A Guest Writer on 2016 04 19 in Active travel Alberta Canada National Park adventures North America Although the US has a veritable treasure trove of beautiful national parks we certainly can t forget about our neighbors to the north Canada Full of amazingly diverse landscape throughout the country Canada has quite a few national parks that will blow your mind such as Waterton Lakes Located in the southwest corner of Alberta Canada Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 04 16 in News Trip Tips From Donna How often do you take a spontaneous trip It seems that all the travel that Alan and I do requires months and months of research and planning But it s spring and we have itchy travel feet Plus Alan looked at me yesterday and said you really need a break So tomorrow morning we Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park By A Guest Writer on 2016 04 14 in Active travel Hawaii National Park adventures Hawaii is one of the many US states that has been blessed with more than its fair share of natural beauty From an expansive coastline to colorful flora and breath taking landscape it s no wonder that this tropical paradise is a popular destination for travelers However for those nature loving travelers who like to get off the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Saving My Back With a Delsey Quilted Rolling UnderSeat Tote By Donna Hull on 2016 04 12 in Boomer travel tips Reviews Trip Tips Do you struggle with a heavy backpack or personal item when traveling by plane Have you considered a rolling tote bag Meet my new favorite piece of luggage the Delsey Quilted Rolling UnderSeat Tote As a boomer traveler with back issues lifting a rolling carryon into the overhead bin on an airplane results in an aching Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure News for the Week By Nicole on 2016 04 09 in News From Donna Alan and I went snowshoeing last Saturday Can you believe it Here check out the photo that I shared on Facebook be sure to like our page while you re there I know we should be thinking about spring travel but a warm sunny day for snowshoeing was more than we could resist It was our Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Seven Off the Beaten Path National Parks to Avoid the Crowds By Donna Hull on 2016 04 09 in Destinations Go National Park adventures North America Trip Tips United States West You already know our advice for avoiding crowded national park travel don t go during tourist season which usually means summer But sometimes you can t avoid prime time Maybe you re traveling with the grandkids on a multigenerational summer vacation or for whatever reason it s your time to travel If you have

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  • Tips for hiking Avalanche Lake Trail in Glacier National Park
    journey takes hikers through an old growth cedar and hemlock forest to the glacier fed Avalanche Lake Don t spend all your time taking photos of Avalanche Creek There s hiking to do It s tempting to spend way too much time photographing Avalanche Creek as the trail skirts Avalanche Gorge towards the beginning of the trail After all who can resist capturing the scene of rushing water colored by glacial silt as it twists and turns around boulders on a path through the narrow channel Continuing on the trail leaves the creek bank behind to travel through a dense forest of old growth cedar trees and hemlocks Although the creek isn t in view the sound of gurgling water rushing through the creek is loud enough to be heard most of the way to Avalanche Lake Stopping for a geology lesson on Avalanche Lake Trail You re standing on the eastern edge of the Pacific Northwest s temperate rainforest Road Scholar guide Stephanie Paidus told us as we stopped for one of her frequent lectures on the flora and fauna in Glacier National Park Learning about what we were hiking through was one of the benefits of traveling on a group hiking program Nature s cathedral in an old growth forest As the hikers became spaced out the forest grew quiet except for the twitter of birds and the rushing of the creek Sunlight filtered through the thick branches of the cedar grove casting dapples of brightness on the moss covered ground that looked like a bolt of plush green velvet cloth had been spread out underneath the trees It was tempting to sit in this soft gentle spot for a time to take in what surely must be nature s cathedral Downed trees created this new view About 1 6 miles into the hike we discovered another example of natuer s power Downed trees littered the ground from an avalanche that thundered down Mt Cannon in 2010 and a micro burst that downed more trees in 2011 While it s distressing to see so many fallen trees it did open up a mountain view of Logan s Pass that wasn t previously visible The hike s reward Avalanche Lake Reaching Avalanche Lake Alan and I chose a seat on one of the large logs that were scattered on the beach We pulled sack lunches provided by Road Scholar out of our backpacks as a gusty wind pushed clouds across the sky Munching on sandwiches while watching thin ribbons of waterfalls stream down rocky mountainsides into a lake that shimmerd in the sun was a scenic way to picnic Avalanche Creek Gorge On the return trip our group of hikers progressed each at his or her own pace meaning that Alan and I stepped it up a bit to stretch our legs on this well traveled trail The forest was just as beautiful on the way back and it gave us extra time to photograph Avalanche Creek This is

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  • Five National Park hikes for your next active boomer trip
    of the many sandstone arches that give the park its name One of the most rewarding is a hike that begins at Devil s Garden Trailhead The 2 mile round trip walk on a gravel surfaced trail leads to Landscape Arch At 306 ft it s the park s longest arch and the second longest sandstone arch in the world Be sure to take the short side trips to Tunnel and Pine Tree Arches Walk with the explorers at Mesa Rock Trail El Morro National Monument National Monuments are part of the U S National Park System so this hike 42 miles from Grants New Mexico counts in my National Parks favorites The path at El Morro National Monument is flat as visitors walk on the trail that skirts the base of a sandstone cliff where explorers etched messages into the rock The two mile round trip Mesa Rock Trail continues up a stone staircase onto a mesa where you ll see remnants of an Anasazi pueblo It s a 200 ft climb to the top so be sure to bring a supply of water especially during the summer Discover wildflowers on Deadhorse Trail Black Canyon of the Gunnison North Rim When Alan and I visited the North Rim of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison near Crawford Colorado we asked a ranger to recommend a trail for us After hiking the 5 mile round trip Deadhorse Trail we appreciated his selection We hiked through high desert vegetation decorated with summer wildflowers on a trail that followed rolling terrain to the canyon s edge where we could hear the roar from the Gunnison River as it rushed through the gorge Watching the sunset at Delicate Arch Delicate Arch at Arches National Park Would you like to photograph an outstanding sunset

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  • Visit the geysers of Yellowstone National Park
    Old Faithful and so much more Contrary to folklore Old Faithful does not erupt on the hour every hour The cone type geyser blasts off every 44 to 125 minutes according to The Geyser Observation and Study Association But don t stop here Continue your walk along the boardwalk of the Upper Geyser Basin to explore more of Yellowstone s thermal features On a walk through the Upper Geyser Basin clouds of steam dot the landscape Here water blasts high into the air in a major eruption Visitors will find that a ranger led walk is well worth their time Steam seeps from another geyser formation Does it smell Yes there s a definite sulfur odor permeating the air Clicking on the features of this Upper Geyser Basin map helps identify the major geysers in the area Where does all of the steam come from Much of Yellowstone sits in an ancient volcanic caldera Recent earthquakes in the area have led to predictions of a major eruption however the National Park Service assures visitors that a trip to Yellowstone is safe To dig deeper into the subject check out the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory site Photographers will find plenty of strange formations to photograph Besides the Upper Basin you ll want to explore Fountain Paint Pot Trail in Lower Geyser Basin Porcelain Geyser in Norris Geyser Basin and the pools in the West Thumb Geyser Basin Have you explored Yellowstone National Park Did you visit the geysers 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 the Canadian Rockies Sunrise on Maui s Haleakala National Park Seven Off the Beaten Path

    Original URL path: http://myitchytravelfeet.com/2011/05/24/visit-geysers-boomer-trip-yellowstone-national-park/ (2016-04-26)
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  • Grand Teton National Park two-day itinerary
    rather than the more luxurious Jenny Lake Lodge or Jackson Lake Lodge The rustic two room log cabin was clean and within walking distance of our two dining choices The Peaks dinner and Trapper Grill breakfast Meals came with a view that was even more delicious than the food Signal Mountain Lodge cabin On our first Grand Teton day Alan and I watched the morning fog lift to reveal snow covered mountain tops as we sat by the window at Trapper Grill enjoying a breakfast of eggs florentine with portobello mushrooms Properly fueled for the day we embarked on a combination driving and hiking tour First up a 2 mile hike to the north shore of Jenny Lake While Alan rested his sore back at the boat dock I continued 7 miles uphill to Hidden Falls A bridge crossed over the water giving me another trail to enjoy before meeting up with Alan at the boat dock for a pontoon boat ride back to the south shore of the lake As the drive continued along Teton Park Road we discovered the Church of the Transfiguration The Episcopalian log chapel sits in a meadow with the Grand Tetons as a backdrop Peeking inside I saw a woman preparing the church for a wedding Blue and white hydrangeas placed in mason jars and metal tins decorated the window sills The large window behind the altar framed the rugged mountains in a breathtaking scene I was ready to drag Alan inside to see if we could join the romantic ceremony and get married all over again Autumn colors at Oxbow Bend On the return drive to Signal Mountain Lodge we scoped out Oxbow Bend for the next day s sunrise shoot Moose grazed near the water that captured the reflection of the gray

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