Travel

Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona

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The Horseshoe Bend is located just outside Page, Arizona. As I approached Page (from the south), I saw a sign for the Horseshoe Bend, made a left turn into the parking lot, and started on the trek. Reaching the Horseshoe Bend requires a short march up a hill and then a downward hike to the [...]

Grand Canyon Photography

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I found it difficult to capture the full beauty of the Grand Canyon. In the morning, when the sun first hits the canyon walls, the colors begin to warm up. ISO 100, 20 mm, f/5.6, 1/60 seconds However, as the sun rises, the sunlight totally washes out the colors of the canyons. I didn’t find [...]

Hoover Dam Tours

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Located about an hour out of Las Vegas, Hoover Dam is a natural stop when heading out to or back from the Grand Canyon. Hoover Dam offers several different tours from admission to the visitor center to tours of the dam and powerplant. The visitor center offers exhibits on the history of the Colorado River, [...]

Grand Canyon Hotel and Dining

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The Grand Canyon provides beautiful vistas throughout the year. If you are willing to endure some cold weather, the winter season offers an opportunity to visit explore the canyon when the crowds are few and far between. To book a Grand Canyon hotel or lodge, visit the Grand Canyon Lodges website. Depending on the time [...]

Exploratorium, San Francisco, CA

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On a foggy San Francisco morning, I stopped by the Palace of Fine Arts to visit the Exploratorium. While the museum is off the 101, transportation is a hassle because a stretch of 101 winds through the City of San Francisco, with all the attendant problems that crowded streets and endless blocks of traffic lights [...]

Las Caletas or Las Marietas Eco Discovery

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While trip planning, I could not decide between Las Caletas and Las Marietas Eco Discovery. Both sounded similar in that they were boat trips with the option to snorkel and kayak. However, these adventures were completely different. Sea Sick. Las Marietas is located in Banderas Bay, and the journey out there can be unpleasant for [...]

Las Caletas

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Of all the tours offered by Vallarta Adventures, I enjoyed Las Caletas the most. Like the other tours, we started with breakfast at the Nuevo Vallarta center before boarding a catamaran. The ship proceeded to Marina Vallarta, where it picked up additional passengers, and then headed straight to Las Caletas. The ship traveled parallel to [...]

Las Marietas Eco Discovery

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The Las Marietas Eco Discovery tour starts with breakfast at Vallarta Adventures. And, depending on your susceptibility to motion sickness, this may or may not be a good idea. If you require dramamine, picking it up at a local pharmacy in the United States would be a good idea because shops are far and few [...]

Puerto Vallarta v. Nuevo Vallarta

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If you are not sure if you should stay in Puerto Vallarta v. Nuevo Vallarta, consider this Nuevo Vallarta panorama. A bit difficult to see, so I’ve added a scrollable version below. You can see construction cranes working on new developments, as well as large expanses of space between the different resorts. Don’t be fooled [...]

San Sebastian del Oeste

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San Sebastián is a historic mining town located in the mountains almost two hours from Puerto Vallarta. I joined the bus tour that departed from Vallarta Adventures after breakfast. The road to San Sebastian passes through rural Mexico, where you will see abundant fruit trees, horses, cattle and the like. While Puerto Vallarta in June [...]