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FLORIDA SPACE COAST TITUSVILLE TO SEBASTIAN AND EVERYTHING INBETWEEN

By June 26, 2017 General

 

 

When traveling to Florida on vacation one must take the time to visit Florida’s Space Coast area.
There are many sites and experiences that you will want to enjoy here.

 Your first stop should be The Kennedy Space Center, visitor complex.

Explore and get your tickets for the Visitor Complex.

The Rocket Garden in Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA

Space Shuttle being moved to the Launch Pad.

Saturn 5 Rocket going into space.

Shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad.

 

As you continue south on A1A you will go by Port Canaveral.  Here you will see the Cruise ships for Disney, Carnival, Royal Caribbean and other cruise line that use the port.

Above and below the two Disney Cruise Ships.

 

Above the Royal Caribbean cruise ship.

Below the Port Canaveral terminals.

Next stop on the space coast is the famous Cocoa Beach.  He you will enjoy going thru the Ron Jon Surf shop. Then cross over to the Beach it self.    If you are luck you may see some Surfing competitions, or just people out having fun surfing at the beach.

The World famous Cocoa Beach Pier.

Cocoa Beach Pier, 401 Meade Avenue, Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Continuing down A1A you will pass by Patrick Air Force Base and its beaches that are open to the Public. After passing Patrick AFB, you will be at Satellite Beach, Indialantic and Melbourne beach.  Stay at one of the Hotels and enjoy the fine Sun and Water laying while laying on the beach.

You then have many good restaurants on the beach side.

Sun on the Beach – great for breakfast

Blueberry Muffin

Djon’s Steak & Lobster House – Melbourne beech. 

You will also want to go into Historic Melbourne Center for shopping dining.

 

Here is a list of Restaurants in Historic Melbourne Florida that you will enjoy eating at.

Island Pasta Co.

Matt’s Casbah – Outside seating and music.

The Burger Place

Meg O’Malley’s – a taste of Ireland.

The Mansion – Large selection of Wine and 68 Beer taps with rooftop seating overlooking the Indian River.

Mainstreet Pub

Firehouse grill

Chart House Restaurant

Just a few, with many other types of restaurants including a Brew House.

 

The area also has both Public and Private Gold courses for you enjoy.

You always have to watch the hazards.

 

Come to the Space Coast and enjoy the sun, surf and may other attractions in this wonderful area.

 

 

 

 

 

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Boston Massachusetts

By March 9, 2017 General

Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1630 on the Shawmut Peninsula by Puritan settlers from England, it was named for the English town Boston, Lincolnshire. It is the 23 most populace city in the United States and the largest city in the New England States. Boston is also part of the cradle of Liberty, it is known for these events that took place during the American Revolution the Boston Massacre, Boston Tea Party, the Battle of Bunker Hill and the Siege of Boston. You can see these sites and others if you take the Boston Free Trail tour.  Boston has old world charm in a New World country.  From Beacon Hill with its gas lit street lights to Tremont Street with malls and shopping for all. It is also a Mecca for higher education with, Boston College, Boston University, North Eastern University and Tuffs University and many others.

 

 

 

When visiting Boston which is a must, here is a list of sites and attractions you will want to see.

 

  1. Faneuil Hall Marketplace
  2. Boston Common
  3. Swann Boat Ride
  4. Boston Massacre Site
  5. Paul Revere House
  6. Old State House Museum
  7. Old North Church
  8. USS Constitution Museum and ship
  9. Bunker Hill Monument
  10. Skywalk Observatory
  11. Fenway Park and the Green Monster

 

Below is the Faneuil Hall Market Place.

 

Below is one of many cobble streets and Gas lights on Beacon Hill.

 

Boston Common and the Swann Boat ride.

 

Paul Revers House.

Old North Church with Paul Revers Statue.  A must see.

 

Fenway Park and the Green Monster with the Iconic CITGO sign in the background.  Built in 1912 it is the oldest MLB park in the United States.

 

The USS Constitution, the Oldest Active Ship in the United States Navy and manned by Active Naval Personnel.

There are many more sites and attractions you will want to see so you may need more than one trip to Boston. Once you visit Boston you will want to come back time and time again.

 

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Niagara Falls

By February 23, 2017 General

Niagara Falls straddles the international border between Canada and the United States.  To be more specific it is between the province of Ontario, Canada and the state of New York, USA. They form the southern end of the Niagara Gorge.

There are three waterfalls, the Horseshoe Falls, the American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls.

The Horseshoe Falls border the United States (New York State) and Canada (Province of Ontario).  The American Falls and the Bridal Veil Falls are both in the United States.

The International boundary line was drawn through the Horseshoe Falls in 1819, but the boundary has been disputed due to the erosion and construction on Goat Island.

The Falls are located on the Niagara River, which drains both Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

The Falls have a vertical drop of more than 165 feet.  When taken into account, all three of the Falls, have the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world.

Here are a few things to do when visiting Niagara Falls.

  1. Maid of the Mist
  2. Niagara Gorge Trail
  3. Skylon Tower Observation Deck.  This is on the Canadian Side of the Falls.

If you are visiting on the Canadian side of the Falls you can take the Maid of the Mist boat ride and you will want to have an evening meal in the Skylon Tower and enjoy the Falls all lit up.

 

 

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CHICAGO ILLINOIS

By February 18, 2017 General

Chicago, Illinois also known as the windy city borders on the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago is the largest and most populous city in the Midwest United States.  Like New York City, it has many tourist destinations within its city limits that visitors can enjoy when visiting or on vacation.

 

Here is a list of the top Chicago Attractions you will want to see when you visit Chicago.

 

  1. Navy Pier

  1. Art Institute of Chicago

  1. Shedd Aquarium

  1. Museum of Science and Industry

German U Boat in the Museum of Science and Industry.

  1. Adler Planetarium

  1. SkyDeck Chicago, the view from the ledge.

 

  1. 360 Chicago in the John Hancock tower.

  1. Lincoln Park Zoo

 

The 110-ton  Metallic “Bean”

Wrigley Field Home of the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago on Lake Michigan.

 

You might also want to Visit the Naval Station Great Lakes it is home to the United States Navy’s only boot camp.  There you can visit the National Museum of the American Sailor one of 10 Navy Museums.  The museums mission is to select, collect, preserve and interpret the history of the United States Navy in particular on the Navy’s enlisted Sailor. Here is a link to the museums.  (https://www.history.navy.mil/content/history/museums/nmas.html)

 

 

Naval Recruits Graduation at Naval Station Great Lakes.

 

US Naval Training Center Great Lakes

 

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Duluth Minnesota

By February 16, 2017 General

On our drive to Duluth Minnesota from St. Cloud, we went thru some of the most scenic farmlands.  We arrived in Duluth in the early afternoon it was about two and half hours from St. Cloud and checked into our hotel.  Our Hotel was on Lake Superior, which gave us the opportunity to take a nice walk along the Canal Park Drive.  We spent four days in Duluth, enjoying the North Shore Drive along Lake Superior, doing some hiking, and biking.  We also enjoyed some of the many good restaurants in the area.  One restaurant that was recommended to us  was about 20 minutes north on the Shore Drive known as the Scenic Café, it overlooks Lake Superior and has amazing cuisine.

Duluth Minnesota

We stayed at the Hampton Inn, Overlooks Lake Superior and has the Lake walk right on the beach.  We had beautiful weather while we were there.  We spent two nights at the Hampton.  A third night at the South Pier Inn on the Canal.

The Hampton Inn and the view from the Inn.

The South Pier Inn on the Canal.  Would highly recommend this Inn to stay at.  Was Great.

The Scenic Cafe and the view of Lake Superior.

Biking along the Shore Drive with great views of Lake Superior.

Gooseberry Falls State Park, Lower and Middle falls.  Easy to get to from the Highway and has a nice paved walkway on the lower falls.

Lake Superior.

If you enjoy sitting outside at a restaurant and enjoying a nice glass of Wine or a local Beer, then you must go to the Canal Park Brewing Company on the Canal Park Drive.

From in side the Canal Park Brewing restaurant.

And the view from outside the restaurant.

Lighthouse at the Canal entrance to the Harbor.

Outside the balcony enjoying the sunset at the end of the day.

 

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Yellowstone National Park

By February 11, 2017 General

 

We arrived at the Park on Saturday September 15, 2015 it was raining and cold.  After checking into the Hotel, we decided to take a walk around town, and checked out some of the restaurants.  The next day we got up to explore the park it was raining but we did not let that deter us from going in and having a good time.  We saw some of the Wild life, lots of Bison, Mule Deer and Pronghorn.  In the water streams, we would see groups of Otters swimming together.  When we entered the park, we headed south towards Old Faithful stopping on the way to see, The Great Fountain Geyser, Grand Prismatic Spring, Black Sand Basin and then Old Faithful.  We also did some of the off shoots to see the waterfalls and gorges these were a little scary being only one care width and one-way only.

Town of Madison

The Hot Springs.

Some of the falls and gorges.

Old Faithful Geyser

Next day we entered the park and headed north towards Mammoth Hot Springs.  When we reached the Norris Geyser Basin, we decided to change our direction and head towards Canyon Village and then to Tower-Roosevelt.  We would then go on to Mammoth Hot Springs.  We passed Canyon Village and as we made our way towards Tower-Roosevelt at about an elevation of 9000 ft., it started to snow and heavily.  We then made the decision to go back to Norris Geyser Basin and head to Mammoth Hot Springs.

Mammoth Springs

On our way towards leaving the park, we stopped at the Albright Visitor Center.  As we were going to our car, we stopped and looked across the street at the park headquarters to see a number of Mule Deer just lying around and enjoying the human crowed who were taking pictures of them.

Leaving the park we went thru the town of Gardiner

The wild west!

 

 

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Pacific Northwest Seattle and Tacoma

By February 9, 2017 General

While visiting  Seattle Washington, there are many attractions and events that you can enjoy while there. Here is a short list of places that we went to and enjoyed while staying in the area.

The Seattle Space Needle, built for the 1962 World’s fair. Great View of the City, Puget Sound, Mount Rainer and the country side.

The Public Market and Farmers Market.

The Seattle Aquarium.

Wings over Seattle, An Aerial Adventure, great for the whole family.

Seattle Great wheel, a Ferris wheel on the waterfront.

Restaurants in Seattle

When visiting the Market Place there are a number of good restaurants and specialty food stores to try. This web site will give you a good list of where to eat. (http://www.pikeplacemarket.org/where-eat).

 

 

Before you get to Tacoma, you might want to take a tour of Boeing Aircraft Factory which is just south of Seattle at Boeing field.  Next stop would be the Museum of Flight, they have the largest display of aircraft on the West Coast.  Before you go you might want to visit the web site for the Museum where you can purchase your tickets, see the types of exhibits and sign up to be a member if you want. (http://www.museumofflight.org/).

 

Further south is the City of Tacoma, which has many tourist attractions to enjoy and good restaurants.

 

  1. There is the Museum district.

Tacoma Art Museum

Museum of Glass (https://museumofglass.org/)

 

American Car Museum (https://www.americascarmuseum.org/)

 

 

Washington State History Museum (http://www.washingtonhistory.org/)

 

Fort Nisqually Living History Museum (http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/fort-nisqually-living-history-museum) this is a great museum for the kids.

For your dinning pleasure in and around Tacoma, you will want to go along the waterfront here you will have a good choice of restaurants with outdoor dining on Puget Sound with beautiful views of the water and Mount Rainer.

Duke’s Chowder House (Our favorite).

Dukes on the Waterfront.

View of Mount Rainer from Dukes Restaurant.

 

Other good restaurants on the waterfront are:

Harbor Lights Restaurant

Tides Tavern

C.I. Shenanigans

 

There also many fine eating establishments in and around downtown Tacoma.

 

 

 

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North to Lacey Washington

By February 5, 2017 General

Leaving Yosemite National Park, heading towards Washington State we passed thru Northern California enjoying the scenery of the Cascade Mountain Range.  The first mountain we pass was Mount Shasta, standing at 14,162 feet high although it was a clear beautiful day; the view of the mountain was limited because of the smoke from the California wild fires. (See picture below)  We stopped at a roadside rest area to admire the view and take some pictures of the mountain.

Continuing on to Lacey, Washington, we passed thru Oregon State where we plan to return to Portland and spend time with family later in our trip.  Just like our travel thru California, the mountain scenery was just as beautiful.  As we neared Portland, we could see Mount Hood, standing at 11,230 ft. high, another of the tall mountains in the Cascade Mountain Range.

 

Crossing over the Columbia River into Washington State, we continued on where we passed a more famous mountain in the Cascade Range Mount St. Helen.  On May 18, 1980, America and the world saw the eruption of Mt. St. Helen.  This was the first major volcanic eruption since that of Mount Lassen Peak, California, which occurred in 1915.

1980 Eruption of Mt. St. Helen.

Mt St. Helen as it looks today.  (Also shrouded in smoke from the California fires).

Mount Lessen Peak

We finally arrived in Lacey for our visit with family.

We did a day trip to the Mt. St. Helen National Volcanic Monument

The Lava Gorge created by the explosion and lava flow.

More of the Gorge from the Lava flow.

The suspension bridge that crosses the lower end of the gorge.

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Yosemite National Park

By February 3, 2017 General

Yosemite National Park was a must see for us on our West Coast trip around the country.  With tall pine trees, granite monoliths and rippling meadow grasses it is one of the wonders of the natural world.  Driving to the park and viewing the scenery was just aw inspiring.

You need a few days in the park to enjoy the streams, rock formations, waterfalls and the wild life that abounds there.  There are over 800 hiking trails for both the novice and then for the more advance individuals.  You can take the easy half mile stroll on the valley floor or around the giant sequoia trees.  The more advanced hikers is the top of the Half Dome trail a 17 mile round trip hike.

Yosemite Half Dome.

Half Dome from a different view.

When visiting the park we went to the Majestic Mountain Lodge and had lunch in the large dinning room with an excellent view outside.  There is also outside dinning for you scenic pleasure.

There are many places to eat and sleep within the park you can see the list at the official park site (http://www.travelyosemite.com/)

You can also follow my blog at (<a href=”https://www.bloglovin.com/blog/18472433/?claim=qrfskd6sxa6″>Follow my blog with Bloglovin</a>) to see more about our trip to the National parks and around the USA.

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Hotel and Resturants

By February 2, 2017 General

Hotels and Restaurants

On our trip we worked as a team in planning out the day’s events and the distance we would drive.

Using the Road Atlas we would highlight the route that would take us to the park we chose to visit.

As I drove my wife would be the navigator, she kept us on the correct path. In the evening we would plan out our next day’s adventure, again using our atlas to highlight our route and keep the navigator alert.

We chose our favorite hotel chain to take advantage of the points (for the free nights!) throughout our trip.  This of course did not stop us from staying with family and friends.

Some Helpful tips:

  • Take advantage of the Hotel breakfasts and be sure to take along some yogurts and fresh fruits for those long drives.
  • Check with the Hotel clerks for the best restaurant in town, (the one the locals go to) make sure to ask if you need reservations.
  • If you have not gone to a National Park, at the first park you go to make sure you sign up for the Lifetime Pass for U.S. Citizens 62 and older.

 

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