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Photo of the Day – Los Cabos Mexico

Posted by on Sep 19, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Los Cabos Mexico

The 20-mile stretch of trans-peninsular freeway that connects the sleepy town of San Jose del Cabo and the nightlife capital of Cabo San Lucas is home to some of the Pacific’s most beautiful coastline. Known simply as “The Corridor,” the area of Los Cabos Mexico is lined with dozens of exclusive hotels and resorts and it’s a haven for those seeking sandy shores, spas, golf courses and the occasional margarita or two. And if that’s not enough to lure you south of the border, between the months of January and March, migrating grey whales put on a daily show easily visible from the shoreline. During these months Mexico’s sunny shores boast some of the best whale watching found anywhere in the world. 

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Photo of the Day – Port Lockroy Antarctica

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Port Lockroy Antarctica

Located on the Palmer Archipelago of the British Antarctic Territory, the natural harbor of Port Lockroy Antarctica has a colorful history. Used as a whaling station from 1911 to 1931, the island became a British military base during World World II. In 1996, the base was renovated and today Port Lockroy is one of the most popular destinations for cruise ship passengers to Antarctica. The United Kingdom Antarctic Trust operates the station as both a museum and a post office. Its small souvenir shop offers Antarctic visitors their only opportunity for shopping on the continent and proceeds support the upkeep of the island and other historic sites around Antarctica. The tiny post office box is perhaps the world’s most remote and gives visitors the once-in-a-lifetime chance to send postcards home from the frozen continent.

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Photo of the Day – Vancouver British Columbia

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Vancouver British Columbia

Nestled between the striking Coast Mountains and the vast Pacific Ocean, Vancouver’s naturally scenic beauty is impossible to ignore. Continuously ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities over the past decade, in 2010 Vancouver British Columbia was ranked as the city with the 4th highest quality of living in the world. Boasting a moderate climate by Canadian standards, Vancouver’s downtown area is eminently walkable and features both historical buildings and a wealth of parks and gardens. Perhaps the city’s most famous green space is Stanley Park. With beaches, magnificent views and miles of walking and cycling trails, the park is one of the best places to appreciate all this majestic Canadian city has to offer.

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Photo of the Day – Diamond Head Lighthouse, Hawaii

Posted by on Sep 16, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Diamond Head Lighthouse, Hawaii

Perched on the side of Waikiki’s famous extinct volcano, the Diamond Head Lighthouse was built in 1899 and spreads light 18 miles out into the Pacific Ocean. In the 1820’s ships were drawn to the coastline of Waikiki by what they thought were diamonds in the rocks of the volcano’s slopes. Though these “diamonds” turned out to be clear calcite crystals, the name Diamond Head stuck, as did the need to warn sailors of the dangerous reefs. Though the lighthouse is not open to the public, it can easily be viewed from overhead from the summit of Diamond Head crater for those making the early morning hike to the top. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the lighthouse is no longer manned but continues to keep vigil warning ships of the danger of the Diamond Head reefs.

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Photo of the Day – Roche Harbor, San Juan Island

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Roche Harbor, San Juan Island

Located on the northwest side of San Juan Island, the quaint village of Roche Harbor is perhaps best known for its landmark Hotel de Haro, named for Spanish explorer Gonzalo Lopez de Haro, the first European to discover the San Juan Islands. Lime production was once a major industry in the islands and the small protected harbor was as originally developed as a company town for the Tacoma and Roche Harbor Lime Company, which incorporated in 1886. The sheltered anchorage of Roche Harbor’s marina is a designated port of entry for those sailing the San Juan Islands and considered one of the best marinas in the Western United States. Whether you stay at the historic Hotel de Haro, dock at one of the marina’s 377 slips or simply visit for an afternoon from Friday Harbor like I recently did, this tiny village with its yellow-brick roads, flowering arbor and quaint shops will likely be the highlight of your visit to the islands.

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Photo of the Day – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Friday Harbor, San Juan Island

When visiting Washington’s San Juan Islands, the historic town of Friday Harbor makes a terrific base for exploration. The harbor town delights with open-air markets, art galleries, shops, restaurants and a variety of hotels and B&B’s. From town, it’s easy to get around the island using the San Juan Transit mini-bus which travels the Scenic Byway making stops at all the islands parks and points of interest. Don’t miss wine tasting at San Juan Vineyards, the alpacas at Krystal Acres or harvesting your own lavender at the Pelindaba Lavender Farm. Whale watching tours are the most popular activity on San Juan Island but for those who prefer to stay on dry land, the killer whales can still be spotted regularly from shore, especially from the Whale Watch point at Lime Kiln Park on the western side of the island.

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Photo of the Day – San Juan Islands, Washington

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – San Juan Islands, Washington

Named for a Spanish explorer and made up of more than 400 islands and rocky outcrops, the San Juan Islands straddle the border between the US and Canada. Just 65 miles north of Seattle, the islands are part of the US state of Washington. The four largest islands -San Juan, Orcas, Lopez and Shaw – can be easily reached from the mainland via scenic passenger ferry service from the coastal town of Anacortes. Best known for their resident pods of orca whales, the San Juan Islands are also home to the greatest concentration of Bald Eagles in the continental United States. The main island of San Juan makes the perfect base for exploration with hotel options in Friday Harbor and Roche Harbor. Hiking trails abound and whales can be regularly spotted from shore, especially on the western side of the island at Lime Kiln Park where you’ll also find the lighthouse pictured here. The most popular activities throughout the islands are sea kayaking and whale-watching during the summer months of May to September when whale watching tour operators boast a 90% success rate for orca sightings.

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