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  • The bird blind at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, WA

    Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge: So Verdant, So Rich

      People come to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge for the birds. It is like a paradise on earth for birds and birdwatchers, alike. It is also an area that is green as green can be.  Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge lies beside the Columbia River’s northerly route and is biologically very...
  • Bird’s eye views of San Francisco

    I don’t know a single person who has visited San Francisco and not fallen in love with ‘The City by the Bay.’ And I’m sure there will be plenty of visitors who just will not be able to help falling in love with this vista point that shows them all...
  • Garden of the Gods

    Sculpted by nature: A Red-Rock Garden for the Gods

    While I was charting out my trip to Colorado — a few years ago— I completely missed ‘The Garden of the Gods.’ To this day, I don’t know how that happened. Now that it’s in my ‘been-there-done-that-list,’ I’m glad I didn’t go all the way there only to have...
  • Splashes of fall-color at Hakone Gardens

    Visit a Japanese Garden once and you’ve visited them all. But there’s no getting tired of them. The look of a Japanese Garden and the feel that takes over you once you are inside one of these gardens, is like nothing else. They are landscaped to fill you with...
  • Mural at Kanpai restaurant, Reno

    Dreamy Damsels, graffiti-style

    Between the spotting of the Daydream mural from our hotel room in Reno and seeing it from street level, we were exploring Circus Circus (Hotel and Casino). While we were at that, I came across Kanpai Sushi Restaurant that sported paintings of many a dreamy damsel on its walls. The...
  • Sights from ‘el sur grande’ or Big Sur

      A long-time ago, there was a place known as el pais grande del sur on California’s Central coast. This was the ‘big south country’ that lay south of the Monterey Bay area and was defined by its wilderness and its notorious jagged coast. It neither helped the vessels that sailed...
  • Big and beautiful Shasta Lake

    Shasta Lake This is Shasta Lake. Shasta lies in northern California and also dons the sash of the largest reservoir in the state. It lies in the Shasta – Trinity National Forest Area and is not far away from Mt. Shasta, a volcano of the Cascade Range. The first...
  • Jule Hus

    Jule Hus: It’s always Christmas here

    Christmas isn’t until another six months but there’s a place in Solvang in California where it is Christmas all year round. Be it February or August, there’ll be Christmas trees and ornaments and Santas and elves and all types of decor at Jule Hus. Jule  Hus Jule Hus is...
  • Needles and Haystack, Cannon Beach

    Cannon Beach and its army of rocks

    US’s Pacific Northwest has only around three months of predictable beach-weather. If it is not summer, you might want to look up the forecast to see if the rain will permit you to go to the beach. If it’s a good day, here’s a recommendation — Cannon Beach on...
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