September 12, 2009

Waimea Canyon In Kauai Hawaii

When you think of Hawaii, you usually think of beautiful, prestine beaches, not mountains. But the island of Kauai offers both in a magnificient way.

The Waimea Canyon, located in the south side of the Kauai Island is popularly considered as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific and it definitely stands up there living up to its reputation, its huge mountainous canyon with reddish tint soil.

There are two ways to see the Waimea Canyon, either to see it by air in a helicopter ride (thats another article!) or by car. There are two different main roads (highways) to get to the top of the canyon. Both roads will meet near the top of the canyon and both are steep incline and windy roads, so going up hill or downhill through these roads you need to have a reliable breaking system in your car and drive according to the posted speed limit. You also need to make sure that you have enough gas to drive up and down of the canyon because there is not a lot of establishments available on your way up or on top.

On your way up, there are some spots that are worth stopping and savoring the view and take few shots or just to enjoy the beautiful scenery of that particular area. When you see a nice view, chances are, you will never see exactly the same scene as you continue to go up or down. Each view or scenery is unique, so grab every oppurtunity to enjoy the view for a moment, if time permits!

Knowing that you are climbing a steep mountain terrain, the weather at sea level can be totally different once you start climbing up. It can be sunny below but up in the canyon, the higher elevation you go, the weather can change in an instant. The weather up in the canyon is quite unpredictable, it can go sunny and bright to dark and gloomy, and could drizzle in an instant. Or it can stay sunny the whole day, if you get lucky. But dont let the minor changes in temperature or drizzle intimidate or scare you, as long as you feel safe and comfortable the view on top is all worth it. In a specially unpredictable day and too foggy and rainy day, it might be better to move your trip to go up for safety sake and to reserve a better day to see better views because what you see up there depends on how good or bad the weather is.

There are different vista points on top of the canyon that are developed to accomodate tourists and visitors to see the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. There are road signs, arrows, and vista signs all over, so that people who visit there for the first time will even have an idea where the areas are, to see the views. So keep your eyes open, look out for the road signs!

To get the best of your visit in the Waimea Canyon, choose a day that is not foggy so that you can maximize your viewing experience and you see more clearly including some of the water falls that are cascading in those huge mountains! Foggy and rainy days can be a problem because it could over take the atmosphere and its hard to see all the canyons from afar, which is what Waimea Canyon is all about.

A great place to stop for snack or meal is at Kokee, where they have restaurant, souvenier shops, outdoor picnic tables, and trails for hiking or walking. You also get to see a huge number of chickens, called the Road Warriors there, just hanging out in the nice green field near the picnic tables.

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May 12, 2009

Kauai Waterfalls And Lots Of It

The Island of Kauai in Hawaii offers multiple stunning display of waterfalls in different parts of the island. Although some of the waterfalls are accessible by road or by foot, most of the waterfalls in the island are not accessible by land and can only be seen by air, and can be seen at their fullest beauty by air.

Being one of the oldest island among the existing islands of Hawaii, Kauai is the greenest and wettest island of them all. Wetter environment means more water, that creates not one, not two, but lots and lots of waterfalls cascading in different parts of the mountainous Kauai.

So if you are looking for magnificient display of nature, keep in mind the waterfalls in Kauai. Flying to see the waterfalls is not something that you do everyday, but it is something you can do just even once and the experience and memory stays with you everyday, forever.

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February 15, 2009

Explore Amador County California

Not everyone probably heard or are familiar with Amador County but many probably heard of the history of gold rush in California and Amador County is a huge part of such history. Back in the gold rush days, hopeful gold miners flocked in Amador County to pursue their dreams of finding gold and thats when the gold mining activities in the area bloomed and developed tremendously.

The photos aboved are taken in Kennedy Tailing Wheels in Jackson CA of Amador County as one of the many preserved historical areas that where previously utilized during the gold mining era. There are several historic places in Amador County which allows tourists and visitors to explore and reconnect how it was like during the gold-rush days. You can visit gold mining facilities where actual gold-mining activities took place.

The historic Main Street in downtown Jackson CA (see photos above) is a great place for shopping where you can find really neat stuff. Jackson CA Main Street has an old town feel with buildings resembles old western building architecture. If you are into antiquing, this is a great place to go! There are several antique shops that could easily fulfill ones treasure hunting fantasy.
The historic National Hotel (below) can be found at one end of Jackson Main Street. All throughout Amador County you can find other old towns with great shopping and dining like Sutter Creek CA and Ione CA.

Downtown Jackson, CA is a great area to just walk around town and check out old buildings and nature.

During spring time (around March to April), the gate of Daffodil Hill in Volcano CA opens to the public. It is a great place to enjoy this beautiful and relaxing flower park and take photographs of the blooming daffodil flowers that covers acreages of rolling hills.
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