Enchanted Yet ? – Point Arena Lighthouse

Point Arena Lighthouse

Waves  crashing  constantly on the  rocks,  as if  to keep time  eternally, this  is Point  Arena.  Just pure  nature, and  a  man made  lighthouse. The lighthouse  stands at  the tip of a narrow  peninsula  jutting  about  half a mile into the pacific Ocean – serene and  ethereal.   In the sparsely populated  cost  of  Northern  California  this is an ideal  getaway to commune  with your soul.

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Cinder Cone At Lassen – On The Hiking Trail

Cinder Cone - Lassen

 

We were at  the  visitor  center  at Lassen  National  Park poring over  the map.  For  a  nature  lover there  are many interesting  things  to  do here.   I knew  what  I   must to do  the  minute i saw  the  picture of  the  Cinder Cone  Trail.  Lassen  has  no  dearth of volcanic  domes –  around  30  in  all. May be I  am  hopelessly lost  when  it  comes  to  certain things – but  look at  Cinder  cone  –  doesn’t  it  look  special ?? This  is a  700 ft high  Volcanic  cone ,  which has been  dormant   for  over  a  century (at least).  It is hard to  resist  an opportunity to  check  out  the place from where  earth’s  fury has been  unleashed  over  and  over !!

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Are We There Yet! – 5 Incredible Things to Do In Summer

Ode To Road Trips

 A  few  rocks to  climb , big and  small
Fellow wandering souls,  to  meet and greet
Swap a few tales, old and  new
Smell the  mountain air,  feel the  salt in your hair
All that  happens  here,  while someone  pipes in from behind
“Are  we  there yet !!”

Now  that is a family road trip  for  you !!!

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Jaisalmer – Sonar Quila And The Havelis

Jaisalmer is the state of  Rajasthan, India. This city is  in the middle  of  the Thar desert  and  still retains a lot of  the old  world  charm. Yes  there  are  signs of  modern  times , but  there is  also a  sense of  time standing still. The arid climate of  Thar is  not  very  kind towards  humans.  It is  not  hard  to imagine the  relief  felt  by the  travelers  along the  silk  road, when  they  first  catch a glimpse of  the  golden fort  at  the  horizon.

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Nilgiri Mountain Railway – Charm Of The Old Ooty

Nilgiti Mountain Railway

Want  to   go for  an  old fashioned  train ride ?  Try the  Nilgiri Mountain Railway  ride  between Coonnoor  and  Udagamandalam (Ooty).  Here is  an  old  fashioned  steam  engine, chugging  up and  down  the steepest grades in  Asia.   It  may look like  an adult sized  charming  version of  toy trains, but  don’t  let  its  charm fool you.  This is a  fully functional rail   boasts engineering  achievements that  stood  the   tests of  time.

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A Trip To Varkala – Soft Sands, Cliffs And Sea Food

Varkkala split log canoes on the beach

The  western coast of  India has a lot of beautiful beaches.  Here you find soft  fine  sand, clear  warm   waters  and  plenty of  sea food, provided  you like the  spicy kind !   Most  of the   beaches  are   close to  fishing    villages,  where for  generations  the  people  has  depended on   the  ocean    to make their  livelihood.    Varkala  too is one  such  beach – beautiful   coastline,  soft  sand , shallow  waters  and plenty of  sea food to go around !  

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