Power of “AWE”

The Power of Awe. We all need it in our lives. It’s that one moment in time when you experience something so amazing it takes your breath away and you are in “awe” of what is before you. I experience the power of awe most of the time in nature but you can experience it in your living room, if you look for it.

In this part of the blog, I will post places to go and things to see that 50 somethings can experience, without killing yourself trying to get there.

Please feel free to let us know about somewhere you have been that you think other people might enjoy.

This picture was taken in February 2015, at one of my favorite places, Yosemite National Park, right inside the tunnel of the Arch Rock entrance. This sight truly took my breath away. Conditions have to be just right to experience these amazing icicles. If you go in the winter and you don’t see the icicles, keep on going the park is like a winter wonderland.

In search of wildflowers? My husband, Doug, and I found some at Coachella Valley Preserve last weekend. Easy two mile hike through palm tree oasis’ , Desert Sunflowers, Sand Verbena and Arrowweed, past a lake and up to a peak. The trail was a little steep going up to the peak. The weather was 77 degrees, sunny and a little windy. The bloom will last about another three weeks but with all the rain we have had , it may be longer.
Posted on March 4, 2019

Happy First Day of Spring!

I thought the cactus looked like a heart so I felt it represents the Love of Spring!

A great place for a spring hike is Torrey Pines Reserve and State Beach, located in San Diego just south of Del Mar and north of La Jolla. Like any state beach it will cost $20 to park but there is no fee if you have a state park pass. If you park on the top parking lot, you can get a map of the many hikes along the bluff area. One of the most popular trails is to Razor Rock Point. Beautiful views of the ocean and unusual rock formations makes this trail one you have to experience. You can also hike down to the beach and enjoy the shore and tide pools. The hike back up is steep at first but evens out further up the trail. When I went there last weekend , there were wild flowers in bloom and butterflies everywhere. It was truly an experience that only spring can bring. Go experience the “awe” for yourself. Posted on March 20, 2019

Spend a weekend in Morro Bay. Morro Bay is on the coast of central California between San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is a cute seaside town with lots of shops and restaurants with sea side dining. Rose’s Bar and Grill serves ” the best ever” clam chowder, according to my husband the clam chowder expert. You can rent kayaks and paddle out to see the sea lions lounging on the floating barge in the bay. Riding horses is permitted on the north beach or you can hike part way up the iconic Morro Rock.

The Redwood National Forest is amazing place filled with 100-300 feet tall red-barked trees, giant ferns and the feeling of enchantment around every corner.

Fern Canyon

You will be mesmerized by the sight of the 100 foot canyon walls covered with cascading

waterfalls flowing through the many types of luscious ferns

It is an easy 5 minute walk from the parking lot. You should wear water shoes because most of the canyon floor is the river. Stop often to smell, look around and hear the sounds of the canyon. There is a loop trail at the end of the canyon but we preferred to go back through the coolness of the beautiful fern canyon.

Lava River Cave near Bend Oregon

This cave is actually an over 1,000 feet long lava tube. In some places the top of the tube is 30 feet above your head and in other places you will have to bend down to go through it. It is really dark when you descend down the metal staircase I recommend you rent the light for $5. We found out our headlamps weren’t even bright enough Also, it gets a little chilly so wear a sweatshirt with a hood because sometimes water drops from the ceiling It is an adventure you have to experience for yourself. The cave is only open from May to October and only if the weather is permits.

Welcome to the Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire is located an hour east of Vegas in Overton, Nevada

The park is known for its multi colored sandstone formations. It is in the desert so check the weather before going. My husband and I went in the beginning of October. Except for some wind on the first day it was perfect weather.

There are two campgrounds in the park but when we go there they were all full. There was dispersed camping available on the east side of the park on the way to Lake Mead but we decided to camp at Echo Bay Campground , inside the Lake Mead Recreational Park. It was basic , not a lot of shade.

The main attraction for us was the Fire Wave, the petroglyphs, and seeing Big Horned Sheep. There were other easy hikes to different point of views. You can see and hike to most of the attractions in one day so unless you want to go on the longer lengthy hikes, you don’t have to plan more than one day. If you are not camping inside the park , it will cost $10 every time you drive through an entrance to the park. It was worth the $10 for one day. Overall, The Valley of Fire was interesting and I would recommend checking it out.