Monthly Archives: July 2015

Our 3 Favorite Beaches of Philipsburg, Saint Martin

PhilipsburgAt one point in time we had a time share  in Saint Maarten (I know, I know) and have been there a few times. While we were there, we always had to spend some time in Philipsburg. Before heading there the first time we knew that Saint Maarten was a Caribbean island divided into two parts, the Dutch and French (Saint Martin) sides. However, the first time we visited, we did not know that Philipsburg is actually the capital of the Dutch Saint Martin side. We also quickly learned that bargain seekers flock to the duty-free and sales-tax-free stores of Philipsburg’s mile-long commercial district. This can be viewed as either good news (more shopping choices, better deals and more beach activities) or bad news (more people) for this busy port of call. I am not a big crowd person, so we spent a lot of time in the water and near the beach. Here are some of our favorites: Continue reading Our 3 Favorite Beaches of Philipsburg, Saint Martin

Top 7 Things to do in Avalon – Catalina Island

avalonLiving in southern for most of my life, I have spent a few weekends in Catalina. It’s only a short hour boat ride from Long Beach, but it seems like a world away. I love that it is so small and everyone gets around on golf carts. It definitely seems like a less stressful life than living in other parts of southern CA.  Either way, it is a great place to relax and enjoy some free time.  Here are my top 7 suggestions to see and do while visiting Avalon (besides playing in the water of course). Let me know what you think  🙂 Continue reading Top 7 Things to do in Avalon – Catalina Island

Exquisite Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho

Perrine Bridge The Perrine Bridge is a spectacular bridge which spans the majestic Snake River Canyon on the northern edge of Twin Falls. It is 1,500 feet long and 486 feet above the Snake River. The four-lane bridge has pedestrian walkways with views of the river, sheer cliffs, the Blue Lakes, waterfalls, and can’t be missed as you come into town. It is jaw dropping beautiful. Continue reading Exquisite Perrine Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho

4 Wonderful Restaurants to try in Twin Falls, Idaho

restaurant2While in Twin Falls to see Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon National Monument, we had a great time trying new restaurants and having some real Idaho potatoes.  We did eat of lot of breakfast and lunches while running around sightseeing, but always found new and exciting places to eat dinner. Below are a few that I thought we really enjoyed and would like to share. Continue reading 4 Wonderful Restaurants to try in Twin Falls, Idaho

Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Idaho

cotm2On a recent trip to Twin Falls, Idaho to see Shoshone Falls, we spent the day at Craters Of The Moon National Monument. It is such a cool place with so much to see and do. I think we walked a 5k that day just in the park, lol. We seriously walked a lot. According to their brochure, Craters of the Moon is a vast ocean of lava flows with scattered islands of cinder cones and sagebrush. The area formed during eight major eruptive periods between 15,000 and 2000 years ago. Lava erupted from the Great Rift, a series of deep cracks that start near the visitor center and stretch 52 miles (84 km.) to the southeast. During this time the Craters of the Moon lava field grew to cover 618 square miles (1600 square km.).The smaller Wapi and Kings Bowl lava fields also formed along the Great Rift during the most recent eruptive period (approximately 2000 years ago). Continue reading Craters Of The Moon National Monument, Idaho

Shoshone Falls – Twin Falls, ID – Niagara of the West

shoshone fallsI love waterfalls and had been looking forward to seeing these falls for a long time. I have to say, I wasn’t disappointed. The astounding Shoshone Falls, which are located approximately five miles east of the city of Twin Falls, is one of the most spectacular,  natural, and beautiful waterfalls along the Snake River in southern Idaho. Sometimes called the “Niagara of the West,” Shoshone Falls is 212 feet high, which is 45 feet higher than Niagara Falls, and flows over a rim 1,000 feet wide.

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North Dakota State Capitol, Bismark – The Peace Garden State

north dakota state capitolOn our continual quest to tour all the U.S. State Capitols, we took a trip to Bismark, North Dakota to check out the North Dakota State Capitol Building. Sadly, I had heard a few derogatory comments about this capitol, about it not being a real capitol, but I feel they were WAY wrong. This is a gorgeous capitol and very unique. There are only 3 other capitols that I know of that have the same style:  Florida, Nebraska, and Louisiana. The current North Dakota State Capitol Building has 19 floors and is 241 feet 8 inches in height. It was completed in 1934 at slightly under its $2 million dollar limit. With merely 80 percent usable space, it cost merely 46 cents per cubic foot. Amazing! It is the tallest building in North Dakota and is known as the Skyscraper on the Prairie. Continue reading North Dakota State Capitol, Bismark – The Peace Garden State

Out of this World Dining Experiences in Bismark, North Dakota

 spacealienSPACE ALIENS GRILL & BAR

While in Bismark North Dakota, we ate at a few restaurants that were out of this world! I will start with the one that was our favorite – Space Aliens Grill & Bar, where Earthlings are welcome. We walked in and immediately felt like we were in a different galaxy. The décor features a 30-foot-high domed ceiling that displays a view of outer space. A force field of alien sculptures in the dining room, bar and arcade, showcase a variety of extraterrestrial settings and distinct personalities, encouraging each earthling to relax and enjoy the moment. It was a great atmosphere, lol. Continue reading Out of this World Dining Experiences in Bismark, North Dakota

Spend a Day in Historic Deadwood, South Dakota

deadwoodHands down, the cutest little town I saw while in South Dakota was Deadwood City. It is a quaint little town in the Black Hills not very far from Sturgis. What is amazing about the city is that the whole city is a National Historic Landmark!  Pretty cool. Once we realized how close it is to Rapid CIty, we definitely added it to or to do list.  I have to say, I am very glad we did. Continue reading Spend a Day in Historic Deadwood, South Dakota

Sturgis – Home of the Annual Motorcycle Rally

sturgishillWhile in the area visiting Mount Rushmore National Monument and Crazy Horse Memorial , we decided to check out the  interesting city of Sturgis. It was founded in 1878 and was originally named Scooptown. It was named this because many of the residents “scooped up” their pay from nearby Fort Meade. Its name was later changed to Sturgis in honor of the Civil War Union General Samuel D. Sturgis. Today that is approximately 6,800 residents. Continue reading Sturgis – Home of the Annual Motorcycle Rally