March 25, 2017

More of My Travel Writings

Travel Trip A Mileage

A friend of mine recently asked for some suggestions about a family vacation in Orlando. Since I’ve been going to Orlando with my family at least once a year for about the last 5 years I figured I had some good ideas to share with her. I also remembered I had written about some of our adventures on a couple of other travel sites. I was trying to find those posts and discovered that they redesigned their site and my posts weren’t quite as easy to find anymore. It’s too bad, in the migration to the new site they broke all the images to the posts I had included.

So, here they are:

Here’s a post about one of our Spring Break adventures:

And another general travel one where I was interviewed by MJ for her travel blog:

 

 

 

I’ve Got to Get Down Under – Australian National Parks I Should Visit In My Life

One of the things social media and my online activities have gained me over the years is a number of friends and contacts in Australia. One of these days I’ll get to visit there. Once I get there, I hope to be able to spend quite a bit of time there before returning home. Here are a few different places I need to be sure and visit once I arrive.

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

The ancient Italian poet Dante once said, “Nature is the art of God”.

Australia seems to have been the canvas for much of God’s work as there are countless places of unimaginable beauty on the continent.

One of the many joys of taking a road trip in Australia is the ability to easily get ‘off the beaten track’ and enjoy nature at its best – solitude, mosquitoes, critters, dust, heat and all.

Best of all, the country’s wilderness areas are so incredibly diverse that worshippers of nature can lap up a range of different adventures all in one continent – albeit a ridiculously large one.

One of the easiest ways to get a taste of Australian landscapes is by touring some of the many national parks.

Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory)

One of the most enduring images people have of Australia is of waterfalls crashing down into pristine emerald coloured waters, wetlands teeming with wildlife, deep gorges, ancient Aboriginal rock art and towering sandstone cliffs. At the world-famous Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest national park, you’ll find all these dramatic landscapes and more. The landscape goes through an incredible transformation during the wet and dry seasons and is only accessible during certain months, so plan ahead. The park’s biodiversity includes a mindboggling number of plants, freshwater fish, birds and insects (and of course, the odd crocodile or two).

Daintree National Park (Queensland)

You simply can’t go wrong with a spot of wilderness where ancient rainforested mountains meet the sea. Lush and altogether magical, Daintree is about 100 kilometres from Cairns. Visitors tend to head towards Cape Tribulation and Mossman Gorge, both accessible and scenic areas which demonstrate exactly why the region has been listed as a Wet Tropics World Heritage area. You can find out more about the area’s flora and fauna at the Daintree Discovery Centre.

Cradle Mountain (Tasmania)

Not all travellers make it as far south as Tasmania. The ones that don’t miss out on an iconic wilderness experience of a lifetime: Cradle Mountain. Snuggled within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National park, this gorgeous destination is world famous for its sometimes-strenuous Overland Track. The trail snakes through enchanting old rainforests and beautiful alpine plains, and past icy streams and mountains before arriving at Lake St Clair where there are panoramic views to soak up. If you’d like a touch of luxury during your trip to this world heritage-listed area, join a boutique guiding tour where you’ll be treated like a king or queen: gourmet fare and a comfortable bed at the end of a hard day’s walk.

Croajingolong National Park (Victoria)

The long drive from Melbourne to this unspoilt coastal national park means it’s less crowded and more spectacular for you. The park covers a huge area and has a stunning array of landscapes from luscious rainforests and granite peaks to pristine beaches and rocky headlands. Croajingolong’s habitats and ecosystems are so precious that they’ve been nominated as a World Biosphere Area by the international body UNESCO. Popular sites within the park include the Point Hicks lighthouse, unusual sand dunes at Thurra River and Mount Everard. Apart from hiking, there’s plenty else to do. Outdoorsy types can surf, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, sea kayak, mountain bike or go four-wheel driving.

Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park (New South Wales)

One of Sydney’s most popular national parks, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase is an ideal destination. Although less than 25 kilometres from the city, the park feels like a real nature getaway. It’s jam packed with walking trails featuring a host of viewing goodies: rocky cliffs, mangroves, heaths, forests, bay views, Aboriginal rock art sites and beaches. Pack a picnic and discover the park’s many highlights.

This post is by Jessica Spencer, she is a niche blogger and currently working for Car Rental Sydney.

The New Gatekeeper Coaster Coming to Cedar Point

Gatekeeper Roller Coaster at Cedar Point

I’m a fan of roller coasters. If I had the funds I would travel to every amusement park there is and try every coaster at least once. If you’re a fan of roller coasters like myself, then you’re probably aware that Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio is a roller coaster lovers nirvana.

Earlier this week when I received a text from Cedar Point letting me know about a new coaster coming to the park in 2013 I had to check it out. It’s called “Gatekeeper” and will be a visual that welcomes park guests into the park as it sails over their heads as they walk through the front gates.

The coaster is almost 4200′ long and has 164′ drop. It will also have the highest inversion of any other coaster on the planet at 170′. All those numbers add up to a whole-lot-of-fun if you ask me!

After watching the videos below, I then had to also share it with everyone on my blog.

What’s your favorite coaster? What’s your favorite theme park?