Tag Archives: wildflowers

Hiding in the swamp

Dick said he had something special to show us.  He pointed to something that appeared to be off in the distance and asked if we could see the jingle bell orchid.  We all looked.  No one could see it. Those … Continue reading

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A garden tucked into a park

As our car zipped down the highway into Minneapolis, we saw a sign for a garden.  Not too far away, we thought.  We remembered the garden a few days later and headed back to check it out with our old … Continue reading

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Celebrating another national park

When choosing a travel destination – we’ve never been disappointed by visiting a national park.  The scenery is spectacular, and we always take advantage of the good interpretive programs to understand its many wonders. Our first visit to a national … Continue reading

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A calm and colorful point

We were ready to get back on the road; ready to have our days dictated by unexpected good things falling into place for us; ready to see all that was new around us.  Point Reyes National Seashore hung on our … Continue reading

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Off-season turns into the best time to visit

We arrived to a quiet Corfu – ahead of the beach season, ahead of other tourists. Some shuttered shops and restaurants had not yet opened. We knew that would soon change when we saw repairs underway and paint being applied … Continue reading

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Birds at the saltpans

Even for experienced travelers, sometimes logistics, time, and energy expended for getting to a place is just not worth it. Doñana National Park in southern Spain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its biodiversity and strategic location in … Continue reading

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Life is a bed of flowers

How could we be so lucky? We didn’t know before we arrived that Waterton is the wildflower capital of Canada. To double our luck, the Waterton Wildflower Festival would start while we were there. Beth signed up for “Extraordinary Flowers … Continue reading

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The high point of the trip was rough around the edges

A dream about a longed-for travel destination can take on a life of its own. We visited Glacier National Park in northern Montana many years ago and hadn’t realized in our planning that the park extended north across the border … Continue reading

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The unknown world

We have hiked in many countries over numerous years, through deserts and up mountains, and rarely have we stopped to look at plants around us. Since our trip to Borrego Springs, California in March to see the “super bloom,” a … Continue reading

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The best in 20 years

The newscaster announced the desert wildflower bloom this year was the best in 20 years. The finest destinations: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park. We looked at each other and smiled. “Let’s do it.” The next morning … Continue reading

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