Nov 13, 2011

Redwood National Park



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Entering the Redwoods National Park Area
In September 2010, we travelled to the northern most part of California to see and enjoy the tallest trees in the world. It is located in the Redwood National Park between Eureka, CA & Crescent City, CA. We decided to spend 2 days there. This place intrigued me more as I always wanted to see Roosevelt elk ! Our journey here gave us more than what we expected... elk at a safe yet close distance, the tallest trees in the world, an unforgettable experience going to fern canyon, some great views of the Crescent Bay and some old Victorian houses in Eureka.

Oct 13, 2011

Island of Oahu, Hawaii


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Aloha!! One of the most beautiful places, a place on everyone's "To Go" Dream List, a place for Romance, Adventure, Culture, Family Fun, Honeymoon or just Relaxation.. it has to be HAWAII!  The warm turquoise crystal clear blue waters, the year long gorgeous weather is a treat for everyone visiting Hawaii. This was just the place to celebrate our Wedding Anniversary.

Waikiki in the background from Kuhio beach park

Hawaii is made up of 5 islands Kaui, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island. We visited Oahu which is made up of Honolulu, Windward coast, Central Oahu, Leeward coast and the North shore.

The average weather is around 80F. We spent 4 nights, 5 days here and wanted to see all that we could. Hence rented a car which came in very handy knowing that buses would be inconvenient travelling to distant areas we had on our itinerary. The hotels do charge a fee for parking, so please check the same. Also, traveling in summer or on holidays, please keep in mind the traffic and extra time at hand for any delays. There are a  number of ABC stores at every corner street for supplies that you would have forgotten, even curios and gifts. 

Sep 10, 2011

Eastern Sierras \ US 395


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Total Miles\kms covered in this trip: 910\1464 round trip.

Autumn has always been special. With summer dying down and autumn taking its place with the crisp cool air, leaves changing their color, everything looks soo beautiful and serene around. We stumbled upon US 395...one of the most stupendous and breathtaking routes of the western US in California. US 395 starts in the Mojave desert, extends to Bishop, slowly rises over the steep slope into the Sierra Nevada skiing resort area Mammoth, Mammoth mountain, June and Mono Lake.

US 395 & the Eastern Sierras in the background


Aug 5, 2011

Yosemite National Park ( Valley )

“But no temple made with hands can compare with Yosemite. Every rock in its wall seems to glow with life.” John Muir.
Yosemite valley in Spring as seen from "Tunnel View"

Jul 3, 2011

Tidepooling @ Half Moon Bay


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Being a Piscean - I love anything to do with water.. specially fish. My dad loves fish, has a large fish tank with live bearers specially black mollies, guppies, red sword tailed and a couple of others. It is such joy to see the baby fish swimming and hiding amongst the rocks and plants fearful of the other big fish. I just love their colors and I can sit for hours together watching them.

Sea Weed

My own custom domain!

I finally decided to get my own custom domain. At least now I will be able to put my thoughts into words. It also helps me destress from the normal chores and daily routine.

I have realized that we do so many things in life, but rarely do we think about if we would be able to remember it 2 years down the line or even when we are old. I'd like to let my future generations get to know me more with my pictures and blog..

I hope you like reading my blogs in the months and years to come.. Closing on a quote that I really liked " Everything good that I know was taught to me by great teachers and I feel like giving back and sharing the technique is the thing to do.  " Betty Buckley

Cheers to "www.savsmich.com".. Till we blog again!

Jun 26, 2011

Mendocino & Fort Bragg


Mendocino coastline
Located on the most beautiful rugged coastlines in Northern California is Mendocino County. From north to south, the most famous route CA1 runs almost all the way down to Southern California. The county has an exceptionally varied terrain from vineyards to beaches to one of the tallest trees in the world.. the Redwood trees. The Redwood tree pictures on google images intrigued us. So one weekend, we decided to make a day trip of it and visit the Point Cabrillo Lighthouse, Glass beach and of course see the redwood forest too. 

Jun 3, 2011

Lovely Lavender


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I have always loved Lavender. I am constantly on the lookout for places to go. On one of our return road trips from Portland ( I will blog about this later ) we decided to stop at Mt. Shasta. We didnt want to do the usual, boating, camping stuff that everyone usually does as we lacked time and did not intend staying there after our long roadtrip. We were on the lookout on our phone for some scenic areas around where we could get some great pictures. We had around 2 hours to decide whether to make a pitstop there or carry on and reach home after a long 12 hour drive from Portland.
 
Fortunately my eyes fell on this website. It had the most spectacular and gorgeous scenery of lavender with the backdrop of snow capped mountains. My heart pounding, I found that it was about an hours drive on our way home, about 15 miles off our main route. I didn't bother about the extra time we took to reach home. We were excited about this sudden off track stop. It was indeed, by far the best decision we took to venture into seeing a place where we had not looked for reviews. We knew what we were going to see Lavender fields ..... but the end view was breathtaking and unimaginable.

May 16, 2011

Fresno Blossom Trail

2015 TRAIL UPDATE: 

Feb 17, 2015 –Blooms spotted near Sanger along the Blossom Trail. Blooms should be plentiful this weekend, with full bloom by next weekend - if the weather holds.

California is so rich in its natural beauty. I think it has the best climate in the US with pleasant winters and comfortable summers. As soon as Day light saving starts, the days start becoming longer and the sunlight peeks through my window till around 7.30.. I know its time to check out places to visit on weekends.We love taking family time offs away from the bustle and bustle of daily work, laundry, cooking, etc etc..There are so many places for day trips ranging from 1 hour to 4 hrs or weekend getaways for relaxation or just plain sightseeing. Now that's California and I just love it here.
Apple Blossoms

May 14, 2011

Chandigarh, Manali, Shimla

It was the start of a new beginning, beginning with our first vacation together. The most exciting part of this vacation was that we had not planned anything apart from booking our flight tickets from Goa to Delhi and back. Little did we know that there was something else in store for us. Our initial destination was Shimla, Kulu and Manali.  This trip took us to Chandigarh, Parwanoo with an unforgettable road trip to Kulu, Manali.
@ The Qatab Minar