Category Archives: USA – The West

Vail, Colorado: A Spectacular Summer Wonderland

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

Lion Square Lodge is a Rocky Mountain Retreat

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

The welcoming pool at Lion Square Lodge

Cool refreshing mountain air, clear blue skies, lush green mountains and temperatures between 65-85 degrees with no humidity! Mix in outdoor activities, plenty of shopping, amazing dining, cultural activities and resort treats and you’ve got the perfect formula for a spectacular summer retreat – Vail, Colorado. A refreshing and “cool” mountain resort. Continue reading

Exploring the Grand Tetons

By Charlene  Mixa & Richard Mixa

Discover Majestic Mountains, the Wild West & Whitewater 

Grand Tetons (forest fires have all photos hazy)

Grand Tetons (forest fires have all photos hazy)

Majestic rugged snow capped mountains reach to the sky. The Teton Mountains rise abruptly above Jackson Hole Valley creating shimmering reflections in Jackson Lake. Extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes and alpine terrain where you can explore hundreds of miles of trails, raft the Snake River, ride a covered wagon or just enjoy the serenity are all at Grand Teton National Park. Continue reading

Experience the Beauty of Rocky Mountain National Park

By Charlene Mixa

Thrill in a Colorado Rocky Mountain High

Alpine Visitor Center area -Rocky Mt. NPI’m on top of the world! Seated in a “convertible hummer” above me is a clear blue sky with magnificent vistas of the Great Rock Mountains. With panoramic views, this is a fantastic way to “see” these majestic mountains. Rocky Mountain Rush Tours lives up to its name. Riding in this unique vehicle on winding mountain roads is definitely a “rush.” Continue reading

Alcatraz: The Night Tour

 By Charlene Mixa

“The Rock” in the Dark!

An eerie ride to The Rock!

An eerie ride to The Rock!

A mile and ¼ from San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf is the infamous Alcatraz. A maximum security prison for 30 years, Alcatraz housed noted criminals including Al Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert Franklin Stroud, the Birdman of Alcatraz. With its closing, the last prisoner walked out of Alcatraz on March 23, 1963. Yet, the prison and island entice visitors to see what life was like on “The Rock”. Continue reading

Sensational Seattle

By Charlene Mixa

Pacific Northwest’s The Emerald CitySensational, yet cloudy, Seattle

Everyone loves Seattle! This vibrant city sits on the Pacific Rim with panoramic views of Puget Sound, the San Juan Islands, the Olympic Mountain Range and majestic Mount Rainier. It boasts of coffee, Bill Gates, Boeing, the Space Needle, Pike’s Market and being the nation’s most educated city. While offering its residents a high quality of life the Emerald City provides tourists a memorable visit. Continue reading

A “Reel” Fish Story: Salmon Fishing in Alaska

By Charlene Mixa

A “Reel” Fish Story: Salmon Fishing in Alaska

Richard and I with our first salmon catch.
Richard and I with our first salmon catch.

 Ketchican, Alaska the “Salmon Capital of the World” is the perfect place to go sport fishing for salmon. Five varieties of North Pacific salmon abound in the frigid waters off Ketchikan. A friend had recently returned from Alaska, saying salmon fishing is a MUST for anyone going to the 49th state. Continue reading