Tag Archives: Hiking/Walking

Traveling California’s “Lesser Known” Coast


By Charlene S. Mixa

The dramatic coastline and seashore of Northern California Pacific Coast

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Pt. Reyes National Seashore

Rolling hills, mighty redwoods, sandy beaches and bluffs high above the Pacific, create an exciting seascape along Route 1, the Pacific Coast Highway north of San Francisco. This infamous coastal road follows the Pacific coastline through Washington, Oregon and California. Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge Route 1 becomes a two-lane road winding through the hillsides of forest and redwoods, with very few towns along the way. Continue reading

Traveling Oregon’s Dynamic Coast

By Charlene S. Mixa

Activities & Sights Along Oregon’s Pacific Coast Byway

Scenic Oregon Coast

Scenic Oregon Coast

Rugged mountains, secluded inlets, expansive sand dunes, picturesque sea stacks and the greenest of green forests line the Oregon Coast spotted with small quaint towns nestled just off the highway. The Pacific Coast Scenic Highway, US 101 skirts the coast sometimes just a few 100 yards from the water’s edge. My husband, Richard and I are traveling Oregon’s dramatic coastline starting at Astoria, OR, the northern most town on the Pacific Coast Highway, heading south ending at Bandon, OR. Continue reading

A Denali Wilderness Hike

By Charlene S. Mixa

An Exhilarating Trek into Alaska’s Wilderness

All decked out for a rainy day hike

All decked out for a rainy day hike

Early September in Alaska is a wonderful time to see fall foliage in this magnificent huge state. A paradise for hikers, the South Denali area has lakes, streams, woods, alpine ridges and wildlife. There are spectacular views of 23, 230 foot Denali (Mt. McKinley). A hike allows you to really enjoy the Alaskan landscape. The Denali Wilderness Hike touts: “Explore Alaska’s spectacular wilderness on an exhilarating trek with an experienced naturalist guide”. Continue reading

Tybee Island – Georgia’s Beach Retreat

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Place to Kick-back and Relax!

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Miles of white sandy beach- Tybee Island

Seeking a laid-back vacation spot with miles of beautiful white sandy beaches? Tybee Island is the ideal spot to get away from it all. Voted “Best Beach” by Georgia Magazine and “Best Beach Retreat” by Creative Loafing, Tybee welcomes visitors. Whether it’s roaming historic forts, climbing a lighthouse, strolling the beach, fishing from the pier, biking, kayaking, or soaking up the sun, Tybee Island has it. Plus, it’s just a few miles from the thriving city of Savannah. Continue reading

The Captivating Catskill Mountains

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Destination with a Wealth of Activities

Kaatrskill Falls

Kaatrskill Falls

Whether you are seeking outdoor adventure and excitement or inspiration and reflection, New York state’s Catskill Mountains provide the ideal environment. A region with vivid natural beauty and abundant in the fullness of each season, it continues to be a destination of choice. Thousands of acres of forest and breathtaking views beckon visitors to these exciting, scenic mountains. Continue reading

Spectacular Sunny Hill Resort & Golf Course

By Charlene S. Mixa

A Fantastic Family-Oriented Resort in the Northern Catskills

Toot! Toot! All Aboard the Sunny Hill Train

Toot! Toot! All Aboard the Sunny Hill Train

Fun! Family! Friends! Have the best family vacation ever! Experience an old-fashion resort vacation where there is something for everyone. A place where the whole family can reconnect! Children, teens, and adults relish the vast schedule of activities. Kids and teens are busy with swimming, boating, fishing and teen mixers plus lots of other fun and games while developing life long friendships. Parents relax, play a round of golf, do some wine tasting, enjoy the spa, dance, and play bingo in a hassle-free setting. Continue reading

Experience Capitivating Colonial Williamsburg

By Charlene S. Mixa

Travel to the 18th century at Virginia’s Thriving Capital City – Williamsburg

The Governors Palace

The Governors Palace

Colonial Williamsburg, the thriving capital of Virginia from 1699 to 1780 presents an exciting era. Virginia was a rich and powerful colony whose boundaries stretched to the mighty Mississippi River and north to the Great Lakes. Virginia’s capital, Williamsburg, the young city of the colonies was the political, cultural and educational center of the most influential American colony. Continue reading

Kiawah Island Golf Resort: First in Southern Hospitality

By Charlene Mixa

Kiawah Offers: Oceanfront Luxury, World-class Golf, Distinctive Dining & Fabulous Beach

The Sanctuary welcomes us to a cozy luxury ocean retreat

The Sanctuary welcomes us to a cozy luxury ocean retreat

Luxurious, unrivaled, spectacular and world class all describe Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Located on a spectacularly beautiful island near historic Charleston, SC, Kiawah offers a unique combination of distinctive golf courses, luxurious resort amenities, varied island activities, and gracious southern hospitality. Continue reading

The Splendid Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

By:  Charlene Mixa

Sensational Summer Adventures Await Travelers to the Pocono Mountain!

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort

Rolling mountain terrain, exciting waterfalls, lush woodlands and miles of winding rivers are found in the 2,400 square miles of the Pocono Mountains. The mountains of Pennsylvania cater to the active traveler with summer adventures of hiking, biking, golfing, whitewater rafting, boating, and fishing. The only resort on a 100-mile stretch of Continue reading

Big Sky Resort: Summer Thrills and Chills

By: Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Topnotch Resort Even Without the SnowHuntley Lodge at the Village

The name Big Sky brings images of glistening snow covered mountains with acres of ski slopes. With bragging rights as the Biggest Skiing in America, what’s the attraction for visiting when there’s “no snow.” Today Big Sky Resort is much more than just skiing. Chills and thrills greet summer visitors. Continue reading