Tag Archives: National/State Park

“Come Home” to Michigan’s The Homestead Resort!

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Retreat for Sports Enthusiasts, Couples and Families

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Picturesque view at The Homestead

Miles of pure white sand dunes, shimmering blue waters, rustic towns, verdant forests, and a fresh water resort all combine to create a breathtaking travel destination with plenty of activities for families, sports enthusiasts and couples. Voted the “Most Beautiful Place in America” by Good Morning America, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is a fantastic escape and retreat for travelers. Continue reading

A Georgia Gem: Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

By Charlene & Richard Mixa

A Georgia Mountain Getaway!

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa

Leave the Interstate’s and find a Georgia Mountain Getaway! Don’t zip through Georgia on I-75 or I-85 to get to another destination. Slow down, take a scenic drive on country roads, and find a Hidden Gem. Nestled in the North Georgia Mountain, Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa offers a unique mountain getaway. Continue reading

Part I – THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS – The Mountains

By Charlene S. Mixa

Explore These Magnificent Mountains

Rocky path to the summit of Whiteface Mountain

Rocky path to the summit of Whiteface Mountain

With 46 high peaks, six million acres of spectacular mountains, awesome vistas, and thousands of glacier formed lakes the Adirondack Mountains beckon visitors to feast in this scenic wonder. Activities are as varied as the mountaintops. In the summer enjoy the rolling landscape and peaks that welcome climbs. Continue reading

Part II: THE AMAZING ADIRONDACKS: The Olympics

By Charlene S. Mixa

EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF OLYMPIC VICTORY!

Walk the bobsled track -  it's fun!

Walk the bobsled track – it’s fun!

As stated in Part 1: The Amazing Adirondacks, the mountains encompasses 46 high peaks, six million acres of spectacular mountains, awesome vistas, and thousands of glacier formed lakes. The Adirondack Mountains beckon visitors to feast in this scenic wonder with activities are as varied as the mountaintops. Continue with us in Part II –The Amazing Adirondacks as we experience the “Thrill of Victory” at the Olympic Events in this five-part series.  Continue reading

Part III: THE ADIRONDACKS – Trains, Camps, Museums, etc.

By Charlene S. Mixa

Exciting activies and adventures continue

"Get Wild" at the Wild Center

“Get Wild” at the Wild Center

The Adirondack Mountains are amazing in their magnificent beauty and varied activities. This is the third story of our Amazing Adirondack adventure. Spending a month in Lake Placid and exploring these mountains, we discover a plethora of exciting activities and adventures. Continue with us as we visit towns, museums and more in the Lake Placid and Adirondack Mountains.  Continue reading

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

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