Posts Tagged ‘Travel Theme’
Posted by Jody on September 29, 2013
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is something that I’ve wanted to try for many years! SUP is a fun and easy family activity, making this fast-growing sport the perfect opportunity for just about anyone to go out and play on the water.
According to REI: “Paddle boarding offers an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for skiers, snowboarders and other athletes. And since you’re standing at your full height, you’ll enjoy excellent views of everything from sea creatures to what’s on the horizon. It’s almost like walking on water!”
Greg and I recently spent a gorgeous New Mexican September morning paddle boarding on Cochiti Lake. It was our first experience on stand up paddle boards, so we had no idea what to expect. After suiting up with life vests, Gene Scanlon of Sol Board Sports in Albuquerque taught us everything we needed to know, and within a very short amount of time, we were eagerly launching our boards from the beach to enjoy the most relaxing morning ever on placid Cochiti Lake. It really was almost like walking on water. Neither one of us even fell in the lake (and falling off the board was the one thing I really had anticipated)!
Gene told us that paddle boarders could burn up to 1,100 calories per hour, and after two hours on the lake, we could definitely believe it! Our leg & arm muscles felt like wet noodles. (Note to self: Next time eat a heartier breakfast!) But when we returned to the little sandy beach, Greg and I both felt completely relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated. We were hooked after only one time out!
I see many, many more stand up paddling days in our future!
Do you have a favorite beach sport? Do tell! We’d love to hear about it.
This week’s Travel Theme is “Relaxing.”
REI / Stand Up Paddleboarding
Cochiti Lake, New Mexico
American Canoe Association
Posted in Inland Shores | Tagged: beach, beach sports, Cochiti Lake Recreation Area, family beach activities, New Mexico beaches, relaxing, Stand Up Paddleboard, SUP, Travel Theme | 16 Comments »
Posted by Jody on May 25, 2013
Lincoln City, Oregon
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
~Henry David Thoreau
This week’s Travel Theme from Where’s My Backpack? is Pathways.
Posted in Pacific Coast Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, Henry David Thoreau, Lincoln City Oregon, Oregon Coast beaches, pathways, Travel Theme | 18 Comments »
Posted by Jody on May 11, 2013
Main Beach and Cowell Beach
16 beach volleyball courts are available for rent on the main beach in Santa Cruz
View from the tracks
Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk
Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz, California
From the beach to the boardwalk
Main Beach and Cowell Beach
Santa Cruz, California
Main Beach and Cowell Beach
Play it Safe at the Beach!
Main Beach and Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz
Main Beach from the Bluff, Santa Cruz
Beautiful Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz Sands
Santa Cruz Treasure Hunter
~Last week on beautiful Main Beach/Cowell Beach in Santa Cruz on California’s Central Coast~
Helpful link~ City of Santa Cruz: Main Beach and Cowell Beach
Can you believe that this week’s Travel Theme is Beaches? I just pushed the “Easy” button!
Posted in Boardwalk, Northern California Beaches | Tagged: beach, beaches, California Central Coast, Cowell Beach, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, Santa Cruz California Beach, Santa Cruz Main Beach, Travel Theme | 8 Comments »
Posted by Jody on March 22, 2013
“For the times they are a-changin’.”
Signs of the Times
The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.
~Bob Dylan, “The Times They Are A-Changin’”
This week’s Travel Theme topic is “Time.”
Posted in Friday Finds, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach photography, Bob Dylan, Hermosa Beach California, smoke-free beach, The Times They Are A-Changin, time, Travel Theme | 7 Comments »
Posted by Jody on March 3, 2013
Where the rubber meets the sand…
Long-Dun Beach, Cameron Parish, Louisiana
Seeing vehicles driving on the sandy beaches along the Gulf of Mexico is nothing out of the ordinary. Long-Dun Beach in Cameron Parish is a fine example of a rustic beach (no facilities) on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast where beach goers happily drive right onto the sandy shoreline and proceed to pick the perfect parking spot for a day brimming with sun and fun at the beach. These drivable coastlines are treated as byways and standard rules of the road apply.
Long-Dun Beach is a lovely stretch of sand located along the 180 mile long Creole Nature Trail in far southwestern Louisiana. With 26 miles of blissful beachcombing heaven to choose from, the natural beaches of the Creole Nature Trail are perfect for finding driftwood, whelks, oysters, angel wings, and moon snails. With a little luck, you may even find a sea bean or two!
These colorful beach treasures collected along the shores of Louisiana’s Creole Nature Trail.
Enjoy the ride and have a great day at the beach!
This week’s Travel Theme topic is “Roads.”
More about the Creole Nature Trail and Louisiana’s Gulf Coast beaches:
A Wealth of Wildlife on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast: The Creole Nature Trail
Waves and Welcomes at Mae’s Beach, Louisiana
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Sand and Shoreline | Tagged: beach, beachcombing, Long-Dun Beach Louisiana, Louisiana Gulf Coast beachcombing, Louisiana's Creole Nature Trail, roads, Travel Theme | 9 Comments »
Posted by Jody on February 25, 2013
In my opinion, the very best views of the celebrated Golden Gate Bridge are from the lovely urban beaches of San Francisco!
Beautiful Baker Beach, located on the Presidio’s western shoreline, is just short drive from the tourist mecca of Fisherman’s Wharf. This one-mile stretch of soft sand is especially popular with fishermen and picnicking families.
The Golden Gate Bridge from Baker Beach
How about that view?!
Would you like to know more about San Francisco’s many wonderful urban beaches? Here are a few of our previous posts:
Amazing Views! China Beach, San Fransisco
Location, location, location! Baker Beach, San Francisco
Aquatic Park Beach, San Francisco, California
Have a great day at the beach!
Where’s my Backpack? Travel Theme: Bridges
Posted in Monday Miscellaneous, Northern California Beaches, Today's Special | Tagged: Baker Beach San Francisco, beach, bridges, Golden Gate Bridge view, San Francisco beach, Travel Theme | 2 Comments »
Posted by Jody on February 16, 2013
Let’s face it. Some people are mountain people. Other folks prefer the desert.
Then there are those of us who would rather spend our days at the beach.
But what if you could have the best of all of these worlds? What if you simply didn’t have to choose?
Willow Beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Wild and wonderful Willow Beach really does have it all! Mother Nature’s delectable buffet, Willow Beach has beautiful mountains, hot and sunny desert, and welcoming beaches! Less than an hour south of Las Vegas, Nevada, this amazing recreation area is a relaxing respite from the lights, action, and crowds of Sin City.
Located on the east banks of the Colorado River within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and surrounded by stately mountains, this Arizona oasis is the perfect place to stretch out and relax with a good book or to launch your paddle adventure. Take a dip in the cool, fresh water or stake your claim for a day of fishing right here, smack-dab in the middle of the sun-drenched Black Canyon region of the Mojave Desert.
And that, my friends, is how we fit one of our favorite beach escapes into
this week’s “Travel Theme: Mountains!”
Helpful links: I Hit the Jackpot at Willow Beach
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Have a great day at the beach!
Posted in Beaches of North America, Inland Shores | Tagged: Arizona beach, beach, beach near Las Vegas Nevada, Colorado River beach, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, mountains, Travel Theme, Willow Beach | 14 Comments »
Posted by Jody on February 2, 2013
Evening Shadows at the Shore
“I could never stay long enough on the shore. The tang of the untainted, fresh and free sea air was like a cool, quieting thought, and the shells and pebbles and the seaweed with tiny living creatures attached to it never lost their fascination for me.”
~Helen Keller, The Story of My Life
Travel Theme: Shadows
Posted in Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Sand and Shoreline, Today's Special | Tagged: beach, beach photography, shadows, Texas Gulf Coast beach, Travel Theme | 6 Comments »
Posted by Jody on January 26, 2013
The Galveston Seawall
Every beach has a history!
On September 8, 1900, Galveston (Texas) suffered a devastating blow from a powerful hurricane. The storm surge washed over the entire island, knocking buildings off their foundations and taking the lives of thousands of Galveston’s citizens.
Galveston Seawall, Galveston Island, Texas
On September 7, 1901, in an attempt to prevent future storms from causing such massive destruction and catastrophic loss of life, the Texas State Legislature approved an act providing for the construction of a seawall for Galveston’s Gulf of Mexico coastline. The initial 3.3 mile long segment of the new Galveston Seawall was completed on July 29, 1904. Standing approximately 17 feet high, the concrete barrier was engineered to be 5 feet wide on the top and 16 feet wide at its base. The outer face of the Seawall was curved to carry waves upwards. Riprap was deposited along the base of the Seawall facing the Gulf Of Mexico in order to disrupt wave action and prevent the wall’s foundation from being undercut.
After the Seawall was completed, dredged sand and slush from the seabed were pumped into the city of Galveston to raise the ground by as much as 17 feet above its previous elevation! Isn’t that amazing?
Galveston Seawall and Seawall Beach, Galveston Island, Texas
In 1977, the Galveston Seawall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places. In 2001, the Galveston Seawall and the regrading of the City of Galveston were jointly named a National Historical Civil Engineering Landmark by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Today, the pedestrian friendly, mural-painted Galveston Seawall runs for 10.4 miles along Galveston Island’s beautiful, sandy Gulf Coast beaches. It’s a lovely place to take a leisurely walk and enjoy the beachy views!
Galveston Seawall & Grade Raise – Texas Parks & Wildlife [Official Video]:
Additional reference: The 1900 Storm
Posted in Gulf of Mexico Beaches, Sand and Shoreline | Tagged: beach, Galveston Island Seawall beaches, Galveston Island Texas beaches, Galveston Seawall, history, Texas Gulf Coast beach, Travel Theme, walls | 17 Comments »
Posted by Jody on January 14, 2013
A visit to Glass Beach is on many a beachcomber’s bucket list. The “sand” here is mixed with rainbow colored eye-candy! Being that this stretch of Northern California’s rocky coastline was (once upon a time) a municipal trash dump, the shoreline is now a colorful mosaic of wave polished ceramic bits and sea tumbled glass.
“Old” Glass Beach Treasures
Many years ago, when Greg and I first visited Glass Beach, the evidence of the citizens of Fort Bragg, California, and the surrounding area dumping household garbage straight into the ocean was stunning. Old cars (and their parts), ceramics, housewares, appliances and glass poked out of the bluffs and littered the beach. By the early sixties, attempts were made to control what was dumped, and the dumping of toxic materials was prohibited. Finally in 1967 plans were begun for a new dump away from the ocean.
“New” Glass Beach Sand
Today, the old dump has been cleaned up and what you’ll now find is beautiful, sparkling, sea glass-speckled shoreline “sand.”
Would you like to know more about Glass Beach in Fort Bragg (Mendocino County), California? Here are a couple helpful links: Glass Beach: Where Trash Turns to Treasure, “Top Ten” Mile Coast Trail
Travel Theme: Glass
Also: Fort Bragg, California
Getting There: From Highway 1, turn west on Elm Street (Denny’s is on the corner) and drive a few blocks to Glass Beach Drive. Park at the intersection and walk down to the beach.
Posted in Beach Treasures - Beachcombing, Monday Miscellaneous, Northern California Beaches, Sand and Shoreline | Tagged: beach, beach photography, glass, Glass Beach California, Mendocino County California, Travel Theme | 35 Comments »