Visit Your Local Parks And Zoo

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Park with a pond.

It is Spring time again.  Yes.  We are very excited about new blooms in my garden in front of my house.  This is the time of the year when people are starting to go out and about.

Spring time is a great time to visit parks and zoos. During the Spring Break, kids and families go on trips out of town, out of state, out of the country, and even go on a cruise. A few of my friends went on a cruise this passed Spring Break. But one of the the most visited places is the zoo.

I haven’t been to the zoo since…I don’t know. I accompanied my cousin on his Field Trip to the Manila Zoo when he was in the second grade. I think that was in 1998. I was in my late teens then. I didn’t appreciate the trip at that time because I had to watch for my cousin to be sure he’s safe at all times. We didn’t have any photos because I didn’t have my own camera that time. And cellphones were still in the making at the time. So I didn’t have photos as souvenir from that trip.

When the time came that I was able to earn money and got to buy a digital camera, I took pictures whenever I get the chance.  So when my husband took me to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens and Fort Worth Zoo, I took tons of pictures.  A camera is one of the important travel items to take with you anywhere you go. 🙂

At the zoo.
At the zoo.

Best Snowmobile Trails

Winter weather brings thoughts of snowmobile rides through the snow, but not all areas of the country get a lot of snowfall. Therefore, many snowmobile enthusiasts seek vacation spots where they can travel across the snow, take in breathtaking beauty and enjoy the great outdoors. These trails have been rated some of the best in the United States for snowmobile lovers.

Upper Peninsula, Michigan

Michigan is home to more than 3,000 miles of snowmobile trails and towns located in the Upper Peninsula actually cater to snowmobilers. The season begins in early December and normally lasts through late spring. Newberry, in particular, is ranked highly among snowmobilers. Located in an area known as the Snow Belt due to the large amounts of lake effect snow they receive each year, Newberry offers many trails through the miles of state and national forests that surround it.

West Yellowstone, Montana

Many snowmobilers call West Yellowstone the “Snowmobile Capital of the World.” The area gets about 150 inches of snowfall each year and riders should prepare for breathtaking cold as they view some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. Riders enjoy scenic trails through the area which is next to Yellowstone National Park. West Yellowstone offers fun rides without the restrictions that exist in Yellowstone. The season begins in late October and runs through spring.

Wyoming Continental Divide Snowmobile Trail

Considered the number one trail in the west, the Wyoming Continental Divide trail offers spectacular views and is considered a “must-do” for every snowmobile lover. There are several different trails that make up the CDST, including the Grand Teton National Park, Jackson, Pinedale, Wind River Country and Yellowstone National Park. Grand Teton National Park offers views of the soaring granite peaks of the Grand Tetons while Jackson offers views of the glistening Snake River. Pinedale is a snowmobilers dream with the possibility of long rides with breathtaking scenery on groomed and ungroomed snow. Wind River Country brings back the feel of the Old West, letting riders travel in the footsteps of early explorers. Yellowstone National Park allows you to travel past bison and trumpeter swans, although there are snowmobile restrictions in the park.

These snowmobile trails have been consistently ranked as the best in the country by snowmobile enthusiasts. Find out more about the wilderness in this beautiful country by visiting some of these wonderful trails on your next snowmobile vacation.

Beaver’s Bend State Park Is Also A Camping Destination

Few weeks ago we went to Oklahoma for a family weekend getaway.  My family and I visited the Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma.  My husband said he, together with his brother and nephew, had camped here in Beaver’s Bend State Park.  He showed us the spot where they camped out.

In the photo below, he was showing us the place leading us to the camping site.  My darling daughter enjoyed following her daddy.  We’re following the leader. 🙂

father and daughter walking in the woods
Following the leader-daddy.

Surely it is a great camping destination especially this summer school is out (here in the US).  You, your family, and friends will definitely enjoy being here with nature.

One of the most interesting part of our visit here at Beaver’s Bend is seeing a Loon.  Yes, it is a bird.  A diver bird.  My husband was amazed seeing it and he told me and daughter about it.  At first he was trying to figure out what type of bird it was until it dove for at least 30 seconds under water.  Then he figured it was a loon.  I timed it’s second and third dives and they were about a minute each.  Wow!

Loon bird.
A loon.
beautiful landscape at the lake
Dear husband and darling daughter were looking for crystals.

On the second day of our trip was just purely exploring and adventure.  After breakfast we went to the lake again and looked for crystals.  Although we had our swimsuits on, we didn’t swim because the water was so cold.  ‘Couldn’t stand it.  So we just played with the waves as they splash on the bank.

Small crystal
Hubby found a small crystal. Yay!
girls by the lake
So cool waters and peaceful place. I love it!

We left Beaver’s Bend State Park at about three o’clock in the afternoon.  It’s about three hours drive home. I did the driving all the way.