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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. 🙂

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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.

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Hubby found a small crystal. Yay!

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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.

Our First Trip To The Dallas Zoo

Last Sunday was our Dallas Zoo trip with brother-in-law and his wife.  It was a good time to visit the zoo because the weather was pleasant.  Dallas Zoo is located in downtown Dallas, Texas.  It was the very first time me and darling daughter had gone to the Dallas Zoo.  It is the oldest and the largest zoological park in Texas.

Welcome to Dallas Zoo!

Welcome to Dallas Zoo!

Cooler months of the year is the perfect time to visit the zoo.  You will actually feel comfortable walking around the place for sightseeing for hours.  So wearing tennis shoes or comfort shoes is recommendable.  One thing my DD asked me during our tour is food.  Good thing I brought her lunch bag full of snacks with drinks – juice and water.  We sat down on a bench somewhere and I let her eat.  Then we head on after.  It is also recommendable to bring some snacks that your kids like.  Though there is a restaurant in the zoo where you can buy full meals too, it is good to take something that you and your kids can munch on quickly.

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Going to see the giants of the Savanna.  Dallas Zoo in Dallas, Texas.

DD’s favorite at the zoo is seeing the giraffes.  She didn’t care about the Kangaroos and monkeys.  She was looking for the giraffes so went to see them at the Giants Of The Savanna.  She was so amazed how tall they were in person.  There’s a monorail and Mary-go-’round.  My favorite was seeing the lions and tigers.  They’re so beautiful.

His majestic portrait.

His majestic portrait.

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The beautiful female lion.

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So tall and big.

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The giants of the Savanna.

According to my brother-in-law and sister-in-law, the Dallas Zoo looked different now.  They haven’t been there for years so it has changed.  Some of the areas have been renovated and remodeled.  The park is clean and easy to navigate.  We really had a wonderful time.  DD had fun with aunt and uncle.

Waiting for her turn to ride the Mary-go-'round

Waiting for her turn to ride the Mary-go-’round

For ticket inquires and hours of operation, kindly check the information below:

Dallas Zoo
650 S R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75203
(469) 554-7500

www.dallaszoo.com

Just Relaxing At The Park

Relaxing at the park can be a part of your weekly travels.  Taking your family to the park for a walk in the trails or your kids to play in the playground is a big contribution to spending quality time with them.

I love going to parks.  In fact, I enjoy walking and feeding the ducks.  One afternoon my husband took me to a park in Fort Worth and I didn’t know  that it’s alright to feed the ducks and geese.  We brought the left over bread and pinch them to pieces as we tossed those to the ducks.  Then we went for a walk on the trails and back.  It was very peaceful in the park – feeling the cool breeze and hearing the singing of the birds.  Green everywhere.  Clear blue skies and the bright sun bring cheer and enlightenment to the heart and mind.

After the wandering around, my husband and I went to Chilli’s for dinner.

I missed those simple weekend travels.  Just the two of us.  Now, there’s a little one who travels with us wherever we roam.  Everything changes when you have a child even the travel plans.

The romantic geese.

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Bicycle trails.

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Birds and ducks by the bank.