Paper Trails Sat, 20 Sep 2014 20:01:48 -0600 PhotoPost Pro 6.02 Sonoita Wine Trail <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_4213.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_4213.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Charles_Bayley<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Jim and Barbara Duff of Pueblo, Susan and Charles Bayley of Bennett Where photo taken: Charron Vineyard Best meal: The food is good at the Sonoita Cafe but the wait staff were great entertainment and made for an enjoyable meal. Best deal: Don't miss touring the Kartchner Caverns. The Caverns are managed by the Arizona State Parks with goal of protecting a beautiful and unique natural resource. The Caverns feature living and growing stalactites and stalagmites. Reservation information is available on the Arizona State Parks website. Best time to go: Between Thankgiving and Christmas. The weather is mild. The hotel, rental car and airfare rates are very reasonable. The Sonoita Wine Trail is made up of 10 winerys about an hour south of Tuscon. The small number of fellow travelers at this time of year allow you to talk one on one with the knowledgeable and friendly winery owners and employees that run the tasting rooms. Best travel tip: If you are planning on visiting several winerys eat a good breakfast and either share wine samples with someone or don't drink all your sample. You can sample as many as 10 wines at some some winerys.<br /><br />12 comments Charles_Bayley Sun, 19 Dec 2010 10:38:18 -0700 Soakin' our bones in Mt. Princeton Hot Springs <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_8293.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_8293.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Mamafli<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lynne, Maya and Alan Falick (Centennial, CO) Where photo taken: In a creek side pool at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs. The Resort is located close to Buena Vista, Colorado. They also have a number of other swimming pools and the recent renovations are wonderful. Best meal: Breakfast at the Evergreen Cafe in Buena Vista. Friendly service, good food, and they serve locally brewed coffee. Best deal: Bring a cooler with snacks and picnic items and eat on a lounge chair by the hot springs pool. Also, 2 hours by car from Denver. Best time to go: Any time of year is great but each season offers a different experience. During spring, the snow melt runoff overflows into the creek side pools and they are cold. Water slide pool is open in the summer. Best travel tip: Bring water shoes to climb the rocks and if it's cold bring a warm robe. Mamafli Sat, 11 Dec 2010 02:45:10 -0700 Temple of Dendur - Metropolitan Museum of Art NYC <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Temple_of_Dendur.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Temple_of_Dendur.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: reynoldstj<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Madison Reynolds, Tim Reynolds Where photo taken: Temple of Dendur in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Best meal: Papaya King hot dogs, NW corner of 86th and 3rd Ave Best deal: Subway metro card. $4.50 per person round trip from Grand Central Station to Coney Island. Best time to go: Spring or Fall to avoid heat/cold. We went mid-October and it was perfect. Sunny, light jacket weather. Best travel tip: Plan your daily itinerary ahead of time. There is so much to do in New York that it can be overwhelming. We dedicated each day to a different section of the city.<br /><br />13 comments reynoldstj Sun, 07 Nov 2010 20:05:39 -0700 Paris, France <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC_0059.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSC_0059.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: darby oneill<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Nancy O'Neill Where photo taken: Palace of Versailles Best meal: Tribeca in Rue Cler neighborhood. An Italian restaurant about 8 blocks from Eiffel tower. it is located on a cute, quiet pedestrian street on the corner of Rue Cler and Rue de Grenelle. Best deal: Sunset cruise on the Seine for 10 Euros.We used the Bateau-Marches about three blocks from the Eiffel Tower. If you board about 30 minutes before sunset going East then you come back into a setting sun on the river and the lights of Paris coming on. Best time to go: We were there in September and it was perfect weather, between 75 and 80 degrees and not too crowded. Best travel tip: Don't be afraid of the Metro(subway). We walked about about 16 miles in the first two days. The third day we took the Metro and had no problems For Versailles you need the RER-C train rather than metro.<br /><br />12 comments darby oneill Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:04:49 -0600 COLORADO <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Sept-Oct_special_pics_194.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Sept-Oct_special_pics_194.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Betsydickson<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Jim and Betsy Dickson, Littleton Berk Thornton and Veronica Radcliffe, Littleton Mark and Deena Bennett, Highlands Ranch Where photo taken: Palisade Colorado, Graystone Vineyards, in the garden next to the tasting rooms Best meal: Red Rose Cafe, 235 Main Street, Palisade. A surprisingly wide selection menu and comfortable price range. Delicious food served in a relaxed atmosphere. Best deal: Most local vineyards have tasting rooms with generous and friendly staff. The warmth of these visits is made special not only in tasting of the &quot;grape&quot; but in the friendly education of the customer. Best time to go: We found the vineyards and Mesa County very colorful in early October. The Colorado sun was warm and golden. The surrounding towns and the Colorado National Monument were not overly crowded Best travel tip: An absolute MUST is a visit to the Colorado National Monument. The circle drive within the park is well worth the trip. Enter from Grand Junction or Fruita. Don't forget your camera, the scenery is breath taking. With several scenic camera stops and a break at the helpful visitor center, plan on at least a two hour visit. This is an A+ Colorado treasure.<br /><br />15 comments Betsydickson Wed, 13 Oct 2010 15:31:19 -0600 Mt Rushmore <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Katie_s_Camera_053.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Katie_s_Camera_053.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: katiecatz<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Mark &amp; Katie Motzko Where photo taken: Mt Rushmore Best meal: Flying T Chuckwagon just south of Rapid City. Cowboy campfire meat and beans, and a live cowboy show. Best deal: Black Hills Vacations package. Very reasonable package with all lodging and sightseeing for one price. Best time to go: We went the third week of September. The weather was perfect and there wasn't a lot of tourists at all the sights. Best travel tip: Buy all your US National Park entrance fees before you go. Saves a lot of time.<br /><br />9 comments katiecatz Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:29:02 -0600 Boundary Water Canoe Area <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN0124.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN0124.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: tmjmwalker<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Judy Walker &amp; Tim Walker Where photo taken: Trout Lake, MN Best meal: Home cooking at the campsite Best deal: National Forest Campgroung - $18/night Best time to go: June - September. Beautiful fall colors in late September Best travel tip: Bring your camera for the great wildlife<br /><br />8 comments tmjmwalker Sun, 10 Oct 2010 14:30:20 -0600 Ireland/Northern Ireland <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_3868.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_3868.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: tmcbride<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Emelia McBride Where photo taken:Giants Causeway, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The hexagonal interlocking basalt columns were formed by an ancient volcanic flow. Best meal:Gallagher's Boxty House, Temple Bar District, Dublin for traditional Irish Boxty (potato pancakes wrapped around a variety of different meats) Best deal: Trinity Capital Hotel located across from Trinity College for a modern, unique clean stay located near all the attractions at a reasonable price Best time to go: We went the first part of August. The weather was cool (when isn't it in Ireland), but very pleasant. Best travel tip: First, the roads in the Burren/Cliffs of Mohr region are very narrow, so we pulled in our side-view mirror so as not to have it damaged. Second, &quot;look right-drive left&quot; became our mantra. Third, the speed limit in the Republic is stated in KPH, versus in Northern Ireland it is in MPH. Be careful not to get a speeding ticket! tmcbride Fri, 08 Oct 2010 11:08:02 -0600 Oregon <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="pegeeninoregon.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="pegeeninoregon.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: pegeenkat<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Peggy Hall of Englewood, Co Where photo taken: Highway 26 headed back to Portland after 4 glorious days at Seaside Beach Best meal: In Tillamook, at The Blue Herron, had lunch of turkey, brie cheese and cranberry panini and great people watching Best deal: The scenery, absolutely breath taking Best time to go: This was a good time, we had a couple of really nice sunny days just meant for hiking the coastline by Cannon Beach. It was never uncomfortably chilly, light wind breaker jacket was perfect Best travel tip: Just go with the flow, follow the weather as best as you can and plan your day that way.<br /><br />5 comments pegeenkat Tue, 28 Sep 2010 18:29:40 -0600 bonaventure cemetery <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="090.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="090.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mlc<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Molly Lu Castleberry, Denver Where photo taken: Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA Best meal: Low country boil at the Crab Shack on Tybee island Best deal: Walking the historical squares using a free map Best time to go: October was perfect--not crowded and pleasant weather. Best travel tip: Forsythe Park is beautiful and free. Many of the historic homes give tours. There's lots to see on Tybee Island. Visit Bonaventure Cemetery made famous in the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Just get a brochure in your hotel and decide what you want to see.<br /><br />8 comments mlc Mon, 20 Sep 2010 19:06:44 -0600 Jackson Hole <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Jackson_Hole_2010_255.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Jackson_Hole_2010_255.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mountainjenn<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Jenn Harris Where photo taken: Tetons, Jackson Hole Best meal: Gun Barrel Steak and Game House Best deal: Stayed at the newly remodeled modern Motel 6 great price and location! Best time to go: We went the end of May to avoid the summer tourist crowd Best travel tip: Weather is always changing, be prepared!<br /><br />6 comments mountainjenn Sat, 18 Sep 2010 14:00:28 -0600 Michigan <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Michigan_Trip_2009_136.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="Michigan_Trip_2009_136.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mountainjenn<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Sadiki Harris, Jenn Harris Where photo taken: Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Michigan Best meal: The Rowe Inn, Northern Michigan Best deal: Head to Charlevoix for the Venetian Festival in July, lots of free events and a great boat parade! Best time to go: Summer, warm sunny days, sailboating on the lake Best travel tip: In the summer from Denver there are direct flights into Traverse City, that way you can rent a car and head north.<br /><br />5 comments mountainjenn Sat, 18 Sep 2010 13:49:19 -0600 Yellowstone Falls <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Yellowstone.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Yellowstone.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Collinsrace02<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Christian Collins, 12, Thornton Where photo taken: Lookout Point, Lower Yellowstone Falls Best meal: Bison Burger at Sunset House in Cody, WY. Best deal: All the gift shops were holding their end-of-summer clearance sales with most clothing up to 50% off. Best time to go: Late summer. Our hotel clerk told us that it can snow at Yellowstone in any month with a vowel in it, so be prepared! Best travel tip: Bring a lightweight fleece jacket even if the forecast says sunny and warm...if the wind comes up you'll need it!<br /><br />4 comments Collinsrace02 Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:16:59 -0600 Hawaii <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Blake_and_Grant_Niemann_-_Big_Island_Hawaii.GIF" border="0" src="" alt="Blake_and_Grant_Niemann_-_Big_Island_Hawaii.GIF" /></a><br /><br />by: niemann0601<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Grant &amp; Blake Niemann Where photo taken: Hilton Waikaloa, Big Island, Hawaii Best meal: Bamboo Restaurant in Hawi Best deal: Purchase the 10% Savings Card at Hilton Waikaloa. It pays for itself within the 1st day or two. Best time to go: Between May and September Best travel tip: If you have kids, stay in the Lagoon Tower. Be sure to attend the hands-on feeding of &quot;Elvis&quot;, a giant baracuda, in the Lagoon Tower.<br /><br />5 comments niemann0601 Sun, 05 Sep 2010 20:27:33 -0600 Niagara Falls <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMGP2365.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMGP2365.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Suzy<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Mario Violente, Lois Violente, Suzy Thevenet, Tim Chutz Where photo taken: Niagara Falls, New York Best meal: Fortuna's Restaurant in Niagara Falls Little Italy. Classic Italian including homemade gnocchi, meatballs and ravioli. The hot stuffed peppers and veal scallopini were incredible. No room for Lemon Breeze or Chocolate Walnut cake Best deal: Discovery Pass which costs $33 for adults and $26 for children and includes Maid of the Mist boat ride, Cave of the Winds, Legends of Adventure, Niagara Gorge Discovery Center, and Niagara Aquarium. The Pass also includes free shuttle rides all day to these various activities. Best time to go: September and October. Best travel tip: Stay at the new boutique Giacomo hotel in downtown Niagara Falls in walking distance from great views of the Canadian and United States' Falls. There are 38 well appointed modern rooms in the renovated art deco building with Mayan revival motif. Room prices range from $175-$225 and include a full breakfast, free parking and town car transportation to restaurants.<br /><br />6 comments Suzy Tue, 31 Aug 2010 11:54:35 -0600 The end of Route 66 road trip. <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="005.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="005.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: mmpayne<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Mike and Ann Payne Where photo taken: At the end of Route 66 after 2297 miles on the Santa Monica Pier, California. Best meal: Burgers, Fries and Shakes at Steak n' Shake in Chicago. Best deal: All the free museums along Route 66. Best time to go: Early summer before it gets too hot.Plan on at least two weeks to see most the sights. Best travel tip: Purchase one of the many guidebooks available about Route 66. They will guide you along the &quot;Mother road&quot; so you won't miss any of the historic attractions along the way.<br /><br />5 comments mmpayne Sun, 29 Aug 2010 18:53:57 -0600 Washington, D.C. <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="June_18_2010_678.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="June_18_2010_678.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: sbyurich<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Stefan and Barb Yurich Where photo taken: In front of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. A powerful lesson in the responsibility of all peoples who live in freedom. Best meal: Without a doubt, it was Gaupos Restaurant on Wisconsin Ave. NW. The best Mexican food we have ever tasted. The homemade chips and salsa were fresh and fabulous! Great service and beautiful atmosphere. Priced right, too. Best deal: Riding the Metro everywhere. Clean, efficient, and safe transportation all over the city. Parking is nearly non-existent at most of the tourist sites, so this method was easy. We bought the 7 day fast pass- cost $40.00 for unlimited, time unrestricted riding. Best time to go: We attended a conference July 2-4 first, so we didn't have a choice in timing. It was hot and humid, but we managed fine. It would be lovely to see the cherry blossoms in the spring, but we did see a few lone magnolia blossoms hanging on. Best travel tip:Plan, plan, and plan. Check out the websites of the places you want to visit, so much info for you to use. We spent more time than we expected at some of the places, so allow for plenty of reflection and looking. We wanted to see the giant pandas, but not the whole zoo (after all we have an amazing one here in CO), so we went first thing in the morning when it was cooler. We loved DC By Foot tours- very personable, knowledgeable, and entertaining guides. All 19 Smithsonian museums and all monuments are free, but remember the crowds grow with the day. Monuments are beautiful at night, too. You can easily walk miles each day, so remember good shoes. And drink plenty of water!!<br /><br />6 comments sbyurich Thu, 26 Aug 2010 08:38:29 -0600 Sterns in the Tetons <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="CIMG3786.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="CIMG3786.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: spiritwear<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Amy, Sammy and Blaine Stern Where photo taken: North of Jackson Hole, Wyoming/ Entrance of Grand Teton Natl. Park Best meal: Snake River Grill in Jackson Hole Best deal: Jackson Hole t-shirts at Lee's Tees! They have the best selection and best prices for the whole family! Best time to go: September, right after the kids go back to school- to beat the crowds. Best travel tip: Take a rafting trip down the Snake River! When driving back to Denver, take the scenic route thru Dubois and Casper.<br /><br />2 comments spiritwear Tue, 17 Aug 2010 08:58:16 -0600 myrtlebeach2010_001 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="myrtlebeach2010_001.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="myrtlebeach2010_001.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: rmarold<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): LJ Marold and Nolan Maorld Where photo taken: Mrytle Beach Best meal: The Boundary House in Calabash, NC. It has seafood and other food that people that don't want fish can eat. The hush puppies are a must have! Best deal: All the inexpensive model boats and other toys at the local surf shops. Best time to go: A couple years ago we went at the beginning of June after a cold spring and the sting rays were just migrating through. there were hundreds in the water! So we think the best time to go is in July. Best travel tip: Get the $50 boogie boards for riding the waves. The less expensive ones break in half the first ride!<br /><br />2 comments rmarold Sun, 15 Aug 2010 07:32:13 -0600 Washington DC <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN4830.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN4830.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Trumpet1<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lori, Liam, Mike, Miles Where photo taken: Mt. Vernon Best meal: Sandwiches at the food court Best deal: Kids t-shirts Best time to go: First thing in the morning Best travel tip: Use the Metro<br /><br />2 comments Trumpet1 Wed, 11 Aug 2010 17:28:31 -0600 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_2323b.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_2323b.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: jhnewton<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Jack and Jessica Newton Where photo taken: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone Nationnal Park Best meal: Picnic lunches in the park, with a view. Best deal: Flagg Ranch Resort. Reasonable pricing. Fuel, restaurant, and general store on site. Best time to go: Anytime, depending on what you want to see. Views change with the season. Best travel tip: Get several travel guides, and plan your trip before you go. Bring a good pair of walking/hiking shoes, and plenty of water.<br /><br />2 comments jhnewton Sun, 08 Aug 2010 18:35:03 -0600 Seabase Bahamas 2010 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="SeabaseBahamas3251.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="SeabaseBahamas3251.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: looneyville<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Boy Scout troop 564 Northglenn/ Thornton CO. July 4th weekend 2010 Where photo taken: Marsh Harbour Abaco Islands Bahamas Best meal: We had a full size BBQ onboard. Steaks, hamburgers,hotdogs and spaghetti. Island food: Jaimes and Nippers sunday pig roast. Best deal: Watching our boys learn to sail for six days as one group. Best time to go: IT's the Bahamas, anytime is a good time Best travel tip: Leave your shoes at home. If your wearing them your not relaxing.<br /><br />1 comment looneyville Sun, 01 Aug 2010 11:41:47 -0600 The Bottle Tree Rolling Fork, MS <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_4350.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_4350.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: japeters<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Sophia Peters holding Mrs Meow Meow, Mac Peters Where photo taken: The Bottle Tree Rolling Fork, MS Best meal: Best deal: Best time to go: Spring Best travel tip: Birth place of Muddy Waters<br /><br />4 comments japeters Sat, 24 Jul 2010 13:50:16 -0600 Soldotna, Alaska <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_4143.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_4143.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: AlsBugginU<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):3 Generations on Alaskan fishing trip. Al Hagerman, Elizabeth, Co. Blake Hagerman, Elizabeth, Co. Don Hagerman, Parker, Co. Tyler Hagerman, Elizabeth, Co. Greg Hagerman, Boston. Ky. Where photo taken: 'A Wandering Moose' located on the Kenai River. Soldotna Alaska Best meal: To be honest, the food in town is very good but the best meal was the meal that our host put together for us. Halibut Tacos. Best deal: As owners Mike and Audrey have lived in Alaska for quite some time, if you have questions about anything, they will know the answer. Best time to go: July and August are best as the weather is in the mid to upper 60's Best travel tip: Have your camera ready for all the posible wild animals while driving like Moose and Bear<br /><br />2 comments AlsBugginU Sat, 17 Jul 2010 21:37:26 -0600 Mendenhall Glacier <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="P1010847.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="P1010847.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: lhladik<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Lori Hladik, Michelle Finnerty Where photo taken: At the Mendenhall Glacier near Juneau, Alaska from the East Glacier Trail. Best meal: If you want crab, go to Tracy's King Crab Shack on the Pier near the cruise ships. It is literally in a shack, but the best crab legs I had while in Alaska. They are fresh and huge. The crab cakes were awesome as well. They also had chowder. Prices are reasonable when compared to Denver. Best deal: Whether you are on a cruise or traveling another way, there are local buses in town for $14 round trip that go to and from the Mendenhall Glacier. Compared to a tour, this will give you plenty of time to hike and see the Glacier vs. a tour where you might get as little as ˝ hour to do a very short hike. We hiked the East Glacier trail – a 2- 2.5 hr hike that goes near a beautiful waterfall that is close to the Glacier, with a closer, spectacular view of the Glacier. It’s a beautiful place and worth the extra time. Also in Juneau is a tram near the pier which climbs the hill to more spectacular views and hiking trails with eagles soaring everywhere and seemingly as abundant as the magpies in CO. It is definitely worth the fee to ride the tram and visit there as well. Finally, Juneau has nice reversible fleece jackets on sale for as little as $20. Best time to go: This trip was in July and was an ideal time to go. It wasn’t as hot as August, but was perfect for hiking, and just cool enough to avoid the mosquitoes. The days were also long and nice to experience with sunsets near 11pm and sun rises around 5am. Best travel tip: Take mosquito spray. Also, take hiking shoes, binoculars, and take your camera everywhere.<br /><br />3 comments lhladik Tue, 13 Jul 2010 11:32:06 -0600 Denver Audubon Kayakers <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="P1090705_ed.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="P1090705_ed.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: georgiahart<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Audubon Society of Greater Denver Where photo taken: Niobrara River, Nebraska Best meal: At camp: Pork Tenderloin Best deal: Niobrara River Ranch cabins Best time to go: summer Best travel tip:<br /><br />3 comments georgiahart Sun, 11 Jul 2010 21:41:59 -0600 Hurricane Ridge <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_2588.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_2588.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: josonnenberg<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Cassie and Jordan Sonnenberg of Fort Morgan, Colorado. Where photo taken: Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park, Washington. Best meal: The Prez blackened salmon Caesar salad at Salty’s at Alki Beach in Seattle – fresh salmon seasoned to perfection and topped with delicious candied pecans. We ended the meal with a slice of luscious white chocolate mousse cake to celebrate our second anniversary. Best deal: For an annual fee of $80, our National Parks pass allowed us to visit Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Saint Helens National Volcanic Monument, and Olympic National Park – plus it helps ensure the continued beauty and preservation of our national parks system. Best time to go: Late summer to early fall for more moderate temperatures and fewer crowds. Best travel tip: Be prepared for a wide range of temperatures if you are visiting both the coast and the mountains in the parks. Bring a camera everywhere you go, as this state has abundant and photogenic wildlife!<br /><br />3 comments josonnenberg Sun, 11 Jul 2010 16:09:43 -0600 Lennie's - Bloomington <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC01054-1.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC01054-1.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: vandaedington<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Don &amp; Vanda Edington - Cheyenne, WY and Mark Cady - Bloomington IN Where photo taken: Lennie's where the Edingtons' were in first people in Indiana History to buy beer to go on Sunday, based on the new law in Indiana allowing Micro Breweries to sell carry out growlers . Best meal: Lennie's with chef Fred serving home-made, fresh, tasty pub food, and easy on the budget. Best deal: A visit to the Indiana University campus for not only the gardens and architecture but museums, golf, theater, music festivals and more. Best time to go: Summer is typically HOT and humid but there is a lot happening. Late fall for the extraordinary fall colors in the surrounding woods. Best travel tip: will help you connect with the people in an area you visit. Register and find others around the world as you travel, or if you want to host, for just coffee or even a couch for an overnight visit.<br /><br />4 comments vandaedington Wed, 07 Jul 2010 08:18:51 -0600 Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="BillHallinanSewardAlaskaMay10.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="BillHallinanSewardAlaskaMay10.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Hally1<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Bill Hallinan Where photo taken: Resurrection Bay near Seward, Alaska Best meal: Best omelets are at the Sunrise Inn Cafe on the Kenai River in Cooper Landing. Best deal: Hike to Exit Glacier, Whale tour out Resurrection Bay, and staying with friends in Seward. Best time to go: Early May is when I went, good if you like solitude and no tourist, but still alot of snow and not much open. Don't miss out on an Alaskan trip! It's the vastness and exaggeration you can not get anywhere else in the lower 48! Best travel tip: Good deals early in season, rent a car in downtown Anchorage, stay in hostels, take a tour of the bay.<br /><br />7 comments Hally1 Wed, 30 Jun 2010 21:12:10 -0600 NYC Times Square Four Generations <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_4500.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_4500.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: cloiemorrison<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Clarissa Morrison-Heffern, Jude Heffern, Greg Morrison, Lois Morrison Where photo taken: Times Square, New York City Best meal: Asiate at the Mandarin Hotel Best deal: Playing in the free fountain at Washington Square Best time to go: Spring Best travel tip: When traveling with young children, bring the grandparents for help babysitting!<br /><br />8 comments cloiemorrison Sat, 26 Jun 2010 15:35:32 -0600 Lighthouse <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="1_2_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="1_2_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Cathyc<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Cathy Carpenter &amp; Letty Jo Worrick Where photo taken: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Outer Banks, North Carolina Best meal: Shrimp &amp; Grits, Sugar Creek Restaurant, Nags Head Best deal: As we were still off season the rental house was much cheaper than in the middle of the summer. Best time to go: We went mid May, still off season. Not too hot, not too crowded. We mostly had the beach to ourselves, except for the Ghost Crabs. No long lines anywhere. Best travel tip: We packed a lunch most days and unloaded our beach chairs and had lunch on the beach Cathyc Tue, 22 Jun 2010 19:40:16 -0600 High above Honolulu <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="201006_9_.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="201006_9_.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: howmelinda<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Melinda Howard, Daniel Routman Where photo taken: Sister's apartment balcony in Honolulu Best meal: Frozen yogurt place where you add all the toppings you want and then they weigh it for pricing (this can get scary). Best deal: Staying with family! Best time to go: Anytime is a good time- we were told the weather is the same year-round. Lots of Japanese tourists at this time, but always busy. Best travel tip: Go OFF the main strip to do your shopping, everything is 5-10% more on the beach. Also, go with a local and you will get discounts on everything- don't forget to ask!<br /><br />9 comments howmelinda Tue, 22 Jun 2010 14:38:28 -0600 Eufuala,OK <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Eufaula_IMG.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Eufaula_IMG.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Melyockstick<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Bonnie &amp; Mel Yockstick of Arvada Where photo taken:Dam on Lake Eufaula, built in 1956 to create the largest lake in Oklahoma with 600 miles of shore line. Located east of Oklahoma City on highway 40. Best meal:Gators, serving coctails, southern cousine, overlooking the lake. Try the crappies right out of the lake. Best deal:Taking in sights of the colorful history of the area, Native American life, outlaw gangs, and civil war sites as well as renting a boat to enjoy the lake. Best time to go:May or October when the weather is cooler. The summers are very hot and humid. Best travel tip:Pack bug spray and sun screen for swimming on the beaches and fishing on the lake.<br /><br />9 comments Melyockstick Sat, 12 Jun 2010 10:58:21 -0600 Graceland, Memphis, Tenn. <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="graceland38pcm_ms_dp.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="graceland38pcm_ms_dp.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: Pablo<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Pablo Carlos Mora and Maryann Saiz Where photo taken: Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tenn. Best meal: Blues City Cafe, Beale Street: most excellent Memphis style rack of ribs and catfish fillets, coleslaw, baked beans and toast while the street musicians play just outside the door. Best deal: Luxury rooms at nearby casinos in Tunica, Miss. Best time to go: Avoid the long, hot summer, especially hard on Coloradans. Best travel tip: Memphis also boasts National Civil Rights Museum, where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Visit and be moved by dioramas and exhibits on Rosa Parks, other key players.<br /><br />8 comments Pablo Sun, 06 Jun 2010 10:32:21 -0600 Centennial Canoe Trip in Colorado <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Denver_Post_Paper_Trail.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Denver_Post_Paper_Trail.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: jgumper<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Midori Igarashi and Julia Gumper Where photo taken: On a Centennial Canoe trip on the Gunnison River 30 miles south of Grand Junction, CO. Best meal: Guides cook and prepare all meals on the river. Meals include shrimp, salmon, wine, croissants, blueberry pancakes, etc. Food was great! Best deal: Pre-season discounts available if paid by April 15th each year. Best time to go: June-September Best travel tip: Purchase a water blaster so you can participate in water fights. Bring hiking shoes for day hike in Dominguez Canyon Wilderness Area with petroglyphs, waterfall, and beautiful scenery. Camping along the river was so peaceful.<br /><br />2 comments jgumper Wed, 19 May 2010 17:02:15 -0600 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_1874.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_1874.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: jcruz<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Nick and Alex Cruz Where photo taken: World Tour Golf Links, Myrtle Beach, SC Best meal: Conch Restaurant in Surfside Beach-great seafood, big portions, beautiful view Best deal: Surfside Beach Rentals. Great bargains during off season, some half price. Off season is over May 16. Best time to go: Early spring before school is out, especially in May, as flowers are blooming everywhere. Sparse crowds makes it easy to get around. Best travel tip: Reserve tee times a couple of weeks in advance. The courses are in full bloom and are beautiful and the weather is in the upper 70s and low 80s.<br /><br />1 comment jcruz Fri, 07 May 2010 14:12:45 -0600 Dry Tortugas National Park <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN0886.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN0886.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: julesbirsch<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Chris, Luke and Julie Epp Where photo taken: Dry Tortugas National Park Best meal: Blue Heaven in Key West. The lobster with key lime hollandaise sauce is divine. The key lime pie is also very tasty. Best deal: The glass bottom boat ride at the John Pennekamp State Park. Four of us went for $85 and the guides are incredibly knowledgeable about the reef and it's history. We saw turtles and many kinds of parrot fish. Best time to go: We went in late March and the water was still a little cold, but Florida did have an unseasonably cold winter. Best travel tip: Make sure the visit the Turtle Hospital in Marathon. In addition to seeing all different sea turtles, they have the best t-shirt souvenirs.<br /><br />2 comments julesbirsch Mon, 19 Apr 2010 15:36:09 -0600 Bancroft Hall <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="IMG_1177.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="IMG_1177.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: den1rda<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Randy and Kalvin Andrade Greeley, CO Where photo taken: Bancroft Hall in Annapolis, Maryland. Bancroft Hall is home to 4000 plus Midshipmen. It's the largest single dormitory in the world. It has beautiful architecture both in and out. Best meal: Easter dinner at Mangia's. Splitting a salad, pizza and cooling down with some East Coast beers. ( Dad only )This was topped off with an ice cream cone from one of the many ice cream shops in the area. Best deal: Drive into Annapolis and take a boat ride around the harbor. Many of the other sights are within walking distance. Take a tour of the Naval Academy, a place with a lot of history and a great museum. Other sights are within close walking distance. Best time to go: Couldn't be a better time than first week in April. Weather was fabulous! Best travel tip: Flew into BWI airport and stayed in close proximity. Rented a car for a few days to get to Annapolis and to visit a friend in the area. Otherwise, the hotels provide free trips to the MARC station, which takes you right into DC, inexpensively. The Metro can get you to all points in DC, as well.<br /><br />1 comment den1rda Tue, 13 Apr 2010 16:17:27 -0600 Venice, Florida Buried by the Sharks Teeth <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Venice_Travel_-_denver_post_photo.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Venice_Travel_-_denver_post_photo.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: amandajayne<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Ally Burke, Amanda Burke, Brock Burke Where photo taken: Venice, FL Best meal:Veronica's Kitchen Best deal:Capri Isles Golf Club Cafe Best time to go:mid-April Best travel tip:great fishing in sub-division ponds, just watch out for the alligators<br /><br />3 comments amandajayne Fri, 09 Apr 2010 11:34:46 -0600 Lost Fisherman's Memorial <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSC01150_1_.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSC01150_1_.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: J2DAAK9<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Connor, Spencer, Connie and Dave Anderson Where photo taken: South Padre Island, Texas: Wells Point in Isla Blanca County Park, where the statue Cristo de los Pescadores (Christ of the Fishermen) is a memorial to all fishermen who lost their lives at sea Best meal: Pier 19 &quot;Over the Water&quot; The shrimp and fish are fresh and tasty and the view and atmosphere are outstanding. Best deal: Saidia Condominiums: See VRBO or This place is the best on the island for the money for the sports/beach loving family. Avoid the towers and stay in the condos. Best time to go: April and May (after college Spring Break). Best travel tip: Sand castle/city construction and boogie boarding will keep your family coming back every year. Fly into Harligen if the rates are good.<br /><br />5 comments J2DAAK9 Tue, 06 Apr 2010 20:00:37 -0600 DSCN0148 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN0148.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN0148.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: rcartwright<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Emy Newman/Renae Cartwright Where photo taken: Magic Kingdom- Orlando, Florida-Disney Princess Half Marathon Best meal: Earl of Sandwich-Downtown Disney Marketplace &quot;The All-American&quot;- a wonderful, unique sandwich made with an artesian baked loaf, roast turkey, buttermilk ranch dressing, cranberries, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato Best deal: Pineapple Float-Magic Kingdom/Adventureland- soft serve pineapple ice cream served in a cup with pineapple juice Best time to go: Late February/Early March-we were there during a record breaking cold snap- 37 degrees one morning! Usually, the weather is mild and the crowds are few during this time of the year. Best travel tip: See Disney in a different way- run a race sponsored by the Walt Disney Resorts! We ran the Denver Marathon in October and decided that we needed a fun reward! We traveled to Florida, enjoyed the parks, and then experienced the princess treatment with 13,500 women! We enjoyed fairy dust, a fun Expo before the race, fireworks, Disney characters, a fabulous 13.1 mile course through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, and a beautiful gold medal at the finish line. We are headed to Disneyland in September for our next race adventure!<br /><br />5 comments rcartwright Tue, 06 Apr 2010 14:23:04 -0600 Queen_s_Park_Kyra_in_Eagles_nest <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Queen_s_Park_Kyra_in_Eagles_nest.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Queen_s_Park_Kyra_in_Eagles_nest.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: judith742<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Kyra Henderson Where photo taken: Queen`s Park, Flushing, New York. This is one of the many interactive things that you can do in the park. Best meal: Ruby Tuesday, Times Square. Great food and service. Best deal:The zoo and petting zoo is only $7.00. Great value. Best time to go: Late Spring. Late March was too cold and summer would be too warm. Best travel tip: Bring umbrellas and coats if you go to New York in March. It rained most of the time that we were there.<br /><br />5 comments judith742 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:21:45 -0600 Queen_s_Park_Kyra_Standing_in_Eagles_nest <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="Queen_s_Park_Kyra_Standing_in_Eagles_nest.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="Queen_s_Park_Kyra_Standing_in_Eagles_nest.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: judith742<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Kyra Henderson Where photo taken: Queens Park, Flushing, New York. The site of a worlds fair with rockets and great play areas as well as an interactive zoo with many features. Best meal: Ruby Tuesday, Times Square. Great food and service Best deal: Holiday Inn Express, Flushing, New York Best time to go: Late spring. We were there at the end of March and it was cold, but beautiful Best travel tip: If you go to this park, take a lunch. Only vending machines are available<br /><br />4 comments judith742 Sun, 04 Apr 2010 08:18:14 -0600 New York City <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_1432.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_1432.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: zbroom<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Girl Scout Troop 1447 Where photo taken: Central Park Best meal: At the Rockfellar center many different places to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is an amazing place to visit. Best deal: New York Pass,, you can buy the pass before you go. They send you a booklet of activities and subway info. This Pass allows you to do as many of the activities listed, 55 to choose from. You can use it for the amount of time you have paid for. Best time to go: Spring Break no humidity. Best travel tip: Plan to walk alot. There are people everywhere. Enjoy it.<br /><br />6 comments zbroom Tue, 30 Mar 2010 17:59:06 -0600 Key West 1 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="scan00011.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="scan00011.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Barbie<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Dan McKee, Rob Refvem, Mer Refvem, Barb Kuwitzky, Kent Kuwitzky and Rose McKee Where photo taken: Southern Point of Continental USA - Key West FLA Best meal: A &amp; B Seafood House and Margaritaville for burgers Best deal: Our bed &amp; breakfast - Key Lime Inn Best time to go: Probably March Best travel tip: Take warm clothes<br /><br />7 comments Barbie Sun, 21 Mar 2010 14:17:36 -0600 088 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="088.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="088.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: angelaekker<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Angela Ekker and Lorraine Parker Where photo taken: Yukon River north of Eagle, Alaska. We were mushers for a week and assigned our own dog sled teams on a Sierra Club wilderness trip. We travelled about 35 miles a day to different rustic cabins deep in Yukon Territory. We followed much of the trail of the Yukon Quest sled dog race. Best meal: Moose and ice cream made of snow Best deal: Cabins in the wilderness that were open for use. Best time to go: February Best travel tip: Take very warm clothes if you travel to Alaska in winter as temperatures can be 30-40 degrees below zero, but the beautiful scenery is worth it.<br /><br />4 comments angelaekker Sun, 14 Mar 2010 12:50:03 -0600 Iditarod <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="100_1033.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="100_1033.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: DGMF<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):Keegan, Kurt and Hailey Fulwider (taken by Dianne) Where photo taken: Anchorage, Alaska-start of the Iditarod Best meal: Talkeetna Roadhouse-at the base of Denali: fabulous homemade food and bakery items! We ate there after we had taken a plane ride around Mt McKinley. Best deal: Alaska Native Medical Center Gift Shop- all items made by Native Americans and are 100% authentic. Absolutly wonderful items! Proceeeds go to fund medical items for the hospital. Best time to go: March was cold and windy so be prepared! Best travel tip: a lot of places/shops/museums are closed during the winter. So call ahead before you get your hopes set on some place. But there is a lot to do around the Iditarod and Fur Rondy (a week long event)<br /><br />4 comments DGMF Thu, 11 Mar 2010 22:30:59 -0700 Hong Kong <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="P1170453.JPG" border="0" src="" alt="P1170453.JPG" /></a><br /><br />by: vbenda<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Victoria Benda Where photo taken: Victoria's Peak, Hong Kong, China Best meal: afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel Best deal: almost anything at the Ladies Market Best time to go: Best travel tip:<br /><br />4 comments vbenda Thu, 11 Mar 2010 18:22:37 -0700 Queens Bath, Princeville, Kauai' HAWAII <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="PaperTrails21.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="PaperTrails21.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: Carol Givan<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right): Joe Givan &amp; Carol Massie-Givan Where photo taken: Kauai', Hawaii - Queen's Bath Best meal: Koloa Fish Market Best deal: Go to Costco on the island if you have a kitchen, and definitely buy your gas there. Best time to go: Anytime as climate is very temperate...always around 80 degrees. Best travel tip: If you like the sun, stay on the south side of the island. Vacation in Kauai' as long as you can as there is SO MUCH to do....waterfalls to jump from, hiking the Waimea canyon, photography, helicopter and motorized hang glider rides, beach activities, kayaking...Every day is filled with Aloha!<br /><br />4 comments Carol Givan Wed, 24 Feb 2010 14:37:23 -0700 DSCN0667 <a href="" target="_blank"><img title="DSCN0667.jpg" border="0" src="" alt="DSCN0667.jpg" /></a><br /><br />by: MAC1<br /><br />Description: Names (left to right):David McGuire &amp; Liza Eskanos Where photo taken: Daytona International Speedway, &quot;Daytona 500&quot; 2010, Daytona Beach Florida on Valentines Day! Best meal: Santoro's Pizzeria Best deal: Free parking right across the street from the track. Sure beats $70 to park in a lot. Best time to go: Daytona 500 Weekend, It's the Superbowl of NASCAR! Best travel tip: Take lots of warm clothes and sun screen because you will need both in the same day!<br /><br />3 comments MAC1 Wed, 17 Feb 2010 11:39:17 -0700