Jul 31, 2013

Travel Talk- Have you considered Sleeping in Airports?

Sleeping in the airport
Me at Charlotte airport waiting for my delayed flight
Recently I came across an interesting website A Guide to Sleeping in Airports which provides information on 'how to' spend nights in airports to save some money when you are traveling on a budget. Sleeping in airports to save money sounds like a cheap idea at first. But, when you think like a backpacker who is on a shoestring budget, or a little better, it makes sense.

Jul 29, 2013

Bird Sanctuary- J N 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge at Sanibel Island

Wildlife refuge Sanibel Island

Sanibel Island is a shrimp shaped barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico. The island popular for migrtory bird populations is home for J N 'Ding' Darling Wildlife Refuge which was established in 1976 to protect the largest mangrove ecosystem and named for cartoonist and environmentalist Jay Norwood Darling

Jul 26, 2013

Colorful Skies- Sky over Hawaii's devastated land

Hawaii skywatch at Chain of craters road

The tropical paradise and everyone's dream destination- Hawaii!! Beautiful beaches, live volcanoes , rain forests and heavy rain. Also acres of devastated land of ash and rocks! One afternoon when it was not raining I drove on this Chain-of-craters road only to see the bald, black land with no shade and lots of sulphur dioxide emission.

Jul 24, 2013

Travel Talk- Sometimes I dislike traveling!

Sometimes I dislike traveling

Surprised huh? Well, I love traveling more than anything in my life and I cannot imagine my life without traveling. Still, sometimes I dislike traveling when it comes to ...

Jul 22, 2013

National Parks- Biscayne, The Underwater National Park!

Biscayne Underwater National Park

Biscayne Bay underwater National Park, is another gem in southern Florida. One of the popular scuba diving locations in USA, it preserves the barrier reefs and some of the unique marine wildlife. 95% of the park is underwater! Like other national parks of USA there is an entry fee of $10.

Jul 19, 2013

Colorful Skies- Moonset at Suthro Baths, San Francisco

Moonset at Suthro Baths San Francisco

One more from Suthro Baths, San Francisco. I had posted a picture of moonset earlier. This one is also from the same night few hours earlier to moonset from a different location. What interests me is the reflection! Looks like a mummy!

Jul 17, 2013

Travel Talk- Most stupid packing mistakes!

Last weekend I went on a day hike around Bangalore. Bangalore rain was on-and-off all the time. During lunch break we had extra time for fun chat which ended up in pulling each other's leg. This is what happened ... One of the guys was carrying a large daypack which was full. One gracious lady- fellow trekker, asked him what was inside. He first laughed out loudly and then said softly ...

Jul 15, 2013

National Parks- Dry Tortugas, In the middle of nowhere!

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida is a small archipelago which is a remarkable place in the middle of Gulf of Mexico. 70 miles from Key West, comprised of 7 small islands and 100 square miles of ocean is accessible only by boat or seaplanes. These tiny islands are farthest, westernmost and most isolated of Florida Keys. It seems these are closer to Cuba than American mainland! One tiny and remote place rich in history and marine wildlife.

Jul 12, 2013

Colorful Skies- Blue at Loggerhead Key Lighthouse

Southern Florida is where you see white sand, blue skies and BLUE ocean! The boat rides over the ocean water are fabulous and the patches of land rising above the ocean make the scene outer-worldly. And when you find a man-made structure on these remote islands you wonder ... I was not the first one to reach here! Well, I was on the way to Dry Tortugas National Park passing Loggerhead Key. The Lighthouse looked alluring.

Jul 10, 2013

Birds- Lone Great Blue Heron in mangroves of Everglades

Great Blue Heron Everglades National Park

My earlier post talks so much about Everglades National Park, Florida. There is so much of wildlife in this park, I don't think I will ever run out of pictures! I have seen these herons and egrets in many poses and this one was on single leg watching sunset :) 

Jul 8, 2013

Cities- Key West, Home of the Sunset!

Key West Florida

Key West, FL is the southernmost key among the Florida Keys, it is also southernmost city of Continental USA just 90-miles away from Cuba! Original Spanish name of this beautiful place is Cayo Hueso which means Island of bones! Interesting huh? It seems the island was used as a burial ground by the Native Americans, bones were seen scattered around then! Now, it is a beautiful city with high density of tourists where you pay big amount for parking!

Jul 5, 2013

Colorful Skies- Colorful sunrise at Key West

Key West Sunrise at Southernmost point

Key West, FL is southernmost city in continental USA. I was there early in the morning to witness the sunrise though the concrete buoy displayed it was Home of the sunset. I will have a detailed post on Key West soon, till then enjoy the colorful morning!

Jul 1, 2013

Call of the Wild- Everglades National Park, An Alligator Alley

Everglades National Park Alligator

Compared to the west I haven't explored east coast of USA much. I have reached south-east as far as Florida, the southern tip of continental USA. I went on a road trip to Southern Florida covering Miami, all the three national parks and Florida Keys. One of my friends was pulling my leg ... Are you going hunting pythons? or wrestling with alligators? or riding a Florida panther? ... Ha ha ... I wasn't sure! I would have been lucky to sight a Florida Panther or a giant python! But, I did see a Black tipped shark and also a Florida Manatee :) Only thing I was worried about was the hot-and-humid weather!! But, the trip was worth every penny I spent.