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A decade ago, one of the project I was working on code named "Maui". I googled it, and added it to my bucket list immediately.
Here are some of my favorites from the trip.
Sunset at Napili beach: This beach is pretty cool for sunset pics. Also, we saw at-least 3 wedding photographers that night as well. Diffused light
Haleakela National Park - You
Helicopter Ride - I strongly recommend taking a helicopter ride in Maui. Some of the views were just phenomenal. Of course, this was our first trip in a helicopter that added to our excitement.
Here is our hotel (Ritz Carlton) from the helicopter.
One of the many hidden waterfalls in Maui that can only be seen from the air.
Beautiful shoreline ..from the air.
Decisions ...circus of life.
Launiupoko Beach Park - We were stuck in the traffic on our way to our hotel. We decided to stop at this public beach to see the sunset. Sunset was
Ho'okipa Beach Park - If you are
Watch closely, you'll see many sea turtles in this beach :)
The road to Hana - one of the
One of the many waterfalls on the way to Hana
Fruit stand on the way to Hana ..reminded me of India.
Ritz Carlton - This hotel is made for the perfect vacation. We got lucky with the beach/pool view
This Thanksgiving, we escaped a damp and cold Seattle to spend a week in bright and sunny San Diego. A loving family, mouth watering food, and
We have been planning to visit San Diego for at-least five years, but the ducks lined up well this year. The temptation of spending a week with family in a place like San Diego was too tempting to resist. Unlike most of our trips, we didn't plan or even discover things-to-do in San Diego. We kept it low profile, followed the lead of our host (Vikki and Smitha). Thanks to them, we were able to experience San Diego like a local!. In between the lazy mornings, and long movie nights, they had meticulously planned to show us San Diego like no other.
Here is the map of our touch points in San Diego. - https://goo.gl/maps/6DHanBnoPZR2
USS Midway: An American aircraft carrier from WWII era. If you want to experience the scale and sophistication of a floating city with an
Torrey Pines State Beach:
This beach was 20 minutes to where we stayed in San Diego. Water was warm for Nov, and we were there for Sunset. I didn't expect much
Loma Point and Cabrillo monument: There are few good photography points in this area. You get the bird's eye view of Sandiego near the monument, as well as good family picture opportunities near the beach.
San Diego Safari Park: My daughter loves animals, and she thoroughly enjoyed experiencing wildlife in a relatively relaxed environment (Safari theme
As you know already, Glacier national park is vast, stretching more than 1,500 square miles. It's filled with lakes, mountains, and Glaciers (of course) making it a heaven for photographers. In this blog, you can find information on my plan, where to photograph (best, and the overhyped), and my learnings from this trip.
Walking/hiking is the best way to explore this park. Traveling with family with a four year old limited our ability to explore glacier national park to the fullest. Any hike more than 3-4 miles round trip was out the question. Moreover, we had only four days to explore this gigantic park, and are forced to maximize our time while we were in the park. After a ton of research, this was our initial plan for four days - https://goo.gl/maps/gtKOj. As it always is, the weather, and new information we learned in the park forced us to improvise on the fly. But, this plan helped as a directional pointer throughout our stay.
First, let me start with what worked in this trip. Our decision to visit Glacier in September turned out to be a double edged sword. During this season, fewer people in the park, but has a much harsher weather. We expected a lot of rain (helped by weather forecast, of course), but was pleasantly surprised by the snow, making the valley look magical. When you add sporadic fall color with a crisp weather, the feeling of being close to mother nature made it special.
Here are my favorite spots in the GNP.
Two medicine lake:
Lake MacDonald: I was told that Lake MacDonald offers the best sunsets in the park. This was the best I could get.
Around lake Josephine: I strongly recommend taking a boat ridge to get in close and personal with some mountains in this aread. Also, if possible book a room in Many Glacier Hotel. This hotel offers breathtaking views for sure.
Near St. Mary's lake: Offered the best sunset experience during this trip. Clouds literally turned pink, and offered some breathtaking views.
Going to the sun road: One of the disappointment of this trip was to not complete the "Going to the sun road". One of the side effects of snow in September is a heavy snow at higher altitudes, namely near Logan pass. I found the west side of park is more beautiful (relatively speaking) and serene compared to the west side.
To wrap it up, here is our learning from the trip.
- September can be the ideal time to visit GNP, but be prepared to be surprised by the weather. Snow will certainly add new perspective (if you are lucky) to everything you do in the park.
- Plan to bring plenty of food/water supply, especially if you are spending a more time on the east side of the park. There were very few restaurants open near the St. Marys town.
- Plan to stay near the east side of the park irrespective if your are interested in sunrise/sunset shots. It's almost 1-2 hour drive from west to east, either through "going to the sun road" or "driving around the park on RT 2.
- There are plenty of good Vacation rentals to be found on VRBO. We got a sweet deal, and the stay was exceptional. But we made hte mistake of staying in the West side which made our commute challenging.
- Give at-least 5-7 days to cover this park. It's worth it.
- Plan to stay in "Many Glacier Hotel" which has the best views of Lake Josephine and mountains. In addition to spectacular views, you are guaranteed to see mountain goats and bears for sure.
- Plan to do at-least one boat trip in one of the lakes. You can either do it on Two medicine lake, or lake Josephine. You can hike to Grinnell glacier, and choose to take the boat back to save time and energy :).
- Be prepared to sudden changes in the weather. Your plans will almost certainly change :)
Overall, our GNP trip was exciting, and we returned home with an intent to go there again. In our next trip, surely we intend to do a lot hiking and explore Glaciers before they disappear forever (the prediction is that most Glaciers in GNP will disappear in less than 30 years). The time starts now!
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UTAH in December - Road Trip Planner
I's a known fact that Utah is a heaven for photographers. Let me assure you that you'll be positively surprised. For my family, it was an eventful, relaxing, and fun. This trip has renewed my appreciation for nature and its grand beauty.
In the series of photo blog posts, I'll share my experience visiting Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon in Dec 2013.
Have a plan
My plan for this trip was extensive. After tons of research, I finalized our road trip as shown below. The number of places in this list is long and should serve well if you have 10-15days to explore these natural wonders.
Link to Google Maps - Feel free to use this link to plan your trip.
Few important tips