Beat the Heat in St George

It can get hot here in Zion—there’s no question about that. And it will probably get hotter as the summer continues. So how do you still enjoy yourself in the blazing heat? Here are a few simple ideas that offer you a chance to stay cool without losing out on the action.


Hit the Trails Early

It’s said that the early bird gets the worm. In the case of hiking, you are going to need to be the early bird, and the worm you’re after is temperatures 20-30 degrees cooler than the main heat of the day. Pretty tasty sounding worm, huh?

The shuttles in Zion National Park start running at 8 o’clock in the morning, and that’s when you should be waiting for them if you want to get a good hike in before the real heat wave. Once you’ve enjoyed a good hike in the morning, it’s time to treat yourself to some relaxation. Most of the hotels in Springdale have pools, so don’t feel like you have to be on a trail the whole day. The wise man takes the afternoon off and enjoys the pool.

The Emerald Pools & The Narrows

Although heading up to the Emerald Pools isn’t 100% shaded, compared to a lot of the other popular trails in Zion, the Emerald Pools trail is a shady paradise. If you miss the early option or choose to spend the morning on some other trail, this route makes a nice escape from the sun in the mid to late afternoon and even offers some refreshing waterfalls part of the year.

The Narrows can be done a few different ways, but if you just want a quick, easy taste of it—and a chance to cool off—then taking the shuttle is the way for you. To access the Narrows this way, ride the shuttle to the very last stop on the canyon. You’ll then head up the Narrows from the bottom. You can’t see all 16 miles of it this way, but you can still experience the majesty and wonder of the Narrows. And best of all, you’re spending 70% of your time knee-deep or less in water.

Outside the Park

A great vacation to Zion National Park is not cheapened by leaving the park and experiencing the other natural beauties of the area. It will enrichen your experience to take a break to swim outside the park. There are two excellent reservoirs within a 30 minute drive of Zion named Quail Creek and Sand Hollow.

Sand Hollow is an almost unbelievably pretty reservoir surrounded by red rock and sand dunes. There is powder-soft sand along a good portion of the shore and a boat launch just in case you had more in mind than just swimming. You’ll find Sand Hollow not nearly as crowded as the park. And most importantly, you’ll find it full of cool, refreshing water.

Making the most of your trip to Zion sometimes means managing the hours you spend under the sun. Be liberal with the sunscreen, drink twice as much water as you think you need, and know when you need to take a break. After all, it’s a vacation, so don’t over work yourself this summer in Zion.

That’s it, that’s how you beat the heat in St George, and if you need a place to lay your head or park your RV in St George, then Temple View is a great option.

Five Golf Tips for Seniors

Flexibility has become critical in our swings as we age

The importance of incorporating sports and leisure to retirees and seniors has been recognized due to the advantageous impact to them. Golf is one of the most popular leisure activities among seniors. This has invigorated them mentally and physically not only as a form of leisure and enjoyment but a good source of exercise. One of our favorite spots to golf is in St George Utah, the climate there makes for a golfers paradise.  This fall we found a great hotel to stay in, so if you’re looking for places to stay in St George look no further.

Many seniors have a wrong perception about the game that as they age, they stopped playing golf because their body can no longer adapt to the requirement of the game. This is entirely a misconception.

Some seniors find golf as a frustrating game for them as they cannot turn the way they used to before. You don’t have to worry because your body as a senior can still have the best enjoyment out from playing golf. With a different style of training approach that fits to the seniors’ needs today, golf has become an extremely interesting for them. The excitement continues for many senior golfers given the training and acceptance what their body can perform today. So, senior golfers will start learning again the way they used when they started golf at a younger age but this time, learning the way on how both their body and mind can enjoy the game.

Grand Cayman Golf

Photo Credit: Fevi in Pictures

Turn back the hands of clock and consider five tips below and swinging factors to help resolve the flexibility issue of seniors:

  1. Try for a stance width that is comfortable for you. When feet are closer to each other, it becomes much easier to rotate and transfer your weight. This enhances your capability to backswing and follow through as well as resolves your flexibility issue associated to this moves. This will improve the speed of how you rotate your hips during backswing and distribution of weight on your feet. When backswing is successful, it thus become easier to initiate a forward swing. As you get along, you can try for various stance width gradually to know how it creates speed on club head and eventually improves distance.
  2. Place the lifting effort on the left heel during backswing. While performing a backswing, it is important to pay focus on the amount of rotation on your hip and shoulder. These are the primary sources of power, thus it is important to allow your left heel stayed down that will eventually create more rotation on the backswing. As golfers aged, flexibility becomes an issue and making a full swing would be a problem. On one hand, trying a heel lift would help to make a complete turn possible.
  3. Avoid tension. By all means, try not to feel frustrated about the game because this creates tension. When tension is present, it kills the excitement and devastates your ability to perform well in the game.
  4. Go for a 10-finger grip. The wrist hinges more easily if there is an easy pressure on the hands. Using all fingers to grip the club has surprising results to most senior golfers. It is more comfortable to hold the club without exerting much pressure on the hands. When there is an added hinging on the wrist coupled with softer pressure on the hands, aiming for increased swings on the club and more distance is more likely possible.
  5. Hit the mark by swinging ‘through the ball’. Your main target is to move the ball forward and not entirely hitting the ball. You must completely aim to increase the club head speed and not allowing hitting the ball head alone. Using the proper shaft and clubs plus a combined swinging through a ball can be your ingredient to a real target.

Playing golf has become more exciting as we age. All it takes is proper training and knowledge on how we could utilize our flexibility to adjust with the body that we have today!

Tips for Eco Travelers

Tourism is an irrevocable life style. But there are many ways to do so as travelers set off, of course. Getting around the world is a philosophy of life that beyond knowing or cute photogenic sites, is a way to learn. Others, with others. But there’s more. Tourism is also a way of relating to the Metro. If they choose to be sustainable named, here are some tips. Not wear your footprint.
Week 8/52 - Eco TravelPhoto Credit: P Lawrence
1 – Do not waste paper

The community organized meticulously planned trip. Read about the places where they plan to go, scoring destinations or produce directories to distribute their journeys, their views or expectations. If you cannot do without the lists, do not worry, there are several alternatives to be organized without printing. You can save your Word or Excel files on your computer; tablet or phone goes with you (mostly because we travel with one of these devices). In addition, there are some applications that you provide a perfect organization and even alert you so you do not forget.

Taking notes

Evernote. This application (of which I am unconditional) is ideal for capturing Internet articles, entire pages or just to be writing down ideas. The can install on your computer and the Smartphone to have synchronized your notes.

Astrid. This is another task manager. Available for PC and phone is great for the forgetful.

Wunderlist. It is another service available with which to develop task lists grouped by category and can also be synchronized between all devices.

So if you want to be organized does not need to spend paper. And if you cannot connect not get bogged down and improvise. Spontaneity traveling often generates situations, experiences and unforgettable encounters.

Oh, and whenever possible (is increasingly widespread) buy an electronic ticket. Almost all airlines, trains and buses allow you this option.

Evernote mobile

2 – Solar Chargers

If we use electronics in our travels we make responsible use of them. In addition to turn them off when we do not use, we can use portable solar chargers to recharge our batteries. Its size and weight makes them easy to transport and only need daylight to work.

3 – Lightweight Luggage

No need to take your wardrobe with you. Besides practical eco know. You carry a light backpack will make the trip more comfortable and reduce fuel consumption. Remember, more weight, more consumption.
In Hanhn Airport with 10 kg Weight

In Hanhn Airport with 10 kg Weight

4 – Green Apps

If you are a traveler stuck to a Smartphone you can use it with awareness. More and more eco applications that help us to have sustainable behavior. Also if you are traveling. We show some.

Green Globe. Only for IPhone or iPod, this application allows you to discover all the options for an eco trip. With it, you can find places and alternatives with environmental commitment. You can find eco accommodation, conference venues, attractions and even cruises. All members are certified by Green Globe rigorous criteria and checked by specialists. This application is free to download.

Green Travel Choice. It is just another application for Iphone, Ipad and IPod Touch thanks to a GPS system helps you to choose transportation that emit little CO2. Marking your place of departure and the destination you are heading, this app tells you which is the best environmental option in order to reduce carbon footprint. If you care about how much carbon dioxide you eat when you travel, this app is for you. It is available in Apple store for $ 1.99.

Greenie. Also for Apple devices is an interesting application for the latest news about technology and ecological applications. It costs $ 0.99.

Green Power Battery Saver is a simple Android application that works automatically as soon as you set. Save battery from the start. Intelligently managed Wi-Fi, mobile data and Bluetooth connections and screen brightness. The off when you do not use them and on when needed.

Carbon Calculator: Now you can easily calculate how much you pollute in each of your trips, with this carbon footprint calculator. For Android

Where Recycling is an assistant search. Available for Android, this application allows you to find the nearest recycling point. It also helps to clean spots and discover the appropriate locations for the recycling of batteries or clothing. It is also noteworthy that allows report through localized photographs.

GuiaReciclaje is ideal for those who doubt where to place recycling container for application. As its name suggests is a complete guide to clearly differentiate which waste is placed and in which containers. It is available for Android and IOS.
Travel Choice

Travel Choice

5 – Echo Transportation

For destinations, the plane is the only alternative. In other cases, there are much more sustainable options. Whenever you can, walk. It is the greenest option is the best way to discover a place you do not know. It is also very healthy for the mind and body.

Walking Heilderberg

If you love cycling, more and more cities in the world which have utility bikes that can be accessed easily and at minimal cost.

Cycling in Nuremberg

If you prefer to move engine before calling a cab climb to urban transport. And to travel between towns you can hitchhike to encourage carpooling or practice. There are numerous websites providing this service carpool proposed to move within cities, including nearby towns and even long trips. This alternative that is becoming more popular, cheaper movement and reduces carbon footprint.

Tram in Munich

7. Sustainable accommodation

If your stop is in nature and do not think about camping. Sleep outdoors allows you to contact with the environment that you will not find anywhere else, besides being a very economical option. For those who do not want to rest at ground there couchsurfing interesting alternative, i.e., sleeping in the homes of others who lend you their couch. You must register on the official website, answer a questionnaire and find a host you staying (it’s completely free). There is no better way to discover a place sharing the life of the locals.

But if you’re jealous of your privacy and you are not sleeping in a strange house, more and more ecofriendly accommodation to minimize environmental impact. For example, in the page you will find a complete guide to the eco accommodation worldwide.

And for those who want to work to afford housing, the possibility of passing the farm stay and work 4 or 5 hours a day in exchange for room and board. and are the most popular pages where farmers can contact requiring labor. There is a comprehensive directory for countries worldwide. This is a very interesting time to be in touch with nature as scarce budget alternative.


8 – . Responsible Consumption

Eat only what you need and in a responsible manner. Try to buy food from local producers. Stroll through the markets and buy fresh and seasonal foods. You will eat more rich and healthy, and avoid the wrappers. Taste the dishes of people’s views. Besides being an extraordinary way to delve into the popular culture, you will taste delicious delicacies and give the local economy.
Fresh vegetables

Fresh vegetables

Market in Matera (Italy)

9 – . Tatúate 3Rs

The three R should be a mantra for travelers. Recycle. Reuse. Reduce.

Recycle: We’ve already discussed some applications that will help you find the right places for recycling. If you do not have this tool is to be observant and ask the locals. They will tell you where and how.

Reuse: Avoid disposable products. Reuse bags or bring along a cloth, no space or weigh, and avoid using plastic bags. Choose rechargeable batteries. Try not to use plastic containers and if necessary, wash them and give them a new use.

Reduce. You have to minimize power consumption. Do not light up unless absolutely necessary. Turn it off when you leave. In places where you are, monitors water consumption; choose shower instead of bath and do not stretch out over the account. Five minutes is enough. Staying at a hotel is not essential to remember that you wash the towels daily. Do not turn the air conditioning system when you need it, remember that the temperature should not drop below 24 º. The same with the heating in winter and not more than 22 º. If you’re into nature adapt the rhythm of the sun and if you need your light are LED flashlights, consumption is much lower.

3R in Infinity Eco hotel in BsAs

10. Do not let footprint

In cities have places to dispose of waste and even to practice recycling. When you are in nature not leave marks when you leave a place leave it as you found them. Take all waste, which are not yours, too. Do not make any withdrawals (animals, plants, fossils, minerals, etc.), Remember that you are not souvenirs. If you remember, take pictures. If you go cycling or hiking paths and respects the specific indications for each. Heed the signs of the place. They have their reason for being. Remember, when in Rome, do as the Romans.

Without a Trace

Traveler in DNA is the love for the planet. We cannot watch him. The common house we share is everyone’s responsibility.

You bought your ticket and you’re list @ to leave home and embark on a new adventure in a destination, or very little known, but it certainly will in you new experiences. From the moment you leave home, your journey begins and the least we expect is that everything goes great! So we cannot let you go without first read these tips to help you survive the wait at the airport and provided endless for many flight hours. Ready, set … Suitcases above and Happy Travels!

Having something to do

It may seem silly, but if you have something to occupy the time you’ll be bored to tears and you can only think about what is being done throughout the trip or how you can achieve world peace. Be sure to bring entertainment and more if you go on a journey of many hours! Do not forget your laptop, books, video games, music or whatever you better work, the important thing is to keep busy. During the journey, forget about the time and if you can hide the clock so do not get impatient. Take advantage of free time or fail to advance any assignment either academic or work, not only will make the trip much shorter but go ahead and take advantage of your obligations.

Take warm clothes

Bring some extra warm clothes in your hand luggage. On short flights within the country, air conditioning is usually not as strong but sometimes in long distance travel, spends a little with the air conditioning and not enough with the blanket you get, if you have the details. So do not let the destination, grab the jacket comes to you better and not let go forgotten in the seat on landing.

Also, do not forget to wear comfortable clothing at all times. There are people that wear tight clothes, like jeans, suffering in your journey because you swollen legs and then want to rip her clothes on the spot. So to avoid that flourish stripper in you in the middle of a flight, traveling with loose, comfortable clothing and help you stay warm. Airports are not fashion shows and traveling convenient!

It may seem the most ill-mannered, but for long trips, more than a right becomes an obligation. It is much more comfortable barefoot on a long journey and you sleep better. Do not forget to bring some extra socks in your handbag in case you get cold feet or if I really do not give you much notice that you have the feet in the air, wearing comfortable shoes and leave the rubber heels for when you get your destiny.


It may seem strange, but many people before getting on the plane to begin stretching and exercise. Think for a moment: Sitting for long hours in such a narrow chair is hard and perhaps the back and legs are the most affected.


To avoid this, you’re not going to ask you to start jogging before you get on the plane or you head a yoga session in the same, but arise from time to time, do stretches and moves the body. You will notice the difference the next day.

Treat yourself to choose hallway, windows or doors emergency

This decision is now down to personal taste. Some people prefer the aisle because it gives less “claustrophobic” feeling and for those with long legs becomes more bearable because you can draw some legs. One of the advantages of being in hall is that you can go for a walk, or stretching to the bathroom when the hell you want without having to run over your fellow travelers. The disadvantage is that during the trip sitting inside pestered occasionally to ask permission to leave. If you are patient and understand that at one time can be the one to do it, this will not mean a problem.

If you do long trips , avoid near the toilet seat because, although you will be close to them when you want to use , these are the busiest in the plane and when finally you achieve sleep places , someone will and will wake you up .

The best seats are undoubtedly located next to the emergency doors, formerly nobody wanted to sit in them because it is scary to be next to a door on a plane without the cast that make you read the responsibilities attributed by you sitting there, but over time people have come to realize that it is one of the most comfortable places to be traveling a lot more space and you do not have to hasten armchairs. So the next time you travel, go ahead and ask if they have available seats emergency, unless you travel with children or seniors, where the crew will re- assign other positions. On the other hand, another star of seats is near the windows because it allows you to enjoy the scenery and rest your head if you want to sleep.


Drink plenty of water. The AC, small changes in pressure, temperature changes, jet lag, among others, sometimes make us forget hydrate.

You fall asleep for hours and then you wake atontadísimo, parched and even more tired than before sleep. Some airlines do not allow liquids up the plane, if so and you are thirsty, water hostess asks if you attend will definitely haunted.

Eat what you fancy

Whether you travel by the country or you decide you expand your horizons, some airlines usually have detail include some kind of snack or full meal that fall beautifully. Most however, are usually very small portions or as your destination, the food may be related to the influences of the city. So if you decide to travel to Asia and do not like spicy food, do not forget to take some cold treats or snacks that you can keep in your handbag and eat more when you want. Avoid taking foods with strong odors or else have some mates furious at the smell or very eager to try what you eat travels.

Enjoy airports

Excited Shopping Woman’s important to stop seeing airports as a place of transit boring as all have their charm. Today you can find stores that were previously limited to being in big malls. So enjoy your time on them, tomato something, read a magazine, or forward purchase some gift you’ve forgotten and do not forget to have fun. It is possible! – About

An adventure called Bath.

Before boarding the plane do not forget to go to the bathroom every time your body will be required as on airplanes, so can be a real challenge. The airplane bathroom is usually small and with a highly dubious comfort and after several hours of flight may give off unpleasant odors. If you get seasick easily, ask someone to accompany you and stay tuned for you during your stay in the service and do not forget to use all the grips that have the bathroom in case of turbulence. Careful where you stick your hand!

Best Tips On A Long Trip

Choose well your seat

When choosing your seat you have to consider 2 things. Within a row the best seats are the aisle and window. The aisle seat allows you to stretch your legs and to come and go whenever you want without disturbing other passengers. The other star is the window seat to rest your head to sleep or watch the scenery. But most important of all, from my point of view is, not use the seats near the toilets over 10h hour flight or more, the toilets are the busiest site of the plane. It’s where you open and close the door every 2 for 3 and is home to people talk about get to sleep and I’m sure someone will wake you. These are some tips we came up with when traveling to St George to stay in an RV park.


Comfortable clothes for air travel

Long-weekend road-trip advice


This is one of the tips that I find most important when flying. Don’t use tight clothes and jeans that squeeze. I usually wear leggings or long pants sport is more like pajama bottoms. If you wear very tight jeans you may be swollen legs and feel you need to take that pants now!

Very important is to wear a jacket comfortable, the air conditioning on planes usually very strong and can sleep or wake up cold catch cold (I’ll say a whopping), I usually wear a scarf for the neck. Anyway in most long trips is usually a small blanket per passenger.


If you do not like to stay barefoot / a (neither is good) it is best to bring in your carry-on flip-flops and a pair of socks. So you can take off your shoes, you’ll be more comfortable and you can go to the toilet without having to put your shoes. The socks come in handy if you are someone who left you cold feet.

If you need to travel clothing, a very comfortable and safe to shop online is the popular clothing website Zalando, because if we check our tickets online to save money, why not buy everything you need online, whether clothing, accessories, cameras or backpacks?




The issue of food is important, I have traveled to Asia and the menu was much focused plane Asian food. The truth is that I have no trouble eating but there were people who did not like the taste of many species. On the other hand the amounts are not very big. I advise to always carry in your bag some cookies or something to eat. It will come in handy if you are hungry or want to kill time eating.




It is very important to hydrate well and drink water from time to time. The air conditioning and pressure changes can leave us stunned. Normally if you walk towards the end of the plane or at the beginning are the hostesses will offer you water and juice. Some airlines also offer snack bags with free.



Today most long flights have incorporated some individual entertainment system for each passenger, which usually has a few films in Spanish and some in other languages with English subtitles. But I have come to travel in 2013 in an airplane from 10am did not have this system so it’s interesting that you bring something to entertain you. The best is a book or a travel guide of the place you are visiting, pens and paper, mobile battery or music.


Entertainment on board


Stretching exercises on the plane.

Although stretching exercises may seem silly at first glance is very important. The body gets tired of so many hours sitting in the same position, you should at least get up several times during the flight to stretch your legs (to me on a flight reached many legs swell up so many hours with a cowboy sitting tight, I’ve learned the lesson). When I go to the toilet I take to support me with his hands on a wall and stretch your back.

Additional tips for a long trip.


1. Spend the first two weeks as a tourist. Do not trust the time, especially if you have to do things in the country you are visiting, as study, work, do an internship, and so on. Usually towards the end of a long stay will have to solve issues such as paperwork, get rid of the things addressed, delivered in perfect condition place of lodging, and so on.

2. Browse local food and learn to cook the dishes Gastronomy is an important part of cultures. If you want to know a country thoroughly, must have basic knowledge of the local diet.

3. Travel light. Bring many things always backfire. Travelling with luggage light and practical, like a backpack, lighten the complications of a trip.

4. Not following a guidebook. The guides contain information only from the most representative. One never knows until a city is not lost on her.

5. Studied the language before. Apart from the late survival of knowing a language, the locals always appreciate the effort to learn their language.

6. Living with the locals. Just living with the local people can get to know a culture.

7. If possible, live with a host family. Maybe sacrifice a bit of comfort, but stay with a native family represents a good opportunity to know the daily life of the country.

8. Find an activity outside of school. When studying in another country do an activity outside of school opens doors to other social circles.

9. Keeping a journal. At the end of trip would appreciate having written your memoirs.


Southeast Alaska Fishing Lodges offers and Fishing Experience

There are different types of fishing lodges in Alaska. But nothing can beat the best and most relaxing lodges that Southeast Alaska fishing lodge. They are the most famous country houses and the most beautiful of all Alaska.



We know for a fact that Alaska is one of the best places in the world with great points of Fisheries. However, there is no problem with the place, what customers are trying to think is the solution each time you arrived. Staying at a specific destination sometimes vary in the type of fish you are seeking. Maybe you can make use of halibut fishing lodges or Southeast Alaska fishing lodge. Probably, you are asked about the services offered at the fishing lodges.



Alaska is definitely one of the perfect places for people who want to experience salmon fishing. There are plenty of spots in Southeast Alaska that you can visit and pursue different types of salmon. Different varieties of salmon include king salmon, also known as the Chinook, Coho salmon, the red or sockeye salmon, and pink salmon. This is one of the reasons why southeastern Alaska ING salmon fish is big.


Most tourists choose Alaska these lodges in Alaska due to her being a wonderful show and a good place to rest and relax. The Alaska fishing lodges also serve the best quality food. It is very tasty and worth too. Also be amazed and admire the crew or the people who work in these fishing lodges in Alaska. Always give the red carpet treatment and prioritize the rights of all customers who have.


In Southeast Alaska fishing lodges experience is the abundance of salmon that comes with different varieties. It could be the King or Chinook salmon you are after, you will be amazed with its size. It may also decrease with Coho salmon or also known as silver. And the most delicious of its kind is the sockeye or red salmon. Not as big as the Chinook, but the taste is really amazing. So if you want to make use of all types of salmon in Alaska, the proper use of fishing equipment. You can also seek help from a fishing guide in the purchase of equipment.


Southeast Alaska Fishing Lodge also has complete facilities and equipment you need. The beds and chairs are really comfortable and very good for relaxing, especially when you’re tired. The safest place to stay because there would be too guards to guard the garden while you are away. It is a very quiet place that feels the value of staying in fishing lodges in disturbing peace is never an option in Alaska fishing. You can have all the time in the world without having to be bothered by those who do not want to be associated with fishing lodges are also a better place to start fishing . It is also a place where everyone gathers new camaraderie, where you can enjoy watching the view and go fishing together and learn more about others. Whether for hobby or something deeper like to know your family and the place well… The Alaska fishing lodges are also a good place for family vacation. You and your family will never regret staying there. It’s a good time to come together and develop a deeper commitment to them. There are also many activities you can do with them and go fishing with them, eat good food with them and share a warm and welcoming place to stay with. Imagine spending a day with your family in these fishing lodges in Alaska would build a great memory for you and your loved ones.


A honeymoon can also be spent with your love one fishing lodge in Southwest Alaska. You can walk at night with love one. Enjoy the scenery, and picnic fishing together. It is also a nice place where you can spend a romantic evening with your love one. Sleeping together and get cozy.


Another thing that makes the trip exciting is to take your family with you, share with them the experiences Southeast Alaska fishing lodge can offer. In addition to the above recommendations, fishing lodge is best if you are in big cities around Alaska, is e.g. Sitka. Returning to fishing lodges, you can also avail of privacy, there are some tourists who need tranquil and who go to private cabins. The treatment of the private cabanas is very different, but also expensive compared to the regular rooms. One way to save is by using packages that are offered by the centers or shelters. So do not wait another holiday or in the summer to come, if you have time this weekend or if you really planned for a vacation, the best with the fishing lodge around Alaska. Emotions hunting experience catching big adventure or a mouth watering as you walk around and see different points of view. Have fun with the wildlife and feel 100 % comfort after exploring the treasures of the place. Go to Alaska and get the best vacation.


Do not keep worrying about the amount of money you have to spend. You will never regret the money that will go through all worthwhile experiences they will receive. So what are you waiting for? Visit lodges in Alaska now! It’s something you will never regret.

City of Totems in Ketchikan Alaska

Ketchikan, Alaska, USA


Ketchikan is the first port in Alaska for those traveling by sea from one destination to the south. With the boom in tourism caused by the popularity of cruising, Ketchikan has been adapted to suit the lucrative tourist industry and as soon as one of the ships is lowered faces countless stores that attract the visitor. For some reason the jewelry appeared to predominate among the shops we found on this trip.

Ketchikan harbour tug

Once we put the focus on what we want and not what we want to sell, we begin to discover the Ketchikan we had anticipated. This place, among the many other things that qualify, is truly a place to live and operate even lumberjacks and fishermen. Forests are impressive, they call rain forests, but they are not as tropical rainforests, are forests of pine and rain both in the region of Ketchikan, really in much of the Pacific coast of Alaska, we imagine that why they call rain forests. From fishing, well, call it Ketchikan Salmon Capital of the World, and the city has one of those concrete stairs that regulate the descent of the river where the salmon season on the up jumping from step to step to the admiration of those happy tourists who achieve synchronize your trip with the salmon run.


Aguila in Ketchikan, Alaska, United States


In some places, of course accessible to tourists, they are animals of the region. There are zoos rather places preservation of nature. Sure, in summer you have to be careful, especially if we get to the salmon, because a bear can come from anywhere and is better to ask before starting to explore on your own away from the population. There are also places that are not museums, where you can see the remains of what was once a sawmill or other thing in his days was very important or useful and now are things that we hear only. Very picturesque and attractive are some of these places.


Ketchikan is the world’s largest collection of totem and his monument is called The Misty Fjords National Monument is a gigantic natural park with a unique beauty of its kind, a landscape of fable with large water reserves, forests and fauna and of course the famous glaciers that make this earth a place for mysticism and reflection of the wonders of nature.


Good place is to go see Ketchikan totem poles. They are everywhere in the city. They say it’s in Ketchikan where the highest concentration of these interesting posts. There are some places nearby where you can see native cultures, and as part of these cultures are more posts, and other expressions of native beliefs.


One of the most interesting is to know the local art and crafts which are mainly located in The Saxman Village, where you can make purchases which incidentally are very economical, there are offered products such as clothing, footwear, leather goods, Jewelry, books, art and craft made by locals.


Travel to this charming destination is an invitation to commune with nature and total relaxation possible. In our travel agency is paramount comfort and welfare of our customers that we will suggest the best things to do in Ketchikan and show you the best resorts and hotels are located there

5 reasons to travel alone

“I want to see the world!” This euphoric set’m sure you have often heard from friends and acquaintances.Maybe you tell yourself again and again even this sentence. Yet often lack the will to implement. Many people talk about the things to pack and the chance to travel around the globe – and then did not make it. Expected only on whether someone can ask yourself and the journey takes up together, can be a never ending story. So now I would like to encourage all who have not dared so far to travel on your own, you pack your things and explore the world! To travel alone is not so bad. I tried this out myself when I traveled to Utah and tried to find things to do in Zion among the towering red monoliths, so I can attest that traveling alone has it’s rewards.

the beautiful people of montreal (cont.) (explore)

We promise! On the contrary, do not miss one of the best experiences in your life and let yourself be convinced of these 5 reasons:

Reason # 1: Absolute freedom enjoy
detachment from family, friends, job and commitments you can experience the freedom in its purest form. It’s just you, your desires and expectations. You are your own boss and decide now what is right and what is wrong. Soak up every day, every hour, every minute of your trip. During this time you are free and you can fully indulge in the moment.

Reason # 2: Discover you new
addition to blisters and countless memories, you’ll see a new “I” also to bring home. Alone on tour you will discover new sides of you. If you put some time on yourself to grow beyond its borders. You will certainly come back a lot more mature and wiser after your solo journey. And you will get to know even better now than before.

Reason # 3: New Crops know
if you traveling as a couple or in a group, you tend to mostly among themselves to stay to themselves. Are you traveling on your own, you have no choice but to mingle with the people. This is the perfect opportunity to experience foreign cultures.You can exchange ideas with local people and learn about the life in the country better.

Reason # 4: Adopt a clear view
As you compete the journey alone, no one can tarnish or manipulate your experiences / experience. Everything that you are experiencing now is, pure and accessible only to you. No conversations with fellow travelers can affect your emotions and perspectives. At the end of the day you save the experience for you and keep them from your personal, untroubled mind.

Reason # 5: Overcoming Fears
Sometimes it is good and helpful, to jump into the cold water. If being alone, lack of coordination and poor knowledge of the card reading to your previous fears are, it is time to suspend this offensive. Are you even on the plane / train and miles worth of your actual home away, you have no choice but to lay this fear. And you’ll feel even more freedom now than already mentioned in # 1: free from fear is life that is much, much better!

Photo Credit: Stephane Paquet

How to Avoid Travel Sickness

Travel sickness is very common especially for kids, but there are also adults who suffer from such conditions due to certain circumstances. Usually if you are not well there is a big tendency that you will get sicker if you travel. That is why it is recommended to stay home when you are sick. I had to experience this when I had a St George hotel room, where the travel sickness overtook me.

sandstone rain puddlePhoto Credit: Raymond Shobe

Eating heavy meals before a flight, train ride or a long road trip can also cause motion sickness. In order to prevent this, it is better if you can consume only small amounts of food prior to your departure. Dry crackers are good especially if you really get sick during any kind of traveling.

In scientific explanation, travel sickness happens when there are rhythmic small movements which confuse the brain. The brain will find it hard to decipher the mixed messages. During this brain confusion stage, the eyes tell one thing regarding the body’s position, while the inner part of the ear is saying something else. This situation results in nausea, which might cause heavy sweating and vomiting.

During traveling, it is actually not just motion that always triggers the sickness. Sometimes certain smells or fragrances make people sick; there are people who can’t stand the smell of petrol.

The following are some tips on how to avoid travel sickness in different circumstances:

Road Trip

For long road trips and you have children traveling with you, it is best if you can keep them occupied during the drive in order to keep their minds off from being dizzy. Also you have to make sure that the vehicle is well-ventilated.

Avoid (if possible) repeated acceleration and slowing down; these will be recurring motions that can trigger the dizziness. It is also advisable to take regular stops to get some fresh air during long car journeys.

Sea Traveling

During sea traveling a lot of people really do get sick, especially when the sea is not calm. It is always good to get as much fresh air as you can and to stay away from the smells of galley foods and fuel fumes.

It is better if you can just sit tight or lie down and try to get some sleep. But if this is impossible and you want to go on deck, just try not to watch the waves and focus more on something that is not moving or the horizon.

Plane Ride

If you get sick during plane rides, it is best if you can ask for a seat over the wing, which is the most stable part of the plane during flights. Be sure to tilt your seat back for comfort and rest you head on the headrest and try to close your eyes. Listen to some music to take your mind off feeling sick. Do not look out the window and try not to look around the plane so much.

Here are some general tips on how to avoid travel sickness:

·       Do not take alcohol and heavy meals prior to departure

·       Always try to keep still and close your eyes

·       Take anti-sickness medications an hour before you go

If you know that you or someone who is going with you is going to be sick on your journey, it is best if you can take the heed some of the given recommendations. Motion sickness is preventable, but it is always better to be prepared for emergencies.

Traveling Alone! What’s on your Mind?

Traveling alone is an exciting thing to do. Though it is not for everybody, it can also be a good change of path for different types of people. Usually, when we think of solo travelers, we think of them as the adventurous ones; those that like to be challenged.  Therefore if you are a shy person you may not think of going solo. But if you aren’t then keep reading, as I just got back from a solo trip at a hotel in St George Utah where I had a blast.

View from the hills near my parents' home in UtahPhoto Credit: Raymond Shobe

Solo travelling though is not for the gregarious people alone, even if you are not the outdoorsy type, you can still enjoy a solo trip once in awhile. All you need is a little confidence and some brains to be able to embark on a trip on your own.

You can actually travel alone in silent if all you want is a little relaxation and you can also be socially active while on your tour if you want to meet new people and experience some new adventures.

For Silent Solo Travelers

Pick place where solitude is highly respected. Relaxation vacations simply mean that you have no intention of spending a lot of time wandering to and fro with a map and a dictionary. It is therefore recommended to stay at an all-inclusive hotel. You can also pick a beach resort if all you want to do is to just bask in the sun with a good book and a nice cold drink. There are also hotels that offer all the relaxation treats that you need. You can book for a complete spa and massage treatment and come home extremely rejuvenated. These kinds of vacations are ideal for solo travelers because there is nothing better than being your own company if you want to be stress-free.

In case you want to go out of your hotel room and see some sights, it is best if you can go to places where you are not very likely to be disturbed. Go to museums, parks and galleries. If you have to go with a group during a tour, and you do not to be interactive, then simply smile when someone tries to talk to you and do not encourage long conversation by simply not chatting back.

For More Adventurous Solo Travelers

If you are in an adventurous mood, then you will require a little more planning than picking up a hotel accommodation and booking for group tours. What you need is to find a destination that offers everything from great nightlife, to exciting activities, and thrilling adventures.

A solo traveler who wants to be socially active during his/her vacation is one who should be open to new possibilities. To start with, you have to know the kinds of activities you can do at a specific destination therefore you can also pick what’s best for you. Or you can also simply roam around the new place and see what fate will bring to you.

Going solo is also a good time for exploration. The beauty of having no company is that all the things you will see will have their own meanings to you. Your discoveries will be all your own, your conclusions will not be tampered by another person’s opinion. In other words, you see, you enjoy, you fail and you succeed on your own.

Silverking Alaska Activities

Ketchikan, Alaska is a one-of-a-kind community in Alaska, having a rich historic and scenic wonders proven by numerous activities held all throughout the year, as well as the museums showcasing the artworks it has in store, found in Tongass Historical Museum, Dolly’s House, Saxman Totem Park, Totem Bight and the Totem Heritage Center, and Art and Craft Galleries and Shop, among others. Often when we think of Alaska we think of Alaska fishing lodges, which are spectacular but there is so much more.

Silverking Alaska fishing lodgePhoto Credit:Woody Hibbard

The Ketchikan Area of Arts and Humanities Council, having over fifty years of experience, continuously improve the flow of art in every and all forms. It serves as the link of the entire arts and humanities event. Among the events active within the whole year filling the hunger of visual and performing arts is the First City Players. It is the oldest acting guild in Ketchikan, which runs a full season of productions of various themes including comedy, drama, children’s productions, and the like. It also conducts a First City Player’s annual Cabaret and Jazz Festival for amateur musicians who are to be tutored by visiting New York City jazz professionals, with a full weekend’s worth of performances.

Another is the premier dance school of Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Theater Ballet, which has over two hundred students and two major dance shows each year. It is dedicated in training dancers to be best in the classical technique and contemporary styles.

An additional event that should not be missed is the Wearable Art Show, which takes place every February in Ketchikan. Anyone with a modicum of fashion sense and some fabric can prance their stuff along the runway.

These are only some of the events that truly enriches the art and culture of Ketchikan. No matter what you are looking for in the arts, Ketchikan has surely has it. It is an area that has been enriched by various cultures for years, making it an implausible channel for both professional and amateur artists. Come see for yourself what the buzz is all about.