Earth Day – environmental awareness and sustainability on Travel

“Think globally – act locally” is the motto of the day – the ” Earth Day “. A day to encourage the population to think about their consumption behavior. The issue of climate change affects everyone, and even while traveling, you can not escape it. We talked climate change while we were traveling and trying to plan vacation to Bryce Canyon.

Planet Zion.

We admit it is not always easy to organic food or fair-trade produced goods. Lack of time and convenience often lead us to forget to environmental protection: quickly booked cheap flights, disposable packaging of food in between, countless water bottles …

In every country there are other rules that can be taken into account to improve the global situation. Plastic bottles can be refilled and do not ever bought later (and discarded), are souvenirs from low-cost production countries can also be bought from organizations that put the gain in social projects and classic adventure tours are also offered by “Eco friendly” company.

Find a place actions today on “Climate Change” instead. With this article, we make a small contribution and provide you some uncomplicated methods on how to go eco-conscious traveling:

Clothing:

Outdoor clothing must be functional and meet the requirements. In addition to quality, form and color, this index helps to decide on a fair-produced product with a good ecological balance.

 

Transit:

All are much in the way nature should obtain biodegradable soap, shampoo, etc.. Those gives up in any camping store and now even in most drugstores.

Simple acts:

Who wants to start with simple everyday actions can consciously protect the environment and inform each other of the promise by one click make certain things in the future to get right. Here is an extract:

  • Instead of using a Fine Wine – $2 saving per year on average
  • With its own shopping bag (against the throwaway society) – $25 savings per year on average
  • Climbing stairs instead of the lift drive – $ 10 savings per year on average
  • Instead of sailing cruise – $ 500 savings per year on average
  • Online banking users (online get the account statement, no paper / transport) – $ 20 on average per year
  • Dishwasher only full turn – $220 on average per year

Do it Yourself – Instructions

As a small sustainable recycling area is needed because we want you to celebrate today on the occasion of Earth Day, we are making as an old bicycle inner tubes with beautiful belt a few steps:

 

  1. Old bicycle inner tubes do you get when you do not even have, free of charge in bicycle shops. Just a few nice pick with cool prints that are ideally flat rather than round.
  2. To inflate the portion of the thread and cut out the open hose rinse well (who makes several they can also add to the washing machine) – dry
  3. Sewing buttons in the Sale (“Outdoor” – they should go through solid material and also as tent fabrics hold together)
  4. Pause, adjust and cut the belt 4. Stop buttons, select locations to follow and fix it with a hammer.
  5. Voila

Also left no footprints

Photo Credit: zPRIME

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.

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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

Five of the most beautiful cities worldwide New Year’s Eve

Each year was again the same question: Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve?

There are many different ways to spend New Year’s Eve. First, one can stay at home and spend his New Year’s Eve or you are traveling and welcomes the New Year under the palms. In this article, we have five of the most beautiful cities worldwide New Year’s put together for you. Last New Years was spent in Utah, after some Mt Carmel dining we found ourselves with no fireworks, no cities, just us and the sky. So  if you have your own tips for a successful New Year’s Eve celebration, we look forward to hearing your comments at the end of the article. 

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New York City

New York City is located on the east coast of the United States of America. The city is located in the state of New York. So that the city can foist it is officially called State of New York City (NYC). With over eight million inhabitants, the city is one of the most populous in the United States. This city attracts not only the New Year’s magical appeal, but just at night to New Year you can at the Big Apple experience a lot. The most famous party in town rises on Times Square . The New Year celebration is followed by millions of people worldwide on television. For people who suffer from claustrophobia is the party but nothing. One should make early on the legs already to catch a good seat. As usual in America, the consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the streets. Despite the often prevailing minus temperatures this time of year the place is always well attended. The greatest spectacle is the “time ball”, since 1907 the annual New Year’s Eve in New York’s skyscrapers of One Times Square is lowered about 20 feet on a pole. The ball is tipped with countless bulbs. After a minute, it’s all over and a gigantic fireworks display follows.

The day after is a good time to sights to get to know the city better. Not least because of the good dollar NYC is a shopper’s paradise. However, this should be considered just before the import restrictions of their own country.

 

London

London is the capital of England and the United Kingdom. The city lies on the River Thames in south-east England, on the island of Great Britain. It is one of 13 municipalities and has around 7.8 million inhabitants and is one of the most populous municipality in the European Union. Besides the many attractions such as the wax museum Madame Tussaud’s , Big Ben, Twoer Bridge and much more., the city offers a great way to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Who does not have claustrophobia, which is the Trafalgar Square to recommend, is celebrated where left out until the early morning hours. A fireworks show will not take place here, however. Traditionally, the fireworks at the place London Eye instead. After the fireworks, the party, the party continues in the many pubs and bars. You should pack and buy a ticket in time, however, otherwise it may happen that the party is already booked up or standing in front of closed doors. Also found at the Millennium Dome and the wild parties “Piccadilly Circus” instead. For New Year’s Eve party in London however, you should have enough money with you. The prices for food and drinks are high, especially in clubs and bars.

In London, it lends itself naturally, after to further explore the city by day. Many attractions offer the best photo backdrops for a great holiday memory.

Berlin

Berlin is the capital and seat of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The city is located in eastern Germany, and is divided into 12 districts.With around 3.4 million inhabitants, Berlin is the largest city in the country and also the second largest in the European Union. In addition to many attractions in the city and a historical story, you can also go very well celebrate New Year’s Eve in the capital. Berlin invites the world’s largest open-air New Year’s Eve party. This live bands and DJs will provide the right party mood. Like last year, where around one million people at the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column celebrated, is also expected this year, with several hundred thousand people. Here, the party mile from the Brandenburg Gate on 17th Street is June through to victory column cover. The mile is about two kilometers long and offers show stages, stage acts, laser and light shows and cuisine from all over the world. Of course, there will be a huge fireworks at the Brandenburg Gate.

For all who have come not only for New Year’s Eve Party, Berlin offers many attractions such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Holocaust Memorial and many other historical buildings and a fascinating history.

Moscow

Moscow is the capital of the Russian Federation. The city is located in the European part of Russia, on the banks of the Moskva River . With about 11.5 million inhabitants, Moscow is one of the largest city in Russia. Besides well-known attractions such as the Red Square and the Kremlin big New Year’s Eve celebrations are celebrated. It does not necessarily reflect how the New Year’s Eve with us. For in Moscow Christmas and New Year is celebrated on the same day. The Moscow gather at midnight on the Red Square and push the sounding of the bell at the New Year. This total is in Russia because of many different time zones 11 times celebrated New Year’s Eve . The big fireworks will be held on Red Square. For all who would be too cold in the Red Square, the city offers a wealth of bars, clubs, pubs and restaurants.

In Moscow, you should spend a few days around the city to further explore and see all their glory. Besides, many attractions offer the opportunity for unique shots with the camera. In particular, the Kremlin is very impressive with its 19 towers.

 

Sydney

Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales. It is located on the east coast of Australia right on the Pacific Ocean. With around 3.6 million inhabitants, Sydney is the largest city of the Australian continent.Besides the magnificent architecture, the town offers many ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Here it is again possible New Year’s Eve in bikini and swimming shorts to celebrate. The big New Year’s Eve fireworks display this officially held at the city’s port. Here, several hundred thousands of people gather around the ” Harbour Bridge “ . The fireworks display takes 12 minutes for each month of the year, so one minute. Due to the risk of forest fires, the firing of a private fireworks is prohibited.The soundtrack is the big fireworks of a suitable music. Another good place from where you can watch the spectacle is the ” Mrs. Macquarie’s Point “is one of many parks in Sydney. However, one should be quick if you want to get a place in this park, as it is for a maximum of 25,000 people open. Moreover, there is a peculiarity in Sydney. Unmitellbar by the Kiribati Islands is the capital of Australia one of the first places where you can celebrate and welcome the New Year. If you’re fast, you make it twice to celebrate New Year’s Eve.

Photo Credit: * Yumi *

Ideas for a Family Vacation

What can you do to plan a great vacation for your family? Is it possible to come up with affordable vacation ideas that will keep your kids entertained? So often we think of traveling as just getting a hotel room somewhere pretty, but if you spend time with your kids before going then it won’t be out of the ordinary to spend time with them on vacation.

But how to use leisure time to take full advantage? As parents we need a good plan of action to not let the holiday go without having enjoyed them to their fullest. These days with our children are young and precious and we must do everything possible to stay in the memory of childhood as a happy time with Mom and Dad.

Family lifestyle portraitPhoto Credit: inglesa_loquita
Do not let the days pass by with your kids ‘glued’ to the TV, the computer or other activities that do not allow parents to participate. Here are some ideas for activities to do as a family. Put them into practice and see how your children will remember these as an unforgettable holiday.

  • Set a time each day to read with your children. A good idea is to go to the library and let them choose the books they captivate.
  • Perform sports. Kids love hanging out with their parents to the pool, cycling, soccer, or just take a walk.
  • Make a plan to visit places not usually frequented by lack of time, such as museums, amusement parks, botanical gardens, zoos etc..
  • Take the opportunity to take the kids to see children’s movies of the season.
  • Perform manual labor as ceramic or clay modeling, painting, etc..
  • Pull out the board games they can participate in all family members.

The most important is that we launch the holiday something deeply rooted in man, the playfulness of life. The game provides an escape to fight anxiety and frustrations. Through fun activities can express the best of each and share pleasant moments with family.

Remember that the game helps release anxiety and provides the ability to laugh. It is proven that people who play and laugh often very little visiting psychologists and psychiatrists. And what better opportunity to vacation away the stress of work and share all these moments with the children.

Guide to Gemstone Jewelry Buying

Black Tahiti Pearl Diamond RingPhoto Credit: Pearl Hours

There are many different beautiful gemstones that can be found all over the earth and they are mainly mined, polished and used for jewelry settings. Gemstone jewelry is actually one of the most popular choices of both men and women because it provides a myriad of wonderful style and color combination. These are some of the things learned while looking at diamond rings St George a few weeks ago with my girlfriend.

Though gemstone jewelries are highly popular for their beauty and elegance, some people opt to wear them because of the perceived therapeutic healing capabilities. In order to help you through the process of gemstone purchasing, I have compiled a gemstone jewelry buying guide.

Gemstones’ Healing Properties

It has been established that gemstones are not for display alone, they have properties that make them useful for treating some illnesses. Most gemstones are in therapy, where the healing method employs the distinctive properties intrinsic in each gemstone to help focus the healing powers of the body. People from centuries ago have used gemstones to treat emotional maladies, chronic illnesses and mental complaints.

Here is a list of gemstones and the healing properties perceived that they have:

·       Diamond is the hardest natural element on earth and it is also known as the master healer among all gemstones. According to lore diamond is a particularly powerful stone, and it works by removing blockages and all negative emotions.

·       Amethyst, the purple semi-precious gemstone is popular as a spiritual stone and is commonly used for medication and general healing. There are people who put amethyst stone under their pillows at night to inspire good and positive dreams.

·       Emerald, the bright green and beautiful precious gemstone is said to have the ability to help improve a person’s memory and intellect. Additionally, emerald is reported to have other healing abilities like; promoting beeper sleeping habits thus relieving insomnia, and acting as an emotional balancer that assists in releasing of emotionally based distress and trauma.

·       Sapphire is known as the devotional stone. It provides calming effect for people suffering from constant nervousness. Sapphire is considered too as the gemstone for love and friendship, and it effectively attracts good vibes. Wearing sapphire is believed to help enhance one’s faith, belief, peace of mind and imagination.

·       Ruby, that deep red beauty is a transparent gemstone believed by many people as instrumental in increasing energy levels as well as divinity. Additionally, ruby is said to alleviate anxiety, lifts the spirits and enhances a person’s confidence, courage, energy, intuition and spiritual wisdom.

Gemstone Jewelry Buying Guide in Choosing between Precious and Semi-Precious Stones

What makes a stone precious? It is the rarity that distinguishes precious from semi-precious tones. Diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are rare stones therefore considered as precious. The rest therefore are semi precious stones.

When purchasing gemstones, it is therefore important to decide if you want to own a jewelry piece incorporated with precious or semi precious stone. At the end of the day, the difference will not be only with they type of stone you have but also the amount you have paid.

If you are not sure about certain things, do not be shy to ask. It is better to have the knowledge than go home with a purchase that you will regret later.

Pearl Buying Tips When Traveling

P for purity and P for pearl; it has been fascinated to be the most simple but intriguing of all the gems. It is a common knowledge that pearls are made in the womb of oysters and then harvested from there to make modest jewelry designs. However, this process takes its own time and hence as a substitute to their natural availability, pearl is also cultured.  It’s this kind of information that came in handy last month at a St George jeweler, where we had traveled to find the perfect pearl. We will elaborate this later after knowing the basics about its natural formation.

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Natural Pearls

Pearls are considered the simplest gems of all with no intricate cuttings, etc. However, the process of formation of a single pearl naturally is very complicated. Once a piece of sand enters the oyster layers of “nacre” a semi-translucent material is deposited on the sand. It takes considerable number of years for this deposition process to create a round pearl of fair size. Hence, natural pearls are rarely available and very expensive too.

Cultured Pearls

Most of the jewelers use “Cultured” or “Natural” adjectives for their pearl jewelry interchangeably. However few are aware of the real difference between the two. With the ever increasing demand of perfect round pearls for jewelry and moderate size of pearls, in the beginning of twentieth century, technique to develop pearls synthetically was introduced. So now typically most of the pearls in jewelry are cultured. It is essential to know this difference.

With this essential background, let me elaborate the various types of pearls based on their sizes, shapes and colors available.

Pearl Types

Based on the growing scenarios, mollusk formation, harvesting process among others, pearls are classified into following varieties:

1. Akoya – these pearls have the perfect round shape besides their metallic fame and high luster. They are available in classic white color and also dyed black one.

2. South Sea – these are the priciest cultured pearls with large size availability, invariably from 9 -18mm. They come in shiny silver and gorgeous golden colors.

3. Tahitian – With size varying from 8 to 16 mm, these are the naturally available pearls in black. The color ranges from silver to deep green with peacock colors that are in huge demand. Their shapes are almost round.

4. Freshwater – these pearls come in huge numbers but low to mediocre quality. Still, these are the pearls of choice for most jewelers. With advanced techniques, the Gem Grade pearls under freshwater pearls have beaten the Akoya’s Hanadama grade’s quality whereas the South Sea’s size. They are available in large number of hues like lavender, pink, peach, purple, bright white and more.

5. Cortez – these pearls exist in a wide range of colors which also comprises of the black shimmering pearl.

6. Mabe – these pearls are known for the impressive luster they have.

With such a huge range to choose from, pearls become an exquisite possession. Just decide the occasion and your attire to adorn with the best colored pearl strand. From peppy pinkish shades to classic royal white, you have them all to flatter you! Beautify yourself with these beautiful gems. So if you plan on doing any traveling to find the right pearl, follow these tips to ensure you get what you’re after.

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.

Springdale Utah, Your Zion Park Lodging Solution.

Deep in the South-eastern part of Utah, around the borders of Zion National Park lies Springdale, a small community which originally depended on agricultural activities. However, they have managed to successfully evolved with time, and providing recreational and lodging facilities to the thousands of tourists and visitors who anchor in their town when on a recreational trip to one of the many recreational sites in Southern Utah. Nowadays however, Springdale has developed from being a main lodging camp for the tourists who visit Utah, to being a tourist attraction in itself. Though Springdale town has been tweaked to suite the requirements of the today’s visitors to it, the “small town” scenario and cultures created by the ancestors who lived there in the 1800s is still very much preserved and clearly visible, which gives Springdale town an exceptional and welcoming environment filled with excitement, comfort and warmth. So this is a great place if you need a group hotel rates for your company or business.

Kolob CanyonsPhoto Credit: Isaac Borrego

Springdale is safely enclosed by the mountain-like cliffs of Zion National Park and this location coupled with hospitable facilities offered to the visitors of the park has earned Springdale the title of the Gate of Zion National Park. Springdale town hosts some of Utah’s best lodging and recreational facilities around the Zion National park. It has a series of hotels, motels, restaurants, and bed and breakfast facilities. At Springdale, it is possible to rent all the gear needed for your hiking, camping, and biking expedition into Zion National Park.

Springdale town is always glowing with a variety of fun activities and festivals that seems never to burnout. A visit to Springdale at any time of the year is more of a guaranteed ticket to a fun park filled with intriguing adventures and bright festivities. Some of the interesting festivals you can catch at Springdale include the famous Zion Flute and Drum Festival, where you can encounter some of the world’s best native-style flute makers and artist who canonize the occasion by bringing along their magical flutes for you to try out and buy. The Flute and Drum Festival is an opportunity to enjoy beautiful pieces of melody from a variety of talented artists within the confines of a beautiful natural environment, in the OC Tanner amphitheatre. Independence day, 4th of July brings with it a colourful scenario which begins with a pancake breakfast and a host of other fun community activities. Watch out for the spectacular annual Elvis Extravaganza which draws people from far and near into the Springdale community town hall, to have an enjoyable moment with Elvis, in the company of good music.

It is also possible to enjoy exciting horseback riding trips, ATV riding and Jeep tours in Springdale. You can venture into the canyons of Zion National Park either on horse back with an ATV, through challenging terrains while at the same time enjoying the cold breeze on your face as you speed though the beautiful environment in and around Springdale. The Jeep tours offer a brilliant and less tiring adventure in and around Springdale, with the opportunity to study the history of the town. There is always something interesting for adults and kids alike in Springdale town, with beautiful lodging facilities for visitors who come to visit.

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.