Posted by: budgettravel in France, Fun Activity, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 11 months ago
Cirque de Gavarnie, Gavarnie (French Pyrenees)
My pictures don't do justice to the scale of the Cirque de Gavarnie in the French Pyrenees. At 8 miles rt with 1400 ft elev gain, it was a nice day hike, after a 3 hour drive from Toulouse. The Cirque de Gavarnie consists of about 12-15 tall waterfalls cascading 1000 feet from the top of the wall to the snowy bottom of the wall. The water from all the falls seem to converge at the bottom, near the Hotel de Cirque, in a blue gushing stream. The cirque also contains Europe's tallest waterfalls at 1385ft, called Grand Cascades, on the left side of the cirque when walking towards it. We met a flock (or two) of sheep along the way.
Bordeaux, Dordogne Caves (Ancient Cave Paintings, Cliff Dwellings, Stalactites/Mites) and Carcassonne
Posted by: budgettravel in France, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 11 months ago
Known as a famous wine-growing region, Bordeaux is an important port along the Garonne River. Its streets are lined with stately buildings and many cafes. Bicycles rule the roost here, both in Bordeaux and La Bastide, across the water.
Posted by: budgettravel in France, Hikes, History, Interesting Natural Feature 11 months, 1 week ago
Pont de Peche to Lac Peclet Polset, Parc de la Vanoise (French Alps)
This hike was one of the best hikes I have done and one of the easiest 12-mike hikes I have done. The views of mountains, needle peaks, streams, several cascading waterfalls, blooming wildflowers and finally the blue lake at the end, kept me well distracted.
Posted by: budgettravel in California, Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 1 year, 1 month ago
Our hike at Garrapata Beach started just south of Sobranes Point. We walked along the path towards the coast. There were beautiful blooming yellow and orange wildflowers along the way. As we reached the coast we saw some purple and white flowering succulents. We followed the path along the coast which eventually went towards the little hill, then over a foot bridge. The trail continued past the bridge but ended soon after.
Posted by: budgettravel in Hikes, Interesting Natural Feature, United States of America 1 year, 2 months ago
Our last spring break led us to explore parts of Colorado. I was hoping to see some of the blue alpine lakes I had seen in so many pictures, but early April proved to be a-less-than-ideal time of year for high-country Colorado alpine lakes. Most high elevation lakes were frozen over in a crisp translucent white sheet, the roads leading to it known for being narrow, winding and icy, and our sea-level bodies would not fare very well walking in snow, cold temperatures and high elevation. Given all those reasons, we opted for the shorter, easier hikes that were somewhat easy to get to in Colorado Springs and Boulder, in addition to the ones in Rocky Mountain National Park.