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Bordeaux, Dordogne Caves (Ancient Cave Paintings, Cliff Dwellings, Stalactites/Mites) and Carcassonne

Bordeaux

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.

Parc de la Vanoise (French Alps)

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.

Garrapata State Park, Big Sur, California

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.

Colorado

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. 

Rings Trail, Mojave National Preserve, California

This hike was an exciting one, though short in distance.  The trailhead we took was off the parking lot loop (Not the picnic area) which led us past some petroglyphs, over some short desert brush, and under giant light colored rocks dotted with many many holes.