To get from Guayaquil to Cuenca, you have to go through mountain passes in the Ecuadorean Andes that rise up over 10,000 ft in elevation. That quick rise in elevation can easily catch up to anyone, even when you are physically fit. The lack of oxygen can be exhilarating and scary at the same time; it probably does something funny to the brain and alter the sensory experience. For us, we felt our lips tingle and saw them turning blue during a serene but short hike in El Cajas National Park.
Although not frequently named as a must-do while in Paris, we enjoyed our Seine River cruise when we went there. It’s awesome for people watching, whether they are on Left Bank or Right Bank or Île de la Cité. There were people reading, playing music, chatting, making out, and any other activity you can think of doing outdoors during a sunny spring afternoon. It was also great viewing the architecture of the old apartments that lined the river, ones that are way out of our budget! We can dream, can’t we?
I don’t have a life goal of visiting all of the national parks or anything like that, but I would never pass on a visit to one. Joshua Tree National Park in southern California may be a little out of the way to get to, but I loved seeing these alien-looking trees. They are native to this part of southwestern United States, which covers parts of California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, roughly covering the region of the Mojave Desert. I may love mountains and greens, but there is something that gives me an out-of-this-world feeling whenever I go to the desert.
Crater Lake is located in Central Oregon and it is the most beautiful blue lake in the world. It was formed about 7,700 years ago when Mount Mazama erupted and collapsed upon itself to form the caldera. Over the years, rain and snow have filled this lake, which is now the deepest lake in the United States at 1,943 feet. Two islands exist inside Crater Lake: Wizard Island and Phantom Ship.