Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota – Road Trip Day 3 Ep.4

Neek sez:

Anyone who has seen the movie, Dances with Wolves, may recognize Spearfish Canyon since several scenes were filmed in the area. Spearfish Canyon is actually older than the Grand Canyon in Arizona and was only accessible by horseback until 1893. It’s located in the northern part of the Black Hills in South Dakota. According to legend the Sioux and Cheyenne used to spear fish in the creek and hence the name, Spearfish.

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Road Trip Utah to Wyoming – Day 2 Ep.2

Lex sez:

Neek, Sar and I woke up early in our hotel room in Midvale, Utah. It was 5:30am and I felt groggy after the long journey the day before, and strangely hungry. Fortunately the hotel breakfast room opened at 6am and they had waffles, which all three of us loved. We packed the car, checked out, and hit the open road again!

Driving on the Interstate 80 heading east, we drove through Park City, Utah. As we passed through, we were surprised to see hot air balloons flying over the former site of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Continue reading

Springtime at Lake Balboa

Neek sez:

The ducks were a little feisty when Lex and I visited Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley, California.  A boy and his grandparents were feeding them with loaves of bread which made them go a little crazy.  The lake is filled with reclaimed water from the Tillman Water Reclamation Plant and has been a home for ducks, geese, cormorants, seagulls, turtles, and fish.

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Traveling the World in One Day! – The 2017 Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

Neek sez:

Lex and I walked through 7 continents including Antarctica.  We also skydived over the Colorado River, rode on a gentle camel, and were mesmerized by two South Korean characters who beckoned us to the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympics Games.

We did all of this in only one day at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show which took place at the LA Convention Center in downtown Los Angeles.

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The Desert Dwellers – Visiting the Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center

Neek sez:

I love interpretive centers!  They are thoughtful, informative and give you answers to questions about the places you visit.  So, starting off, this is what I learned:

The history of Vasquez Rocks starts with the native people, The Tataviam who were here from 200 B.C., years before the first Spanish explorers met them in 1769 when they numbered in the hundreds.  Continue reading

Do You Recognize this Place? – Vasquez Rocks in Agua Dulce, California

Lex sez:

In the town of Agua Dulce in the Sierra Pelona Mountains is a 932 acre area called the Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park.  These are huge rock formations from an uplift about 25 million years ago.  The Tataviam people were living here in grass huts within villages for centuries before the Spanish arrived.

But it was bandit Tiburcio Vasquez, who used these rocks to hide out from authorities in 1873 and 1874, whose name is associated with this amazing formation. Continue reading