Archive | April, 2013

Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud

10 Apr

I recently returned from 30 days in New Zealand.

There are so many adjectives I could use to describe this adventure. The best might be “Amazing!” Every single day, without exception, I saw, heard or experienced something absolutely wonderful!

I had been told that New Zealand is a very accessible country, and I found that statement to be true.  I made copious notes, and took over 7,000 photos, so that I can share my experience with others who might be considering a trip to the Land of the Long White Cloud. Continue reading

Come visit Point Lobos!

4 Apr

During my recent trip to the Monterey / Carmel (California) area, Carrieanna and I visited with the docents, volunteers and other enthusiastic members of the team at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Point Lobos Docent coordinator, volunteers and enthusiastic supporters

They were excited to show us this newly-created slideshow about Easy Access Point Lobos, set to the tune of “Sail Into the Sun” by Gentlemen Hall.

Check it out: http://youtu.be/o5gkMiXeCSQ

(And if that doesn’t inspire you to plan a trip to Point Lobos, I don’t know what will!)

And make a note of these upcoming Easy Access events and highlights:

Saturday, April 13 (1:30 – 3:30) & Wednesday, April 17 (11-1) – Granite Point Trail (Highlights: Harbor Seals Pupping and Herons Nesting)

Wednesday, May 1 (11-1) and Saturday, May 11 (1:30 – 3:30) – Spring Flowers and Cormorants Nesting

Wednesday, June 5 (11-1) and Saturday, June 15 (1:30 – 3:30) – Cormorants Fledging, Brown Pelicans Returning

You are welcome to tour at your own pace, whether you are pushing a stroller or walker, using a cane or wheelchair.* Docents with scopes, binoculars, otter pelts, photos, and more will be stationed along the trails to make Point Lobos come alive!

For more information, please contact Melissa Gobell, Docent Program Coordinator at melissagobell@parks.ca.gov or (831) 625-1470 or http://www.pointlobos.org

*There are three wheelchairs available for loan. Check at the information center for more details.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Bird Island Trail, wheelchair accessible

California Poppies and Bird Island Accessible Trail

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