This past Friday I shared with you guys a picture of a park in Downtown Mobile that my roommate and I discovered earlier this year. Today I wanted to share more pictures with you guys from this lovely spot. Enjoy!
There are many reasons that I love this spot downtown. One, is that while you are in the park, you almost forget you are actually in the city. Besides the occasional train, I almost forget I'm downtown until I look behind me and see the tall buildings reaching into the sky. And, despite being next to a pretty well traveled road in and out of Mobile, the traffic sounds aren't that terrible.
Another reason this spot is one of my favorites is that it is located right on the Mobile River. I'm convinced that wherever I live, water will need to be close by. Whether it be a pond, lake, river, or ocean. I love being near the water. This park is a great place to watch boats come in and out, including the long, yet quiet, barges. Also, you can look across the river and see Austal. A shipbuilding operation that is currently working with The United States Navy in creating combat ships. My roommate can attest to the fact that I literally ran to the edge of the railing to marvel at those things. My sense of American pride went sky-high the moment I saw those ships so close. I'm also a dork and a fan of trains, which means I got really excited when one passed us by. Also, it was carrying military vehicles. More American pride. There is also a memorial in the park for men and women that have served in the Navy.
Plus, who doesn't love fun sculptures and artwork that you can climb and sit in? The Portal is named rightly so, seeing as this is the Port City and this port in and out of Mobile is one of the busiest.
So, with the water on one side and the city skyline on the other, I'll keep this park on my list of places to frequent in the city.
Do you have a favorite park or place you frequent wherever you live?
Leave a link or post down below, I would love to check it out and add to my list of places to visit one day!
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If you have been around the blog at all this week, you would know I was all about the summertime activities this week! And if there is one word that has made its way into every post this week, it is kayak. I feel in love with it the first time I went...which was sadly the last time I went. I haven't been able to go kayaking again since last summer. Lately, it is all I can think about. If I can get myself back in a kayak at any point this summer, I will officially declare it the best summer ever. That is how much I am itching to get back into the water. So, I thought I would offer up a list of the places I want to kayak. I'm sure many, many more will be added to this list in the future. For now, here are the top 5 places in the U.S. I want to kayak.
5. Acadia National Park, Maine Traveling up and down the East Coast is definitely high on my list of things I want to do. Besides a stop in Boston (which has always been on my list), going to Acadia would knock two things off my list. Visiting another national park and kayaking of course.
4. Prince William Sound, Alaska Just Google a picture of this place and tell me that you wouldn't want to see that beautiful place up close and personal.
3. Lake Tahoe, California This one is sort of a cop out, seeing as I've already done it and it's where I went for the first time. But, the weather is beautiful, the lake is clear, and the scenery is some of the best. Definitely wouldn't mind seeing it all again.
2. Glacier Bay, Alaska Again, Google this place and tell me you wouldn't want to see it. Those views are absolutely breathtaking. I don't think I would be able to leave or at least stop drooling from the beauty. Gorgeous.
1. Chicago River, Illinois This is absolutely the top of my list. One, I've always wanted to visit Chicago. Two, I love skylines and architecture. Three, Chicago has a kayak tour that combines all of those things. A three hour, architectural, kayak tour at that. You can cruise the Chicago River as it winds through the city and just marvel at The Windy City. Yes, please! They also have options for a sunset paddle or night paddle! Who wants to plan a trip?
Taken from here, which is ironically an article on the dangers of kayaking the Chicago River. I still want to do it.
I've started a page in my travel journal of places I want to kayak,
where are some places I should add to the list?
Where is the one place you want to kayak or visit this summer?
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Every year my Dad has conferences for work and they are usually at the beach. Win for me and mom who get to tag along and hang out in the sun all day! Pensacola Beach is beautiful with it's white sand beaches! Definitely one of the best along the Gulf! Enjoy these pictures from my weekend there!
Pensacola Beach, Florida
Are you a beach person? Or would you rather vacation somewhere else?
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Guys, I really gotta work on getting a post out on time. Sorry, 'bout it.
Make sure you keep checking out my FITNESS calendar for September.
I'm finding some fun workouts I'm ready to try!
Last night I had a dream that I was in London. I don't remember all about the dream, but I do know that at one point I found myself on a side street looking up at the London Eye. So, if I was able to take off three months from my life now and do anything in the world, I would totally travel. I would choose 3 places and spend one month in each place. Here are 3 places that I would love to travel to and see.
If you could take off 3 months and do anything in the world you wanted, what would you do?
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Five minutes of unscripted, unedited, raw writing.
You get the prompt, set a timer, write and wherever you are at the end of those five minutes you stop and publish.
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The canyons jetting off in the distance. So many gorges with so many different colors bouncing off the rock because of the Sun. It looks unreal, it looks painted. The giant condors flying around, kings of the canyon, rulers of the air. The Grand Canyon.
The tall steeples of the cathedral reach toward the sky. Facing the mighty Mississippi River as the steamboat and ferry glide across the water. The Quarter with all its eccentric people. The art that takes over the iron wall of Jackson Square. The smell of beignets and gumbo filling the air. The giant houses with their beautiful architecture in Uptown. New Orleans.
The red orange arms stretching to the sky. The fog on one side, the clear valley on the other. Alcatraz sits in the middle of the bay, surrounded by water. The hills go up and then down, some curve. The sea lions makes much noise over in Pier 39. The art musuem sits on the corner waiting for eager eyes. San Francisco.
The beautiful lake. The trees. The snow covered mountains on the other side. Kayaking. Sitting on the beach with a good book. Hikes up the mountains to rushing waterfalls. Lake Tahoe.
Beautiful are the places that I love...
I have to tell you a secret: this top ten list wasn't compiled by polls or science, it's strictly my own.
10. Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee and North Carolina
Growing up in Tennessee I pretty much spent my summers in the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg. My family would meet up with friends and we would spend a week holed up in a cabin at the top of a mountain. Cabins with names like "Awesome View", offered just that. With wrap around decks, views of the rolling mountains and gorgeous sunsets every evening. During the day we would venture into town to shop, see a movie, play mini-golf, go to the aquarium. However my most favorite memory is taking a four-hour horseback ride.
9. Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
The tallest sand dunes in North America are here, rising up to above 700 feet. The park also hides alpine lakes, aspens, grasslands, wetlands, and even a waterfall. One of the popular activities is to try and sled down the dunes. This park is also said to be the quietest national park in the States.
8. Glacier National Park, Montana
Located close to the Canadian border, this park covers over 1,000,000 acres, 130 lakes, and many different species of plants and animals. Day hikes, back-country camping, fishing, and more can be done in this park.
7. Arches National Park, Utah
Has preserves of over 200 natural sandstone arches, like the one pictured to the right, in over 75,000 acres. Climbing on the arches is now prohibited. However you can partake in backpacking, biking, hiking, and camping.
6. Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado Mountains, lakes, wildlife, forests, tundras, the Colorado River, hiking, and camping. Other activities include horseback riding, and rock climbing in the summer. In the winter you can cross-country ski and go snowshoeing.
5. Denali National Park, Alaska
Home to the highest mountain peak in North America, Mount McKinley (Denali), over 400,000 people visit the park annually. This park is home to over 6 million acres and many different landscapes and animals. Denali allows for wildlife viewing, hiking, and backpacking. Dog-sledding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling are offered in the wintertime.
4. Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Home to the 40 mile long Teton Range on 310,000 acres in the vast land of Wyoming. Only 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, this park also has the well-known valley of Jackson Hole. The Grand Tetons have over 1,000 drive-in camp sights and 200 plus miles of hiking. Mountaineers, campers, hikers, boaters, fishermen and winter sports enthusiasts can all find something to do in this park.
3. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho
Over 2,000,000 acres, Old Faithful, lakes, canyons, rivers, mountains, an active volcano, Grizzly bears, wolves, bison, elk, boating, fishing, hiking and camping.
Just prepare to stay awhile.
2. Yosemite National Park, California
Over 700,000 acres of valleys, canyons, waterfalls, streams, and Giant Sequoia groves including El Capitan, Half Dome, Mirror Lake (pictured on the left), Glacier Point, and Yosemite Falls. There are countless opportunities for hiking, rock climbing, camping and to see deer, Black Bears, and other animals.
1. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
A 277 mile long, 18 mile wide, 1 mile deep canyon carved out by the Colorado River.
A place that cannot be described adequately with words.
You just have to see it to believe it.
(I cried the first time I saw it...)