Posts Tagged ‘travel’

The Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail is one of the most astounding trails for hikers in the world. The Appalachian Trail is approximately 2,200 miles (3,800km) long and runs continuously from the states of Georgia to Maine passing through an incredible 14 states. Any serious hiker needs to attempt to hike part if not all of this trail in their lifetime.

The Appalachian Trail was opened in 1923 and ran from Bear Mountain to Arden, New York. Although short, it was destined to grow-and grow it did. After the 1925 Appalachian Trail conference in Washington D.C. the Appalachian Trail Conservatory was founded and finally the man-power existed to start blazing and mapping trails.

hiking the appalacian trail

The Appalachian Trail has amazing views at all times of the year, particularly in fall near Mount Minsi.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Diving at Bonne Terre Mine

bonne terre mine diving

Bonne Terre Mines were the largest lead ore mining site in North America operating from 1860 until 1962.

Bonne Terre Mine Tours offer tourists and divers one of the most unique opportunities to step back in time that can be found in North America. The Bonne Terre Mines were founded in the1860’s in Bonne Terre Missouri about an hour’s drive south of St. Louis. Bonne Terre which means good soil in French had the largest deposit of lead ore in North America. For just over a century the mines produced the majority of the lead ore used in the United States, if not the world. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Thrill on a Zip Line

Zip lines are an amazing adventure for any outdoor enthusiast. Zip lines speed the rider through tree top canopies or down mountain sides at speeds of over 120km/h providing a thrilling ride and incredible views.

Zip lines are also known as zip wires or flying foxes. Flying foxes are generally designed lower to the ground and have slower speeds for children and equipment. Adventure-size zip lines or professional courses usually run at great heights down mountains, across gorges, and through jungles. These lines will often start at heights over 30’ (9 metres) and run for distances of over 1500’ (450 metres).

zip line adventure travel

This zip line takes riders through the depths of the Costa Rican jungle. Note the heavy leather gloves the rider is wearing for gripping the wire to slow his descent and to stop.


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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Carlsbad Caverns

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is one of the most awe inspiring places on Earth. Located in South East New Mexico in the United States of America, the park is located near Carlsbad New Mexico. Carlsbad Caverns National park covers an area of nearly 47,000 acres and has over 400,000 visitors of all ages annually.

Carlsbad Caverns are a series of connecting caves, caverns and tunnels which extend under ground in the Guadalupe Mountains for over a mile. The caves are some of the largest in North America and feature fascinating stalagmites and stalactites that are millions of years old.

visiting Carlsbad Caverns

Stalactites in Carlsbad Caverns took hundreds of thousands of years to develop and are still very slowly growing.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Fishing in the Bahamas

When it comes to tropical fishing destinations it is hard to beat the Bahamas Islands. Tourists from all over the world flock to the Bahamas Islands each winter for the warm weather and plentiful fish. There are many opportunities to fish on each island that make up the Bahamas.

Located between South East Florida and Northern Cuba the Bahamas are home to over 700 islands which each have its own unique fishing opportunities from deep sea fishing to reef fishing to shore fishing along the islands. Visitors to the Bahamas do not need a fishing license if they are fishing from a boat owned or rented to you by a Bahamian citizen, however make certain of the local regulations before dropping a line in the water for yourself. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

The Northern Lights

Nature has many marvels to behold, one must see at the top of the bucket list for anyone is the northern lights. The northern lights are also known as the Aurora borealis in the northern hemisphere or Aurora australis in the southern hemisphere.

The aurora displays are most visible during the cold clear nights found close to the North and South poles. Aurora displays are visible at all times of the year and on very rare occasions during the day. Aurora borealis displays are most often visible during the fall and winter months.

Seeing the northern lights

The Aurora borealis is caused by charged particles from the sun colliding with oxygen or nitrogen particles in Earth’s atmosphere.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Fishing in Florida Keys

Catching tarpon in the Florida Keys

Tarpon can grow to sizes of over 100lbs. The Tarpon season is from March to July.

As many of us sit waiting anxiously for the ice on our lakes to melt starting another fishing season, one asks themselves “where else is there to go fishing at this time of year”?

The Florida Keys in Southern Florida State are known as the sport fishing capital of the world. With good reason too, there are more ways to fish this region than almost anywhere else in the world. And it’s warm, year ‘round! There are over a dozen large, really large, species of fish available to catch by flat boat, fly fishing, trolling the reefs or by deep sea fishing.

Flat boat fishing is done in the Florida Keys backcountry which consists of over 800 islands that run from Miami to Key West. This peaceful and tranquil area is home to many different types of salt water fish such as Bonefish, Redfish, Trout, Tuna, Blue fish, Barracuda, Shark, Snappers, Snook, and Tarpon to name a few. Read the rest of this entry »

Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson

Guide to Yosemite National Park

visiting yosemite national park

The Valley at Yosemite National Park is one of the most picturesque places in the world

The United States of America has many beautiful parks. One of the largest and best known is Yosemite National Park. Yosemite covers an area of nearly 762,000 acres (3000 square kilometers) and is known for its tall granite cliffs, waterfalls, crystal clear streams, thousands of lakes, and spectacular wilderness areas. Yosemite was declared a World Heritage Site in 1984, a designation reserved for the world’s most unique and treasured places.

Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Yosemite is a four hour drive from San Francisco and six hours from Los Angeles. The park is roughly the size of the state of Rhode Island. The elevation of the park varies from just over 2,100 feet to over 13,000 feet.

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Copyright 2016 Mike Wilson