On Tuesday we left early in order to reach Buffalo, New York, and change vehicles at the airport. We drove south on highway 90 and then turned south to route 14. The road runs by Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes (the lakes are long and narrow, and resemble fingers). It was a 3 hours drive, and we absorbed the amazing scenes around. Watkins Glen state park is at the south end of the lake. If you get there by car, there is a parking lot for 8$ per car near the entrance, or you can go back (about 100 m) and leave your car in the Pizza Hut parking lot.
We went Kayaking near the Colombia glacier. We rowed between the giant ice blocks, it was extremely fun, and I recommend it strongly.
We took a drive on Dayville Road, and I can say for sure that you don't want to miss this trip. Along the road you can see seals on the one side, lutras and sea lions catching salmons in the fjord on the other side, as well as black bears grabbing their share of fishes on the ponds and lakes along the way. We drove on this road 3 times, and we saw at least six bears and countless seals and sea lions. By the shore there are lots of benches, and places you can stop and watch the sea animal.
On a personal note I’ll add that if you don’t like fishing, watching people fish or cleaning the fishes they caught, Valdez might not be the place for you. Fishing is what this town is about, and you can imagine the smell is accordingly...
I heard a lot about the similarities between the island of Cape Breton and the Gaspe Peninsula. We took 2 thorough trips to Fundy beach and Nova Scotia and to Gaspe. Though there are similar aspects to the views, we think each destination deserves a trip of its own, since a long trip to both of them might leave you a bit exhausted.
By the way, I recently read in a well know travel journal the Fundy beach is one of the best places to visit in Canada – and I agree with all my heart…. Still, if I had to choose I would have gone with Gaspe: the views and natural attraction, at least in my opinions, were more impressive than the one’s you’ll find in cape Breton.
Vogelpark Steinen ("Vogelpark" means "bird park") is close to Lörrach in Germany not far from Basel in Switzerland. To get there you take the Lörrach autobahn exit, drive toward Schopfheim B317, and cross-town link Steinen to Weitenau to Vogelpark (www.vogelpark-steinen.de).
Surprised people: "So, where did you fly to?
Surprised people: "Morocco??!!! Wow... Who did you go with?"
Me: "With my dad"...
Surprised people: "No way man...Cool... And how were the rest of the people in the group?"
Me: "Actually we flew alone... No group..."
Surprised people: "Is it dangerous...? Scary...? Is it even possible?"
For me, Morocco was a destination I longed to travel to... When the company I worked for was shut down, I decided there would never again be a better opportunity. So how do you start? I found a partner (my dad...) and continued my plan by buying a plane ticket, beause from there, there's no way back! Job interviews can wait...