Sunday, September 7, 2014

Smelt Bay Provincial Park, Cortes Island

The 16-hectare Smelt Bay Provincial Park is extraordinarily scenic. Smelt Bay is named after smelts, the small silver-green, sardine-sized fish that frequents these waters in huge numbers and attracts salmon.

Searching for sand dollars

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Hague Lake, Cortes Island

Nestled at the entrance to the enchanting Desolation Sound, tranquil and friendly Cortes Island is one of the most impressive of the Discovery Islands, with its placid lakes, beaches, and rugged gorges.

The south western corner of the island offers glacial deposits in the form of fine white sand at Hague Lake.

The Salish name for Hague Lake is Kw'as Oyela which means 'hot water (lake)'. This is very appropriate as Hague Lake is flat bottomed and shallow (35-50 ft.) and warms up quickly in the summer as well as freezes first in a cold spell.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

La Casita del Café

Amazing view at a great breakfast place in Atenas, Costa Rica.

The “pinto with eggs” for breakfast might not look like much but it is delicious.

And the chocolate milk is a little over the top.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Algodones Dunes

The Algodones Dunes is a large [sand dune] located in the southeastern portion of the U.S. state of California, near the border with Arizona and the Mexican state of Baja California. The field is approximately 45 miles long by 6 miles wide and extends along a northwest-southeast line that correlates to the prevailing northerly and westerly wind directions.


Three U.S. Border Patrol vehicles patrolling the border to prevent illegal entries from Mexico.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Costa Ricans celebrate World Cup win

Costa Rica reached the World Cup quarter-final for the first time in their history after beating Greece in a penalty shootout.

The streets of Atenas, Costa Rica filled with fans celebrating the national team's win.

Even the dogs were painted in the country’s colors.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Los Angeles

The Viper Room was the site where actor River Phoenix died of a drug overdose on Halloween morning in 1993.

TCL Chinese Theatre is a cinema on the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame in Hollywood, California. Originally Grauman's Chinese Theatre and renamed Mann's Chinese Theatre in 1973; the current name of the theatre became official on January 11, 2013. Among the theatre's most distinctive features are the concrete blocks set in the forecourt, which bear the signatures, footprints, and handprints of popular motion picture personalities from the 1920s to the present day.