Centro Historico, Mexico

Some of the main attraction in Mexico City, ~ must see places!
Zocalo – Plaza de la Constitucion, a center for public gathering since the Aztec
The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – the original church
The Hampton Inn & Suites, Mexico City 🏙

The Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe – the new church

Mexico Centro Historical
National Palace, Mexico City

Teotihuacan ~ Pyramid of the Sun

The Aztec World

Climbing the narrow steep steps up to this Pyramid is an experience. Its scorching hot weather and with its high humidity, you will be sweating hard ahead of yourself!

After all the effort, you’ll be feeling on top of the world with spectacular view all around you. They say …. There used to be an altar on the top and was said to have built to honor a deity.

The Old Faithful

Old Faithful Spouts hot boiling geyser faithfully for years since 1870 with regular 90 minutes interval and erupts about 17 times a day
Geyser time ~ viewing deck
Social distancing is much better here at the back of the platform deck and its under the tree shades.

The area is huge but the area has thousands of visitors daily

The scenic drive

The beautiful and scenic drive from Mammoth hot springs and Old Faithful, inside the Yellowstone National Park.
Sometimes you will share the road with Bisons
I would think that this is an old Bison (old scaly skin visible) left behind and grazing all alone!
Beautiful Yellowstone river along the way
Not the right time to see wildlife at 2pm as most them are under shades

Scenic drive thru – the place to be
Hikers’ haven

Visitors are still flocking in

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Assumption Abbey


This Benedictine Monastery is a home to about 30 monks and brothers. We met Fr James at the gift shop and sort of gave us some information on the history of the beautiful monastery. We walked the hallway with a really high traditional ceiling, very ancient and historical. It has all the dark wood wall which I thought was a very unique design yet very elegant! On both sides of the hallway were rooms with a very tall Cathedral style doors and again with a very distinct design. This place, though it was built in the 1800’s, still looks very clean and very well maintain
Already in our itinerary, visited this holy place, Assumption Abbey, after TR National Park in the afternoon. Read on their website that they have a gift shop selling items such as soaps, candles and lots of religious items made at the Monastery by the monks themselves. I was particularly wanted to look at some of the soaps and so bought a few.
The Abbey grounds, vast and beautiful, quite and peaceful, calm and free from disturbances with all beautiful surroundings. Such an enriching experience!
Had time to attend sunset mass at
St Mary’s as well in this 128 year old beautiful church.
Very well made soap, nicely wrapped and the smell was heavenly! They even have a mention what good the soap will do for your skin.

The Enchanted Highway

This is an eye catcher on the freeway, was curious what the sculpture was all about. Well this a kind of hobby to someone with a talent and a collection of scrap metals and the love of wildlife.

On the same highway stretch, I thought the drive was beyond beautiful to my mind as the sky was just as blue and white clouds in contrast.

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Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Driving through the park entrance. This park has an area of 110.1 sq miles in size. Visitors may drive many miles within the park area
The Painted Desert ~ The color isn’t quite seen like ‘painted’ but is probably best seen in the Fall with leaves of different color.

The tiny-teeny town of Medora is a gateway to this quiet and isolated park. This park is the least visited of all and is of course a tribute to the 26th President who was also a Conservationist. When we arrived and drove around Medora, we instantly felt “at leisure” as there was no traffc lights, cars were moving kinda slow. Looking around, we saw this ☑️ an amazing ride!

Medora

Its a Cowboy Hall of Fame too!

#TRNP#Day2#05292021

Billings ~ North Shore

Billings – not exactly our plan to be in the city after hours of driving but we were headed to our overnight accommodation.
Finally our cozy place! The grocery store is just next door. Simple and got ourselves some deli items and we’re good for Day 1 adventure.
Some features that made our evening simple and helped wrapped up today’s on the road adventure.

West Yellowstone

A small vibrant town, this place can sometimes be a hectic place to be with the cost of accommodation skyrockets from May to October. By its name, it is the gateway to the Yellowstone National Park and Mammoth Hot springs.

With our destination city still about 4 hours away, we decided to stop by for our picnic lunch at the city park here. Just after lunch, the weather changed, it drizzled with a cloudy sky but did not last long. We then continued our trip directly to Billings and that was nine hours drive total. Such a long and tiring day!

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Scenic Gallatin Valley

Chose to drive through scenic highway 191 on our way to Billings driving through the beautiful Gallatin country with Gallatin river visible all along for hours. Its an awesome ride with many miles of breathtaking views of the valley.

Lodgepole pines and Subalpine fir trees at Gallatin Gateway area

#Gallatin National Forest #Day1#05282021

Columbia Icefield

A visit to the Athabasca Glacier is a “must” when you are in the area of the Columbia Icefield in the Canadian Rockies. Located on on the opposite side of the Interpretative Center, they provide a standard tourist bus to the glacier start point and then board a special snow coach bus up the deep glacier and you will not regret it! Beautiful snow covered field all the way up . (May 2016)

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a perfect morning sun

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Mountain within reach

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Trans Canada Highway

Inspiration by Walt Whitman ~ Not I, not any one else can travel that road for you,
You must travel it for yourself.
It is not far, it is within reach,
Perhaps you have been on it since you were born and did not know,
Perhaps it is everywhere on water and on land

2020 Travel Plan

Still unsure but no travel plans yet! Still pondering but given the current situation on the Corona Virus and its impact that affected the minds of travelers, its a tough decision. It won’t be until this crisis has completely halted but still, the world needs to recover.