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Counting it Down – 50 Travel Memories (Part 3)

It’s been close to 2 months since my last post, and I am lagging behind on the deadlines by which I wanted to complete my 50 posts. But I’ll try my best to not take a break from blogging at least until I am done with the top 50 countdown. For those of you who just started reading, this is a series of 5 posts where I count down my top 50 travel memories :):):) If you’ve missed 31-50 on the list, you can read about those here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

30. Riding an ATV in Moorea, Tahiti – Winter 2008
In winter of 2008, we visited a couple of exotic islands in the French Polneysia. We decided to go for an ATV Quad Tour to explore the mountains and farmlands of Moorea. Although it wasn’t our first time riding ATVs, the experience was fantastic since the tour was really on all-terrains. From concrete roads, to flats, to climbing mountains, to riding in the farmlands accompanied by rain, dirt and panoramic views of the mountains and the oceans, the tour was worth every penny!

ATV Quad Tour - Moorea
ATV Quad Tour – Moorea

29. NatGEO Tour at Grand Canyon – Fall 2007
I strongly feel that if you visit Grand Canyon for just the vista points, after 3-4 vista points, the views all look the same. To really appreciate the beauty of Grand Canyon, you need to hike down the canyons. We signed up for the National Geographic tour at Grand Canyon where the guide took us on a mini hike down the canyon. It was the best part of my Grand Canyon trip.

Nat GEO Mini Hike at Grand Canyon National Park
Nat GEO Mini Hike at Grand Canyon National Park

28. Parasailing at Tahoe – Spring 2007
I have been petrified of water almost all my life, so for someone who’s afraid of water, any water adventure feels like an achievement πŸ™‚

Parasailing at Tahoe
Parasailing at Tahoe

27. Niagra Falls – Summer 2006
Niagra falls has been one of the most hyped destinations, but if it’s a trip with your favorite people, you are bound to have great memories associated with it. I graduated in Summer of 2006 and I made a trip to the East coast with my family. It was my first trip in the US with family and I loved every bit of it.

At Niagra Falls
At Niagra Falls

26. Shasta Trio – Summer 2009
We’ve visited Shasta a couple of times, and it is one of the most beautiful drives in Northern California. When we travel, we like to make the most use of time so that we can cover as much as possible. Shasta was one of those trips where we used almost 14-15 hours a day for travel and very little time to rest. Great weather and picturesque hikes was the reason why Shasta trip of Summer 2009 was so memorable.

Mount Shasta
Mount Shasta
Inside Shasta Caverns
Inside Shasta Caverns

25. Yosemite National Park: The car lockout incident – Thanksgiving 2006
Yosemite is one of my favorite places in Northern California. You can visit it any season and you’ll be amazed by the variety of things the park has to offer. Also, a lot of friends would know why Yosemite trips are so memorable πŸ™‚ Our first trip to Yosemite was unforgettable, because 5 of us got locked out of our car on our way to Tenaya Lake at a random vista point and it started snowing. Our jackets were in the locked trunk, and we only had 2 phones with minimal battery with us. Ranger calls, waiting for AAA, rescue by a family from San Diego, and a white Thanksgiving! How can it not be memorable πŸ™‚

First trip to Yosemite - Car lockout and a snowy white Thanksgiving :)
First trip to Yosemite – Car lockout and a snowy white Thanksgiving πŸ™‚

24. Lassen National Park – Summer 2009
Lassen has the prettiest lakes out of all the national parks in North Eastern California. And these are frozen until mid June after harsh winters. Lassen was our first hand experience watching climbers summit the Lassen peak with uphill skiing skills like I have never seen before! That was a first making the trip pretty memorable. And of course, we were awed by the frozen lakes.

Frozen Lake Helen and Lassen peak in the background
Frozen Lake Helen and Lassen peak in the background

23. Skiing at Sierra at North Lake Tahoe – Winter 2011
I started skiing since winter of 2005, however; it took me a long time before I actually started enjoying it. There were a few seasons when we missed out and I can only ski green slopes after these many years :(. With a surgical knee, I have always been scared of hurting it again and that’s the reason why I have tried being extra careful when I ski. Needless to say, I still don’t have a ski trip when I haven’t bruised myself but Winter of 2011 was memorable, because that was the first time I tried a few stunts (mini ski jumps) with the help of an instructor. And since I do try and keep going back, I wanted skiing to be one of the 50 memories!

Spot me! I am not even sure if this was taken at the trip I am referring to, but I hardly have pics of me skiing!!!
Spot me! I am not even sure if this was taken at the trip I am referring to, but I hardly have pics of me skiing!!!

22. Zion National Park – Fall 2011
I love Utah and all that it has to offer. Zion was memorable since it was a great family outing! I am hoping Zion will climb up the top memorable places list once I hike the Narrows some day πŸ˜€

Riverside Trail along the Virgin River - Zion National Park
Riverside Trail along the Virgin River – Zion National Park

21. Colorful Hot Springs at Yellowstone National Park – Spring 2010
Yellowstone has been one of my most cherished travel destinations. But M and I had totally different agendas when we planned our YNP trip. I love to paint and I wanted to explore the colors on the trip and M’s sole purpose was chasing wild life! The best natural color palette did make YNP’s colorful hot springs a memory just a tad bit shy of the top 20 πŸ™‚

Morning Glory Pool - End of Old Faithful Loop at Yellowstone National Park
Morning Glory Pool – End of Old Faithful Loop at Yellowstone National Park

Hope you enjoyed 21-30 on the list. Top 20 travel memories to follow soon πŸ™‚

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