What’s the most striking nature scene you’ve seen on vacation?

First, I apologize for not blogging yesterday – I had to finish off a paper on how repetition is wrongly associated with only Behaviorism when (if done properly) it is actually cognitive…

Anyway, back to blogging and dreaming of vacations.

I love nature and everything, but I’m not so sure I see the appeal in bird watching. I like birds (when we were in Vermont we looked for humming birds while eating breakfast since there was a feeder just outside the window) but I can’t focus an entire vacation on looking for one type of bird…

These guys on the other hand, organized a vacation to go look for Himalayan snowcocks. Depsite the name, they only had to go to Nevada which is easier than India or Nepal

I was thinking about a trip to India’s Corbett National Park to see the nature (as research for a book I plan to write one day). And I do enjoy hiking – I’ve published a few hiking vacation ideas on this blog. This one in Banaue comes to mind.

Speaking of nature, we should all be this lucky. I’d settle for a lot less in a a vacation home…

Also on the subject of enjoying nature on vacation, here’s an article on declining numbers of campers in Yosemite and other parks. There’s a place I’d like to go camping but I understand why they are closing campgrounds:

A few generations back, 80 percent of Yosemite visitors spent the night, said park spokesman Scott Gediman. Now just 20 percent do, a sure sign that people’s vacation patterns are changing. They’re taking fewer days off, planning shorter excursions. Research shows that in the park, hotel-style accommodations are king.

Who knows? While I claim to like camping I could see myself in a hotel just as readily…

Of course, camping would be cheaper as this article on saving money reminds us.

And while we’re on the topic of parks, here’s a Yellowstone vacation itinerary. I would love to go to Yellowstone, Yosemite, see the Grand Canyon, etc.

What’s the most striking nature scene you’ve seen on vacation? For me it might be seeing a moose in Algonquin Park (up in Canada) although seeing wolves (and hearing them howl) in the moonlight in Singapore’s night safari was my first thought. I wasn’t sure if it counted since it wasn’t exactly “in nature”…

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  1. Jessica says:

    The Salt Flats in Bolivia’s Altiplano are truly stunning. Here’s a couple of shots of it in this flickr set: (salar reflections)


  2. Anita says:

    My B & B (Casa Buena Vista) in Manuel Antonio has sloths, monkeys, and ocean/National Park jungle view. What more could anyone ask? You don’t even have to move. Just sit on the deck with a cold drink in hand and watch what is around you. Paradise?

  3. Carrie says:

    The most incredible natural specticle I’ve ever seen was right here in the USA: The Redwood Forrest! All we could say was “awesome”

  4. Brenda says:

    The Badlands in South Dakota were most awsome!!

  5. T'Ana says:

    After 10 years of trying, finding the Going to the Sun Hwy thru Glacier open. (Granted it was after dark, but I was determined to drive it just once….) We drove on thru the night, my boys were treated to a few sights of nocturnal critters and were impressed with the sheer cliffs, but when we made the summit…. THERE WAS A FULL MOON AND A PERFECTLY CLEAR SKY!!!!

  6. gayle says:

    Our nature vacation, Early August, We went camping at Tugaloo State Park in Ga. at the S.C. border. We stayed a week to enjoy about 10 squirrels play around our MH. When walking the campground we saw several deer in the open grounds, in the 90degrees weather just walking around like they were greeting you and although wild, they did not run. We had our 3 doxie’s walking with us. The wild animals acted like our babies were interesting subjects.. These wild creatures knew they were protected. My thought was, of all hunters stories deer do not normally do this. They are usually beded down until late evenings. I want to go back now and take photo’s , the animals in this park were abundant and about 5 different species.

  7. Greg says:

    Waking up at sunrise as my bus pulled into the town of Goreme, Turkey and seeing the silhouettes of the amazing lava cones shaped into giant mushroom looking homes

  8. Bonnie says:

    If you haven’t been to Denali National Park in Alaska, you are missing an awesome experience.

    Scenery is beyond description, wildlife is abundant. At breakfast one morning, we sat at the windows looking out onto the lanai, and from nowhere came a fox to capture a gull for his breakfast. Even hiking the trails around the hotel was an eventful day. Moose abound and bear are not unusual visitors, just be sure to make plenty of noise as you go, so as not to surprise anything grazing.

  9. Chris says:

    Bryce Canyon, Inspiration Point, midnight, during a violent lightening storm with bolts slashing down through the night sky into the enchanting Hoodoos casting such irregular and angular shadows, momentarily, everywhere. A moment I will never forget.

  10. RTW says:

    Torres Del Paine Park in Chile. Unbelievably hard to get to and unbelievably scenic!

  11. Big Kielbasa says:

    I believe the most scenic place where I feel most at peace with myself is in Maui at the seven pools area over looking the ocean. The breeze, the waves crashing,the overlook is just the most beautiful spot I have ever been to.

  12. A says:

    I have never been abroad, so it’s hard to compete with everyone. I’m sure that the experience of going so far away from home compliments most of those far away adventures. I have seen a lot of the states though. For me, I could never cite one place as the most beautiful nature scene I’ve ever witnessed. As in another post, I mentioned the Appalachians and they are very pretty, but there’s so much else. When I’m exploring a place and most of those places are on a trail someplace in the backcountry, although I do like to shop a bit (and then some), I notice the intimate details. The ground itself, what grows along the streams, the plant life in general, the birds etc. I watch the brush for signs of something moving through, broken stems, stalks, markings and the chewing of trees. So many ecosystems, so much diversity in this great land of ours! I saw a bald eagle this summer in MI. You don’t have to go to CAN to hear wolves howl, you can do that in the UP of Michigan, where there are moose too. The rockies are gorgeous no matter where you go, the Great Salt Lake is quite an interesting visit along with it’s flats. We have the Badlands and of course, Yellowstone and all of her great gifts. Florida (I prefer the Gulf side) has beautiful beaches, as does Southern Cali. There are the swamps in S. Carolina and the salt marshes, where I’ve been crabbing (using chicken wings!!) and I’ll never forget coming down through the hills in the “fog”, coming around a bend and seeing the orange arches of the Golden Gate for the first time. Each really bustling city — Chicago, NY, Boston, Atlanta — has it’s own offerings. Sorry, getting carried away. This WAS about nature, right? 😉 Travel rocks!!

  13. wes says:

    For me its a no brainer. The Grand Canyon in Arizona. Its so big it doesnt look real as if it was a painting right in front of your face.

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