Showing posts with label Travel Inspirations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Travel Inspirations. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2022

𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗦𝗲𝗮 𝘁𝗼 𝗦𝗸𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗮 𝗶𝗻 𝗦𝗾𝘂𝗮𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗵

𝙄𝙩'𝙨 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙮 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. 𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙩'𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙎𝙚𝙖 𝙩𝙤 𝙎𝙠𝙮 𝙂𝙤𝙣𝙙𝙤𝙡𝙖 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙞𝙩𝙨 𝙢𝙖𝙟𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙚 𝙝𝙞𝙜𝙝 𝙪𝙥 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙠𝙮. 

This outdoor destination is one of the best places to visit in British Columbia. The breathtaking view of the sea from the sky and on top of the mountain is worth the experience. It's exhilarating and truly breathtaking. 

Let's explore this stunningly beautiful destination in Squamish which is an hour's drive from North of Vancouver passing through the scenic sea-to-sky highway. 

From the base station, The Sea to Sky Gondola is a 10-minute/ 2 km ride to the summit. You'll see the forested mountain and the beautiful turquoise waters of the sea (Howe Sound) as you ascend to a higher elevation until reaching the summit lodge which offers the most spectacular view of the surrounding mountain, the valley, and the sea. 

On the summit lodge, there are restaurants and cafes for refreshments that are extended to the outdoor patio and viewing deck offering a view of the magnificent snow-capped mountains. 

The adventure never stops as you get to experience the surrounding trail network passing through the 100-meter Sky Pilot Suspension Bridge. We walked through the easiest trail (Spirit) and the best trail (Panorama) leading to the Chief Overlook Viewing Platform where you can capture the best shots of the snow-capped mountain as a backdrop. 

Other trails take longer time to explore, but you'll never get lost since all trails lead and end at the summit lodge viewing deck. The trails are for beginners and intermediates, so it's a family-friendly hiking experience with viewing areas and platforms for picture-taking to capture memorable moments. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is an all-year-round adventure. It's best in any season whether on a hot dry summer or a snowy and chilly winter. The nature trail and the viewing platforms are alluring and worth revisiting in a different season. 

The land of the Squamish First Nation is home to the Sea to Sky Gondola. They protect and preserve the beauty of their heritage and share it with everyone. It's not just about fun and adventure, but learning about indigenous people's culture; their early beginnings, and evolution as a First Nation. 

Sea to Sky Gondola is one of the greatest adventures of a lifetime in British Columbia. It's a place to go and chill and it's an adventure by nature with a thrill. 


©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, October 9, 2022

𝗔 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝗖𝗮𝗽𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗼 𝗦𝘂𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗕𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸


𝘼 𝙣𝙚𝙬 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡-𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 𝙖𝙙𝙫𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙉𝙤𝙧𝙩𝙝 𝙑𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙚 𝙘𝙧𝙤𝙨𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝘾𝙖𝙥𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙣𝙤 𝙎𝙪𝙨𝙥𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝘽𝙧𝙞𝙙𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙚𝙣𝙟𝙤𝙮 𝙖 𝙩𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙚𝙭𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙖 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙥𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙣𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙩.

This park offers a magnificent view of North Shore mountains and the Capilano river at the foothill of the canyon. It's breathtaking and another adrenaline-rush adventure we're defying. 

It's officially Fall season in Canada, so this is the best time to see the changing color of the leaves from above the cliff. It's amazing to see how nature paints a color like a surreal masterpiece. It's a beautiful and naturally colorful piece of nature. 

A Cliffwalk to Remember 

How does it feel hanging on a cliff? It's one of the most adrenaline-pumping experiences in the park  and a source of knowledge and information about the importance of water elements and how we can do our share to conserve and make it pure and clean. 

The Cliffwalk is a series of narrow bridges, stairs, and boardwalks that follows the curve of a granite cliff of the canyon. It's refreshing to breathe in cleaner air and relaxing to hear the gushing of the water from the river just down below. 

The Treetops Adventures 

There's a series of 7 suspension bridges that are attached to centuries-old Douglas-fir trees that offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding forest. It's wonderful how they made use of a tree collar instead of penetrating with nails to protect and not harm trees. 


The Suspension Bridge 

The main attraction is the 137 meters stretch of suspension bridge connecting both sides of the park and with a height of 130 feet above the Capilano river. 

It's one of the most visited attractions in British Columbia and one of the most thrilling sights to behold. 

The Capilano Suspension Bridge may have given us a little scary and thrilling experience, but we made it to feel the fear and crossed the other side without hesitation. 

That was truly a live-action adventure in a fun-filled nature. Like the suspension bridge, no matter how high or how shaky we've been, still we continue to be fearless, go with the flow and be unshakable.   

©️  2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Summer Camping in Logan Lake

 
What makes me appreciate life most is finding time to travel long distances and create wonderful memories. It's when I learn new things, gain new perspectives about a place and ponder on things that add value to living. 

This is my first ever long travel to British Columbia, Canada at the beginning of summer. This is the start of a new season full of fun under the sun. It's the season of discovery and adventure as we transition from cool to warm.

From Vancouver, it took us 3 hours to reach the charming town of Logan Lake in the heart of the Highland Valley in the Thompson Okanagan region.

It was once a quiet town reserved for the miners and their families, but now houses thousands of residents who enjoy the serenity of nature and for the visitors to spend time away from the hustle of their busy city life.

Logan lake offers many activities during the summer season. Visitors may enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, kayaking, biking, and hiking. This is the ideal time to unwind, take a deep breath, and just appreciate the natural beauty of the lake and nature. 

Camping at Mile High Resort in Logan Lake was an awesome experience to escape from reality away from the city. It's surrounded by lush forests with breathtaking views of the lake. 

The deluxe log cabin offers a comfortable and relaxing vibe while hearing the sound of nature and watching the galaxies and the bright stars. Stargazing is just mesmerizing. It's a stunning experience to look up into the night sky and simply wish upon a star. 

What makes this summer season memorable are the stories, smiles, and laughter shared in a pristine setting. A romantic destination perfect for a weekend getaway where imagination sparks and ideas are born. 


This summer getaway is truly unforgettable. Logan lake is a great camping destination worth remembering and Mile High Resort is a place worth reminiscing. 

©️ Del Cusay

Sunday, June 19, 2022

The Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery in Langley

 

The summer season in Canada is fast approaching, but the cool temperate climate prevails just before the end of spring.

In Langley, British Columbia, farm tourism draws many families for a weekend of pure fun and relaxation in a naturally beautiful outdoor setting and al-fresco dining.

There are so many family-owned and operated farm destinations in Langley and the Fraser Valley, but I got fascinated with the countryside ambiance of the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

The Berry Farm is a 200-acre property that was open to serve the public in 1974. Since then, they have enjoyed their bountiful harvest and served it to their guests and visitors. 

Just half an hour's travel from home, we had our breakfast having their famous waffle with fresh strawberry toppings and cream. That's a fresh-picked strawberry in their field and we had our own U-picked experience in the vast field.

Depending on the season, they also produce other berries like blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries which are patronized by their loyal customers for the best culinary offering and U-picked experiences.

The beautifully landscaped lawn and garden are perfect for a great outdoor dining experience with a raspberry field on a backdrop adding up to the berry farm vibe.

Then fresh strawberry picking follows which was a wonderful experience since their berries are sweet and delicious. We had carefully picked the big and riped strawberries for takeaway. Parents and their little kids enjoy picking experiences and just anyone seems happy to touch the soil and the earth-grounding experience.


The Krause Berry Farms has over a hundred products that they produce on the farm and are sold in their home and garden market. They have a bakery where they make freshly-baked products like berry custard pies and cookies. 

Fresh berry waffles are served in their waffle bar indoors and can be enjoyed in their garden or a patio for a wonderful outdoor ambiance.  

The best farm experience happens when the owner cares a lot about making sustainable farming be enjoyed and shared with the public. The Krause Berry Farms have been producing crops in an environmentally sustainable way and have been supporting and serving communities for several years making them influential and a leader in the farm tourism industry.

A great week starts with envigorating thoughts, nourished by healthy food and enriched with a soulful experience. That's the way we do it as we journey to the valley at the Krause Berry Farms and Estate Winery.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 22, 2022

The Birchwood Dairy Farm in Abbotsford


The weekend has never been this fun when in a valley and a farm. That's how we spend time unwinding in the beautiful and relaxing ambiance of the Birchwood Dairy Farm. 
 
In Abbotsford, British Columbia, there are many farm destinations to choose from since it's located on the fertile land of the Fraser Valley where Agri-tourism is widely promoted and becoming a lifestyle.


The farm is owned by the Krahn family who's been in the dairy farm business for several decades in the Fraser Valley and managing the 22 acres of the farm, taking care of hundreds of cows and producing dairy milk and other dairy products.

What makes this dairy farm a favorite destination is its gourmet ice cream that's rich and creamy from the fresh milk produced by their happy and healthy cows. There are about 50 flavors to choose from including maple walnut, raspberry, blueberry, strawberry, and cookies and cream which we've bought in a cone and taken home in a liter bucket. That's a relief during sunny and warmer days just before the summer begins.


The dairy farm is also a favorite stop among partners and families who wanted to explore more and learn about how dairy milk and products and produced on the farm. It's also a popular stop among cyclists, motorcyclists, and students on an educational tour. This dairy farm is family-friendly and just for anyone who's into 
uncrowded, fresh air, and a great view of a natural environment.

I've learned that Canadian livestock are free from growth hormones and the use of antibiotics and other medications is strictly regulated. At Birchwood dairy farm they take good care of their cows so they are always healthy, so they produce the tastiest and creamiest milk. That makes their gourmet ice cream one of the best premium-quality I've ever tasted.


For a brief period, exposure to the dairy farm gives a perspective on how dairy cows are ethically raised, how dairy products are produced, and how it's being sold and patronized by people who know what quality dairy produce tastes like. 

At Birchwood dairy farm, we see happy families, playful young kids, and everyone who radiates the calm and positive energy that the dairy farm brings. It's on my farm destination lists, and I'll be happy to always go back and create wonderful memories that are something to cherish and reminisce.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, May 1, 2022

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack


It's Springtime in Canada and other flowers take their turns to bloom just when the cherry blossoms started to fall off.

It's time to see the 30 colorful varieties of tulips and other flowers like daffodils and Hyacinths for this year's re-opening of British Columbia's largest flower festival.

The Tulip Festival in Chilliwack is the largest flower festival in British Columbia and Western Canada. It's this time of the year when millions of bulbs of Tulips are blooming on a 20-acre flower farm. 

This is the 16th year of the Tulip Festival in Chilliwack and it attacks tens of thousands of people from the lower mainland and nearby cities to witness the beautiful blossoming of tulips similar to the famous tulip farms in the Netherlands.

The Dutch-inspired tulip farm has features like a windmill, a chapel, a swing, and benches for a great photo opportunity. It's a perfect place for families and couples for a romantic walk while surrounded by a magnificent mountains backdrop.

In times when people are starting to live normally again, a visit to a Tulip farm uplifts the mood and makes one appreciate the natural wonders while seeing each other's faces and smiles without barriers.

What makes life more beautiful is when people bloom like a flower; radiating purity, serenity, and positivity. When life seems blue, these flowers remind us that we can stand tall and create abundance, experience pure joy, and peace in our hearts. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Holy Week 2022: A Journey to Paradise


The earth is healing. That's the message of hope and love this Holy Week. Finally, we get healed from the suffering brought on by the pandemic. It may not be the end yet, but we don't live in fear and prolong the agony.

Travel is what we desire this Lenten season. This way, we get to experience a new perspective on living. We cross borders and travel across the sea. A hundred miles of the journey; with immeasurable faith to Thee. 

We Journey to a paradise to see and feel God's heavenly creation. This time in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. A charming city that's rich in history. A story from the first nations passed down from generation to generation.


A walk around downtown Victoria is reminiscent of the distant past where laidback living thrives even in the present. I feel the calmness and the serenity; the cool vibe I'm eager to see. This is the place to explore find meaning and start a new beginning.

The message of God is clear; beyond suffering is a promised land where we live a heavenly experience. We walk with faith and we allow suffering just as we carry the cross toward our destination and salvation. We do not fear, but we trust God's will. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, April 4, 2022

The Cherry Blossoms at David Lam Park

The spring has sprung. It's this time of the year when we experience a renewed season filled with joy as we the blossoming of flowers.

Springtime reminds me of rebirth and reinvigoration. We become more alive as days become more temperate and people enjoy the outdoors. 

This beautiful season is never complete without witnessing the cherry blossoms festival in Vancouver. And so we visit the charming district of Yaletown to celebrate the "Big Picnic" event. This is the best time to see the flower in full bloom and when many people are gathered as friends under the cherry trees. There are no strangers, but just friends and lovers.

The Big Picnic and the Cherry Blossoms Festival are organized to bring people together from Metro Vancouver to experience a day of fun and excitement. There are programs, art exhibits, and workshops for everyone to participate in, learn and enjoy.

This year's event may have been more significant as people move freely without restrictions. The Mask mandate is lifted and people see each others' faces. But beyond faces are beautiful smiles, laughter, and joy that brighten up the day and lift the mood. 

What makes David Lam Park a magical experience is when people enjoy the hundreds of Akebono cherry trees that were donated by the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Dr. David Lam where the park was named in his honor.

There are physical fitness activities like yoga. It's a great way of becoming one with nature while relaxing the body and clearing the mind. There:s also winning haiku and haiku installations where they connect poems to the cherry trees.  

It's a good feeling when we see families and children enjoy the wide variety of programs and activities. It's good to see more people outdoors and appreciate the wonderful nature in the heart of the city.

As the clock springs forward, we also show the world how we're moving forward despite the situation and still making joyful cherry blossom experiences and awesome memories. The Big Picnic is a special event that brings people together from different places in British Columbia to see the magical cherry blossoms and to experience "why there are no strangers under the cherry tree". We're all united, we believe we can be.

©️ 2022 Del Cusay

Monday, March 28, 2022

A day trip in White Rock: City by the Sea


What makes British Columbia beautiful is its stunning views of landscapes and seascapes. In Metro Vancouver, there's a place to see the natural grandeur of a city by the sea.

It's the City of White Rock -- about 45 km. south of downtown Vancouver, and just 10 mins. drive from the Peace Arch where the US-Canada border is located.

What's significant about this place is its rich history as a fishing village and where the place got its name. It's a literal white rock! A huge rock was carried away by glaciers to the South of the metro during the last glacial age period. It's also where Canada's longest pier is located, so people get to walk on a long and unique wooden structure originally built in the year 1914.

Walking down the steep hill heading to the main street is a magnificent view of Semiahmoo bay. There you can see beautiful houses on a hill overlooking the sea. Such a scenic view of the horizon on a sunny weekend. 

Approaching the main street is a promenade ideal place for fitness and sightseeing. We see people walk, jog, dine at a table, sit on benches and simply take a deep breath to rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul. 


Just a few meters walk and you'll be welcomed to enter the elevated wooden structure of the pier which is a fantastic landmark about 470 meters long. It's where individuals, couples, and families go for a stroll and enjoy the natural scenery. The majestic mountains, the flying seagulls, and the long stretch of beaches makes it a relaxing place to unwind.

The pier bridge underwent restoration in 1977 and was rebuilt and re-opened in 2019 after a wind storm hit the place at the year-end of 2018. This time they restored the pier to weather the storm and withstand natural calamities.



Visitors have to get down the wooden lane structure to be on the shore at its low tide where they walk towards the 'white rock' visible even from a far distance. It's huge and a great landmark worth seeing. 

On the main strip of the town center is where you can see a long stretch of restaurants offering al fresco dining while enjoying the sunshine, the blue waters, and the cool sea breeze. Sunlight is just amazing as it gives a good vibe and a pleasant experience.

And whenever the sun shines so brightly, we shouldn't miss the outdoors and have some fun. That's what the city of White Rock has to offer -- simply the sunniest place in the metro.

A trip to White Rock pier and promenade is a great way to experience what it's like to live in a city by the sea even for a day. They have preserved history and culture where peace and serenity are enjoyed by many. 

White Rock is surely a wonderful place to visit and live in. A vivid memory worth reminiscing; an awesome destination worth revisiting. 

©️ 2022 Del Cusay


Sunday, September 12, 2021

A Moment of Healing and Memories



When you need to unwind, relax and set free, where do you go?

In Baguio City, people would go for a reason. It's a place like no other in the country. It relaxes the body, mind and soul. It liberates from worries, and fears. And it helps get revitalized and be healed.

That's the highlands in the Northern Philippines. A City of Pines and strawberries. A historically rich and a vibrant city where people would go for a wonderful journey.

When we feel exhausted and a need to rejuvenate, a travel to a certain destination would help us recover. It changes our mood and uplifts our spirit. Then, we feel good again, and do great things again.

In Baguio City, you feel welcomed. The friendliness of the people makes you stay, although, you'll have to leave anyway. With a momentary healing and rejuvenation, you'll be ready to face another race in much challenging place.

Not just for friends and lovers, but Baguio City is also for the family. A getaway for fun, learning and appreciation of arts and culture. Baguio City's charm invites everyone to learn their stories, heritage and identity.

If I would choose, I'd rather live in a place where there's a balance between nature and a city life. Living in Baguio is like living in a mountain resort, surrounded by natural wonders for healing and relaxation.

Amidst uncertainty, when time permits to travel a long distance and go back to Baguio, I would love to recreate those memories and visit the finest places it has to offer. The memories creates lasting impact as the place where learning and training had started.

For now, we couldn't go to places as much as we wanted. All we can do is to reminisce the good times. And when we're set free, we can travel again endlessly.

©️  2021 Del Cusay