I was planning to visit my cousin in Calgary, Alberta. During my search for a hotel, I saw a picture of this magnificent lake. Lake Moraine, the most beautiful lake I have ever seen. I had to go there was my first thought, and after much planning, waiting, and travel; Lake Moraine was in front of me, in all its splendor and beauty. On my climb to a better location to take pictures of the lake, I could feel the palpitations of my heart, palpitations of excitement, it was intoxicating in the best of ways. Was it all worth it? Oh, yes, I will go there again, and again.
After I climbed to this spot, Moraine Lake reveals more of its beauty. It was quite an experience, an unforgettable experience.
The parking lot
I could not park the car soon enough. Moraine Lake, I'm here, I'm here to see you.
As I look at these pictures, it brings back the awe and excitement; the pictures that can bring me to tears of joy.
Any day could be a good day for hiking; today was exceptionally good.
Not a strenuous hike, it does have a challenging segment at the end, but it is enjoyable and rewarding. On this day the weather was warm, the air felt very clean, the sun tingled my skin as if trying to revive it after the long winter months, there were not many hikers on the trail, which gave a sense of solitude, the kind of solitude that is needed from time to time.
Going to Explorer Falls.
It rained all Saturday morning and had to wait until the afternoon to go there. But because of the rain, it was not as crowded as it would have been on a good weather day. Walking through the entrance gate, I imagined going back a few centuries into the past; back to the times of King Seongjong. This palace is on a busy but very exciting street. Across the street, you will find Seoul's city hall.
Deoksugung Palace; is a Korean historical site located at 99 Sejong-daero, Jung-gu, Seoul.
This building is where the king conducted official business, a place to meet nobles and government officials; and at times received foreign dignitaries.
A stroll in the palace grounds
A pleasant walk in the palace grounds, no kingly ancestry required.
In contrast to the rest of Deoksugung Palace structures, this building, constructed in the Greco-Roman style architecture for Emperor Gojong; was completed in 1910 and now houses the exhibition hall of the Royal Palace Museum.
The completed gate stands there, alone, with no enclosing structure, the wall that was to complement the gate remains not built. In the background, you can see the modern buildings, the mixture of the old and the new; the Korean people, guarding the past, but working diligently towards the future.
Gwangmyeong, a beautiful gate, with no purpose other than to serve as a display for other historical objects. The singijeon rocket launcher, a bell from Heungcheonsa Temple, and the Borugak Jagyeongnu water clock can be seen here. The rocket launcher is a replica. The gate was moved here by the Japanese occupational forces in 1938.
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Deception Falls, Washington
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