Vacation stories/pictures thread

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by TexasRaceLady, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Itinerary update. We missed the first Martinsville and Richmond races because of a sudden need to change plans. The other five are still on and maybe the Sept Richmond race also. Fingers crossed.
     
  2. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Ok, yesterday I went to one of my favourite west coast breached. Bethells beach.
    Windy as hell.
    Didn't really feel like walking to the end of the beach but thought well I'm here now....so may as well.
    At least 30 minutes walk each way.

    The beach....


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  3. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I had to walk all the way to the end
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  4. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    And there is a cave there but too much tide to walk in it this time.
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  5. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Anyhow I walked all the way to the end of the beach and came across this guy...
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  6. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    He was stranded in the sand but I could see he was still breathing.
    I picked him up and carried him to deeper water.....and he swam away!
    I felt pretty stoked after that!
    Really happy I saved him.


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  7. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    It was a nicer day yesterday....went to a beach just a little north of the last one..... Muriwai beach. Still west coast about 40 mins from home.
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  8. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Gorgeous views, Clutch.
     
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  9. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Still plenty of hard core guys surfing out there.
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  10. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    One photo of our recent trip to Europe. Absolutely breathtaking and while this was a highlight, there were many more spectacular sights seen on a riverboat trip from Amsterdam to Basel and a land tour from Basel to Lucerne and Zurich, Switzerland, before returning home. Never once felt uncomfortable or threatened as so many had warned we might. Actually feel more threatened in the U.S. than over there.

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  11. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Breath-taking, Whizzer. So happy to have you back home.
     
  12. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Beautiful winter's day today. Went for a beach walk before work.
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  13. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    You say another winter's day but how cold does it get on average during the winter season. Things look pretty summery for winter.
     
  14. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    No it was like 55 today. 55-60 is quite normal for winter here.
     
  15. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Warm enough that I was in shorts and even had to wade through the estuary to get to where I wanted to go. Old shoes so I didn't bother taking them off.
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  16. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    From the top of Mount Pilatus, Switzerland. The fog bank closed in within three minutes and we could not see fifty feet in front of us. Imagine coming through the clouds in the cable car after being closed in by clouds and fog. S3701754.jpg
     
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  17. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

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  18. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Went to Rangitoto island today and walked to the summit. It is a volcano that emerged from the sea only about 700 years ago.
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  19. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Being a volcano it's all lava rock....You can imagine how warm it is in summer.
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  20. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    There are some lava caves...or tunnels I went to see
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  21. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    At the summit there is a crater
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  22. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I like this pic of the lava tube
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  23. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    Absolutely beautiful, Clutch.
    Reminds me of hiking the lava tubes in Hawaii years ago.
     
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  24. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    Nat Geo just did a show on New Zealand. How there's a massive under water canyon, a submerged volcano previously thought to be dormant nearby. There's tectonic plates building pressure and I think they said ran under the island. Who knows if / when a quake may occur.
    California II ?
     
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  25. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    This years trek to North Dakota and back pulling the beast.

    Our first morning on the road, sunrise over Enid Lake.

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    Viking Lake in the late afternoon.

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  26. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Mount Rushmore is something to behold. I've been here before but this is my wife's first visit to the Dakota's.

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    The Crazy Horse Monument. Notice the outline where the horses head will be carved.

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    What it will look like when finished.

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  27. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Some of the sights on the Needles Highway.

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  28. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    More Needles Highway.

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    Tight squeeze. I lightly scraped the passenger side trailer mirror extension on this one.

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  29. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Wild ass big bull Bison near our Campground at the Custer State Park Game Lodge.

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    Oops.

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  30. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    I will be posting those exact same pictures in the coming days. My dad and I are on the road to Rapid City as I type this.
     
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  31. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    We are in the ring of fire.
    https://volcanocafe.wordpress.com/2012/06/18/urban-volcanism/comment-page-1/
     
  32. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    After day 2 of our South Dakota trip, I will share a few of the pictures I have taken. Sorry if a few are duplicates of what Johali has posted.

    The first picture is of Sylvan lake. The scenery of this lake has made it one of my favorite lakes I have visited. A hike to the highest point in the state starts at this lake. Due to time, we did not attempt the hike of 7 miles round trip.

    [​IMG]37022221_434375037043157_3757140573388013568_o by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]South Dakota by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Mount Rushmore by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Carhenge by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    The last pictures is Carhenge in Alliance, Nebraska which is suppose to be a car version of Stonehenge.
     
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  33. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Great pictures. I lost an SD card with my Sylvan Lake and many other pictures on it. It'll turn up somewhere, probably in a nook or cranny in the truck or the beast.
     
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  34. TexasRaceLady

    TexasRaceLady Plank Owner Contributor

    And don't forget the nooks/crannies of suitcases or backpacks. And pockets. I've found many things I'd forgotten in all those places.
     
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  35. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Bingo, you're right. The wife just found it in the pocket of a raincoat she was wearing to set the beast up in North Dakota. :D
     
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  36. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    Here's a few last pictures of our trip. The Badlands is actually one awesome place. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I was quite amazed. Aside from it being quite hot, we had a good time visiting the park. Thankfully, we didn't encounter any rattlesnakes, despite the warning signs posted all over the park. While walking through a narrow trail, I did hear movement in the tall grass beside me, so I took of running. :) The Dignity statue in Chamberlain, SD was pretty neat as well. I'm surprised it's not more well known. The Corn Palace for neat for a quick stop. They were starting a new design when we went. Crazy Horse was also better than I expected. They had a ton of history on the place with a great short film to explain it even better. Though I wont be alive long enough to seeing the statue even close to finished, I still think it'd be cool to back every 10 or 15 years to see the progress.

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    [​IMG]Badlands by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Badlands by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2018-07-14_10-46-55 by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Corn Palace by Brent Kern, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Crazy Horse by Brent Kern, on Flickr
     
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  37. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Had the day off and altho it wasn't very sunny the sea was flat and I wanted to give the motor a run.
    Came upon a pod of dolphins feeding...and competing with Gannets for the same food source.
    Apologies for holding the camera the wrong way....again



     
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  38. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    I carried on to Motuihie Island where I went ashore briefly before heading back.
     
  39. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Pics
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  40. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Great photos and videos. Amazing to watch the gannets dive into the surf.
     

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