Trip pix: Favorite images from international trips

I recently found an online group called Kansas Women Bloggers. In case it’s not obvious, it’s a gathering place for women … in Kansas … who blog :)

As a new blogger, I’m looking forward to getting to know the other bloggers in our state and hoping at least a couple will enjoy reading my blog.

One of the features on the KWB site is Wordless Wednesday, and I try to participate as often as I remember to look for the week’s theme ahead of time. This week the theme was Get Your Passport — we were asked to share favorite images from international trips. I took a liberal definition and considered any trip that allowed me to travel across the U.S. border or overseas (therefore I included Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands). I travel a lot and there are a lot of truly international destinations I’d love to visit. Because I didn’t travel much as a kid, though, there are so many places within North America that many of my trips are here or in the Caribbean because it’s fairly easy to reach and affordable.

I’m carrying over the KWB’s theme here and sharing some of my favorites from trips to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (2002); Belize (2006); Hawaii (2007); Alberta, Canada (2009); Cayman Islands (2011); Puerto Rico (2011); St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands (2011); Exumas, Bahamas (2012); Nassau, Bahamas (2012); and Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2013). To keep it under control, I limited myself to no more than two photos per location.

Hope you enjoy!

cat in lighthouse Puerto Vallarta Mexico

Saw this cat inside the base of a lighthouse in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, in 2002 while we were waiting to take a whale watching boat out from the Pacific Ocean’s Bahía de Banderas.

 

A tree growing out of a truck on a jungle hike while traveling in Belize

A tree growing out of a truck on a jungle hike while traveling in Belize in 2006.

 

cabana in Belize

Our favorite spot to take a nap or read a book was the hammock under this cabana, just off the beach where we stayed in Belize in 2006. It was near Placencia Caye in the southern part of this Central American country.

 

Purple flower after a rain shower while at a luau on the island of Kauai in Hawaii

Purple flower (yes, that’s my scientific description) after a rain shower while at a luau on the island of Kauai in Hawaii in 2007.

 

flower Kauai Hawaii

This is one of my all-time favorite photos so I’m using both Hawaii spots to show different views of this flower after a rain shower while at a luau on the island of Kauai in Hawaii in 2007.

 

Consolation Lake in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada

Consolation Lake in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada, 2009.

 

Lake Louise from Plain of 6 Glaciers hike in Alberta, Canada

View of Lake Louise from Plain of Six Glaciers hike in Alberta, Canada, 2009.

 

Baby green turtle at Cayman Turtle Farm, Cayman Islands

Baby green turtle at Cayman Turtle Farm, Cayman Islands, 2011.

 

cayman islands beach chair

We stayed on the Rum Pointe side of Cayman Islands in 2011, where we had excellent snorkeling and beach after beach to ourselves.

 

Inside Fort San Felipe del Morro while traveling in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2011

Inside Fort San Felipe del Morro while traveling in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 2011. We went to PR to watch the Wichita State Shockers play in a holiday tournament, then spent a few days in the U.S. Virgin Islands after the tourney.

 

ouring Fort San Felipe del Morro while traveling in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Touring Fort San Felipe del Morro while traveling in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 2011.

 

Sailboat while traveling on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

View of sailboat while traveling on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2011.

 

beach while traveling on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands

One of our favorite beach views – Salt Pond Bay – on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 2011.

 

Stocking Island, Exumas, Bahamas

Spent the day on Stocking Island, part of the Exumas in the Bahamas in 2012.

 

One of 365 cays and islands that make up the Exumas in the Bahamas.

One of 365 cays and islands that make up the Exumas in the Bahamas in 2012.

 

The classic view of Atlantis on Nassau, Paradise Island in the Bahamas.

The classic view of Atlantis on Nassau, Paradise Island in the Bahamas in 2012. We stayed a few days to watch the Missouri Tigers play in a holiday basketball tournament.

 

CN Tower reflection downtown Toronto

Caught this reflection of the iconic CN Tower while walking in downton Toronto, Alberta, Canada, 2013.

 

Toronto Islands kayak CN Tower

My favorite spot in Toronto: kayaking on Lake Ontario among the Toronto Islands, looking back at the city skyline in 2013.

This entry was posted in Photography, travel.

2 Comments

  1. Cat Poland June 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm #

    Absolutely love these photos.

    • Melinda June 20, 2013 at 10:59 pm #

      Thanks, Cat! I know you’re a photographer too…do you have any suggestions on a good way to catalog photos? My files are a mess. I think I need an intern to sort them!

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