On our upcoming summer trip, we searched far and wide for the best lodging options in and around the national parks. At our first stop, North Cascades, we selected Totem Trail Motel for its proximity to the park, rustic feel and reasonable price. After making our reservation by phone (the only way) the friendly owners told us they would mail some area information. Just expecting our confirmation and maybe a brochure, I was surprised to find a giant yellow envelope stuffed in my mailbox one day. Inside was a current National Park newsletter, a scenic highway guidebook, a North Cascades park map (with added handwritten notes and directions), and a two page handwritten letter detailing our reservation and other attractions they think we would like in the area. Homemade ice cream and organic berries just down the road? I know where we’ll be after our hiking: Cascadian Farm. These personal touches are why we love staying at family-run places off the beaten path. You don’t get that at the side-of-the-interstate chain hotel. Makes we wish we were staying at Totem Trail more than one night! The next day however, we will be off to Coeur D’Alene, Idaho to revel in the fantastically over-the-top “Flamingo Beach” themed room at the Flamingo Motel, another unique accommodation we found.
HighKickTravel on InstagramVisitors on the Cliffwalk at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park in Vancouver. #britishcolumbia #vancouver #capilanosuspensionbridge #cliffwalkStawamus Chief is a triple-peaked mountain right next to the town of Squamish, BC. It is the second-largest granite monolith in the world after Yosemite’s El Capitan. We climbed up 2,000 vertical feet in just over a mile... it’s a steep one. #exploresquamish #squamishbc #stawamuschief #stawamuschiefhike #steephike #seatoskyOverlooking Pender Harbour, British Columbia from the top of Mt. Daniel. #britishcolumbia #sunshinecoastbc #mtdaniel #penderharbour #waterways #highkicktravelMisty morning at Sprockids Park in Gibsons, BC. #gibsonsbc #sprockidspark #langdalefalls #hikebritishcolumbia #hikebcJust arrived in Gibsons, British Columbia for spring break. The year of Canadian vacations has begun! #gibsons #gibsonsbc #britishcolumbia #visitsunshinecoast #sunshinecoastLast weekend we took a trek out to the burbs to visit the traveling exhibit “The Whole World A Bauhaus” at the Elmhurst Art Museum. A great collection of art pieces from the famous German school is on display through April 21st. It’s the only stop the show is making in the US, so check it out if you’re in the area. #thewholeworldabauhaus #elmhurstartmuseum #bauhaus #modernart #bauhausdesignHappy b-day GC! Grand Canyon National Park turns the big 100 today. Pics from our hike down to Plateau Point in spring of 2012. #grandcanyon #grandcanyonnationalpark #plateaupoint #brightangeltrail #highkick #highkicktravelYesterday’s change in designation from National Lakeshore to National Park makes Indiana Dunes the 61st in the system. Also, we now officially live within day trip distance of a National Park! Pics are from an August 2009 visit. #newnationalpark #indianadunes #indianadunesnationallakeshore #indianadunesnationalpark #lakemichigan #sanddunes #midwestnationalparksFancy taillights then and now. Can’t decide which car we’d rather take on a road trip... #roadtrip #cadillac #audi #tailfins #ledtaillights #eldoradoconvertible #cadillaceldorado #chrome
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