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Visit the Heritage Park in Irvine, California

Heritage Park is a lovely park located in Irvine, CA. This park is an amazing place for families to enjoy some outdoor fun together. Their wide spaces allow for kids to run all around and enjoy their time with their family. The lovely pond and fountain makes it a peaceful place to simply sit and immerse in the beauty of Mother Nature. Children would certainly love the playground, which would very soon be refurbished and bigger than ever.

Heritage Park also comes with many facilities for those who want to enjoy sports and stay healthy. Heritage Park has great lighted soccer fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, racquetball courts and a volleyball court. These sport facilities at the Heritage Park are not only perfect for some sports fun, but also for sports events organized by the community and schools.

Heritage Park is also great for parties. Their BBQ pits and group picnic areas make this a great outdoor location for your next party or family gathering. The park also homes a wonderful amphitheater that hosts many wonderful shows for everyone to enjoy.

The park also houses the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, a great swimming complex, the Irvine Fine Arts Center, The Heritage Park Community Center and The Irvine Heritage Park Library.

Be sure to have some great fun at the Heritage Park when you visit Irvine in Southern California!

Photo credit: Image of Heritage Park by Nazeem Sheik.

Aysha Iqbal contributed this great post for the ExSquidition Travel Journal. Be sure to read her other post on Irvine, California parks here, as well as her collection of lenses on Squidoo.

June 17, 2010 at 4:49 am Leave a comment

Visit the City of Irvine, Southern California: Beautiful Parks in Orange County

The City of Irvine is located in Orange County at Southern California. Along with the good community, good schools, housing and reputation that this great city has built over the years, they also have created a marvelous range of lovely parks for both their residents and visitors to enjoy.

All the Irvine parks are filled with colorful flowers, wide spaces and lots of greenery. Each of these parks allows everyone-young and old to stop and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature. These parks serve as great locations for some family fun, sports activity, to relax and even hold an outdoor party.

Parks in the City of Irvine also come with great facilities like tennis courts, ball courts, playground, picnic sites, barbeque pits and amphitheaters. Irvine Parks are a great location for children and adult to enjoy some sports activities. Many schools host their annual sports events right in these parks.

Parks in Irvine are also a great spot for anyone to merely take a good walk and relax in a calm environment. Visit the park today, watch the joyous families and forget all the stress of your daily life while looking at the pure beauty of colorful flowers, trees, birdlife, and ponds.

Learn more about these amazing parks in the City of Irvine and be sure to see them for real when you come to Irvine in Southern California.

Photo credit: Bil Barber Park, Irvine Nazeem Sheik

ExSquidition Travel Journal is pleased to announce guest posts in the month of June! Here’s a note from the contributing author of this post:

Aysha Iqbal is an online writer who lives in Southern California and does freelance work. Not only does she write articles on Squidoo, she also maintains 2 blogs – “Wonderful Gifts for Wonderful People” and “Journey of this Online Writer Mum”.

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June 15, 2010 at 4:44 am Leave a comment

Take a Road Trip Across the United States

Road trips are just the best way to see the United States, plain and simple. There’s too much stuff to stop and see off the highways, the backroads and interstates to fly instead of drive. I’ve taken quite a few cross country road trips, from Massachusetts to California and other spots on the west coast and back. I’ve also driven to Key West, Florida, and to Washington state. There’s a lot to see, but you need to plan ahead.

The Northern Route:
The Northern Road trip route runs from Maine to Washington state, and will afford incredible views of Acadia National Park, the granite peaks of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, upstate New York, Ohio, Chicago, Minnesota, Nebraska, Wyoming and Washington. Highlights along the route are Yellowstone National Park, Devil’s Tower Monument, Badlands National Park, Niagara Falls, and the lush rainforests of Olympic National Park. The trip takes around 10-14 days if you’re moving fast, but can be done in around 7 days if you don’t stop much.

Acadia National Park located in Maine, USA

The Southern Route:
Planning your trip across the southern states is a lot of fun, and it’s almost guaranteed that it will be warm or comfortable. Drive across the panhandle of Florida, the harbors of Alabama, the history of New Orleans, across the gigantic state of Texas, into the desert land of New Mexico, across the desert city of Tucson, and into the sunny state of California. When you take this route, it’s easy to go quick on I-10, but don’t forget to stop and some of the destinations off the main route like Carlsbad Caverns, Big Bend National Park, and Saguaro National Park.

Moon Over Skyline, Los Angeles, CA

California Road Trip:
When you enter California from I-10, one of the first desert cities you’ll encounter is Palm Springs, along with the beautiful and strange Joshua Tree National Park. A drive along the coast will take only 4 days at the most, but you’ll want to stop and enjoy it. The southern side of the state has the incredible warm beaches of San Diego, and the famed piers of Huntington and Manhattan Beach. Further north, you’ll visit Los Angeles, Malibu and Santa Barbara, and the spectacular cliffs of Big Sur, immediately followed by Monterey and San Francisco. Just north is the isolated peninsula of Point Reyes National Seashore and the Redwoods. Further inland, head to Yosemite National Park, Lassen National Park, Napa Valley and Sequoia National Park. Of all of the places in the United States, California is one of the easiest to plan. Everything is relatively close together, and there are so many incredible sites to see that you can spend 2-3 weeks traveling the state and not see everything.

Sailboat at Sunset, Key West's Old Town Harbour, Florida Keys, Florida, USA

East Coast Road Trip
A trip down or up the east coast offers a giant difference in temperature and culture, as you traverse the bridges over the Florida Keys and up to the craggy coastline of Maine. In between, you’ll see the nation’s capitol, Washington DC, the southern charm of Charleston, the pristine beaches of South Carolina and Georgia, long stretches of barrier islands in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and the rolling dunes of Massachusetts and New England’s beaches. I-95 runs mostly inland along the east coast, but will most likely serve as your major route for much of the trip. A trip down can take as short as two days, or as long as 2 weeks, depending on your pace. Comfortably, you can get the trip down done in 5 days. Of course, on your way down, you probably don’t want to forget Disney World and Orlando.

Delicate Arch and Surrounding Slick-Rock with La Sal Mountains in Distance, Utah

The Grand Circle of the Southwest:
The Grand Circle includes some beautiful destinations like Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Zion National Park, and the famed Grand Canyon. This road trip covers the states of Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, hugging close to the four corners region. Old Native American ruins, stunning canyon views, odd formations like the spire formations of the hoodoos (like Bryce Canyon and Cedar Breaks National Monument), and unforgettable hiking will make this one trip you’ll never forget. Plan to spend at least ten days on this trip. Destinations may look closer on the map than they are in reality. Many of the roads are backroads, or criss cross and wind around large mountains and buttes.

Which of these routes are for you? The northern route will carry you across more mountains and colder climates, along with some of the eastern and northern cities. The southern route will give a good taste of southern living, the desert, Texas, and Florida. The Grand Circle will provide some spectacular National Parks trips and views, away from any big cities. California offers a good variety of everything, beautiful beaches, parks and cities. You can pick one, or drive the entire distance, or just choose a single route. I’ve done all of them at once, and it took approximately 3 1/2 weeks, or 6 weeks if you take your time. Figure out how much time you can take off and go for it!

May 11, 2009 at 4:24 pm 1 comment

Vacationing in Napa Valley

Napa has over time become one of the world’s best producers of wine, and fetches prices previously only seen in areas of Europe. Today, Napa has become a giant tourist destination in the heart of Northern California. The most popular way to see Napa Valley is by visiting San Francisco in the same trip, which is a little over an hour’s drive southwest of Napa.

Wine Grapes, Napa Valley, CA


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Nearby, you’ll also find Sonoma Valley. Sonoma has some outstanding, small wineries, as well as some bigger ones that you might recognize. The busiest sections of Napa Valley lie in the towns of Rutherford, Napa, Oakville, Calistoga and St. Helena. Along the main route and the Silverado Trail, you can find hundreds of wineries to explore alongside the mountains, on the backroads, and even sometimes up into the mountainsides.

Stag's Leap District, Napa Valley, United States of America


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A section of the Silverado Trail that has some of the valley’s best wine is the Stag’s Leap District. This appellation of wineries contains Regusci, Stag’s Leap, Vine Cliff, Clos Du Val, Silverado, and Chimney Rock, as well as other rich wines from the area. Red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are some of the area’s best, but you can find some lesser known reds that are just as impressive.

Lensmaster Webcodes has written a great overview lens on Napa Valley, “Travel to Napa Valley, Wine Capital of the World.” Having been there myself, I can tell you that the Old Faithful Geyser is a beautiful display worth seeing just minutes north of most downtown destinations of Napa. Unlike the Old Faithful Geyser of Yellowstone, this geyser doesn’t have the long lines you would expect, but is still a very active geothermal area.

Early Evening Light Over Cabernet Spring Vines at Screaming Eagle Vineyards, Napa Valley, USA


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Another area Webcodes is the Petrified Forest, which I didn’t have to time to check out, but sounds impressive. Ancient Redwoods here have become covered with volcanic material, transforming into the petrified masses that you can see here.

Here are some of my personal tips for Napa sightseeing and wine tours:

1. Start early. Yes, early. The wineries are only open 10-5 for the most part, while some open later or earlier, the window of opportunity is only 4-5 hours. Expect to visit each winery for 30 minutes on the average.

2. DO have crackers in between tastings. Over the day, your palette can get mixed with every other wine, and it can be hard to discern one from the other. On the other hand, this is a great way to develop your wine tastes.

3. Don’t pay attention to prices or what others might be telling you about the wine. Listen to your taste buds and see what you truly enjoy.

4. Go off the beaten path. The Silverado Trail is great, but there are many wineries that lie just off the main roads that are some true hidden gems!

5. Try to not carry back wine with you if you can if you are flying. New regulations make it a huge pain to carry wine on planes, and they can easily explode from air pressure or be destroyed from heat/cold. Ship it back if your state allows, or better yet, drive back.

Vineyard, Napa Valley, California, USA


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February 22, 2009 at 7:49 pm 1 comment

Joshua Tree National Park

Cactus Flowers, Joshua Tree National Monument, California, USA

The desert of California is typically dry, brittle, and mainly varying shades of brown and gray during the peak summer months. Joshua Tree National Park lies directly in the path of two merging California deserts; the Colorado Desert and the Mojave Desert.

Joshua Trees in Desert, California

This normally dry and lifeless area springs to life early, before the actual month of spring. The weather is so hot in the desert region of Joshua National Park that they experience spring conditions through January, Feburary and March. The dusty brush experiences vibrant desert blooms that contrast beautifully with the earth toned desert floor. Unique flowers like the Brittlebrush, Canterbury Bells, and Brown Eyed Primrose show off colorful displays, while the park’s feature attraction, the Joshua Tree, may even see a rare bloom. Not every year does experience a large burst of spring color. The amount of color depends on the amount of rainfall. The more rain that the Joshua Tree region receives, the more color and blooms will fill up the desert. Squidoo Lensmaster Happiegrrrl has an incredible display of the Joshua Tree wildflowers and plant life that you can expect to see during the the spring bloom. There are some amazing detailed pictures of flowers and cacti like the Yucca and Cholla cactus.

Joshua Trees, Granite Bolder, Sunrise, CA


Joshua Trees, Granite Bolder, Sunrise, CA
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Joshua Tree is also an incredible to hike and climb. The park features amazing photography, sightseeing, birdwatching, and camping. The park is close to several areas of California and Nevada, Los Angeles being only a couple of hours away, Las Vegas about 150 miles away, and the Palm Springs area only 45 minutes away.

February 4, 2009 at 8:08 pm 1 comment

Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs, CA

Palm Springs runs hot and cold with people. If you love warm weather and constant sunshine, you will love Palm Springs. However, if you can’t stand extreme heat, then don’t go during the summer months between June and October. It can reach a staggering 110 degrees during the day at times, while the average daytime peak summer temperature is around 102.

What Palm Springs has to offer besides just heat is remarkable scenery, ancient Indian rock canyons, and some of the best steakhouses in the USA. There’s rock climbing in the Indian Canyons, an impressive zoo at the Living Desert, and some of the best golfing opportunities in the country.

Located about 100 miles east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs has its own International Airport. It’s also one of the biggest producers of clean wind energy. Upon entering the city by car, you’ll see row upon row of windmill producing energy for the nation.

Palm Springs and Coachella Valley sit on the San Andreas Fault line, the infamous point at which two massive plates meet each other. What’s startling is you can actually see the fault line above the ground!

Learn more about Palm Springs from lensmaster Kiwisoutback.

January 25, 2009 at 10:12 pm 2 comments


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