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How the Landscape Changed 900 Years After Eruption

Since we were nearby, we made a quick visit to another Flagstaff, Arizona national monument! Sunset Crater Volcano erupted nearly 1,000 years ago and the landscape was changed forever. Sadly, a 2022 fire caused even more changes. Although we didn't have time to complete a long hike, we did make some roadside photo stops and take a stroll along the paved Bonita Vista Trail.

#WordyExplorers #arizona #flagstaff #SunsetCraterVolcano #SunsetCrater #nps #NationalParkService #NationalPark #volcano #lava #fire #landscape #hiking #hike #TakeAHike #scenery #scenic #OptOutside #OptOutdoors #GoExplore




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Get Up Close and Personal to Cliff Dwellings on Island Trail

We definitely increased our heart rate at Walnut Canyon National Monument - a completely unplanned stop! As we were driving west on I-40 to Flagstaff to return our rental car, I noticed a roadside sign for the monument. Since we had some time, we agreed to make a visit. We didn't realize that the hike to see the cliff dwellings would include over 700 stairs. It was quite easy hiking down into the valley, but climbing back up was much more difficult!

#WordyExplorers #arizona #flagstaff #WalnutCanyon #WalnutCanyonNationalMonument #WalnutCanyonNM #IslandTrail #hiking #hike #stairs #climb #CliffDwelling #CliffDwellings #AncestralPuebloan #OptOutside #OptOutdoors #RoadTrip




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Spend a Night at Winslow's Famous La Posada Hotel

During our first visit to Winslow several years back, we explored a small part of the famous La Posada Hotel during our walking tour of the city. This time, we needed a place to stay for the night, so the choice was easy! It was the "Shirley Temple Room" on the hotel's second floor that we called home for the night.

#WordyExplorers #Route66 #southwest #arizona #winslow #WinslowAZ #WinslowArizona #LaPosada #LaPosadaHotel #RoadTrip #SantaFeRR #SantaFeRailway #FredHarvey #MaryColter #historic #architecture #ShirleyTemple




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Should You "Take it Easy" or "Step Back in Time" in Winslow?

After leaving our tow vehicle in Winslow for over two months for a repair, it was finally time to pick it up. We decided to make the most of our encore visit to the Arizona city by starting out with photos at some of the places that we had visited several years earlier. No stop in Winslow is complete without "Standin' on the Corner" by the flat-bed Ford!

#WordyExplorers #arizona #winslow #WinslowArizona #WinslowAZ #RoadTrip #Route66 #StandingOnTheCorner #StandinOnTheCorner #TakeItEasy #FlatBedFord #StreetArt #murals #vintage #BygoneDays #BygoneEra #history #historic #StepBackInTime




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Exploring Music and Art at Leontyne Price Park

While strolling around the historic area of downtown Laurel, we stumbled upon Leontyne Price Park. We started by admiring the murals and then learned about the famous opera singer after who the park was named. Even as adults, we enjoyed making a little music of our own!

#WordyExplorers #RoadTrip #mississippi #laurel #LaurelMS #LaurelMississippi #hometown #music #art #mural #murals #StreetArt #LeontynePricePark #DowntownLaurel #HistoricLaurel




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Exploring Laurel, Mississippi on a Winter Afternoon

We had some spare time, so we extended our road trip between PCB and Dallas to include an afternoon stop in Laurel, Mississippi. Like many people, I had no knowledge of the city until I began watching "Hometown", the television series featuring Erin and Ben Napier. We had a fun afternoon seeking out some of the places that we'd seen in the show including the Scotsman Trading Company and Laurel Mercantile. We were pleasantly surprised to see that there is more to Laurel than what we'd seen on TV!

#WordyExplorers #mississippi #laurel #LaurelMS #LaurelMississippi #hometown #hgtv #scotsman #ScotsmanTradingCo #LaurelMercantile #RoadTrip #historic #HistoricLaurel #mural #StreetArt




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As the Sun Sets over PCB's Sandy White Beach

What's your favorite time of day?

We just love watching the sun set - especially when we are in our happy place! The sound of the waves and the sky's colors reflecting on the water are a perfect way to begin an evening in Panama City Beach.

When on a beach vacation, are you a sunrise or sunset person? Or do you prefer daytime or nighttime?

#WordyExplorers #florida #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #FloridaPanhandle #panhandle #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #beach #BeachVacay #BeachVacation #BeachThursday #paradise #sunset #SunsetStroll #WhiteSand #HappyPlace




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It's Not Just Marine Mammal Viewing from Sea Screamer!

Before making it back to the dock where we would disembark from the Sea Screamer following our two hour tour, we passed by the shoreline at St. Andrews State Park. How fun it was to watch this curious little deer!

#WordyExplorers #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #florida #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #StAndrewsStatePark #StAndrewsSP #SeaScreamer #SunsetSail #wildlife #deer #twwt




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Watch the Setting Sun from the Sea Screamer

We've enjoyed more sunsets than I can count during our evenings at Sky High Beach Vibes - but this one was a first. This sunset photo was taken aboard the Sea Screamer during a sunset cruise. It's the first time that we've witnessed the sunset while we were on the water ... we are usually on the white sandy shores or on our balcony!

#WordyExplorers #florida #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #GulfOfMexico #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #SeaScreamer #sunset #SunsetCruise #SunsetSunday #SundaySunset #beach #BeachVacay #BeachVacation #FamilyTravel #SkyHighBeachVibes #paradise




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Memorable Performance by the Dolphins of PCB

Thanks to comments from guests who have stayed at Sky High Beach Vibes for their family vacations, we decided to treat our friends to a sunset cruise aboard the Sea Screamer. Our guests were spot on in their recommendations - we all thoroughly enjoyed watching the dolphins "perform" in the wake!

#WordyExplorers #florida #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #GulfOfMexico #BeachVacation #beach #FamilyTravel #SeaScreamer #sunset #SunsetSail #SunsetCruise #dolphin #dolphins #paradise #SkyHighBeachVibes




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You Never Know What You'll See From the Shores of PCB

On one of our many walks along the beach that is right across the street from Sky High Beach Vibes, we spotted this squadron of rays swimming back and forth along the shore - what an awesome sight to see!

#WordyExplorers #SkyHighBeachVibes #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #pcb #PanamaCityBeach #PanamaCityBeachFlorida #PanamaCityBeachFL #GulfView #BeachView #VacationRental #VacationCondo #florida #beach #BeachVacation #BeachVacationRentals #WhiteSand #WhiteSandBeach #LaketownWharf #LaketownWharfResort #CownoseRay #MantaRay #stingray #SeaLife #BeachStroll




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Interacting with the Gulf World Animals in PCB

We were in search of fun things to do when our friends from south Florida visited us at Sky High Beach Vibes. Finally, more than 1 1/2 years after purchasing our Panama City Beach vacation condo, we made it to Gulf World. Although the activities are less frequent during the off-season, there are still opportunities to interact with the animals and fill the better part of a day!

#WordyExplorers #florida #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #GulfWorld #FamilyTravel #MarineLife #animals #mammals #dolphins #SeaLions #seals #penguins #birds #TropicalBirds #stingrays




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Sandy Stroll at Sunset Along Panama City Beach

What vacation destinations do you return to regularly?

I'm more of an "explore the world" person who always wants to travel somewhere new. Since purchasing Sky High Beach Vibes, our vacation condo in Florida's Panama City Beach, I've adjusted my ways - at least a little bit. I've been loving our spring and fall/winter stays the past couple of years. It is especially fun when we have friends and family join us - even if only for a couple of days!

Do you make repeat visits to the same vacation spot?

#WordyExplorers #florida #GulfCoast #EmeraldCoast #panhandle #FloridaPanhandle #PanamaCityBeach #pcb #pcbFL #pcbFlorida #beach #BeachVacation #FamilyTravel #sunset #WhiteSand #SunsetStroll #BeachStroll #friends #SkyHighBeachVibes




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Walking along the Route 66 in Holbrook, AZ

Have you ever had car troubles change your plans when you are on a road trip?

We had a 3+ week fall RV trip planned during which we would explore three national parks and then some. Two days into our journey, we began having troubles with our tow vehicle. To make a long story short, our 1 night in Holbrook, AZ turned into 25 nights. We took advantage of our time by catching up on some stuff we wanted to do, plus a little exploring of the area like this walk along the historic Route 66.

What changes have you had to make to road trip itineraries?

#WordyExplorers #RoadTrip #goRVing #RVjourney #GoWest #arizona #holbrook #Route66 #HistoricRoute66 #MotherRoad #history #WildWest #camping #glamping #PetrifiedForest #PetrifiedWood




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Meet Your Daily Step Goal at V & A Waterfront

We heard so much about the V & A Waterfront in Cape Town. Can't believe it was one of the last areas of the city that we explored before our long flight home!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #VandAWaterfront #V&AWaterfront #VictoriaAndAlfredWaterfront #Victoria&AlfredWaterfront #waterfront #entertainment #dining #aquarium #FerrisWheel




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Exploring the Life of Robben Island's Prisoners

Since so many people associate Nelson Mandela and apartheid with South Africa, we wanted to learn some history before flying home. We spent our last morning in Cape Town touring Robben Island, the prison where Mandela and other political prisoners lived for many years. After leaving the V & A Waterfront via ferry, we traveled to Murray's Bay Harbour where we boarded a bus which brought us by many of the historical sites on the island. Our tour of the prison building was actually led by a former prisoner who was able to paint a realistic picture of prison life.

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #VandAWaterfront #MurraysBayHarbour #RobbenIsland #history #apartheid #prison #PrisonLife #unesco #DayTrip #ferry #tour #TravelAndLearn




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Breathtaking Scenery and Wine Tasting: A Perfect Pair

We spent our last full day in Cape Town on a wine tasting tour. Started our day at Fairview, the largest family owned winery in the cape where we sampled 7 different wines and cheeses. From there, we rode to Eikehof in the Franschoek region which has been owned by the same family for 4 generations. Next up was Le Pommier followed by lunch (served with wine, of course) in the Stellenbosch region. Our final stop of the day was at Beyerskloof.

Fun fact: South African wine was first introduced on the global market in 1994.

#WordyExplorers #SouthAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #AfricanStory #AfricanStoryWineTours #WineTour #WineTastings #wineries #grapes #vineyards #stellenbosch #franschhoek #paarl #fairview #eikehof #LePommier #beyerskloof




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Natural Beauty and Panoramic Views from atop Table Mountain

When you have a choice of ways to reach the top of a mountain, do you usually choose to hike or would you ride a cable car?

When researching things to do in Cape Town, South Africa, no matter what "must do" list we read or who we asked, Table Mountain was a unanimous choice. After spending much of our afternoon riding the cable car and hiking around the top, it's easy to understand why!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #SAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #TableMountain #mountain #hike #hiking #nature #NaturalBeauty #OptOutdoors #panorama #panoramic #PanoramicView #CableCar #travel #TravelBlog #TravelBlogger




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Every Color in the Rainbow in Bo-Kaap

Whether on your own or on a tour, Bo-Kaap is a must-visit neighborhood in Cape Town, South Africa. We did a quick drive-by on our way to the Cape of Good Hope and then joined a free walking tour the following day. So glad that we spent more time hearing about the mosques, the food and the colors of Bo-Kaap.

Fun fact: When the homes were originally built, they were all painted white. There's all kinds of tales about why they are so colorful today. My favorite, although apparently not true, is that slaves painted their homes in bright colors to celebrate their freedom.

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #SAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #SignalHill #BoKaap #MalayQuarter #muslim #mosque #mosques #NurulIslanMosque #koran #colorful #FreeWalkingTour #travel #TravelBlog #TravelBlogger




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Explore Cape Town's History on a Free Walking Tour

Even in the less than perfect weather that we had during our free walking tour of Cape Town, we saw some amazing architecture and learned so much about the history of the city!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #SAfrica #sa #CapeTown #CapeTownSA #history #WalkingTour #FreeWalkingTour #historic #architecture #HighCourt #SlavePrecinct #slavery #CompanyGardens #CastleOfGoodHope #parliament




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An Afternoon with African Penguins at Boulders Beach

I have to admit that, one of the the reasons I chose the "Cape of Good Hope" tour was because of the penguins. Yes, one of our stops was at Boulders Beach, home to a large colony of African Penguins. Sadly the number of penguins has been declining and now the species is considered endangered.

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SAfrica #SoAfrica #CapeTown #DayTrip #DayTrips #CapeOfGoodHope #BouldersBeach #penguin #penguins #AfricanPenguins #AfricanPenguin #PenguinColony #travel #TravelBlog #TravelBlogger




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Go As Far Southwest As You Can on African Continent!

If only we had more time at the Cape of Good Hope ... or, if only the funicular did not go out of service just minutes after we arrived! Oh well, we didn't get to ride or hike up to the top for the views, but we still made it to the furthest southwest point on the continent of Africa!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #SAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSouthAfrica #CapeOfGoodHope #CapePoint #CapePointNatureReserve #IndianOcean #AtlanticOcean #DayTrip #lighthouse #CapePointLighthouse #funicular #hike #GoHiking




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Ostriches, Reptiles and Monkeys on the Cape!

Our stop was a short one, but it was still fun to see the ostriches (and monkeys) at the Cape Point Ostrich Farm. We didn't have the time to take a tour where we could have learned about their efforts at reptile rehabilitation and breeding ostriches - maybe next time!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSouthAfrica #CapePeninsula #CapePoint #CapeOfGoodHope #ScenicDrives #CapePointOstrichFarm #OstrichFarm #ostrich #ostriches #AnimalSanctuary #monkey #monkeys #reptile #reptiles




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Take a Drive on "Chapple's" for Amazing Views

When I asked a friend for recommendations on what to see in Cape Town, she mentioned that the drive down the Cape Peninsula "was so worth it". I was expecting the view from the "point" to be amazing, but wasn't really anticipating how picturesque the drive along Chapman's Peak Drive was going to be. So glad that we had this opportunity!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #CapeTown #AtlanticOcean #AtlanticCoast #atlantic #CapePeninsula #ChapmansPeakDrive #chappies #ChapmansPeak #ChapmansPoint #HoutBay #noordhoek #ScenicDrive #ScenicDrives




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Meet the Cape Fur Seals of Hout Bay

Watching the Cape Fur Seals was my favorite part of the short stop that we made at Cape Town's Hout Bay. I had hoped to take a boat ride to Seal Island as promoted in the tour itinerary, however the guide announced that he would only allow the time needed if the majority wanted to do the boat ride. Unfortunately, we were in the minority!

Fun fact: Duiker Island (Seal Island) is home to more than five thousand seals. There are even snorkeling excursions available - imagine snorkeling with the seals!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #SoAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSouthAfrica #CapeTownSA #HoutBay #fish #GoFishing #FishingHarbor #seal #seals #CapeFurSeals #SealIsland #DuikerIsland #beach




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Cape Town's Victoria Road: One of World's Most Scenic

At the recommendation of a former neighbor born and raised in Cape Town, we took a full-day tour to the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way south, we drove on Victoria Road between the Atlantic Ocean and the mountain range known as the Twelve Apostles. The drive has to be one of the most scenic anywhere!

Fun fact: With the name "The Twelve Apostles", you might assume that there are 12 peaks in the mountain range. That assumption would be wrong as there are actually 18!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #SouthAfrica #CapeTown #CapeTownSoAfrica #CapeTownSouthAfrica #CapeTownSA #TwelveApostles #mountains #MountainRange #peaks #scenic #scenery #ScenicDrive #VictoriaRoad #VictoriaRd #AtlanticOcean #beach




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Dine With a View over the Batoka Gorge

When planning our days in Victoria Falls, I stumbled upon The Lookout Cafe and it made my list. So glad that we had a chance to walk to the cafe for our last breakfast in the city. Good food, a wonderful waiter (who hopes to be in our home town performing with Kweseka Zimbabwe) and an unbeatable view!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #zimbabwe #VictoriaFalls #VicFalls #ZambeziRiver #BatokaGorge #TheLookoutCafe #LookoutCafe #WeekendBrunch #DineWithAView #BrunchWithAView #OutdoorDining #AlFresco #WildHorizons




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Dancing to the Beat of the Victoria Falls Boma Drums

Check out the energy that these two female dancers have as they shake to the beat of the drums. (Just watching them wears me out!)

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #zimbabwe #VictoriaFalls #VicFalls #VicFallsZimbabwe #BomaDinner #TheBomaDinner #boma #DinnerAndDrumShow #dinner #dining #entertainment #drums #DanceToTheBeat #dance #FamilyFun #FamilyTravel #AmakweziDance #amakwezi




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Come Hungry for a Four Course Meal at The Boma Dinner

Our last evening in Victoria Falls turned out to be both fun and filling. After being "dressed" and "painted", we got a picture with the entertainers at The Boma - Dinner and Drum Show. Then, it was off to our table to feast on a four course meal - starters, soup / salads, entrees with sides and desserts. So many options - so little room in our tummies after all of the delicious food we'd already sampled during our African adventure. As our meal was winding down, the entertainment began - with audience participation on the drums!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #zimbabwe #VictoriaFalls #VicFalls #VicFallsZimbabwe #boma #TheBoma #TheBomaDinner #BomaDinner #BomaDinnerAndDrumShow #DrumShow #barbecue #braai #buffet #dinner #dining #entertainment #FamilyTravel #FamilyFun #culture




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Be a Part of The Boma: Dinner and Drum Show

The Boma - Dinner and Drum Show came highly recommended as a fun evening event in Victoria Falls. The Boma was not just a meal and not just a drum show. It was an interactive evening for the entire "audience". Our first performance was this dance with a few of the entertainers - needless to say, they didn't ask us to sign a contract to join the entertainment team!!!

#WordyExplorers #africa #AfricanAdventure #zimbabwe #VictoriaFalls #VicFalls #VicFallsZimbabwe #entertainment #dining #dinner #boma #BomaDinner #BomaDinnerAndDrums #BomaDinnerAndDrumShow #drums #dance #travel #FamilyTravel #culture




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