пятница, 28 октября 2016 г.

Zion National Park map depicting the Emerald Pools and Grotto hiking trails. Courtesy

Zion National Park map depicting the Emerald Pools and Grotto hiking trails. Courtesy


Zion National Park map depicting the Emerald Pools and Grotto hiking trails. Courtesy


Ah! This just reminded us of our visit to Southern Utah and Page, AZ last Sept. A very fulfilling post on anyone planning to visit Zion NP.


We had spent two days in Zion as we explored Bryce plus a day in Page to visit the Antelope Canyons. Besides Emerald Pools, we did the Canyon Overlook trail hike which was spectacular, but we chickened out on the Angels Landing hike due to time constraints.


Adding two cents from the blog we wrote:


1. If you are short of time (like we were), we also found it convenient to fly into Saint George Municipal Airport (SGU) which made it a quick drive to reach Zion. It also helps escape the traffic which you might encounter getting off at Las Vegas.


2. We highly recommended eating at Thai Sapa right outside the park – the food was delicious


Thanks guys! Lucky you guys got to visit Bryce. We had that on our list as well but we got so wrapped up in Zion we couldn’t make it on our last trip. Now the need is really there to get the “top down” experience from Bryce. Also, good call on SGU, definitely a shorter drive and sans the craziness of Vegas. Unfortunately that airport required numerous stops and over 12 hours of travel time when flying out of FLL, so we opted for the longer scenic drive. But it’s a great choice if your origination has better flight options. Thanks for the tip on Thai Sapa, wish we could have made it there!


Great information. Love all the transportation information and I’ll bookmark this for my plan to visit Zion.


Gorgeous pictures! Zion national park looks amazing and I hope I get to hike it one day. We have thrifty blue chip too and it’s been really helpful.


Great photos! And a lot of really good information. I love how people have taken advantage of the park to rent bulky specialized gear so that you don’t have to traipse it all around. Would love to hike the narrows.


Very comprehensive information about Zion. It has been about 23 years since I visited the Utah National Parks and I am due to re-visit.


Thanks Charles for the feedback. Highly recommend getting out there now as the logistics of navigating the park have improved substantially. Also, trails like Angel’s Landing are safer than they used to be.


Awesome shots!!!


Great information and photos, thanks for that piece of work. I hope to visit Zion after my business trip to Vegas in mid September this year.


How early do the shuttle start on during summer? I want to try The Narrows while possibly catching a sunrise?


Zion Canyon shuttle service begins from the visitors center during Summer at 6a.m. That’s about 10 minutes before sunrise at this time of year. Keep in mind that it will take 20 minutes or so just to arrive at the Narrows and then you’ll need to walk to the River.


Great thank you, helpful information


Hi Greig, I’m so glad that I came across this site. Thank you for sharing your photos with us. Zion National Park is on of the place me and my friends wished to visit. I really feel the excitement while reading your post and it seems like you have the great experience while taking up photos . You gave me inspiration again. Thank you so much. Your photos are so nice and beautiful. It is the best picture and views I ever see. “See you soon Zion!!” Please keep on sharing. Good luck.


Wow! What an incredible post – I am saving this for later. I have wanted to go here for forever!!!


For those afraid of Angels Landing, Observation Point – while a much longer and steeper climb – is not as dangerous and from the top you actually look (WAY) down over Angels Landing for the most dramatic view of the entire Canyon!


This Zion National Park itinerary is designed to help visitors plan an adventure filled trip in a short period of time. Read on to discover how to navigate the park, things to do, learn about the main attractions, hikes, restaurants and places to stay. Feel free to substitute any of the recommendations listed below on this itinerary to suit your personal situation.


Zion National Park in Southwestern Utah is an other-worldly region, almost mystical. The landscape here is one of the most unique in the world, carved out largely by millions of years of erosion courtesy of the now sporadically flowing Virgin River. Zion sits at substantial elevation, with the lowest point in the canyon resting at 3,666ft. The highest point in the park is found at Horse Ranch Mountain, which sits at 8,726ft.


Zion National Park gets its unique red, orange, pink, white and black rock colors from a variety of minerals. However, it’s the dominant presence of iron that gives the sandstone in the region its signature red and pink hue.


The region is said to have been settled as far back as 8,000 years ago by nomadic native tribes, and more recently by the Paiute Indians. Many of the trails and park areas are named after Paiute words and phrases. There is also an abundance of wildlife and a diverse array of plant species in the area. If you visit, keep your eyes to the sky for eagles, hawks, owls and dozens of species of bats. On the ground, look for deer grazing along the scenic roads and trails, gray foxes, and at higher elevation, big horn sheep.


You should be here, and I’m going to help you make it happen. On a budget or not, this place is accessible and any discerning travel enthusiast should visit it in his or her lifetime.


Day 1 – Getting to Zion National Park


Today you’ll be doing a bit of traveling. Whether you’re coming from across the pond or taking a domestic flight, Zion isn’t too far from one relatively large international airport and famous city — Las Vegas (LAS – McCarran International Airport). This airport is hands down your best bet in terms of proximity and cost-effectiveness, but it also offers a beautiful drive to the park.


I recommend utilizing a credit card rewards portal or travel booking service to book your flight, such as Chase Ultimate Rewards (credit card required) or Expedia. This will ensure you’re not only getting the best price, but also can help you accrue, or spend rewards points. Click here to view and apply for some of the best credit card signup bonuses on the market.


In terms of ideal airlines, domestic carriers like JetBlue & Southwest offer some of the most cost effective one-way and round trip routes to get to Zion National Park.


Once you’ve landed, the easiest, and most fun way to get to Zion National Park is by rental car. You’ll be flying into Las Vegas, and the choice is yours as to whether or not you want to take this opportunity to hit the strip while you’re there.


I recommend Thrifty as a rental car service, only because they’ve most recently offered the best rates on SUVs out of LAS. Their loyalty program (BlueChip) offers expedited service including having your car ready in the lot. Renting a car through Thrifty’s BlueChip program also lets you accrue American, JetBlue and Southwest Airlines points.


Just note that the rental car center at McCarran is offsite, so you’ll need to take a shuttle to pickup your car. Other car companies include but are not limited to Budget, Alamo, Hertz, Dollar, Enterprise and National. See a map of the Rental Car Center just outside McCarran International Airport to the right.


All in all, it will take about 2 and 1/2 hours from the time you leave the airport to the time you enter Springdale, the town right next to Zion National Park. There are a plethora of accommodation options you can utilize, and we’ll get into that further on in this article.


Day 2 – First Day Exploring Zion National Park


Depending what time of day you arrive in Las Vegas on Day 1, you can substitute some of these “Day 2” activities where you see fit. Day 2, for the most part, is designed to get you acclimated to Zion and the town of Springdale. You’ll have an opportunity to drive around, get the lay of the land, try out some restaurants and participate in some of the easier, more convenient hikes.


Navigating Zion Nation Park – Understanding the Shuttle System and Getting into the Park


You might be asking yourself why you need to take a shuttle when you have a car. Firstly, it’s more efficient. Bus stops just outside the park and within Springdale (where you’ll be staying), dot the main road almost every quarter mile.


Secondly, you’ll need to take a shuttle to access the main attractions, hikes and main canyon road. Personal vehicles are not permitted on the bus route within the park.


To get access to the park, hop on one of the shuttles that stop at any number of the hotels along the main road within Springdale. They come and go in both directions about every 10 minutes. Ride this shuttle to the Visitor’s Center. Exit the bus and proceed straight to the park entrance, where you’ll be purchasing your park pass.


Note that you can also drive your rental car directly to the Visitor’s Center and park there at no charge. Keep in mind that the lot fills up quickly.


Personal vehicle and park entrance passes last for a full 7 days and cost $30. If you don’t want to purchase a vehicle pass, individual passes cost $12 and last for 7 days as well. Purchase your pass at the entrance and keep it on you at all times in a secure spot in your bag.


Once you’ve got your park pass, proceed past the entry point and begin to head left. You’ll soon be jumping on another shuttle bus which takes visitors to and from all of the 9 shuttle stops within the park.


Note that the buses within the park arrive at the Visitor’s Center and all of the parks 9 main stops about every 4 minutes. They seat about 60 people. Don’t be intimidated if the line to board the shuttle is long. Zion is a popular National Park, but given the frequency at which the buses arrive and how many people they hold, even very long lines typically don’t last for over 10 minutes. In order to beat the crowds, however, it’s recommended you get an early start to your day, between 6:00am and 8:00am, preferably.


Embarking on Your First Hike through Zion National Park


Lower Emerald Pools: .6 miles one-way | 30 minutes | 69ft uphill climb


Middle Emerald Pools: 1 mile one-way | 1 hour | 150ft uphill climb


Upper Emerald Pools: 1.5 miles one-way | 1 1/2 hours | 350ft uphill climb


Entry Point: Zion Lodge (Shuttle Stop 5)


Zion National Park map depicting the Emerald Pools and Grotto hiking trails. Courtesy


In theory, you could begin with any hike that your heart desires on Day 2. However, we opted for one of the easier and less strenuous, yet quite beautiful hikes that Zion offers. Essentially allowing us to get our feet wet. That hike begins with the Lower Emerald Pools trailhead.


Easily accessible from Shuttle Stop Number 5 — Zion Lodge — the Lower Emerald Pools trail begins across the street and over the bridge from where you’re let off.


This hike is suitable for families, couples and or children. It’s roughly a 70 foot elevation gain to the Lower Emerald Pools. Once you’ve reached that point, another short distance with an additional gradient of 150ft will lead to the Middle Emerald Pools. Continue past this spot and gain another 200ft of elevation and you’ll arrive at the Upper Emerald Pools. If you proceed all the way to the Upper Emerald Pools, it’s about a 3 mile round-trip hike to make it back down to the bottom.


Note that both the Middle and Upper trails have a steeper gradient and are slightly more difficult than the lower trail. The round-trip hiking time for this trail is roughly 3 hours depending on your pace.


Hike The Grotto


If time permits, or you simply have nothing else to do, we highly recommend continuing onto The Grotto trail from the Emerald Pools. As you can see, the Lower Emerald Pools trail connects with The Grotto. The difficulty on this trail is rated as easy, and it’s a short 1 mile round-trip largely shaded hike.


Less than halfway through, if you look South, you’ll be presented with a beautiful view of the lower Zion Canyon.


Hike Weeping Rock


If you’ve completed both The Emerald Pools and Grotto hikes, Weeping rock is one short shuttle ride Northeast. This hike is about as easy as it gets, and it’s a short half mile round-trip.


Weeping Rock offers hikers an opportunity to see hanging gardens and a large rock face that appears to ‘weep’ at all times throughout the year. The water from the spring seeping through the sandstone is ancient, and took around 1000 years to traverse the porous rock. Hikers can sit beneath the falling water droplets and gaze South, down the canyon. It’s really a very peaceful and therapeutic scene and vibe.


Once any of the above hikes are completed, simply walk back across the main Zion Canyon road and catch a shuttle from Zion Lodge, The Grotto or Weeping Rock to head back to the Visitor’s Center.


From the Visitor’s Center, you can either walk back to your hotel (many are within half a mile), or catch the free town shuttle back to your stop in Springdale. Scroll down for our recommended eateries.


Day 3 – Hiking Angel’s Landing


Trail Distance: 5 milesround trip


Hiking Time: 5 hours (avg)


Entry Point: The Grotto (Shuttle Stop 6)


Warning: This hike is NOT for those who are out of shape, have balance issues or a serious fear of heights. People have died.


Some brave souls climbed onto this rock structure not far from the summit of Angel’s Landing. Only attempt this if you’re in great shape and are fearless. There is nothing to prevent you from falling a mile down here.


I’m going to preface this hike with my personal experience. After 5 of the scariest but most rewarding hours of my life, we finally made it to the top of Angel’s Landing in Zion. This hike was no joke. At 5,790+ feet, it’s well over a mile high with an incredibly steep gradient. Climbing the rock formations towards the end to get to this point were in some cases slimmer than the length of my foot. One misstep or misplaced hand, you die. But if you brave it to the top, you get rewarded with this view… (above and right)


You’ll be starting this trail from The Grotto (Stop 6 via Zion Shuttle Bus). It will take you about 2 miles to get to the first summit.


Angel’s Landing is rated one of the 10 most dangerous hikes in the world. That’s because after a strenuous 2 mile uphill climb (though mostly paved), you now have less than a half a mile to the “summit”. It’s not until this point that the hike begins to get difficult. If you made it this far, you’re sitting on a sandy plateau catching your breath and drinking some water.


But you’re not done. Now, you get to traverse sandstone rock structures that will make your hair stand on end. And they should. For the next half mile, your conditioning, foot placement and hand placement may determine whether or not your survive the next hour of your life. You’re going to have to leave behind the well manicured, paved trail and trade it for sheer cliff.


Luckily, much of the remaining trail now has well-positioned chains that allow for an easier climb through the difficult and dangerous junctures. A signifiant number of people were dying on a yearly basis until these were put in place. Now that the chains are there, it’s been over 5 years since there’s been a death. Note, however, that you are NOT tethered, so your safety really relies on how much you “grab, grab, grab.” Try not to look down, and take it one step at a time.


Take a Scenic Drive


So you’ve just finished Angel’s Landing. You’re either feeling elated, tired or racked with fear. Possibly a combination of all three. In any case, you’re probably in the mood to take it down a notch and digest everything you just went through. A good way to go about this is to explore outside the main canyon road by car.


A short drive up from Canyon Junction (Shuttle Stop 2) lies Zion Mount Carmel Highway. Proceed up the highway East along the winding roads. Eventually, you’ll hit your first tunnel carved directly through the sandstone. Drivers are required to turn their headlights on as there is no lighting inside the tunnel. It takes about 2 minutes to go through. When you come out, you’ll soon go through one last dark, but much shorter tunnel. At the end you’ll pass a ranger post that doesn’t require a stop.


Now, get ready to experience a true feeling of freedom. This is one of the most scenic drives you’ll ever take. The roads will continue to wind in switchback style through the pink canyons and rock structures. There are plenty of small alcoves where you can park your car on the side of the road to get out and explore by foot (highly recommended!). One highlight includes Checkboard Mesa near the park exit. You’ll understand the name once you see it.


Day 4 – Hiking The Narrows in Zion National Park


Trail Distance: 4-10 miles


Hiking Time: 4-10 hours


Entry Point: Temple of Sinawava (Shuttle Stop 9)


This was the highlight of my trip. The Narrows is one of the most unique and beautiful hikes you could ever hope to embark on. This hike really doesn’t occur on a “trail,” you actually navigate the Virgin River herself.


Head upstream as much as 10 miles and you’ll be exposed to dramatic canyon walls and glistening water caressing the smooth and colorful stones. Just be sure you watch your footing. This hike isn’t too difficult, though at some points where the water is high it can certainly knock you over if you don’t watch your footing.


During the Spring, the water level here can be somewhat elevated due to melt water coming down from higher elevations. It changes day by day, so be sure to check the water levels and ensure they aren’t over 150CFS as the trail will be closed if it is. Note that during the Summer, flash floods can occur and it’s important you don’t get caught in the middle of one.


You can hike The Narrows at any time of year, though late spring and throughout the summer tend to bring the most crowds (April – November is peak season).


Note that if you do hike The Narrows during the Winter or Spring months, the water can get quite cold. In late March, it was only 40 degrees Fahrenheit.


The water level can also come up as high as your waist. That being said, you’ll definitely need waterproof hiking shoes, neoprene socks, dry pants and a walking stick. Some hikers even prefer wearing a dry suit. These items can purchased before your trip, or you can rent them at a number of stores just outside the park entrance. We used Zion Adventure Company and they were incredibly knowledgeable. We rented the dry pants “package” for around $43. The package includes neoprene socks, fantastic waterproof hiking shoes, dry pants and a walking stick. Other packages are available, including dry suits and dry bags, among other gear.


Hike Hidden Canyon


Trail Distance: 2 miles round tripHiking Time: 3 hours


Entry Point: Weeping Rock (Shuttle Stop 7)


If you’ve completed The Narrows and still have some time to kill, hop back on the bus at The Temple of Sinawava and get off again at Weeping Rock. From here, you can take the fork right and proceed to Hidden Canyon.


This hike is relatively strenuous, beginning with steep uphill switchbacks. Eventually the paved trail will end and you can begin the trek through the final dirt portion. The trail gets a bit more difficult here as you’ll be walking along cliff faces. While this part can be intimidating, there are chains you can grab hold of as you continue up the trail.


There are some areas throughout the Hidden Canyon trail where you can leave the main trail and explore some less-blazed routes with few to no people. Note that some portions of this trail can be dangerous, reminiscent of Angel’s Landing with steep ledges. If you fall you won’t survive. Keep this in mind and don’t overdo it if you’re tired, out of shape or have a fear of heights.


When To Visit Zion National Park


Zion National Park is open to the public year round. Autumn and late Spring are some of the best seasons to visit the park as they offer cooler temperatures and beautiful colors. However, they can also be relatively popular seasons.


Personally, I’d avoid visiting Zion in the Summer because it can be oppressively hot. I wouldn’t want to hike Angel’s Landing with more people and sweat dripping down my eyes.


If you’re a fan of cooler temperatures, Winter is a beautiful season to visit the park. The weather can be a bit more unpredictable, so you’ll want to be prepared with an SUV. Make sure you pack plenty of layers.


Again, the largest crowds will be present in Zion between April and November.


What to Pack for Zion National Park


This varies dependent upon season. See below for suggested items to pack. Items marked with (R) can be rented at Zion Adventure Company, which we recommend unless you already own these items. Any items rented from Zion Adventure Co must be returned by 7 in order to avoid a late fee. Note, these are the bare necessities, pack anything else you think you may want or need — especially a camera!


Side note: I carry a durable Camelbak Hydration Backpack with at least a 3 liter water bladder with me at all times when I’m out in the wild. It’s the perfect companion for housing my camera equipment and other essentials while keeping me hydrated all day.


Spring:


Insulated, light jacket or fleece for the mornings and evenings


Gloves


Warm hat


T shirts


Pair of shorts


Pairs of pants


Long sleeve shirts (to layer if needed)


Bathing suit


Hiking Boots


Sneakers


Water shoes / sandals (R)


Neoprene socks (R)


Dry pants (R)


Walking stick (R)


Dry bag (R)


Camelbak or Water Bottle (R)


Summer:


Windbreaker


T shirts


Shorts


Bathing suit


Hiking shoes


Hiking sandals (R)


Pair of light pants


Walking stick (R)


Dry bag (R)


Camelbak or Water Bottle (R)


Fall:


Fleece or insulated wind breaker


T shirts


Shorts


Bathing suit


Hiking shoes


Hiking sandals (R)


Pairs of pants


Walking stick (R)


Dry bag (R)


Camelbak or Water Bottle (R)


Winter:


Winter coat


Gloves


Wool hat


Long johns


Long sleeve shirts


Bathing suit


Wool socks


Hiking shoes


Water hiking shoes (R)


Pairs of pants


T Shirt


Neoprene turtle neck


Walking stick (R)


Dry suit (R)


Dry bag (R)


Camelbak or Water Bottle (R)


Where to Eat in Zion National Park


There are several highly rated restaurants you should checkout during your visit to Zion. Whether you’re eating breakfast, lunch or dinner, good food is easy to come by and not too pricy. The service was exceptional while we were at these joints. The majority of these restaurants are in Springdale, just outside the Southern entrance to the park grounds.


Utah Drinking and Eating Fact: In order to drink alcohol at a restaurant, you’ll need to order food. It’s a real law. You’re unfortunately not able to walk into a place and buy a beer or order a glass of wine without ordering some form of food. If everyone is on the same tab, you can cheat the system and just order an appetizer. If you’re on individual tabs, each person will need to order something to eat if they want to also drink.


Breakfast


MeMe’s takes the cake for best breakfast spot in Zion National Park. The atmosphere was inspired by various European creperies, and MeMe’s serves up some of the best tasting crepes, omelette’s, sandwiches and panini’s in all of Springdale. The wait staff is incredibly friendly and accommodating, and prices are more than modest. A must try!


This place has something for everyone. From incredible Apple Pie to Elk Burger’s (yes, I said Elk Burger) to milk shakes and tacos. Blondie’s has a laid-back, homey atmosphere with friendly service and fair prices. Just make sure you don’t go at peak times as it can be difficult to find a seat.


I’m mentioning this restaurant twice because their breakfast food is delicious and the portions are quite large. Stop by Oscar’s before your morning hike and grab the “Lean Hikers Burrito” or the “Pork Verde Burrito.” The coffee and pancakes are also great and the prices are cheap.


Lunch and Dinner


This was our favorite place to have dinner. We ate here on two separate occasions. A unique combination of Southwestern cuisine and Mexican style dishes, the portions here are large and the food is fantastic. Try the Pork Carnitas Burrito or mix and match your favorite Taco’s & Enchiladas. The service is also stellar, though keep in mind between 7 and 8:30pm it can get quite crowded. Seats can sometimes be found in the bar area if you don’t want to wait for a table. The wine list changes periodically, though they had some nice Syrah and red blends while we were there. Bottles in some cases were under $ 30. Take a virtual tour!


Done in a Western style aesthetically but also from a culinary perspective, this place is a great option to grab a beer and a burger. Good service, great tasting and hearty meals. Click the link above to take a look at the menu.


This is one of the most highly rated, and ironically enough, most popular / crowded restaurants in Springdale. If you’re going to make an attempt at the Pizza & Noodle Co, go right after it opens around 4:00pm, or after 9:00pm.


Oscar’s is a great breakfast and lunch spot. They offer great dinner food as well, but unfortunately the place closes by 9pm so we had difficulty making it here some days. The breakfast burritos and omelette’s are fantastic, but it’s their burgers that stand out for me. The fish tacos, avocado burger, blue bacon burger and murder burger will make you miss Zion National Park almost as much as the landscape.


Grocery Items


If you’re eating breakfast at your hotel and want to supplement the continental buffet, there are a number of markets just outside the park entrance in Springdale that sell groceries and other essentials. We used Sol Foods Groceries & Hardware. They sell a variety of groceries and produce (some even organic) and also have a deli where you can design your own sandwich. We picked up some sandos from Sol’s and brought them with us on The Narrows hike.


Where to Stay in Zion


Accommodation is easy to come by around Zion, even during some of the peak seasons. The Quality Inn Montclair (Choice Hotels) was our hotel of choice and offered good sized, well kept rooms with free breakfast, WiFI, and access to the pool and hot tub. The staff throughout the hotel were friendly and efficient. I’ll be staying here again.


If you prefer a more rugged experience, many visitors opt to camp in Zion. The best campground to stay at is Watchman. It’s conveniently located near the Southern canyon entrance to the park and is within walking distance of the Visitor’s Center. It’s also a stones throw away from the shuttle buses.


If neither of these suit your fancy, take a look at some of the top 10 hotels to stay at in Zion National Park for as little as $50 a night.


Trail distances, timing and additional information courtesy Zion National Park


Original article and pictures take http://winederlusting.com/travel-resources/4-day-zion-national-park-itinerary-utah/ site

пятница, 21 октября 2016 г.

WRITTEN BY NIKKI ROXBY

WRITTEN BY NIKKI ROXBY


WRITTEN BY NIKKI ROXBY


WRITTEN BY NIKKI ROXBY


We just moved recently and I was amazed and overwhelmed by how many toxins we were exposed to in our new home. I tried air purifiers throughout our home, but they did not seem to help much. I did some research and found that in 1989 NASA published the Clean Air study in an attempt to find the best ways to purify the air in space stations. It turns out that synthetic materials found in both space stations and our homes let off low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). These chemicals are known irritants and also potential carcinogens. This process is called off-gassing and can cause people living in a closed off space with these compounds to become ill.


The NASA study showed a series of air-filtering plants that in addition to absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen back into the air, also eliminate VOCs found in most homes. The plants pull toxic compounds from the air down around the plant’s roots, where it is converted into food for the plant. The study recommends one houseplant per 100 square feet and a variety of houseplants that remove different types of chemicals in order to most efficiently clean the air.


Tip:


With so much time spent at school, an air filtering plant for your child’s classroom would make a perfect “class warming” gift at the beginning of the school year or any time of the year to help ensure they are protected with clean air even when they are not with you.


Here is a list of plant options that are non-toxic to dogs and children and what they help to remove.


1. English Ivy


Benefits: Great with pets. Removes fecal matter, formaldehyde, and chemical benzene, a known carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, detergents, pesticides, and the off-gassing of other synthetic materials. English ivy is also said to be fantastic for asthmas and allergies.


Care: This plant can be invasive! For this reason, we recommend putting this plant in a pot.


2. Rubber plant


Benefits: Purifies indoor air by removing chemicals like formaldehyde and other toxins. These houseplants clean the air by emitting high oxygen content.


Care: Likes filtered light, infrequent watering & rich soil.


3. Broadleaf lady palm


Benefits: Great overall air purifier. Removes formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, ammonia, and most air pollutants.


Care: Prefers indirect sunlight, and watering without fertilizers.


4. Bamboo Palm


Benefits: Removes formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It is also said to act as a natural humidifier.


Care: Likes bright, indirect light and prefers to remain moist but not too much and doesn't like sitting in water.


5. Lilyturf


Benefits: Removes formaldehyde, xylene, toluene, and ammonia


6. Spider Plant


Benefits: Within two days, can eliminate up to 90 percent of indoor toxins. NASA places this plant among the top 3 types of houseplants that are great at removing formaldehyde. Also, removes carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities.


Care: Likes bright, indirect light and lots of water while growing.


7. Barberton daisy


Benefits: Removes benzene, Formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene. It also absorbs carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen overnight, which is said to improve your sleep.


Care: Likes bright light.


8. Dwarf date palm


Benefits: Removes Formaldehyde, xylene, (a chemical found in plastics and solvents) and toluene from the air.


Care: Loves lots of sun, moist soil, and warm water.


9. Moth orchids


Benefits: Removes xylene, toluene, and formaldehyde commonly off-gassed from paints, solvents, and other synthetic materials.


Care: Thrives in high humidity, lots of light (but not hot, mid-day sun) and thorough waterings with complete drying out between waterings.


+ 2 more...


10. Kimberly queen fern


Benefits: Clean formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene out of your home.


Care: Prefers bright, but indirect sunlight, with dry soil between waterings.


11. Chrysanthemum


Benefits: Removes benzene, a carcinogen associated with most chemicals, plastics, cigarettes, and off-gassing. Also removes trichloroethylene (found in solvents and cleaners), formaldehyde and ammonia.


Care: Likes partial sun, and lots of water. Keep in mind they only flower once, annually.


Sources:


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3230460/


http://www.freebase.com/m/08pr2s


http://ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20080003913.pdf


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA_Clean_Air_Study


http://www.sustainablebabysteps.com/types-of-houseplants.html


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Original article and pictures take http://noblecarriage.com/blogs/news/104592006-9-best-air-cleaning-plants site

пятница, 14 октября 2016 г.

Welcome to Wonderland

Welcome to Wonderland


Welcome to Wonderland


Life Hacks and Tips for School


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(Source: lifehackable.com, via fall-out-boi)


Original article and pictures take http://imthatcreepygirlx3.tumblr.com/post/70110927687/bestoflifehackable-life-hacks-and-tips-for site

вторник, 4 октября 2016 г.

Welcome to June and #SUMMERINTHEGLAMPIRE!

Welcome to June and #SUMMERINTHEGLAMPIRE!


Welcome to June and #SUMMERINTHEGLAMPIRE!


Hi Lisamarie,


I love your blog and YouTube channel. It is always an inspiration to see a young woman unafraid to be and share herself and her love for the Lord. I also love your setup. The Life List page is an awesome way to share your list of life's goals. I may have to borrow that one. Anyway, can't wait to see more from you.


P.S. I don't know if you have read The Shack yet or William P. Young's other book The Crossroads (I see The Shack on your list) but they are both phenomenal. Both are in a short list of books that I read over and over.


Have a wonderful June,


Latrice AKA Nauna


Hi Latrice!


Thank you so much. :) \"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel...\" Yes, loved The Shack, I've read it half a dozen times and could read it annually. I just added Crossroads to my Amazon Wishlist. Thanks for taking the time to leave me a recommendation!


Much love,


Lisamarie


Hi Lauren! Yes, two What's In My Bags are coming...let me update the post with those as well!


I am very excited about this! I've been wanting to check this planner out!!


Great photo challenge! Looking forward to seeing the results


Welcome to June and #SUMMERINTHEGLAMPIRE!


June is my favorite month and this year it's especially glam-packed.


Today we're getting the instaglam started with our #summerintheglampire photo challenge and the prompt \"office decor.\" I'm loving seeing all the glam offices hit Instagram. I'll be posting a fresh shot of Glam HQ later this afternoon. Follow my blogging bestie and I, plus the entire Glampire community with #summerintheglampire.


This June Photo Challenge is already so much fun it may become a tradition!


Paper & Glam - June Life List


Tomorrow I'll be posting the new You Better Work planner stickers, Wednesday we've got episode #3 of Glampire Chat when we'll take on marketing! You'll be watching a fresh installment of #InsideMyPlanner Thursday, we'll celebrate donuts Friday, and then over the weekend I'll be posting my review of the new Erin Condren Life Planners in advance of their release June 9th, plus get ready for giveaways galore!!!


Are you excited yet?!?


Can you see why June is my favorite month? The summer, the pool, the beach, the planners, the pink...so much to love!


As is our first of the month tradition here on Paper & Glam, it's time for a fresh Life List! The June Life List is up in the shop and wow, there's some glam holidays to celebrate this month. Donut Day, Bestie Day, Pink Day, my birthday...life in June just keeps getting better and better!


With summer love,


Lisamarie


P.S. This isn't everything! There's a What's In My Bag video coming your way as well as a What I Packed for Aruba on June 14th...and more!


Original article and pictures take http://www.paperandglam.com/blog/2015/06/welcome-to-summer.html site

четверг, 22 сентября 2016 г.

We woke to this scene

We woke to this scene


We woke to this scene


It looks so beautiful. Your pictures are stunning. And all those blueberry bushes – I can’t believe the bears left some for you!


@Cindy It was an amazing day on the trail – no bugs, sunshine.. We stuffed our faces with blueberries and often the bushes would conveniently be at waist height as we went up the rocks. I’m sure the bears are on a circuit and hadn’t missed the fact that these were great patches.


“Dogs in my experience aren’t fond of see through metal bridges.” I remember once doing an easy walk in Whitehorse many years ago where every time we got to a bridge we had to carry the dogs across! Dogs and bridges are not a good match.


@Sharlene My dog at home hates bridges like the one in the photo. And it was an outstanding hike – hard but so worth it.


It is such a great feeling getting to the end during a grueling hike like this. I can feel your pain and the euphoria when you saw the bridge. I have felt that many times.


@Ted I wasn’t really worried about the bears on this trip especially as they don’t see a lot of humans. And you’re so right that all those blueberries keep them happy and well fed.


I was such a happy camper when I saw that bridge and even happier 5 minutes later when we officially rolled into camp.


I sure would, Leigh! Love the variety in the landscape, and all the color. That was a long hike, I could feel your relief on seeing that bridge. Even the dog was pooped!


@Marcia That was a long day and by then all we wanted was our packs and boots off. It was a giddy feeling seeing that bridge.


Great photos, Leigh. I love how diverse the terrain is in this park. Yet another reason why I need to get out to Eastern Canada one day.


@Dustin On our boat ride out the captain had said everyday would be completely different and he was right. That was the great thing about this hike.


Of course I would love to go hiking there. The scenery is just breath-taking. I would be a little bit scared of crossing this bridge :) looks unstable :)


@Agness That bridge was bomb proof – even if it did sway a bit. It’s a gorgeous hike from start to finish.


Great photos…


Thanks Muza-chan.


My wife and I have been anxiously for each of your daily posts and now especially the last day. We hiked from the park to the White river suspension bridge and back the first week of September. It was a big hike for us and we really felt it the next day. It is amazing how much the scenery changes in the different areas. We were very thankful for the nice walk through the pines by the bridge. Thanks for posting all the great pictures.


@Doug I’m working on the last day’s post now and as I look through my photos I really marvel at the diversity of the trail. It is a remarkable spot – and I thank you for stopping by to check out the posts.


Nice shot you have here. I love all your shots especially the blueberry bushes.


@Abby the blueberries were especially good to eat!


What a beautiful hike! I’d love to visit and hike the trail one day, though I think I need to begin with something less ambitious. Love that the dog was able to accompany you. He sure looks comfy in that tent.


@Tonya The whole hike is definitely an undertaking but there are easy and truly beautiful walks that can be done in a few hours that still give you a great sense of how wild Lake Superior can be.


Hi Leigh:


If your readers are interested in doing the Pukaskwa Coastal trail as part of a guided hike we’ve one scheduled for August 9 – 16. More info at: http://www.naturallysuperior.com/workshops-and-events/hikes/pukaskwa-coastal-hike.html or call us at 1-800-203-9092


Regards, David


@David – Happy to share that info especially as I think it’s one of the best trails I’ve ever backpacked. You will be listed in my book as a tour company for this trip as well.


Thank you for sharing this great post. I really enjoyed reading it; it’s very informative. keep up the great work!


Gorgeous pics and dog. Looks like a stunning hike.


@Tracey It was an outstanding – and at times challenging five days of backpacking – one of the best I’ve done in Canada.


I had to Google to know where Pukaskwa NP is, but after seeing these pics… of course I’d love to hike there. It looks absolutely gorgeous!


My fiancé and I were looking for a few day hike with our pup and I have see you hiking with yours! Where is the start of the trail at this park? How far did you go. The areas look quite cool. Would you know of other places we can hike with our dog over night I was looking more for a mountain hike but if we need to settle for a costal hike I would be okay with that.


@Samantha The trail starts near the campground. You won’t find mountains per se along the shores of Lake Superior. What you could do is and out and back hike and stay at Hattie Cove and return the next day. It’s very pretty.


Wow! I love this blog! The pictures are amazing. My boyfriend and I are taking our dog (a Newfie) backpacking in Lake Superior Provincial Park next week for four days. We’re hoping to do Pukaskwa at some point, but we’re working up to that as this will be our first backpacking experience. I was wondering if you have any advice for backpacking with a dog? Thank you :)


@Ashley My friend’s dog carried a pack but it wasn’t too heavy. I bring a collapsible bowl with me – for water & food. On this trail expect even an in-shape dog to be very tired at day’s end. Don’t forget the treats.


If you’ve been following my adventures hiking in Pukaskwa National Park you would know that it had been a tough hike so far on the Coastal Trail.


Fortunately on the fourth day we were able to make some serious progress.


Our plan for this day was to hike from Oiseau Bay to Willow River, a distance of 14.1 kilometers. We got started at 9 am but didn’t roll into camp until 6:40 pm. Still we were thrilled to have made it.


The trail was a delightful mix of woods and shoreline. The highlight had to be the section leading towards Fish Harbour that takes you through a cleft in the rocks and deposits you on the Lake Superior shoreline. Here you have to scale a small cliff – which for us was no problem but it required a big lift up for the dog.


We woke to this scene The scene looking south Into the woods right off the bat We repeatedly came across scenes like this along the length of the trail


The next two photos show off the superb scenery on our way to Fish Harbour – just after we had scaled a small cliff.


Classic Lake Superior shoreline Our lunch spot beside these ponds


After lunch it was more woods walking until we reached Morrison Harbour. We had made reservations to stay at Morrison Harbour – for the night before but in hindsight I’m glad we didn’t end up camping here. It’s smack dab in the middle of bear country – and the one area where you are warned at the orientation session to be on the lookout for bears. We had seen countless piles of bear scat before arriving at Morrison Harbour. I have never seen blueberries in such abundance as I did through here so it makes perfect sense that the bears love the area.


Holy AMAZING blueberry bushes We never saw any bears but we sure saw a lot of bear scat in this area With blueberry bushes like this it’s no wonder there was so much bear scat around We all ate several cups worth of wild blueberries And one last blueberry bush shot


The woods were often filled with moss like the one below; they were thick and dark too.


Even at midday it’s dark in these woods A carpet of reindeer moss and red berries Scenic section of coast near Morrison Harbour Shot Watch Cove The view near Shot Watch Cove More fun and games on these boulders ; we’re off trail as we couldn’t find the trail out of Shot Watch Cove but could see cairns leading into the woods in the distance We startled this spruce grouse and she flew into the trees We only saw a few maple trees and what glorious colour Hiking across an ancient lake bed


By late in the afternoon we were all bagged and starting to wonder when the bloody trail would ever come to an end. It seemed we were on a never ending obstacle course – lichen covered, ankle twisting lake bottom rocks, beaver dams, cobbles, slippery rocks along the shore – even rotting logs.


But the beauty of the place made up for it all. Really it did.


More rugged Lake Superior shoreline The trail takes you over a beaver dam My friend Ted and his dog near the end of day four


The last section of trail was a few kilometers of easy walking through the woods. Somehow I had missed the sign and trail that offers you an option to hike a longer coastal route en route to the Willow Creek campground. So when we came to a trail intersection and I relayed where I thought we were to my friends, I instantly felt their spirits sag. Another kilometer and a half to go is what we thought – and it was 6:30 pm already.


In just a few minutes I realized I was wrong. I’d been thinking we might be further ahead than we were – just because of the length of time that had elapsed and the sense that something wasn’t fitting with the map. When I saw the Willow River suspension bridge I almost collapsed to the ground to give thanks. From there it was an easy five minute walk to the Willow River campsite – probably the prettiest one we stayed at on the whole trail.


The suspension bridge across the Willow River Dogs in my experience aren’t fond of see through metal bridges The dog was asleep within minutes of the tent being set up


We had our tents up in record time – and quickly threw on layers of warm clothes as it couldn’t have been more than 3 or 4 C by the time the sun went down. But with a fire going, and another good meal we ended the day feeling pretty darned pleased with ourselves.


Amazing skies at our Willow Creek campsite Big drama at around 7 pm Incredible sunset that changed by the minute One last sunset shot


Would you consider hiking the Coastal Trail after seeing these photos?


Other posts related to this trip you might enjoy:


Original article and pictures take http://www.hikebiketravel.com/27878/day-hiking-coastal-trail-pukaskwa-national-park/ site

понедельник, 19 сентября 2016 г.

We hope this inspires you to make a home studio and take some FUN photos with your kids.

We hope this inspires you to make a home studio and take some FUN photos with your kids.


We hope this inspires you to make a home studio and take some FUN photos with your kids.


We wanted to capture some fun photos of the kids to go in our annual Christmas Cards – we decide to set up a DIY mini studio at home. We used a room that was full of natural light and strung some Christmas Lights over a white sheet.


We stood back and zoomed in the focus to achieve a slightly blurry background.


We had some fun with some props – two large Candy Canes joined together to make a heart, Christmas outfits including Santa Hats and a funny ‘Return to Santa’ sign.


The best tip we can give you to get some great sibling shots…HAVE FUN! We made sure the kids were well fed, rested and relaxed before we commenced the ‘shoot’. We then asked them to tell us funny stories, asked them what was on their Christmas List for Santa, if they could remember all the reindeer names etc.


The best smiles you will ever capture are the natural ones


We hope this inspires you to make a home studio and take some FUN photos with your kids.


Original article and pictures take http://pagingfunmums.com/2012/12/10/amazing-christmas-twinkle-light-photos-jen-lou/ site

понедельник, 12 сентября 2016 г.

Verken deze ideeën en meer!

Verken deze ideeën en meer!


Verken deze ideeën en meer!


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