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Death Valley: A Guide to the Highlights - the unending journeyDeath Valley. The name invokes a barren wasteland devoid of any life. But that’s certainly not the case. Though Death Valley National Park is a landscape of scorching sun and excessive heat, it’s full of color, patterns, and unique features. Not only is Death Valley the driest place in the USA, it’s also the lowest point reaching 282 feet below sea level. And, it’s the largest national park in the lower 48 US states. Located in eastern California, Death Valley National Park is over 3 million acres of designated wilderness. One could spend days at this park and leave still not seeing everything. Unless you have a 4 wheel drive vehicle with high clearance, many areas of the park will be off limits, including Titus Canyon, Eureka Sand Dunes, and the famous Racetrack. Every time I visit Death Valley, I drive a sedan as part of a larger road trip. And each time, I still end up not having enough time to see everything. Because, even if you can’t go off-road, there’s so much to see in this diverse park. Here’s a list of the top 10 highlights of Death Valley National Park. All are easily reached no matter what …2 Channel Islands National Park - Day Out on Anacapa Island - the unending journeyDue to the heavy marine layer, it was impossible to see Anacapa Island until we were within two miles of landing. Even then, it was a faint outline in the grey sky. It was fitting as Anacapa means “mirage.” The first island in the Channel Islands National Park, a voyage to Anacapa Island makes for an incredible day out full of marine wildlife, breathtaking views, and thousands of birds. About Anacapa Island The closest and smallest of the Channel Islands, Anacapa is the ideal destination for an introduction to the ecosystems of the Channel Islands National Park. Anacapa is actually 3 islets – East, Middle and West Anacapa. Only East Anacapa is open to visitors. The other two islets are closed giving free reign to wildlife. The island doesn’t have a beach, only cliffs ascending from the ocean. And, the main wildlife you’ll see on the island is birds. Lots and lots of birds. Sea birds of every variety. But, the most common is the Western Sea Gull. But you’ll also see pelicans and Cassin’s Auklets to name a few. All the other Channel Islands are home to the Island Fox. But, Anacapa Island is the exception. Without a predator, …2 Lisbon, Portugal: The Best of the City in 2 Days - the unending journeyLisbon. A city of hills. Of tiled buildings. Vibrant colors. Where charm oozes from every corner as you amble along the streets with laundry hanging from the balconies not caring if you get lost as you already lost track of time. So, if you haven’t guessed, I became smitten with Lisbon. Shamefully, this city was never on my radar to visit. But that also meant I had zero expectations. And what a city! I immediately regretted only having two full days to explore this city. So, I was determined to make the most of my time there as there are so many things to do in Lisbon. And, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the proper way to take in and appreciate Lisbon is by walking. And that’s the great thing about Lisbon. It’s such a condensed city that you can get to virtually anywhere in no time at all by walking. And this way, you don’t miss out on all the lively colors, tiles, and atmosphere of the city. Portugal’s capital city also ranks as one of the oldest cities in Western Europe, even predating Rome. Maybe this is why the city has so much charm. …2 Visiting Angkor Wat - Highlights, Travel Tips & Itineraries - the unending journeyThere’s something mystical about seeing those iconic towers of Angkor Wat in person. Peddling into the archeological park, I started to go faster. My excitement on getting my first glimpse of Angkor Wat couldn’t be contained. Coming upon the moat, I strained my eyes to see the towers. In my head, they towered high above the jungle growth. Sadly, from the side, the temple remained in hiding. It wasn’t until I turned the corner and went down the road that they appeared. There it was right in front of me. Angkor Wat. The place I’d dream of going for years. That morning began an epic three days of exploring as much as I could of this incredible place. If visiting Angkor Wat isn’t on your bucket list yet, hopefully this will change your mind. The Highlights of Visiting Angkor Wat Angkor Wat is both an individual temple and the name given to the massive temple complex located just outside Siem Reap. The entire park measures 400 square kilometers. If you want to see it all, you’ll need a full week. But, what survives today is only a fraction of what the area used to be. In its heyday, Angkor Wat …6