#CIJVacation – Glacier National Park, Montana, USA With MsPDesignsUSA

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Susan-Sharon Passmore from MsPDesignsUSA

Glacier National Park, Montana, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

Our favorite vacation destination is Glacier National Park, Montana. Located in Northwest Montana, Glacier is home to mountains, lakes, a variety of wildlife, and (obviously) glaciers! It is a beautiful place, and is close to the town where we grew up.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

Must-see spots in Glacier National Park include Lake McDonald, the Avalanche Creek Trail, the Weeping Wall, and the Logan Pass summit on the “Going to the Sun” highway. All of these places are easily accessible, so don’t miss them if you plan to visit Glacier! I’m sure that there are many other must-see places, since the park is huge, but I’ve listed the ones that I visit almost every time I go there.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Glacier National Park is filled with mountains, and the Continental Divide passes through it. The photo ops are amazing, so don’t forget to bring your camera! Please heed the warning signs regarding the local wildlife- they are totally serious about the dangers of the grizzly bear.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

Campground and picnic areas are my favorite spots to enjoy a meal or snack, but you can also choose to dine at the Lake McDonald Lodge instead. There are also eating establishments inside or outside the park.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

When I was growing up, a trip to Glacier National Park was in order every time our cousins came to visit from out of town. We’d usually picnic at Lake McDonald and then take a quick hike along Avalanche Creek. I went to the Park this summer, with my brother, and I’ll go again next time I visit the area. It is gorgeous!

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/MsPDesignsUSA

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/mspdesignsusa/

Twitter: twitter.com/@mspdesigns

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#CIJVacation – Estes Park, Colorado, USA With ShellysSelectSalvage

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Let’s take a vacation with Shelly from ShellysSelectSalvage

Estes Park, Colorado, USA

1. What is your favorite vacation destination and why? Where exactly in the world is it located?

My husband and I have a goal to visit all US 50 states by the time we are 50. So far we have 27 and will have over 30 by the end of this year. So far, my favorite place has been Estes Park, Colorado USA. I love the mountains, Mary’s Lake, the elk, and the beautiful night sky.

2.  What are several places everyone visiting this destination should see?

The roaming elk, lake, mountains, and the peak to peak route.

3. What special customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. are intriguing about this destination?

Beautiful mountain terrain, lots of hiking trails, lake activities, small town with quaint boutique shops.

4. Where are the hot spots to eat and drink?

We had a condo and went to the local grocery store to make all our meals and drinks.

5. Have you been to your favorite vacation destination more than once and will you visit again?

Only once, but I am excited to return.

6. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shellysselectsalvages

Instagram: instagram.com/shellyssalvages

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/shellyssalvages/

Twitter: twitter.com/ShellysSalvages

#CIJRoadTrip – Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo

Contributor post by Jessica of CrochetNature

Let’s travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with Angie Rodriguez from TheLarimarShop! What a great place to create. I can only imagine the endless creative inspiration that comes from living in such a beautiful country. Read on to find out Angie’s inspiration that is unique to her part of the world!

1. What city do you live in? What makes it special?

I was born and live in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic. Our country shares the eastern side of the Hispaniola island, the western side is Haiti. It is special because our island was discovered in 1492 by Christopher Columbus, who landed on the north coast. Santo Domingo city, with its Colonial Zone, was placed in 1990 by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

Colonial Zone - Santo Domingo - Dominican Republic

Colonial Zone – Santo Domingo – Dominican Republic

2. What are several places everyone visiting your country should see?

Santo Domingo – It holds claim to the first cathedral, monastery, university, hospital, customs house and other monuments in the New World. In the Colonial Zone you will find 11 blocks of historical and fun-filled streets, where part of the city walls can be seen, holding the oldest permanent settlement in the New World. There are over three hundred pieces of history, which include houses, streets and monuments.

The Dominican Republic can be undoubtedly regarded as a tropical paradise, with its many breathtaking and secluded beaches, many with pristine waters, white sand, and wonderful islets with endemic species that you can reach with speed boats and catamarans. All water sports are available, specially at Cabarete on the north coast and La Romana on the east coast, with beautiful hotel resorts.

Kite Sailing - Cabarete - Dominican Republic

Kite Sailing – Cabarete – Dominican Republic

Eco tourism takes you to mountains, rivers, and waterfalls, where you can practice many sports such as paragliding, horseback riding, river rafting, mountain bike, swimming and much more!

Cayo Levantado - Samana - Dominican Republic

Cayo Levantado – Samana – Dominican Republic

We also have must see lakes such as the Enriquillo Lake – the largest salt water lake and the lowest in the Caribbean, home to American crocodiles and many endemic species.

3.  How have the customs, traditions, geography, nature etc. inspired the items you create?

When I learned about our Larimar stone, which is unique to the whole world being the only blue pectolite found so far, I decided to get involved with this natural beauty. The blue and blue-green colors, as well as the wonderful patterns reflect the blue colors of our Caribbean sea waters and the blue sky with white clouds. It is a stone that is hard not to fall in love with. This stone has been linked to the lost continent of Atlantis, as well as to dolphins, attributing special qualities to our Larimar stone.

Larimar is now our national stone and is a real representative of our country. With our Larimar, our Dominican craftsmanship has the opportunity to display its creativity to the world.

Larimar Collections From TheLarimarShop

Larimar Collections From TheLarimarShop

4. What are you doing this fall to drive your business in your community? Are you doing a festival or show? How do you reach out to your community?

We are planning to participate in a Bazaar in Santo Domingo this fall for in Santo Domingo, Bazaars are one of the best way to promote handcrafted items locally!

Larimar Studs Earrings From TheLarimarShop

Larimar Studs Earrings From TheLarimarShop

Amber And Larimar Reversible Bracelet From TheLarimarShop

Amber And Larimar Reversible Bracelet From TheLarimarShop

Wild Boar Tusk And Larimar Stone Necklace From TheLarimarShop

Wild Boar Tusk And Larimar Stone Necklace From TheLarimarShop

5. What are your social media sites?

Facebook: facebook.com/thelarimarshop
Twitter: twitter.com/thelarimarshop
Website: http://www.thelarimarshop.com/

Blog:  thelarimarshop.blogspot.com/