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A Little Visit to Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona

A Little Visit to Picacho Peak State Park in Arizona

Recently a member of the Plant-Smart Living team went out to Arizona to visit family for the Christmas holiday. They landed in Phoenix, Arizona and proceeded to drive 2 hours south to Tucson. Along the way, they stopped off a the notable half-way point that is Picacho Peak State Park. It becomes visible in the distance nearly 30 minutes before arrival, and provides some really great views that we are not all that accustomed to in Pennsylvania. I hope you enjoy some of these beautiful photos! 

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 3 "Jungles" - Review

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 3 "Jungles" - Review

What an incredibly episode for Planet Earth II. After the relatively quiet and almost somber 2nd episode "Mountains," "Jungles" picks up by taking us to explore some of the densest areas of the world. A key statistic is thrown out early on - jungles make up only 6% of the world, but over 50% of animals on the planet inhabit them. They are dense ecosystems, and as a result this episode is extremely dense with the number of creatures on display - some for just brief momentary glimpses, while others are on screen and followed with David Attenborough's signature narration and humanization.

BBC'S Planet Earth II - Episode 2 "Mountains" - Review

BBC'S Planet Earth II - Episode 2 "Mountains" - Review

Planet Earth II's second episode, "Mountains," never quite reaches the peaks of the first, extremely diverse, episode about islands and their inhabitants, but still manages to soar (sometimes quite literally) and showcase some moments of real beauty. 

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 1 "Islands" - Review

BBC's Planet Earth II - Episode 1 "Islands" - Review

Nature documentaries are well within the interests of the Plant-Smart Living family. We don't watch a whole lot of television, but when we do, it is great to have something very entertaining and even educational to enjoy. BBC's Planet Earth series, all of which is available on Netflix if you are a subscriber or in DVD or Blu-Ray form, was a groundbreaking nature documentary series that set the standard for future documentaries like it. I am not sure that any have ever come close.

I was very excited to hear that Planet Earth II was going to start on TV - a whole 10 years later than the original series. Some great promo videos were released to get people excited, and they certainly grabbed my attention.

Flash forward to a few weeks ago when I got to catch the opening episode - "Islands."

Plant Smart Living’s Photo Collage of the San Diego Zoo!

Plant Smart Living’s Photo Collage of the San Diego Zoo!

Found within San Diego’s major lure, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo is internationally renowned as one of the “best zoos” in town. And by town, we mean, the world. As animal lovers and nature enthusiasts, it’s hard to resist the urge to go to a zoo, whether it be a local one or this major tourist attraction. To see some of these animals, especially those that would be considered more “exotic” in nature, in person is a real treat and spectacle. I am glad we did not pass up the opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo, even though we had to rush through it somewhat because of having to get somewhere with family. Needless to say, though, we soon discovered that this zoo is really too large to be experienced in just a couple of hours. Spend a whole day, or even multiple days, checking out all it has to offer!

Plant Smart Living at La Jolla Beach in Sunny Southern California – The Beach of Seals


Plant Smart Living at La Jolla Beach in Sunny Southern California – The Beach of Seals


Having had the opportunity to visit San Diego in the summer of 2015, we have returned with stories and, more importantly, photos to share with our Plant-Smart Living subscribers. We were constantly impressed with the natural environment present in this area of the country, something so different than what we normally see tucked away in the mountainous and grassy terrain of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Plant-Smart Living at Torrey Pines State Park and Beach in San Diego, California!


Plant-Smart Living at Torrey Pines State Park and Beach in San Diego, California!


During the summer of 2015, the team of PSL took a trip to visit some family in San Diego, California; and took advantage of this opportunity to also take in some of the beautiful sights Southern CA has to offer. Without a doubt, the landscape is far different than the moderate climate we typically have in Pennsylvania, so we are excited to share our stories and photographs with you! While there is much to see and do in this area, we found ourselves returning to Torrey Pines State Park several times during our week spent in California.

Plant Smart Living Explores Taughannock Falls State Park and Seneca Lake in Upstate New York


Plant Smart Living Explores Taughannock Falls State Park and Seneca Lake in Upstate New York


Having been to Watkins Glen State Park and the little college town of Ithaca, the team here at Plant Smart Living decided to make another trek into Upstate NY to see some more sights that were overlooked during the previous adventures. We decided to go to Taughannock Falls State Park as from photos we saw on Google, it appeared to be just our kind of place!