Trained professionally as a biologist, I have travelled since the age of seven. I can probably take credit for the journeys I began at the age of 21, when I started a travelling spree that saw me flying round the world four times in four years. (I became quite an expert at sleeping with my legs folded on the tray table - though I'm sure aircraft gave you more space back then.)
I'm currently exploring the riches of Alberta, Canada on an adventure planned by Travel Alberta. So far I'm impressed, very impressed.
June 27th 2008
Day 8. Farewell Cowboy Trail, hello Rockies! Long journey today, leaving the Rockies at Waterton, driving up through Cowboy Country, and then heading back into the Rockies at Banff. We were up fairly early and decided to throw in a hike before leaving Waterton Lakes. It’s a place I would happily spend a family camping holiday, and the weather this morning was ideal for a walk. We drove up into the Blakiston Valley again and across the river. Leaving the car in the well-planned forest camp ground (where a few deer were resting on our return) we set off up the well-maintained trail. Our first proper hike. There were droppings by the trail that my husband swore were moose though the only quadrupeds we saw were some more beautiful deer at the forest edge. The sun ... read more
June 1st 2008
My Alberta Adventure Touchdown We're here! I can't believe it. Two things I can't believe - first, I'm travelling with a toddler (my own at that), second: how clear the sky is. Phil said I'd notice it: "the sky is so - well, you'll see. They call it 'open sky country'". We flew in over Calgary after nine hours of relatively painless travel with a toddler on our knees. There was plenty of space in the plane (which I wasn't expecting as we'd gone for cheaper seats with Canadian Affair rather than a standard airline) and service was great. Even the guy checking us in at Gatwick was really nice! Calgary from the air was fascinating - so neat, so clean, so spacious. I could see houses fringing a lake - each house with its own ... read more