Amarco 44

John and Gloria Travels

Amarco 44

John and Gloria love to travel




Saturday - our goodbyes to Blake and Suze, have had such a great week with them, sightseeing, shopping, restaurants, bars etc, lots of fun and laughs! Blake and Suze left by 7.00a.m. as they had a 11.00a.m. flight back home from John Wayne Airport, we left a little later around 8.15a.m. - John wanted to check out an RV to hire for our trip next year - so did that enroute to dropping car off at John Wayne. Our limousine driver was there to collect us and take us to our accom in Venice Beach. Everyone keeps telling me about all the weirdos that live in Venice, they are NOT wrong!!! We are literally 20-30 metres off the beach, fantastic position - coming up to the apartment block looks very, very dodgy but once inside great ... read more
MUSCLE BEACH
HINANO'S
"DIRTY BURGER JOINT"


Thursday - had a little sleep in, boys did their own thing and I walked to the local shopping centre and had a mani and pedi which was a real treat, until I went to pay and they didn't take credit card, handed in watch and walked 20 minutes back to the villa to get some cash off Mark, then John drove me back to pay. Have had a bit of trouble with our passport cash card getting money transferred onto it! John was on the blower that night at 11.30p.m. trying to get things organised. Later in the arvo went around the main pool at the resort and had a cold beer at their bar, few laughs and fun, then drove down to Palm Springs for their Thursday night street market, where they close off ... read more
PALM SPRINGS
MARKET NIGHT PALM SPRINGS
DATE PALMS


Well!!! Sorry everyone haven't done our blog for a few days, tooooo! busy shopping!! Left Vancouver on the 12th 11.00a.m. and met up with Suzy and Blake at John Wayne Airport around 2.30p.m. and got our hire cars and drove on down to Palm Springs and Palm Desert (about a 2 1/2 hr drive from John Wayne) arriving about 5.00p.m. 41C in the shade whooh!!! but a nice dry heat, every day has been the same since we arrived. Staying at the Desert Springs (Marriott) Villas, they are just fantastic, looking out over the green golf course is just so refreshing, when everything else around you is just arid and dry and desert. We each have our own villa and they are so spacious and well equipped, home away from home, had the washer and dryer ... read more
PALM SPRINGS
COACHELLA VALLEY
PALM DESERT

North America » United States » Alaska » Glacier Bay July 11th 2014

Early morning entry into Glacier Bay, 6.00a.m. very foggy and not able to see much of the mountain tops, but within two hours WOW! Glacier Bay have you turned on the beautiful weather, sunny and crisp! Just amazing cruising up the passage with icebergs bobbing up and down beside the ship. Such an eerie feeling, such wilderness and no civilisation for miles around. Saw some amazing glaciers here, all different, Margerie Glacier 1 mile wide and at least 200ft high and we actually saw some carving happening, lots of small ones but just before we turned around to leave a huge one went down - this happens all the time on the face of the glaciers. Cruised by at least 4 different glaciers, and stopping for one hour in front of one, and by mid afternoon ... read more
GLACIER BAY
GLACIER BAY
GLACIER BAY

North America » United States » Alaska » Skagway July 9th 2014

Docked early in Scagway. Very low cloud everywhere - were thinking of doing the train to White Pass - but after getting off ship and talking to some people decided to do a small tour group by bus up to White Pass - train seemed a rip off $127.00 return, and the train travelled directly on the opposite side of the valley. So pleased we did the small group tour, there were eight of us, and we had a really (Harry Butler style!!) fantastic tour, Ron has lived up here for 15 years and is so into nature and the wild, treks a lot, he took us to the most amazing spots right up into the mountains, didn't see any bears but that was OK we had our bear fix down in Canada. Went for a ... read more
DOWNTOWN
DOWNTOWN
WHAT YOU FIND IN THE SHOPS

North America » United States » Alaska July 6th 2014

Saturday morning up early, sorry to leave gorgeous Victoria, caught the ferry across the waters to Vancouver, or probably about 40 km out of Vancouver, dropped one couple at the airport and we continued on to Vancouver harbour for our next little adventure aboard the Zuiderdam for Juneau. Took us over two hours to get through customs, two ships heading out, so 5,000 people to process. Has been a little underwhelming as weather has turned a little, nice scenery so far but mountains clouded in with mist and clouds, hope it improves over the next few hours. Sunday - day at sea. Had a nice sleep in - very smooth ride last night - but Mark is on his tablets as he thought it was a bit wonky! Lovely ship holds about 1900 guests from all ... read more
ENROUTE JUNEAU
THE PASSAGE INTO JUNEAU
Mendenhall Glacier


3.7.2014 - Left Whistler 8.45a.m. - one and a half hours into Vancouver with a stop at Shannon Falls enroute - another pretty drive. Our bus driver took us to the Seaport area near the cruise terminal in Vancouver where we caught a seaplane to Vancouver Island, the capital of which is Victoria, in fact the capital of British Columbia, my Canadian geography is not too good, I thought Vancouver was the capital of British Columbia. The seaplane ride took about 35 minutes and we landed in the harbour near the famous Butchart Gardens, there was a Butchart Gardens person to meet and greet and took us up to the restaurant in the gardens for our lunch, such a beautiful place especially if you are a gardener, they change the gardens over and over each year ... read more
VANCOUVER ISLAND
BUTCHART GARDENS
BUTCHART GARDENS

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Whistler July 2nd 2014

Had a greater dinner with matched wines at the Gray Monk Winery, it was such a lovely venue, overlooking Okanagan Lake about a half hours drive from the Sparkling Hill Resort,with a really nice restaurant, but of course all their wines are a lot lighter than ours. We were served lovely appetizers out on the deck with sparkling wine and then sat down inside for the main dinner, lovely views! Today on the road again, did nearly 600 kilometres winding our way back towards Whistler, drove through lots of different countryside, through ranch style country, lots of hick towns, in fact we stopped for a BBQ lunch (burger) at Hat Ranch - BBQ bison and salads. Then as we headed towards Whistler climbed back into the Coast Mountains with snow peaks and avalanche sites, lots of ... read more
SQUAMISH Lil'wat Culteral Centre
BLACKCOMB MOUNTAIN
WHISTLER

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vernon June 29th 2014

Set off 9.00a.m. - been looking for those bears for days!!! Finally come across some today, had a few stops, saw a cinnamon bear, a big black Grizzly and her two cubs and then a normal black bear - so exciting!! Alongside the roadway as we were driving up to Mt Robson - the bus driver pulled up so we could get a shot. Drove through the last of the Rockies and into more hills and farming areas as we headed more south to Kamloops and Vernon. Had lunch at a fantastic German bakery. Arrived at our hotel around 5.00p.m. - Sparkling Hill Resort - absolutely amazing!!! Built by the Swarovski family - 3.5 million crystals - it is a bit over the top - but stunning just the same! They put on a lovely dinner ... read more
SPARKLING HILL RESORT
SPARKLING HILL RESORT
SPARKLING HILL RESORT

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 28th 2014

Little sleep in this morning! Breaky 8.00a.m. Disappointed a hike with national park ranger cancelled as minimum 4 people and we were the only three who wanted to do it, so now have to choose some other activity - maybe the tramcar up the mountain. The Jasper Park Lodge is about 6kms out of town but in the most stunning area overlooking the blue Lake Beauvert - had a walk around the lake which took about an hour - the air is so fresh and the water crystal clear - really is beautiful. We are staying in log cabins, which are a bit 70's but very comfortable with all the mod cons - it really is an icon of a place been here since the early 1900's. The lodge itself is huge perched up on the ... read more
WINE, CHEESE AND CRACKERS
JASPER PARK LODGE
JASPER PARK LODGE




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