Gerald McDonald Family

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Gerald McDonald Family

This journal is simply one of many ways that our family is choosing to record our vacation experiences. We always return home with memories, pictures and videos and this is simply an extension of that. It will help us preserve our memories as well as provide a place for our family and friends to travel virtually with us. We hope that by learning about some of the places we've been, you will learn a little bit more about our family.




Wow! What a great day! It all started dreadfully early though...our alarm went off at 3:30 a.m. We made it to the airport and our flights through Miami and then on to Nassau went well. The flights are so short from Tampa there isn't even time for "Beverage Service". Basically, by the time you get in the air it's already time to come back down. This is our second trip to Atlantis but Cannon was pretty young the last time (it was five years ago) so he is sure to enjoy it even more this time. One great addition since our last visit is the addition of "Aquaventure" a 63 acre water park which is incredible. We couldn't wait to try it out since we had done a little research prior to arriving and found out ... read more
Inside the Main Lobby
Gerry and Cannon on the way to Aquaventure
Can I go now?


We spent a few days in Washington, DC September 26th through the 30th. It was nice to get into town early (around 10 a.m.) because it gave us a chance to drop our bags off at our hotel, The Quincy, and start some sightseeing. We took the Metro from the airport to the station closest to the hotel and we got our first glimpse at freedom in action. Right across from our hotel was a group on strike and what a racket! Signs, drums beating, chanting, you name it. Luckily, by the time we returned to the hotel later in the day they had dispersed and all was quiet. We were so glad to get to the city early as there was so much we wanted to accomplish and we only had four and a half ... read more
Lincoln Memorial
Reflecting Pond with Washington Monument in Distance
Two of the hundreds of  geese at the Reflecting Pond

North America » United States » Alaska May 28th 2007

5/10-5/12/07 Thursday-Saturday We’ve been in Vancouver for a couple of days now. We’ve never been on this side of Canada before and it really is a beautiful city. We’re staying at the Renaissance downtown on the waterfront. It is a very active harbor with lots of cruise ships and working boats coming and going. It even has a gas station floating in the middle of the water. We have a harbor view from our room so we are able to see all the activity. This must be the cleanest city ever; no garbage anywhere even though we haven’t seen any street sweepers or anyone picking anything up. It’s also very trendy; lots of high-end shopping and restaurants. We even saw a few SMART Cars (you know, those tiny cars used in Europe (think about the ... read more
Vancouver Street Scene 2
Capilano Suspension Bridge View 1
Capilano Suspension Bridge View 2

North America » United States » Massachusetts » Boston October 1st 2006

After flying out of Halifax yesterday, we spent the rest of the day and night in Boston. We were all a little low on energy so we decided to eat dinner at Mama Anna's in the North End and stop at a little bakery for dessert to bring back to the hotel. We stayed at the Millineum Bostonian at Quincy Market; it's a lovely hotel with excellent service. We had an early morning flight and arrived home to a broken air conditioner. Even though there was much suffering through the rest of the day and night...there's no place like home!... read more

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax September 29th 2006

We love Halifax! We've been here three days and have been enjoying it very much. We're staying at the Marriott on the waterfront which is very convenient because there is a ped-way which connects you to lots of other buildings. It's great because if the weather is bad it provides an alternative route to get about. We made sure to stop and shop in the Historic Properties Market which is just next door to our hotel. There are lots of shops and lots of food vendors with all sorts of treats. We visited the Citadel again (we were here on our last trip); we love to hear the pipers and to hear the daily cannon fire at 12 noon. We found a great little restaurant called the Apple Barrel and we took Alexander Keith's Brewery Tour ... read more
Gerry & Cannon relax at the gardens
Ducks at the Public Gardens
Just like the AFLAC duck

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 26th 2006

Our day started by taking a sailing tour on the Bras d'Or Lakes around the Baddeck shoreline. We were able to see Alexander Graham Bell's home which is on a secluded and gated island just off shore from Baddeck. The grand home is currently occupied by The Bells' grand-daughter, Mabel (named after his wife) who is 101 years old. This is the closest view anyone can get to the home. Our captain stated that he had the privilege of touring the home once. We sailed around for about two hours taking in the scenery and enjoying Baddeck from a different point of view. While we were on the boat, two bald eagles began circling the boat. The captain said that they do this quite often and so he threw them some fish. It was quite amazing ... read more
Bell House
First Montessori School in Nova Scotia
Family Photo on the Lake

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 25th 2006

Today was great. We took a drive up to Marion Bridge (not too far away from Baddeck) to go to the Two Rivers Wildlife Park. We figured this was probably the only way we were going to see a moose since our trip to the bog wasn't very fruitful. It seemed like more of a farm with pastures and lots of room for the animals to roam. It is a rescue facility and the keepers rehabilitate any animals that can be and release them back to the wild. Some animals however, will spend the rest of their lives at the farm due to their inability to reaclimate to the wild. There were some terrific animals here; some that we normally would not get this close to. Like a beautiful lynx (related to a bobcat), a porcupine, ... read more
Feeding an Emu
A very cute chinchilla
A Bald Eagle

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Cabot Trail September 24th 2006

Today we headed out for a full day around the Cabot Trail. It was unbelievable; it is impossible to describe the beauty. The pictures could never do it justice. There was such a contrast; from mountains and valleys to rivers and bogs all being fed by the Atlantic ocean. We stopped along the way to admire and even wandered into one of these bogs hoping to see a moose. We never saw any but we did see where they had been laying on the grass; huge pieces of matted down grass. We were sure that they were close by, we just couldn’t see them. We even had the chance to walk through a 350 year old maple forest. We now understand why the Cabot Trail is visited by people from around the world. This is how ... read more
Jerome Mountain on the Cabot Trail
Looking for Moose in the Bog
Highland Plateau View 2

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 23rd 2006

We woke this morning to very cool weather. There has been some rain off and on but not enough to interfere with our plans. We spent part of the day at Highland Village in Iona. http://museum.gov.ns.ca/hv We had a lovely drive over via the small car ferry at Little Narrows and then afterwards drove around St. Andrews Channel up to Sydney. It’s a beautiful area. The leaves are really starting to change now; lots of gold and red. The colors are such a nice contrast against the evergreens. Around lunchtime we spotted Fitzgerald’s along Highway 105 in Southaven. It was a great little restaurant with the nicest lady waiting on tables. She seemed to really enjoy what she was doing; we thought at first that she must own the restaurant but found out later that she ... read more
Highland Village View 2
Highland Village View 3
Highland Village View 4

North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Cape Breton » Baddeck September 22nd 2006

This morning we headed for PEI. We planned to spend the night in Charlottetown but after arriving in town and having lunch, we decided to head for Cape Breton a day early. We expected Charlottetown to be as quaint as Cavendish (we visited there a couple of years ago) but it wasn’t. We were a bit disappointed; we were expecting the beauty of other parts of PEI but it was not to be. We chose a restaurant for lunch (mediocre experience) and then headed for Cape Breton. We saved about 160 miles of driving by catching the ferry (Northumberland Ferry Lines) from Wood Islands to Caribou, NS. We only had to invest about 1 ½ hours of our time and $55 (Canadian $s) and we were able to have a neat experience and look at beautiful ... read more
Lighthouse View Across to Nova Scotia
Very Windy on the Ferry
Lighthouse Seen from Ferry




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