Mike Sage


Mike Sage

From the UK.
August 2012 to Vancouver Island BC.
June & July 2013 with Dave and Sue Derrick following the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia.
August 2016 to Vancouver Island BC with Lizard.

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary September 3rd 2016

Friday morning we were very sad to leave Clearwater, a real gem and a bargain at £35 a night. Onwards to Jasper National Park and a wander round the town for lunch. it was pretty busy with tourists, including at least 3 million Chinese/Japanese disgorged from the Rocky Mountaineer train. when we'd had enough of gift shops we moved south to the Icefields Parkway and used the National Parks ticket Sue Derrick gave us, thanks Sue, saved a wedge there. Seriously spectacular and rugged mountains on either side as we drove down to Sunwapta Falls Resort and our Friday and Saturday stopover. Lucky to get in as they had us booked for 26/9/16 rather than 26/8/16!! Its a motel about 35 miles down and as such it has a captive audience in the shop, bar and ... read more
Athabasca Glacier
Glacier explorer
Skywalk? No sweat.

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Clearwater August 29th 2016

We returned to Larry & Judy from a great time in Ucluelet. Richard, a neighbour and friend invited us to go fishing on the Sound which runs out to the Pacific. The salmon were apparently starting to run. A 6am start saw us down at the harbour and setting out on Richards fishing boat. He's a professional captain who normally single crews a 45ft fishing vessel catching salmon, tuna, halibut, crab and oysters. Unfortunately, like the rest of the flotilla on the water on Saturday morning we trolled up and down without catching a single fish. Never mind we had a nice morning anyway. The weather was still fabulous so in the afternoon we were all happy to go river tubing down the Sommos river with Sue, L&J's good friend and tenant. A very relaxing 4 ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Sproat Lake August 20th 2016

I've had problems publishing blogs and got fed up with it so its been a while, sorry if you've been frustrated trying to open a "private" blog. You should now be getting open blogs. So, we've had a great time so far with Larry & Judy. Liz and Judy have been exchanging NHS notes, just like us ex coppers swinging the lamp. HaHa! Sunday L&J took us out sightseeing on the lake in their cruiser for several hours, admired lots of very expensive houses including those with float plane garages! The lower part of the lake was pretty busy with boats taking advantage of the fab weather. Up the Taylor Arm it was quiet and peaceful. We finished with a swim off a friends dock and beers and nachos at the Fish and Duck Pub, magic. ... read more
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Hi Y'all, August has finally arrived and we're starting our long planned holiday in Canada. I'll be revisiting friends I've seen here before but it's Liz's first time across the pond. Our itinerary is as follows: Fly to Vancouver, 1 full day sightseeing. Pick up hire car and ferry to Vancouver Island to stay for 10 days with my good friends Larry & Judy in Port Alberni. 2 day trip to Ucluelet on the Pacific Rim. Then back across on the ferry to the Sunshine Coast and Whistler, Kamloops, Clearwater, Jasper, Banff and on to Calgary. Stay with my old colleague Tony Thomas for 2 nights before flying home. Lots to see and do alo... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 11th 2013

Saturday, crunch day! Third test at the ANZ Stadium (Olympic Stadium). After breakfast S&D went to the market and I had a walk in Centennial Park. Lots of activity, picnics, soccer, dog walking, jogging and cycling, very busy. Nice sunny morning again. About 2pm we went down to the bars at Circular Pier and met up with Dave Gribble for a small sherbet. He was staying with friends in Brisbane and had come down for the big game. The whole place was awash with Lions fans wearing every conceivable combination of lions red, white, blue and green. Fantastic sight. We used our match day tickets to ride the Paramatta ferry to the ANZ. Picturesque ride under the SHB and half hour up the river. From the ferry terminal it was a half hour walk to the ... read more
What a result!
Tour of the pitch to thank the supporters

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 6th 2013

Wednesday saw us up early and down to the Central railway station to catch the train to Katoomba in the Blue Mountains. This was a two hour train ride stopping at every and I mean EVERY stop on the way. About 30 in all :( we rode out of Sydney and into suburban communities, boy have they got a problem with graffiti in this country. Everything is tagged, quite depressing to see in such a fantastic country with marvellous leisure and sport facilities. Anyway we climbed into the mountains and the forests of most obviously eucalyptus trees. Still lots of houses and communities all the way to the top of the ridge line on which Katoomba perches. Spectacularly vast forest views to the horizon about 70 miles away. Cliff faces and rock outcrops nearly 1000ft high, ... read more
Prince Henry Cliff walk
The Three Sisters from Echo Point
Bad hair day on the Manley ferry

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Bondi Junction July 2nd 2013

Saturday morning was a laze around the apartment followed by, you guessed it, Spaghetti Bol! It was Match Day of course:) at 4.30pm we made our way to a Lions Supporters Village reception where we met up with our leprechaun friend, Graham from Northern Ireland. Andy Nichol, ex Lion, hosted the event where we had several speakers, Jeremy Guscott, Peter Winterbottom, Tyrone Howe and Roger Uttley. The highlight though was an acoustic session by The Manic Street Prechers, very good. Apparently there was enough free beer for 14 bottles each! More fish and chips and pies circulated to feed the masses. At about 7pm we walked across the road to the Etihad Stadium for the match. Another fantastic stadium shaped in an oval for the Aussie Rules Football, the retracting roof was closed. Again great view ... read more
The Etihad Stadium
Bondi Beach
Percy Pelican

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 29th 2013

Tuesday was an orientation day for us around central Melbourne. Following a full English we walked to the City Loop Tram, a free circular service around central Melbourne. Old style Tram cars, the rattling accompanying the full recorded commentary as we ran through the busy city streets. The Tram was quiet when we got on and we easily found seats but by the time we'd been round a full circle it was heaving, crammed tight like the tube in London. Once off the Tram at Federation Square we meandered through the streets and "Lanes"' narrow shopping arcades full of small shops and cafes etc. The afternoon saw us back at the apartment to freshen up for the evening game against the Melbourne Rebels. We walked down to the AAMI stadium early and ate fish and chips ... read more
Rebels in defence of their try line.
Nell Gwynn eat your heart out!
Cockatoos in Lorne.

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 26th 2013

Saturday, First Test Day! A laze around the apartment until the ritual Spaghetti Bol for late lunch. Having recce'd the route to the ground previously we walked about a mile down to the bars in Caxton St for 5 pm. They were heaving, inside and on the balconies, the streets were full too and welsh songs and calls of "Lions! Lions! Lions! constantly ringing out. Fabulous atmosphere, fans from both sides mixing. We were drinking in the Lord Alfred and the guy next to us, from Dallas, Texas had been there in the same spot since 12.30pm! Down to the ground and grabbed a photo with Ronnie Reagan and a couple with a Bristol Rugby flag. Must admit I was getting excited by now, difficult not to really I suppose. Not as giddy as Sue though ... read more
Bris boys on tour
Suncorp Stadium, 1st Test.
Taffs on tour

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne » City Centre June 24th 2013

Wednesday morning we boarded the Miramar cruise vessel on the Brisbane River for a trip to the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary some 10 miles upriver. we had an hours breezy cruise viewing the fantastic riverside homes on either bank. Some real quality houses, many with pools, verandas, sports courts and boat jetties. Seems there is plenty of money about in Brisbane. With us on the trip were a middle aged Korean couple and their teenage daughter. Father had a quirky dress sense: bush hat with the chin strap down, buttoned formal shirt, no tie, jeans and a sparkly flecked blazer jacket. His wife and daughter were less conspicuous, or so we thought. We will call them The Gangnam's. They were a bit in your personal space sort of people without actually being loud, always in your ... read more
You know what it is.
Morgan & Wacker HD
Leigh, Owen & Jonathan.

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