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North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper July 18th 2008

Geo: 52.8736, -118.083Wow!! What a great day!! We started in Lake Louise where we went to the Gondola ride up the hillside behind Lake Louise. It cost $25 for the ride but only an extra $2-50 for breakfast which was a huge bonus!! After we had filled ourselves with cereal and bacon, sausages, toast etc we headed to the Chairlift. It is amazing how many young Australians are working here. There were two or three Aussies operating the chairlift and more at the top. We rode on the T-Bar rather than the enclosed gondolas. We were told there was a chance to see Grizzly bears so we kept a keen lookout. We were rewarded when half way up we saw 2 large bears out in the grassy areas foraging for food and another on the other ... read more
Lake Louise
Mother and cubs
On the icefields

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise July 17th 2008

Geo: 51.4262, -116.178Today we spent discovering the delights of the Rockies. We began this morning by going to Lake Louise. This lake is stunningly beautiful. At one end is Mount Victoria with the Victoria glacier evident on its slopes.At the other is a huge resort hotel called Chateau Lake Louise. To stay and visit here we had to buy a pass from the Parks and Wildlife department which covers all this area. There were many people at Lake Louise. We walked from one end of the lake to another. One way took about 40 minutes. We stopped for many photos which I will include in this entry. The walk was fairly easy with few uphill spots. After we walked back we then moved on to Moraine Lake. This is in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. ... read more
Johnson's Canyon
Lake Louise
Moraine lake

North America » Canada » Alberta » Lake Louise July 16th 2008

Geo: 51.4262, -116.178We were without internet last night so this is an update of the last couple of days. We spent this time doing what we really enjoy the most. We trawled the wineries of the Okanagan Valley. We set out by driving towards Naramata on the shores of Lake Okanagan. Our first stop was at La Frenz which was owned by an Australian. However, the best part of this was the stunning view of the lake from the tasting room. We then made a poor choice of stopping at Elephant Island winery. This proved to be a fruit winery!! They had wine made from apricots, cherries, black currants and pears. Not our taste at all !! We were driving to Lake Breeze, ( had to go there with the obvious Langhorne Creek connections) when a ... read more
Lake Okanagan beach at Penticton
Okanagan lake

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Penticton July 13th 2008

Geo: 49.5002, -119.594Today we left Yakima about 9am and started driving north along Highway 97. The scenery consisted of lakes and mountains and we saw a fire with a helicopter scooping water from the lake to dump on the smouldering brush. It was a fairly uneventual drive, we listened to CDs of Kerry Greenwood novels and Yes Minister radio plays. We stopped for a very ordinary lunch in Okanogan in Washington but then arrived at the Canadian border about 2-30pm. Once through there we were in the Okanagan valley,(yes the variation in spelling is right) and we had the prospect of myriad wineries within a few kilometres. We stopped first at the Burrowing Owl winery. There, a very nice guy called Larry, took us through a tasting of 4 wines and then he recommended some other ... read more
Cannery Row
Drive through tree
John Steinbeck and me

North America » United States » Oregon » Garibaldi July 13th 2008

Geo: 45.56, -123.912We are now in Garibaldi, a small seaside town on the coast of Oregon. We started today by going to the Athletics Track in Eugene. This was Fletcher's reason for stopping here. This is one of the more famous venues for Athletics in the USA and the US Olympic trials were just held here. It is a unique track with all the throws up one end. We also strolled through the campus of the University of Oregon. This is a lovely campus. We then set out to drive up along the coast. First we went to Veneta and visited one of the wineries around here. The King Estate was a great place with very well made wines. A little touristy but the host was very professional. We bought a Pinot Gris and a Shiraz ... read more

North America » United States » Washington » Yakima July 13th 2008

Geo: 46.6041, -120.507We are now in Yakima (stress on the first syllable). We had an interesting day in getting here. Started from Garibaldi and our first stop was at Cannon Beach. Our friend peter Thompson had highly recommended this to us. The coast line along here is very attractive. Cannon Beach is a holiday town , set up for visitors and well developed. It is a bit touristy but very tastefully done. The beach is very attractive. Long, sandy and safe for kids with great rock formations just off the coast to add to the scenery. We found an excellent bookshop and bought some books!! They are so cheap here it is hard to resist. We then drove to Astoria. this is at the mouth of the Columbia River. This is a huge river, they call ... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Eugene July 11th 2008

Geo: 44.0499, -123.089We are now in Eugene having spent five enjoyable but frustrating days in the USA. We landed in San Francisco with great expectations. Our Hotel, the Carlton was great and was within easy walking and Cable Car distance of all. The one drawback was that we did not have our luggage. We reported this through American Airlines and expected that it would arrive at any moment. However, we were determined it would not spoil our time here. On the first day we went to Fisherman's wharf. The original areas here were great but the new Pier 39 was much too touristy and over the top for us. We had a great lunch at Fisherman's Grotto, the original restaurant there where I had Dungeness Crab which is a specialty. The huge piles of them outside ... read more

Geo: 34.0533, -118.245What a way to start 14 weeks of travel!! Arrived at Adelaide to be warned that our flight to San Francisco was running 9 hours late! Travelled as scheduled to Sydney where after much negotiation we were given seats on a flight to LA that was leaving very quickly. We decided that that would be better than waiting an extra 9 hours in Sydney even though Fletcher had to give up his upgrade to Business. the flight was packed naturally as it is school holidays. After an uneventful flight arrived in LA where my worst fears were realised. While we had made it onto the new flight our bags hadn't. We are now in the First class lounge sipping champagne and watching the Wimbledon final. We fly to San Francisico in 2 hours and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide June 21st 2008

Geo: -34.9258, 138.6It is now only two weeks before we leave on our 3 month trip. I am excited but it won't be real until school finishes and we pack ready to go. Fletcher is in Indonesia and will not return until July 2nd. There is still much to settle. However, I am sure all will be OK. I hope that this blog will keep our friends in touch with our travels and that my students may enjoy reading about our experiences. I will write again once we are on our way.... read more

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