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North America » United States » Alaska » Healy August 18th 2016

Geo: 63.8583, -148.967Up very early, we were transferred to the Wilderness Activity Centre, where tours into the park depart from. Here, we boarded our green ex-school bus that was to be our shuttle for the day. In the park, you can choose from two types of sightseeing. One is a tourist bus (old school bus painted cream) which is narrated by a park ranger for the whole trip and makes stops for wildlife etc. This costs $200 per person. Or, you can do the shuttle service costing $50 per person. This also stops for wildlife etc, and you can hope on or hop off wherever you want, and then pick up the next bus when you are done hiking or wandering or sitting down and chilling. If you're lucky, you get a driver who likes to ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Healy August 17th 2016

Geo: 63.8583, -148.967We arrived early at the Alaska Railroad Train station and were given another glimpse of the future cruise patrons - one lady was hooked up to a portable oxygen supply - and we boarded our panoramic carriage on the train which was going to take us all the way to one of the USA's largest national parks - Denali. Larger than Switzerland, it is a vast wilderness of some 600 square miles and we were going to spend two days there enjoying the great outdoors. We had booked the Gold Star service, due to its huge viewing windows and outdoor platform, from which we hoped to glimpse wildlife and enjoy the incredible scenery on the way up.Due to our organisation and early booking, we had seats 1a and 1b, which, once we had boarded, ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska » Anchorage August 16th 2016

Geo: 61.2176, -149.858We caught the fabulous Sky train back to the airport without a hitch and boarded our flight after passing through US immigration before we had even left Canada. It was a welcome relief to get this part over and done with when we had time to spare at the airport rather than when we landed - I know from experience how long it can take to clear immigration once in the states and so this was brilliantly efficient and something I wish we could always do! The landing was a little bumpy but aside from that it was a good flight. However, we did get a glimpse into the future for the cruise we are taking next week - everyone on the flight was over 60 aside from us - the majority of people ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 15th 2016

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114Making the most of having facilities to stretch out in rather than a cramped tent, we spent the morning relaxing - swimming, enjoying the hot tub, watching the Olympics and catching up on some reading. Then, lunch packed, we decided that we needed a little slice of home and so it was cycling time! We walked through the city in the blazing sunshine, enjoying the cleanliness and lack of crowding on the streets, and hired bikes at the entrance to Stanley Park - a vast rainforest just outside the heart of downtown and another reason this place is so appealing to live. We took the bikes around the sea wall, a 22km long barrier that separates the city from the sea and that is laid out perfectly for people to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle, ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 14th 2016

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114After waking early (blame the camping body clock) I headed out for a morning run as the city was beginning to wake. I saw huge cruise ships down on the dock as a ran along the Canadian way, the boards on the floor separated out into provinces, their capitals labelled along with major towns.After breakfast, we walked from downtown over to Granville Island, one of most popular areas of Vancouver to visit. We could have got one of the little tug-boat-style ferries that take you from downtown, over the river to the island. However, we decided to walk and so took the traffic bridge up and over, with sweeping views of the city and the river beyond. The only problem with the road bridge is that we walked straight over Granville Island, and kept ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver August 13th 2016

Geo: 49.2605, -123.114Today was mostly nondescript, apart, of course for the incredible scenery we drove through which is a given here. Mountains, lakes and rivers capped our adventure through the Rockies beautifully and we stopped off for the obligatory photo stops on the way back to Vancouver. We did stop for a rest stop Hope, BC, which is where Rambo was filmed and the boys on the trip took great delight in the fact that we stopped the minibus in the exact spot where Rambo was picked up by the sheriff. There was an opportunity to take a photo of yourself in one of those 'face in the hole' displays where you could make yourself look like Rambo. The boys practised their best angry faces until it was time to get back on the bus. After ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Kamloops August 12th 2016

Geo: 50.6761, -120.338Today was mostly about getting us closer to Vancouver and therefore, our final night's camping was to be at Kamloops, a town around four hours from Vancouver. The day mostly consisted of us driving, although we did have a couple of stops. The scenery was as stunning as ever - we made a couple of photo stops at what has become generic roadside scenery - beautiful tall mountains and incredible lakes - and then we had three woodland walks - very different from the scenery we have been walking in up to now.The first stop, The Rock Pile, was described by our guide as "hobbitty" and when we got in there, we could see what he meant. It was like a set for a miniature Lord of the Rings - all moss covered rocks ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Golden August 11th 2016

Geo: 51.2947, -116.963While most of the group hit the whitewater rafting excursion today, we decided to kick back and take care of some jobs, as well as ourselves. Sometimes, when we are travelling, in our eagerness to see everything, we forget that holidays are also about relaxing. So we took today to have a long lie in, enjoy double token showers (here the showers are timed to six minutes so 12 was a luxury!) and then wander into town with 2 of the others, Ayla and Alex who had also decided to enjoy a rest day.We had Doris and breakfast in a cute independent cafe in the town and then took care of our main job for the day - laundry. Chatting to the locals, and meeting the perkiest laundry assistant I have ever seen (although ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Golden August 10th 2016

Geo: 51.2947, -116.963After packing up our tents and bidding farewell to lovely Jasper, we drove into Yoho National Park, a vast area of hiking trails, waterfalls, rivers and mountains. We passed the spiral tunnels, an ingenious engineering device that allows the train to descend the steep slope known in the area as "Big Hill" - before the tunnel was created, there were times when the front of the train would have been 5 metres below the back as it traversed the tracks, and this caused many fatal accidents. We saw one train looping back on itself as it passed through the tunnels, like a giant snake coiling around on itself. We stopped off at falls, one of the tallest in Canada, where the water thundered down from a great height over seven levels. A wander in ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff August 9th 2016

Geo: 51.1752, -115.573This morning was a relatively late start, at 9am, and so I had time for a run in the morning mist around the campsite, the mountains peeking out of the cloud every now and again as I ran. I had been warned to stay on the trails at all times when out running, as bears have a natural chase instinct, but one section meant I needed to run along a track which went through the woods. I don't think I have ever run as fast as I did and I was chatting away to the bears as I went, making sure they knew I was there.Fortunately unmaimed, I got back to the campsite and then we were ready for our big thrilling excursion of the day. The minibus dropped five of us off in ... read more

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