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North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 20th 2019

After golf Wednesday, we had dinner reservations at the Post Hotel for dinner. We were sitting out by the lake next to a fire pit and one of the people there raved about the dinner they had at the Post Hotel right in the little town of Lake Louise. So we gave it a try. He wasn't kidding. The Post Hotel is very north woodsy with wooden beams and fireplaces. The meal and service were the best we had on the trip. Heather even tried bison loin for dinner! The next morning, Jan wasn't feeling very well so we hung around the hotel until later in the afternoon. Brett and Katie rented a canoe and went all over Lake Louise and said it was a bit cool, but wonderful. Later in the afternoon we decided to ... read more
Snow Fun
Post Hotel Dinner1

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff June 19th 2019

Tuesday We made the 45 minute drive south to the beautiful town of Banff for lunch and Wednesday Brett and I played golf at Banff Springs Golf Course. Banff Springs Golf This would be Brett's first time playing this year. A demanding job and a 20 month old doesn't leave much time for golf. Banff Springs is probably the most scenic golf course I've ever played that wasn't on the ocean, just spectacular every where you look. Playing golf with my son is one of the most enjoyable things I get to do. Unfortunately since they moved to New Jersey we don't get to do it very often now, maybe twice a year. That's one of the best things about golf, a 69 year old geezer can play with his 32 year old son, albeit not ... read more
Banff Springs Golf
Banff Springs Golf
Hail Hitting Me

North America » Canada » Alberta » Jasper National Park June 17th 2019

The next morning, Heather and Katie saw Grizzly Bears from their balconies not too far from the hotel. Heather went down first with Brett, Jan and I shortly after her. It was a very large female Grizzly with two cubs. Not the situation where you should get close. Mama bears really protect their young. We got some photos, though. It was only the first morning there and we saw Grizzly Bears! A little later, we drove in two separate cars to the Columbia Ice Field, which is about two hours north in Jasper National Park. We took our grandson, Bobby, with Jan, Heather and I in our mini-van. The reason we took Bobby was to give Brett & Katie a break for a couple hours. Bobby is 20 months old, but has entered the "terrible twos" ... read more
Mama Grizzly and Two Cubs
Athabasca Glacier
Athabasca Glacier

North America » Canada » Alberta » Banff National Park June 16th 2019

I worked, saved and invested well so that some day I could do some very nice things with my family. At first, I wanted to take the whole family to Munich, Germany for Oktoberfest, but my daughter Heather is a teacher and Oktoberfest in September isn't a time she can leave her job. My next thought was to take them to one of the most beautiful places I've ever been in all my travels. That place is Lake Louise in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. 10 years ago, a couple years after I retired, I made a trip in my 2000 Suburban from Chicago to Alaska and back. I headed for the Teton Mountains in Wyoming and from there, followed the Rocky Mountains as far north as they go before driving the Alaska ... read more
Fairmont Chateau
Lake Louise View From Our Rooms.
The Rockies

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina February 20th 2019

This being Jan and my last full day on Maui, I wanted to start with breakfast at Cheeseburger in Paradise, one of my favorite things to do while here. They have a great breakfast and good Bloody Marys. Well that was the plan as of last night. As it turned out, we didn't get going early enough to make the 11:00 AM breakfast deadline (Alert The Press!), so It would be lunch instead. It was a fabulous day, severe clear and 81 degrees. After Jan got me mellowed out with two Bloodies, she asked me to go shopping with her. Just a few shops she said. Those of you that know me know that shopping is not something I do very often, close to never. When she told me that she wanted to find something for ... read more
Last Maui Sunset
Kitch'n Cook'd
Cheeseburger Jan

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina February 19th 2019

Unfortunately, Dan & Marilyn's trip had to be cut a couple days short for family reasons. So Tuesday was their last day here and their flight departs at 10:30 PM. And, we had bad luck with the weather again. It rained all day. The second such day on the whole trip, but we have had a lot of amazingly beautiful days. We left early for the airport because the last rainy day the one highway across the island was jammed with traffic. We took advantage of leaving early by driving to the quaint town of Paia to have our farewell dinner at Charley's. It's one of my favorite places on the island, right on the road to Hana and near the Haleakala volcano. It's also one of Willie Nelson's favorites, too. He has an upcountry ranch ... read more
Shower Wraps.

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina February 18th 2019

Monday Dan and I had another tee time at another golf course, the Royal Kaanapali. Marilyn and Jan chose to take glass blowing lessons at a place called Moana Glass and create their own keepsake of their Maui trip. Make sure you check out the photos to see their finished products. We had perfect weather for golf and were paired up with a couple real nice guys, one from the Yakima Valley in Washington and one from Palm Springs. It was also nice that we were all about the same skill level. It was an up and down match, with me winning the first 9 holes and Dan winning the second nine holes handily. I did manage to squeak out winning the 18 hole game, though. By Marilyn: Off to Moana Glass Company for a lesson ... read more
Marilyn's Glass Getting Color
Dukes Beachhouse Dinner
Royal Kaanapali Bob

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Wailuku February 17th 2019

(Just a reminder that you can enlarge photos by clicking on them and comments at the bottom are always appreciated) It was another gorgeous day Sunday, so we decided to drive over to the other side of the island near Wailuku to visit the Ioa Valley Monument. It's a very beautiful, lush valley surrounded by tall mountains in the rainforest part of Maui, which is the opposite side of the island from Lahaina. Inside the valley is the rock formation known as the Iao Needle. The native Hawaiians thought it was the phallic symbol of the God of the Sea, Kanaloa. This was the site of the Battle of Kepaniwai waged between the invading King Kamehameha forces from Oahu and the Maui forces of King Kehekili. The battle was so horrible that they said the dead ... read more
Iao Valley B (11)
Iao Needle
Iao Valley B (1)

North America » United States » Hawaii » Maui » Lahaina February 16th 2019

All four of us enjoyed the whale watching we did in the past. If I haven't mentioned it before, We went to Hawaii together in 2009. So this is the second time the four of us have been on Maui together. Jan and I said that any time we go to Maui, we would do a whale watching cruise. Our cruise was with the Pacific Whale Foundation and all of their proceeds go to the preservation of the whales. The vast majority of the whales here near Maui are Humpback Whales. These whales spend their summers near Alaska where they feed like crazy and the winter here in the Hawaiian waters where they mate and have their calves. These whales are approximately 45 tons and about 45 feet in length. We were told that while nursing ... read more
Whale Memento (2)
Whale Memento (1)
Whale Watch (1)

North America » United States » Hawaii » Kaua'i » Lihu'e February 14th 2019

I probably haven't mentioned it, but the weather so far has not been typical of Maui, even in February. A couple days were marred by passing showers and the temperatures were below normal. The average temperature here at this time is about 65 F at night and 76-80 F in the day. There has recently been a system that has kept rotating around the islands bringing exceptional rain. They even got snow last Sunday on Haleakala volcano down to 6,200 ft. above sea level, the lowest recorded elevation to receive snow on Maui. Thursday was the only really bad day so far. It rained a lot and there was some flash flooding going on. The temperature only got up to 65 F that day, Valentine's Day. We were going to drive to the Iao Valley on ... read more
In The Helicopter
Flahertys Blue Hawaiian Kauai.
Kribs Blue Hawaiian

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