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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong September 13th 2016

Sitting in the living room in Margaret's apartment drinking my coffee, I could hear the waves crashing on the rocks of the break water and watch them spraying into the air. I was waiting to watch the sun rise out of the ocean - just the opposite of our home in British Columbia where the sun sets into the ocean!! After the sun had risen Dwain and I took a walk along the beach path to join the other early morning walkers, joggers, bike riders and to watch the kayaks, rowboats, fishing boats and surfers and swimmers, all out at the crack of dawn. On Saturday Margaret took us for a drive around the town of Wollongong and out to the house where I grew up. I rang the doorbell and told the lady who answered ... read more
Six-man canoes
Boats in the harbour
Picnic spot by the pool

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wollongong September 9th 2016

Our friends Joe and Carolyn picked us up at the house at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 to drive us to the airport in Vancouver. It was a good thing we had given ourselves plenty of time because the traffic was backed up as a result of two different accidents on the number 1 freeway. However, we still arrived 3 hours ahead of departure time, so it was a breeze checking in. Our flight left Vancouver about 45 minutes late, but they were able to make up the time and landed in Auckland right on schedule. That was a L-O-N-G flight and we didn't get much sleep. After a 2 hour lay over in Auckland, we took off for Sydney in the dark and headed West. Arrived in Sydney right on schedule and were met ... read more
Vancouver Airport Aquarium 01
Cloudy skies leaving Auckland
Cockatoo 01

North America » United States » Utah » Zion National Park September 30th 2015

Zion Canyon National Park is vastly different from Bryce Canyon. At Bryce the road takes you along the top of the canyon and you look down onto the Hoodoos. At Zion you drive through a long (1.4 miles), dark tunnel and then on down a very windy road into the canyon itself. Because of the high volume of visitors they have, Zion Canyon is only accessible by shuttle bus. These shuttle buses are free and run about every 6 minutes, stopping at all the view points along the way so you can get on and off the shuttle as much as you want and stay as long as you like at each point. So rather than looking down into the canyon, you are actually at the very bottom of the canyon, looking UP. We chose to ... read more
 Zion National Park
 Zion National Park
 Zion National Park

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon September 30th 2015

Today we spent the day in Bryce Canyon, Utah. It was a PERFECT day in every way - blue skies, interesting clouds, not too hazy, and awesome views from the ridge of the canyon. The word for the day was definitely W-O-W!! As people walked up to each lookout, the first word out of their mouth was WOW! There is no place quite like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) and the red colors in the rock make this a very unique place to visit. One can learn much more about this place just by going on the internet, so I will leave it for you to follow through if at all interested. Bryce Canyon was one of my father's favorite places. I remember him taking time-lapse pictures ... read more
Red Rock Canyon, Utah
 Red Rock Canyon, Utah
Red Rock Canyon, Utah

North America » United States » Arizona » Page September 27th 2015

We had a few different experiences in Page, AZ. The first was our trip to Antelope Canyon which is on Native Navajo lands. In order to get into this canyon you have to book way ahead to reserve a place on the guided tour into the canyon. Normally the pictures you most often see of this canyon are the spot light of sun streaming through the hole at the top of the canyon. However, that only happens at certain times and on only a few months of the year, so we were not able to see that. But the canyon itself is very interesting. In order to get there they pack 14 people into a large 4X4 vehicle to drive out to the canyon. So we did some real 4 wheeling!!! After leaving the paved road, ... read more
Antelope Canyon
 Antelope Canyon, Page, AR
 Antelope Canyon, Page, AR


Monday morning we hit the road quite early because we had a long drive ahead and storms were forecast for later in the day. The road from Moab to Flagstaff (522Km or 324 miles) went through dry desert land and several Native Indian Reservations. We arrived at our camp site in Flagstaff and got all set up in dry weather and before dark. Tuesday morning the storms hit this area. Lots of thunder and lightning and heavy rain. Apparently almost 2 inches of rain fell that day. We were so thankful to be in our cozy, warm RV and have a day to rest up a bit. Wednesday was the day we had scheduled for the Grand Canyon and it was a PERFECT DAY to view the canyon lands and take lots of pictures. From Flagstaff ... read more
 GRAND CANYON
 GRAND CANYON
 GRAND CANYON

North America September 24th 2015

The next day's journey took us to Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona, AZ. Cottonwood is a central location from which we can easily access both Jerome and Sedona. Jerome is an old, old gold mining town located on the side of a hill in an isolated desert landscape. Now it is the home of Artists selling their wares to all the tourists who come to see their work. The streets of Jerome are very narrow and wind up the steep hillside and there is nowhere to park. Several interesting buildings caught our eye, some being old Roman Catholic churches. We drove into Sedona for lunch and a leisurely walk around the town. This is one of the most picturesque and interesting towns I have encountered. This is also where Dwain bought his "old as dirt" t-shirts and ... read more
 Jerome, AR
 Jerome, AR
 Jerome, AR


This area of rocky wilderness was made a National Park in 1964. Before that the rugged area was know only by American Indians, cowboys, river explorers and uranium prospectors. The Colorado and Green rivers have carved two huge canyons through the Colorado Plateau. The 527 square mile park is a wild area with dirt roads for four wheeler vehicles, hiking trails for the adventurer, rivers for boating adventures and home to Bighorn sheep, coyotes and other native animals. Standing on the top of the plateau you can see for miles over deep ravines that have been carved out by water erosion over the centuries. Very different from the Arches National Park we were in the day before. However, this is where you will find Mesa Arch, which happens to be Dwain's favorite. It is also known ... read more
CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK
           Mesa Arch
View through Mesa Arch


The Legend of Dead Horse Point Dead Horse Point is a peninsula of rock atop sheer sandstone cliffs. The peninsula is connected to the mesa by a narrow strip of land called the neck. There are many stories about how this high promontory of land received its name. According to one legend, around the turn of the century the point was used as a corral for wild mustangs roaming the mesa top. Cowboys rounded up these horses, herded them across the narrow neck of land and onto the point. The neck, which is only 30-yards-wide, was then fenced off with branches and brush. This created a natural corral surrounded by precipitous cliffs straight down on all sides, affording no escape. Cowboys then chose the horses they wanted and let the culls or broomtails go free. One ... read more
 Dead Horse Point
 Dead Horse Point
 Dead Horse Point

North America » United States » Utah » Moab September 18th 2015

Here are the pictures for my last entry, THE ROAD SOUTH"... read more
 Looking out the truck window
 Bikers at Lookout Pass Rest Stop
 Bikers at Lookout Pass Rest Stop




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