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North America » United States » Utah April 24th 2017

21st April Grand Junction to Monticello 213miles Today we crossed the border into Utah! We left Grand junction just after 7.30am and turned off the !70 about 10.00am to take the 128 to Moab. Pretty flat to start with and then we saw the Colorado River and the start of a gorge. Very dramatic scenery, with the sun shining on the rocks and reflecting in the Colorado river to make it look muddy. Well – perhaps it was muddy!! Didn’t get to Arches National Park until about 11.30am, joined the queue of traffic, and then entered the park by climbing up the steep hill with views over the Moab Fault line and valley! Amazing rocks and colours, plenty of arches to be seen and just a wonderful day doing the short trails to some of the ... read more
Landscape Arch
Arches National Park (5)

North America » United States » Colorado April 20th 2017

It took us 26.5hrs to get to Denver!! We got up at 4.00am 17th April and arrived in Denver about 11.30pm which was the equivalent of 6.30am 18th April in the UK. First Day Denver 232 miles Crashed out and got the car the next morning and headed for Morrison ( a place recommended by our hotel receptionist) Quite busy along the IS70 but as we headed out of the town we saw our first ‘Point of Interest’ – Dinosaur Ridge. Decided we weren’t up for hiking the ridge (especially as there are snakes about!) and took the Guided Tour Bus instead with a very knowledgeable geologist! We drove up a road where he explained that Denver used to be sea and that the rocks around were the old sea bed, showing us the ripples, and ... read more
Buffalo Bills Grave
Canyon City (1)
Bridge at Royal Gorge

Europe » Spain » Andalusia April 19th 2017

SPAIN We eventually got to Spain on March 27th 2017 after most of the renovation work was done on the bungalow. The builders were going to finish it off whilst we were away……but that’s another story!! Its still an ongoing project but it’s progressing nicely…….. We arrived in Spain late at night and had to unpack and re-pack as we were going on the Field Clubs walking holiday to Andalujar – north of Jaen, at 7.00am the next day! We had some wonderful walks, with loads of wild lavender, reflections in lakes and spring flowers everywhere including orchids and fratilliaries. The highlight of the holiday was a walk starting at the Basilica Sanctuario Virgen de la Cabeza, a massive shrine, used as a refuge in the Spanish Civil War, and according to legend, the image of ... read more
Spring Flowers in Spain
One of the Tapas
Oranges & Leeks!

Europe » Spain » Andalusia December 17th 2016

Chris’ Birthday – Virgen de los Rondeles, Casarabonela, Spain Arrived in Gatwick from USA 10.30am, and after a change over of suitcases, from cruise luggage, to hand luggage at the IBIS hotel, and also a change of Terminal from South to North, we caught the 16.45 flight to Malaga. Quick overnight stay in the house before driving the 35 minutes to Casarabonela. Duly found Maria (In the bar opposite the Ayuntamiento) who then showed us three apartments, all very nice, for us to choose one. It was a no-brainer really, as the third apartment overlooked the main square, which, apparently, the festival was taking place in. Had a wander around the town, looking at the Xmas decorations - there was a children’s band marching and playing these weird drums, with a hole in the middle and ... read more
Casarabonela (2)
virgen de los rondeles
the main square

Central America Caribbean » Guatemala December 14th 2016

Cartagena, Columbia and Florida, USA Up early again, as we were told that sailing into Cartagena (founded in 1533) was quite spectacular, looking at the forts. It was ok – not worth getting up at 6.30am for – but we did have a very clear view of the giant skyscrapers. (Not a fort to be seen!!) Off the ship by 9.00am and shared a taxi with some other people ($5 each) into the Old Town! (lots of traffic as 4 cruise ships today!) Very pleasant and colourful place to wander around with its large squares, old churches and sanctuaries, colonial houses, balconied flowered windows, ladies dressed in colourful outfits selling stuff. Didn’t manage to find St Teresa’s Square which is where a free walking tour started at 10.00am, but did find the Old City Walls that ... read more
lovely old wooden balconies
on the city walls
me on the walls

Central America Caribbean » Panama » Colón December 10th 2016

Panama Canal This was the highlight of the trip and it had certainly been hyped up into ‘The Canal Experience’! We had had a lecture every day, on sea days, by Bill Fall, who was excellent and certainly knew his stuff. I never knew a Canal could be so complicated!! Basically it was started by the French in 1880 – 26,000 of them died due to Malaria and the project was then abandoned. America took it on again in 1903, removing over 200 million cubic metres of material and it was completed in 1914, so is now 102 years old. Amazing feat of engineering all those years ago when you think that they didn’t have any vehicles or machinery. It is 48 miles, or 80 kms long and strangely the Atlantic Ocean is 9” lower than ... read more
Pedro Miguel locks
storm across Miraflores Lake
Gatun Locks (2)

Puerto Quezetal, Guatemala The average age of people living in Guatemala is 20 years old! I was shocked……….- hard to believe. Where have all the old people gone?? We were also told that there was nothing around the Port but Antigua, 50 miles away, was the place to go, so we booked a cruise coach trip to get us there and back. Antigua is surrounded by three volcanoes – two of them active, Fuego (last eruption 2012) and Acatenango with two named peaks. ( last eruption 1972) There are 37 volcanoes altogether in Guatemala – not sure how many are active – but at least two!! We duly waited for our trip to be called (about 10.15am) – Do it Yourself Antigua – basically we had just booked the coach there and back, oh and the ... read more
chicken bus
funny how the sunset also looks like a crocodile

North America » Mexico » Baja California Sur December 2nd 2016

Blog – USA & Cruise – Central America It was supposed to be a relaxing journey, in the campervan, up to Gatwick with a pleasant Friday evening in an airport hotel – that was before the battery light came on when we reached Swindon and we decided to get off the M4 and call out the breakdown people. We didn’t fancy the Campervan not starting the following day when we needed to drive it to long term parking and catch the midday flight! Plenty of time to sort as it was only 10.30am. Breakdown people said they would be out in 1 hour (more like 1½ hours!) Confirmed we had a problem and followed him back to his depot, where it transpired that it was an alternator problem and there were none to be had in ... read more
Chris, Candy, Ben  & Dan
Chris & Aunt Alice
kisses from Zoe

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Alhaurin el Grande November 6th 2016

SPAIN 27th Sept 2016 – 4th Nov 2016 It was only a short 5 week break in Spain to touch base with neighbours and friends and go on the Senderista walking holiday (3 days to Pinos Genil, near Granada) and the Field Club Holiday (4 days to Cazalla de la Sierra in the National Park just north of Seville) We were greeted on our arrival by very worried Spanish neighbours who informed us that there had been a lot of burglaries in the area and people breaking into empty properties and squatting, so she had been cleaning our front door to make our house look lived in, but advised us to get metal security doors to replace our glass ones. A quick visit to Antonio, our metal fabrication expert from when the house was first renovated, ... read more
knocking down the garages
Walking near Granada
Drink time

Europe » Spain » Andalusia April 14th 2016

SPAIN 20th Sept 2015 – Oct 21st 2015 In between all our other travels and also after putting our UK house on the market we went to Spain for about a month to catch some sun and lead a walk up to El Santo. It’s one of our favourite walks, even though its uphill, but the path wends its way through pine trees, through a cleft in the rock, past a cave before reaching the track at the top that runs along the ridge of the mountain with 360 degree views. About 16 people joined us and it made for a very enjoyable walk. It was also Feria time in Fuengirola so we went to see the procession along the streets with some friends. Apart from that we didn’t do too much other than enjoy the ... read more
The Gorge up at El Chorro
Almond Blossom Walk at Guaro
The dog we left behind at El Burgo

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