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June 30th 2019
Published: June 30th 2019
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Sunday 30th June 2019

Our journey home on Lufthansa went smoothly, and both flights were on time. The timing of the first flight, however, was not conducive to slumber, so we didn’t try to sleep, just watched movies. We got up at 8 a.m. on Friday, which was 5 p.m. here in Spain. We landed at Alicante airport twenty-four hours later at 5 p.m. yesterday. Needless to say, by the time we did eventuality get to bed here at home last night, we had been up for too many hours, so we didn’t do a lot today!

Although travel is great, it was lovely to get home to our dogs, Mutley and Megan. Nick and Mam have a new little rescue dog called Flor. Actually, we thought that we were going to adopt her, but we are really pleased that they have. Two dogs and a little puppy coupled with jet-lag would have made for a very hard weekend! She is a lovely little girl and she will be spending plenty of time with us anyway. Megan loves her and Mutley is adapting!

We have done our trip summing up and these are the statistics:

Number of Canadian territories: five

Places where we stayed: PORTUGAL: Lisbon

ONTARIO: Toronto, Tobermory, Manitoulin, Sault St Marie, Wawa, White River, Red Rock, Thunder Bay and Quetico

MANITOBA: Falcon Lake, Winnipeg and Riding Mountain

SASKATCHEWAN: Regina, Moose Jaw, Besant, Swift Current and Cypress Hills

ALBERTA: Drumheller, Calgary, Canmore, Banff and Jasper

BRITISH COLUMBIA: Golden, Valemount, Kamloops, Lillooet, Squamish, Parksville, Ucluelet, Brentwood Bay, Victoria and Vancouver

Twenty-nine hotels/motels/guest houses/B&Bs and four campsites

We drove 7,250 kilometres all together and it was easy driving. Apart from the spectacular scenery and more trees than we have ever seen in our lives, we saw so many birds, most notably the Bald Eagles and a total of twenty-five wild mammal species:

Black Bear, Grizzly Bear, Moose, Elk, Antelope, White-tailed Deer, Black-tailed Deer, Mule Deer, Racoon, Seal, Sea Lion, Orca, River Otter, Beaver, Fox, Wolf, Bison, Rabbit, Hare, Black Squirrel, Prairie Dog, Chipmunk, Douglas Squirrel, Red Squirrel and Ground Squirrel.

Driving through this vast rich country that is Canada, teaming with life and outstanding natural beauty, has been a joy to the senses and nectar for the soul. One simply can do no more than wonder at the jaw-dropping richness and lushness of it all. There is no finer education than that found travelling; we have been educated and blessed.

“Look deep into Nature, and then you will understand everything better”

Albert Einstein


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30th June 2019

Canadian trip
Congratulations. We all enjoyed your journey and will miss your blogs and photos. In addition to bears, eagles and orcas, turquoise waters, Emerald Lake, bridal water falls and Ice Parkway will stay with me......and i’ve never been there. Strange to think you are back in Spain. Thanks xx
1st July 2019

Thank you
Glad you enjoyed our journey too! Yes! Strange but nice to be home. VERY HOT! Still jet-lagged a bit too due to the nine hour time dofference. So now it is July! Looking forward to seeing you in Srptember. Drop me an email with your news! Lots of love xxxx
1st July 2019

Journey's end....for the moment
I really enjoy reading about your travels, best bit was when your husband stopped the car, got out, and walked down the road to get a better shot of the bear...loved that!!! We're off on an Alaska cruise in September so hope to see bears then. Looking forward to your next adventure
1st July 2019

Hi Sandy. An Alaskan cruise is on my bucket list. September is said to be a great time to see bears...when the salmon are running. Enjoy! X
1st July 2019

THANKS FOR THE TOUR AND IT DIDNT COST ME A PENNY....... WELCOME HOME.
1st July 2019

Glad you enjoyed the journey!!!
1st July 2019

I've enjoyed following you on your transcontinental trip...
Canada is indeed vast and majestic any you saw it all!
1st July 2019

Thank you. It was pretty special! Glad you enjoyed the blog.
1st July 2019

Thank you. It was pretty special! Glad you enjoyed the blog.
1st July 2019

Canadian Big Five!
I didn't know we had a Canadian Big Five! That is fantastic. Love it and I'm so glad you enjoyed Canada, and of course my stomping grounds of Victoria/Vancouver. We put out the nice weather, just for you!

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