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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary September 3rd 2015

Well it's 5° outside so I started packing. Trying to figure out how to add photos. (I think it worked, let me know if you can't see the photo.) Canada represent! Still have a long ways to go on the packing. Spent the day researching Cape Tribulation, Port Douglas and Atherton Tablelands.... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 29th 2015

Good Day. We are on our way. Sitting in the Calgary airport waiting to board. I thought I was very prepared until this morning. All of a sudden this morning I felt a panic thinking about all the things I should have done or needed to do. Guess it doesn't matter any more. I have my visa and some cash so what I didn't do doesn't matter any more. What I didn't bring won't matter either. Boarding to start. Son. Ttys... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 29th 2015

Hello everyone. I'll be traveling to Australia and New Zealand for 3 months (September 8th - December 10th) and am going to keep everyone updated on this blog. Hopefully I'll be posting pictures and a little blurb about what I've been up to. Feel free to follow and check back whenever you like, make suggestions, ask questions, whatever. Joel... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 25th 2015

I decided that I'm going to try and pack light this trip. Not that I didn't try and streamline things on my last trip - I thought I packed pretty light for two months! - but I do recall some walking around with a hugely heavy 60+20 L backpack strapped on my back and a small daypack on my front puffing up the steep hills in Cuzco out of breath from the sudden elevation gain... In any case, I want to try and do things differently this time. I'm going to do carry-on only. I have a lot of flights booked and with some of the lower cost carriers I just don't really trust that my stuff will show up when I do. Also so when I go on buses etc. I don't have to put ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 25th 2015

Up early after a very comfortable night in the "trailer" - then very tasty muffins made by by Jonathan & Wendy's 11 year old daughter Lexie for breakfast.The atmosphere around Cochrane was very smokey from the bush fires in Washington State - 1100kms away! Sad to hear that some firefighters have lost their lives fighting the fires. Left Cochrane with Jonathan leading....now we are 4! The route he led us on was similar to one I had plotted but with some extra loops. We did "Indian Graves" road (remember that washout road Keith?) This time we got all the way through reaching 2030m the highest we have reached on this trip. Once again above the snowline - snow in among the trees beside the road. More enjoyable gravel roads saw us at Crowsnest Pass to gas ... read more
Ferry
Kootenay Ferry
Bikes & smoke on Fauquier Ferry

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 16th 2015

The published itinerary for our first day sounds pretty tame, but some things are more easily said than done: Arrive in Calgary by air and spend the rest of the day at leisure. Meet your traveling companions at a welcome reception hosted by your tour director. Spend the first night at the Fairmont Palliser Hotel. “Arrive by air” certainly sounds simple but there are no direct flights from St Louis to Calgary Canada. The only flight option which met or requirements left St Louis at 6:00 AM with a connection through Denver going to Calgary. So we were up bright and EARLY, and we left for the airport about 4:00 AM. Elizabeth stayed at the house last night and drove us – THANK YOU !!! We were able to check in for our flight ... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary August 10th 2015

Just got the word last week that I have a two month leave of absence approved for this November/December! Which means another awesome trip is in the works. A short stint in Vietnam followed by some time in Indonesia and the Philippines is on deck for this trip. Stay tuned for trip details and adventures!... read more

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 18th 2015

Et voilà notre voyage s'achève...nous prenons l'avion demain après-midi ....De supers souvenirs,des endroits magnifiques revus et d'autres découverts pour la première fois!!!Gros coup de coeur pour Yellowstone:un parc sublime,gigantesque avec des animaux sauvages,des étendues immenses ,des couleurs parfois irréelles(geysers d'eau chaude...). Bref un super voyage ..qui donne l'envie de revenir!!! See you soon!!!!.................. read more
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North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 12th 2015

THE STAMPEDE The title is not just a quote from Robin Williams in the movie 'Jumanji'. There are two types of directions you run when the Stampede is in town in Calgary. You run to it or run as far away from it as you can. The 10 day event known as the 'Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth' has so much depth to it I find it hard to work out where to start explaining it. It is event that brings in so many groups of people from all over the world and you would be mistaken for thinking that the common dress is to wear Cowboy gear in these parts or as my exchange teaching partner Mel would say in 'Cow town'! STAMPEDE PARADE The Stampede starts with its sneak peak day where most Calgarians ... read more
Stampede Parade
Stamede Parade
Indian Village Stampede Grounds

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 8th 2015

So, I have another two days to tell about. Yesterday was our trip west. We started at Gananoque in the Thousand Islands and, as usual, left later than we planned. We'll have to do something about that trend. We drove directly to Toronto to meet Seymour and Doris at Mother Tuckers restaurant near the airport. We had a lovely meal and a wonderful time with Seymour & Doris. Dad called us on Skype but we could barely hear him with all the noise around. Anyway, we transferred two big suitcases to Seymour's car, said our goodbyes and headed off to the airport with a lot less luggage than we'd been lugging around before. What a relief! We got lost in the airport a bit. If you think Ben Gurion is confusing you should try Pearson! Imagine ... read more
Calgary Stampede, Yo!
Devonian Gardens
Bronco riding




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