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North America » Canada » Nova Scotia » Halifax August 16th 7575

Seems ages since the last message here. Sorry to hear about the storm in New Plymouth! We saw on the news that snow fell on Wellington - what's going on there? Well done Nicole with your projects! You certainly are a great all-rounder Ryan - there's not too many chaps who play rugby and chess - brains and strength WOW! How was the music fest Russell & Timothy? What was your disguise? Also how was the gig? Now, where were we travell-wise? The Cosmos tour is over and we have been spending a few days on our own in Halifax. It's been great to sleep in!!! The staff here at the Lord Nelson are great - they don't rush us and they speak English! The sea food is great - had a whole lobster each the ... read more

North America » United States » Alaska May 24th 2015

Our trip to Alaska has come and gone; now we are left with lots of pictures, a slide show, a DVD, souvenirs, journal entries, but most of all we have our memories. We saw a landscape that is unbelievable and visited cultures whose tribal stories trace their origin to the ocean. We were close enough to a pod of whales to smell their breath. It was an unbelievable adventure and we want to share it with everyone. The problem is how to cram all this into a blog. So I've decided to do two or more blogs that will be mostly pictures with explanations. Our trip started in Seattle on May 1, where we stayed one night in the Roosevelt Hotel, right in the heart of Seattle. The next day we had a few hours to ... read more
Chihuly Glass
Chihuly Glass
Waterfront gum wall

North America » United States » Florida » Miami Beach May 24th 2015

On Wednesday, May 20th , the city of Miami Beach recognized team "Sky Dancers" for their upcoming participation in the 2015 All Women's Air Race Classic. The Air Race Classic receives wide- spread publicity, encourages women and young girls to learn to fly, celebrates aviation history, increases public awareness of general aviation and demonstrates women's roles in aviation.... read more

North America » United States » New York » Wellsville May 24th 2015

No cooking? I'll go anywhere, anytime. Fortunately, our daughter, Lory, invited us down for chicken bar-b-que last Sunday. Wish you could have had some. Jay was helping cook the chicken for a local church's fund raiser. It was a delicious bar-b-que. It came with beans, potato salad, roll and a brownie. And it was even extra nice because all the Knapps were there....except for Jay who was still cooking. He said they cooked @ 365 chickens. We have this on-going discussion with Sam & Sandy: do you like barbecue? After our last cruise, Sam repeatedly inquired about this as we headed home from a wonderful, sea-faring trip. He had a favorite restaurant (Woody's) in mind and really wanted to go there. But being the polite gentleman he is, he kind of works his ways mysteriously and ... read more
A true Chicken Bar-B-Que
Barbecue Chicken
New Antique Shop & Ice Cream Shop

North America » United States » Oklahoma » Tulsa May 23rd 2015

Cool place Tulsa, Oklahoma. Found the best Wholefood supermarket EVA on the continent. Spent a million dollars there. This is where we connected to our Route 66 west heading to Vegas. Check the pics...such history & glamour in travelling this route. Specially if you did it on a Harley! They do love their Harley's in this country! We did the original Route 66 from Tulsa to Oklahoma City, lots of awesome memorabilia places along the way, then it tends to break up & get caught up in the interstate, which is a horrific experience of driving in its worst extreme. Some great historic places along the way but lots of forgettable places too.... read more
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North America » United States » Tennessee » Nashville May 23rd 2015

Elvis Country...where he was born, where he lived & where he died. What A Legend! He was before my time but I think every soul on this planet loves him & has been influenced by him & his music. And OMG what a Hottie! He was born very poor in a tiny working class town called Tupelo, Mississippi. He had a twin who was stillborn. Imagine if there had been 2 of him! Wanted a gun for his 11th birthday but his very influential mother bought him a guitar instead...thank fuck for that! He was a millionaire by the age of 22 in 1957 & purchased Graceland in Memphis Tennessee for $100k. It is an amazing place. Steeped in EP memorabilia & hideously decorated but his music is perennial & the Theatre tour was The Best... ... read more
Elvis's Birthplace & home in Tupelo, MISSISSIPPI
Graceland, Tennessee, where Elvis lived & died
Graceland mansion

North America » United States » Florida » Pensacola May 22nd 2015

Well, its that time again... vacation time. This year we are touring Scotland and parts of Europe, including the Rhine River in Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium. By the time you read this we should be at the airport waiting for our first flight. Since we don't get to Dublin until Saturday morning, and then have to fly to Edinburgh, it will probably be Saturday night before I can add the next post. I'll try to do a better job of writing these blogs and still keep enough facts in them to be of help to fellow travelers. "... and I'll be in Scotland afore ye".... read more


Traveled to Ruidoso, N.M. and enjoyed the cool pine trees. Spent 1 day crossing the Texas Panhandle and stopped in McLean, Texas where Dale spent several summers in his teenage years. He stayed with his uncle on a ranch on the Red River and learned how to ride some bulls and was used as a jockey every Saturday so his uncle could win some bets with his neighbors. Dale also made some money breaking horses for the neighboring ranchers. Fond memories of enjoying the ranch life as a young adult. Spent another day crossing the Oklahoma Panhandle and found a beautiful state park at Lake Eufaula. Lots of dense forests with pine and oak trees and rolling hills. There has been so much rain, exceeding all of their normal ranges, there are ponds everywhere and green ... read more
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North America » Canada » British Columbia May 22nd 2015

Woke up to another cold morning, but it did not take very long for the temperature to rise. During the day were are all in much lighter clothing, as it has been up into the 70's. We were up and out again by 8 am this morning after a very enjoyable stay at beautiful Whistler's campground. We instantly encountered a small herd of caribou at the highway. The animals are generally on the move at dawn and dusk, and today we saw quite a few on our way to Hinton. They included another black bear, elk and a half dozen Big horn sheep. The scenery along the Jasper/Hinton route was also quite lovely and mountainous. Our stop in Hinton included a visit to Walmart (God bless Sam Walmart), and then the grocery store. Diane needed to ... read more
On the road to Hinton
Leaving Hinton
Just grazing around

North America May 22nd 2015

After surviving the Quechee State Park wilderness, we headed north to the capital of Vermont, Montpelier. As we often do, we stopped first at the local information centre where we ask what's interesting to see and the best place to park the rig. They were lovely and very helpful, marking a local map with things to do and letting us park in their car park. We really liked Montpelier (mont peel yer, with an American accent, not a French). It isn't quaint or at all smart but has a very individual vibe, slightly hippy ish and probably about forty years or so behind the rest of the world. We visited the very impressive State Senate building (wildly out of place in its grandeur) and wandered up Main Street and back. Returning to the rig, I popped ... read more
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