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Category: Travel (Page 1 of 3)

Four Corners

A few years ago we went to the Durango Celtic Festival and since we drove through the Navajo Nation to get there, we stopped at the Four Corners monument where the four corners of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah meet. Later I found out this wasn’t the actual spot where the borders met. It was a few hundred yards north or something.

One of the signs we saw was warning people not to scatter the ashes of loved ones because it was disrespectful of Navajos to do so. I also imagine if they’d allowed it, there’d be a huge pile of ashes that’d have to get swept up every so often. I could think of better places to have my ashes dispersed if I choose to be cremated. Yes, the four corners are within the boundaries of the Navajo Nation.

Back from Down Under

Just returned from our second trip to Australia. We only went to Melbourne and Sydney this time. We did a bus tour of Melbourne; last time we did a walking tour. In Sydney we did walking tour of the The Rocks and visited the Maritime Museum. This time we got to go on board the replica of the Endeavor (which is seaworthy and sails on an irregular basis).

Sunset over Sydney

I still did not get to see any flying foxes nor either of the Magellanic Clouds. We ate at a really good Thai restaurant near our hotel in Sydney and a really good Turkish restaurant in Newtown. In Melbourne our first stop after checking into our hotel on Lygon street was to get sims for our devices and then hit Brunetti for their amazing pastries.

ANZAC War Memorial in Sydney

Alaska and BC

Just got back from our vacation to Alaska. We did an overnight train trip to Denali. Didn’t spend much time in the park. Saw bits of Denali but not the whole mountain. Did see the top of Mount Foraker. Then we went back to Anchorage. Next day we were shuttled to Whittier and put on the Pacific Princess for a seven day Alaska cruise. Long story short. It was great. Saw Mount St. Elias and probably Mount Logan. We saw lots of glaciers and some whales. Sailed into Yakatat Bay and saw Hubbard Glacier. Next day sailed into Glacier Bay National Park picked up park rangers who gave us a tour of the bay. We sailed all the way up to Margerie Glacier and saw bits of it fall off. Saw lots of spouts but not the actual whales. Saw them later. After that we stopped in Skagway road the White Pass train, then stopped in Juneau went to Mendenhall Glacier. Stopped in Ketchikan and went to Saxman Native Village then two more days of sailing the inside passage to Vancouver where we ended ended our cruise. We spent two days in Victoria then two days in Vancouver before flying home.

I may post a more detailed log of the trip.

While in Victoria we got a ride in a convertible Mustang saw Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. Also saw Rainier and final approach to Seattle. We flew from Tucson to SEATAC then to Anchorage. We flew home from Vancouver to Phoenix then Tucson. Our luggage didn’t arrive with us but we picked it up the next day.

Things we did NOT see in Victoria: Butchart Gardens nor Craigdorrach Castle. We did go to the Royal BC Museum. We did go to Gastown in Vancouver and rode the hop-on hop-off bus. I don’t feel too deprived that we didn’t do a bus tour of Denali National Park and see attractions in B.C. because we saw and did a lot of stuff for the first time. I hope there’s another trip to Alaska and Victoria in our future but this one will keep me satisfied for a few years.

Glad to be home.

Whomper II

So I recently went to the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. This is the largest banjo I’ve ever seen. I may add descriptions of the other instruments including that three-necked thingy.

Whomper II

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