What a week

It has been one of the best and weirdest weeks of our trip away. Last Monday we set off from Victoria to Port Alberni, what a drive, the scenery is breath-taking at times, coasting along next to lakes or open sea waters, the road working its way through mountains and valleys that were a hundred…

One week, or seven more sleeps!

No, it has nothing to do with Christmas, we’re not counting down the ‘sleeps’ until the big guy in red comes crawling down our chimney – mainly because it’s July and we don’t have a chimney! No, what we’re counting down to is our departure date, seven days, one week! We’re stunned that we’re at…

Final Fortnight

It’s come to that already, hard to believe isn’t it? Last Saturday we packed our day packs and headed off to the Capilano Suspension Bridge, daring ourselves to cross the bridge, traipse the tree-top walk, and crawl around the cliff-face walk. What’s more, we did it! Not bad for two people who have strong desire…

Stick It In A Car To Go!

Now, where to begin… Since our last blog (about two weeks ago) we exited our last long-haul train in Chicago, then caught the Wolverine into Michigan and finally caught up with my (K’s) childhood penpal (23 years of friendship, odd to think it’s lasted longer than most marriages in our generation!). Now the roadtrip towards…

Michigan Madness

For those wondering where the updates are, well, you may have to wait a little while longer. We survived our last train trip on the Wolverine service, thank you Amtrak, you’ve taught us new definitions to ‘on time’ and ‘customer service’. We’re in Michigan now and catching up with friends and family I haven’t seen…

From Buffalo With Love

That was probably the fastest weekend in history! Starting with an eight-hour car ride on Friday that flew past (or maybe that was just the driver’s driving?) as we traversed New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York state on into Canada. With semi-plans to catch up with three more friends in Toronto we were dropped off…

Once Upon a Week

So this is the week that was. Sounds ominous right? Well, it’s been one of those weeks. So the last time we blogged we were hoping to head off the next day to the Smithsonian. Well, as luck would have it, the cold that we’d been battling took control and confined us to bed for…

Will it ever stop?

That’s the question we’ve been asking ourselves for the last three days, as that’s about how long I’ve been coughing almost non-stop, and we’re not just talking about a quiet back-row semi-silent *cough*, no, we’re talking cough-up-a-lung-wet-your-pants-pass-out-from-lack-of-oxygen coughing. That head cold I picked up in a lovely souvenir shop in L.A. has become the most…

What’s New Orleans? Or, ‘A duct tape dog’

Yeah, I know, crap blog title, but give me a break eh! It’s been almost non-stop since we ‘de-trained’ (as Amtrak like to call it) and my mind is just a little frazzled. Well, that or we’ve been having a little too good a time on Bourbon Street! So since checking into the Quality Inn…

A whole lotta nuttin’!

5.30am! A sleep-in! Woohoo! Finally after ten days on the go, with varying starting times, I finally get a sleep-in, on a train no less! Last night as you may recall we hopped aboard the Sunset Limited that runs from Los Angeles, through Arizona (Phoenix and Tucson) into New Mexico, Texas and finally arrives at…

It’s alive!

I was going to start this post in the third person, almost in the style of a cheesy 90s voiceover to a cartoon made into movie style (yes, I am ‘having a go’ at George of the Jungle with Brendan Fraser, love that film) but somehow I couldn’t keep a straight face long enough to…

A most relaxing day

After the elation of yesterday we took it easy on our last day in Williams AZ. We had plans to walk the main street, to peruse the stores and make a general nuisance of ourselves. Instead we slept in, ate a hearty breakfast – were greeted like long lost family by the staff who were…