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2 days ago
Finally, a chance to add our purchased pics from The Greatest Outdoor Adventure excursion in Peurta Vallarta.
We took a speedboat across the bay, rode a Unimog into the Sierra Madre, then were carried by mules into the canopy for a day of ziplining and rappelling. Thank you, Nana and Papa for your gift that allowed us to do these memorable excursions!
3 days ago
Great wildlife viewing in Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba.
Mama moose and two babies
Lots of beaver lodges
5 days ago
Welcome to Saskatchewan.
6 days ago
In the badlands of Drumheller, Alberta!
Toured the Royal Tyrrell Museum.
Explored the Hoodoos.
Tested out the Star Mine Suspension Bridge.
7 days ago
9 days ago
Banff National Park, AB
Life lesson: If you can't get the reservation you want at a National Park, keep trying. The online reservation system changes hourly as the desired dates approach.
We ended up camping six nights in Banff. So easy to enjoy the town and the beauty of the park.
Visited Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake.
Hiked Johnston Canyon.
Enjoyed the elk that grazed in the meadows beside the campground each night.
10 days ago
Yoho National Park, BC
Saw the awesome land bridge where the Kicking Horse River comes crashing through the rock.
Drove to Emerald Lake.
Visited Spiral Mountain where the CPR routed its tracks through spiral tunnels in two different mountains to reduce the threat of crashes from the steep grade at Kicking Horse Pass.
Jasper National Park, AB
Drove the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefields.
Wildlife sightings along this route included mountain goats, big horned sheep and a black bear with two tiny cubs up a tree.
Walked to the toe of the Athabasca Glacier.
Sipped its cold, clear melt waters.
Walked the nearby Skywalk.
Visited Bow Lake and Waterfowl Lake.
Hiked into Mistaya Canyon.
5 June 2019
Just spent 3 days in Kootenay National Park, BC. We only came here because we could not book as many days as we wanted in Banff. Kootenay has become one of the trip highlights.
Drove through Sinclaire Canyon.
Visited Marble Canyon.
Hiked the Paint Pots Trail.
Went swimming in the Radium Hot Springs.
Learned how they keep animals safe from the highway that runs through the centre of the 16km wide park using animal underpasses.
And took many wildlife drives!
2 June 2019
Some amazing wildlife encounters in Kootenay!
A herd of big horned sheep frequented the entrance to our campground.
Black bears and grizzly bears could be found eating dandelions on the roadside.
1 June 2019
Glacier National Park, BC
Drove through Rogers Pass.
Visited the Discovery Centre at its summit.
Learned about how they monitor snow to predict and create avalanches to help control the threat.
Hiked the Hemlock Grove Trail.
31 May 2019
Welcome to National Parks Week with The Nurses!
Today, The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Resort and Mount Revelstoke National Park, BC.
30 May 2019
Mother-Son jet ski time.
Cultus Lake, BC
Hiking trails Cultus Lake, BC.
29 May 2019
Rollerblading the sea wall in Stanley Park.
26 May 2019
Back in Canada!
24 May 2019
Whale watching tour from Anacortes, through the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington.
Stellar Sea Lions
Pod of 6 Orcas
3 Bald Eagles
22 May 2019
Horseback riding in Long Beach, Washington.
19 May 2019
A 100 foot sand dune across the street from our campground
+ a corner store that rents sandboards for $10
+ a beach you can drive your truck on
= an afternoon of good sandy fun
Katie was the family champion of this sport!
Toured the Tillamook Creamery.
Learned the process they use to produce cheese and ice cream from the farm to the store and sampled it all!
Wow, farming sure has changed!
17 May 2019
Sea Lion Caves
16 May 2019
Who knew Oregon was so beautiful?
Lush and rugged and endless beaches with lots to explore!
Spending six nights on the Oregon Coast just 100m from the ocean!
14 May 2019
Our first rainy day since leaving home!
Started out drizzly.
We decided to bike the Lava-Sunriver trail to the falls, into Sunriver and through town to the Sunriver Brewery for lunch.
Kids were awesome through the drizzle.
Beautiful biking trail.
Then came the downpour!
We arrived in the resort village of Sunriver totally drenched and freezing.
Tony was a hero and biked back to get the truck.
I took the kids to the shops for new, dry outfits for everyone so we could still enjoy lunch.
KATIE: This is the worst day and the best day ever.
HAYDEN: I love breweries.
A memorable day, indeed!
Unfortunately, the Lava Lands Visitor Centre and Lava Cave are closed Tuesdays and Wedsdays in the winter months.
Winter? It's May, right?
Some of the mountain roads around here won't open until the end of the month because of snow!
13 May 2019
Crater Lake National Park, OR
12 May 2019
Surprised to find this white stuff!
80° in town.
Mount Shasta, California
11 May 2019
Kayaking at Lake of the Springs.
Bald eagle sighting.
(The first time I missed having a good camera with me...but I have enjoyed not lugging one around!)
8 May 2019
The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir inside Yosemite National Park provides fresh drinking water that is piped to the residents of San Francisco. Snowmelt fills the reservoir with water that exceeds the USA drinking water standards. The high elevation requires only gravity to move the water. Hydroelectric power is also produced as the water is released and is used to run San Francisco's cable cars, hospitals, and more. This amazing engineering took place in the 1930s and it is beautiful.
7 May 2019
Drove into Yosemite Valley today.
Hiked to Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in North America.
Watched climbers on El Capitan.
Read about John Muir, Father of the National Parks
And learned about the early Ahwahnechee people.
...and don't even think about trying to steal the toilet paper here!
6 May 2019
Yosemite National Park
Visited the Giant Sequoias of the Tuolumne Grove, including one that marked the trail for the stage coach to pass through and a fallen giant that we could walk through.
5 May 2019
Spent the last 4 days visiting Tony's aunt and uncle in San Francisco.
Visited the shops and sea lions of Pier 39.
Rode the ferry to Alcatraz and took the audio tour.
Went rollerblading in Golden Gate Park.
Took Gallagher for a swim at Chrissy Field.
Drove Lombard Street, the world's crookedest road.
And saw the Full House house!
Thanks for a great visit, Bob and Jude!
4 May 2019
28 April 2019
Thousand Trails continues to provide us with great places to call home for a few days at a time. This week we stayed at Rancho Oso RV park, in the Santa Monica mountains, which is a working horse ranch.
Visited the animals in their red barn.
Hiked to the waterfall.
Drove to the nearby dutch village of Solvang.
And last night curled up for a family movie in the Stone Lodge.
26 April 2019
Towel Animal Class
Ping Pong Champions
...and 'round the clock icecream!
24 April 2019
PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico
Each day better than the last.
Today we sped across the bay on a Zodiac style boat to the village of Boca de Tomatlan. Then a ride on a unimog 4x4 into the jungle of the Sierra Madre. And finally rode mules up a dusty trail to our final destination....ziplines through the canopy, rappelling by waterfalls, waterslides down the mountain and a new zip-line roller coaster!
If you are ever here, do this. Great, great experience.
(More pics of this one to come. Had to buy them of course!)
23 April 2019
Spent the day at the all inclusive resort,
El Cid Marina Beach Club.
And Luxury Pools!
22 April 2019
CABO SAN LUCAS, Mexico
Also known as Lands End. Where the Pacific Ocean meets the Gulf of California at the southern tip of the Baja Penninsula.
Spent the first half of our day aboard a catamaran, snorkelling and touring the shoreline.
CABO SAN LUCAS (continued)
Lunch at Señor Frog's followed by a walk around the marina before heading back to the ship.
Also, a chance meeting at Señor Frog's with the guy who is about to lay down the track at LDSS. He and Tony had never met and never heard of each other. It just came up. Thanks for lunch Matt! And the tray of jello shots! Congratulations on your fake engagement!
21 April 2019
20 April 2019
7 night Carnival Cruise of the Mexican Riviera.
Great break from trailer life.
Great surprise for the kids.
17 April 2019
Best food cart ever!
Great day biking the beaches...
Strolled the Santa Monica Pier where we got to feed a sea lion and be entertained by a quality street magician. Everyone got in on the act!
Then a cruise down Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd., and Mulholland Drive in search of the Hollywood sign.
13 April 2019
Big winners at Candy Bar Bingo
Wilderness Lakes RV Resort
11 April 2019
10 April 2019
Campground fun at Palm Springs RV Resort in Palm Desert, CA. This park is actually a date farm. The palm trees are date palms and the park will close down in May and June for the harvest.
Before leaving home we became members of Thousand Trails RV Resorts. Once a member, you camp for free at any if their 200+ properties for the rest of the year. Our only restriction is that we can't stay more than 4 nights in a row at any one campground or we then need to come out of their system for a full week. We were very skeptical. But it has worked out so well. Their properties primarily outline the perimeter of the US, essentially our loosely planned route. We have stayed in their parks in North Carolina, Florida, Texas and Arizona. The next month and a half will take us to 12 different Thousand Trails Campgrounds up the West coast.
Thanks Grandma and Grandpa for the membership!
It's been the gift that keeps on giving!
Joshua Tree National Park, California
Where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Desert. Such diverse landscapes.
Vast, desolate wilderness.
A desert oasis.
And Joshua trees
7 April 2019
Exploring the red rocks of Sedona, AZ on an off-road Jeep tour.
3 April 2019
Biking the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
2 April 2019
The Painted Desert & Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona.
(Grandparents: Don't worry. The pictures of the kids on the ledge actually had a 1 foot drop to a platform on the other side that you can't see.)
Driving, driving and more driving.
Three time zones in three days.
Arizona opts out of daylight savings time and is on Pacific Time this time of year. Surprise!
1 April 2019
Our second Harvest Host night.
Wilderness West Nature Park.
A home for rescued native animals of New Mexico.
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TX
31 March 2019
We just bought an $80 membership to a service called Harvest Host. It gives you a list of 700+ wineries, farms, orchards, museums and attractions that let you camp on their scenic property for one night for free. They just hope you buy a bottle of their wine or take a tour or make a purchase at their gift shop as a gesture of thanks.
This was our first Harvest Host experience at Bar Z Winery in Canyon, Texas.
29 March 2019
A fun night with Tarrence Crawford and Blaire.
Some fun at the Cowboys' practice facility.
A visit with Dallas Cowboy Tyrone Crawford.
And some fun family games.
Thanks for a super time!
Stopped by Dude Perfect Headquarters in Frisco, TX to see if we could take a peek at their "office" or meet any of the guys...no luck sneaking in here!
27 March 2019
San Antonio Riverwalk
and The Alamo
23 March 2019
and Schlitterbahn Waterpark
21 March 2019
A day in New Orleans, LA.
Canal Street Ferry
St. Louis Cathedral
Cafe du Monde for Beignets
And a stroll through the French Market and down Bourbon Street.
20 March 2019
Lunch at Lambert's Cafe in Foley, Alabama.
Home of "throwed rolls", where hot rolls are literally thrown to you from across the restaurant.
18 March 2019
Swimming with the manatee in Crystal River, Florida.
16 March 2019
Thank you Jeff and Lori, and especially super-host Gracie, for letting us hang out at your place on Anna Maria Island and use all your fun stuff.
12 March 2019
Four days in Naples with Ruggirellos.
Fun in the sun!
9 March 2019
Disney's Hollywood Studios
8 March 2019
6 March 2019
Disney's Magic Kingdom
5 March 2019
Disney's Animal Kingdom
4 March 2019
Drinks by the pool with Nana and Papa.
1 March 2019
Spending a few days with Grandma and Grandpa for some more Myrtle Beach Fun.
Mini-Golf, Escape Room, Nakato, Beach.
28 February 2019
Camping at Myrtle Beach State Park.
300 yards from the Atlantic Ocean.
26 February 2019
Biking tour of Duke campus.
Cameron Indoor Stadium was all locked up, but when someone came out, Hayden went backdoor on them and caught the door. They turned around, laughed and said "you can go in, but don't get caught!"
24 February 2019
Winds gusting up to 85 kph today kept us from moving on down the road. Ventured out to explore Carter Caves State Park with our guide Coy.
Me: We saw signs for black bears, do you see many bears?
Coy: We had one in the park a few years back.
Hayden: Do you ever see Gollum?
Coy: He's around here all the time.
23 February 2019
The largest timber construction in the world.
Built to the specifications of the Bible.
The Story of Noah.
Plus a comparison of the World view of evolution and the Biblical view of a young, 6000 year old world. Explanations from Grand Canyon, Ice Age, Snow Layers, Sediment Deposits, etc.
An interesting two days.
22 February 2019
Creation, Dinosaurs, the Cosmos and more, explained from a Biblical perspective.
21 February 2019
Fun night reconnecting with these old friends from the Pelee days.
Plain City, OH
AND WE'RE OFF!!
18 February 2019
Home for some Family Day fun.
17 February 2019
Ontario Futsal Cup Champions
10 February 2019
Le Domaine de la Foret Perdue is a 15 km long path that has been Zambonied and transformed into a long and winding skating trail through a forest and past animal pens.
9 February 2019
More Carnival treats
Mad Hatter Meeting and Axe Throwing!
Snow soccer mini-golf
Dufferin Terrace Toboggan Slide
8 February 2019
Bonhomme & his ice palace
7 February 2019
First family ski trip a success!
Katie's first tracks.
Hayden v Mont Tremblant
6 February 2019
Mont Tremblant Ski School today...
the mountain tomorrow!