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Canada 2017 – Vancouver

15-17th July, 2017. Returning the motorhome to Traveland in Langley was as uneventful as the pickup and we were soon in a taxi heading to our hotel in Vancouver where we would spend two nights before our flight back to … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Othello Tunnels

12th July, 2017. A place of interest not far from Hope is the Othello Tunnels, a series of 5 tunnels and several bridges formerly part of the Kettle Valley Railway running in almost a straight line through a gorge. Opened … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Hope

10-14th July, 2017. Over the weekend we became increasingly concerned about the wildfires that were closing whole areas of central British Columbia. We were due to return the motorhome to Langley near Vancouver on the 15th and already the southern … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Peachland

6-9th July, 2017. One of the things we were most looking forward to during our 30 days motorhoming around western Canada was catching up with old friends, Johanna and Mike. We got to know each other in the early 2000s … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Wells Gray Provincial Park to Vernon

4-5th July, 2017. Despite the dozens of mosquito bites we took away from the Wells Gray Provincial Park, we thoroughly enjoyed our two nights there and were glad we made the detour. We retraced our route south to Clearwater and … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Wells Gray Provincial Park

3rd July, 2017. Following a dreadful night being kept awake by about a million mosquitoes in the motorhome, we decided to explore further into the park. Not far back on the main road north was the turn off to Helmcken … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Valemount to Wells Gray Provincial Park

2nd July, 2017. With another early start, we continued south to the town of Clearwater where we stopped at the Visitor Centre to ask about the road north to Wells Gray Provincial Park where we hoped to camp for a … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Jasper to Valemount

1st July, 2017. Canada Day dawned overcast and raining. As we needed fuel and retail outlets, as far as we knew, would only be open till midday we made an early start from Jasper Gates RV Park. Fuelling up near … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Icefields Parkway Part 2

30th June, 2017. It was another glorious day for the second part of the Icefields Parkway heading towards Jasper. We got off to an early start hoping to beat those pesky tourists to the good viewpoints. The view from Goats … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Icefields Parkway Part 1

29th June, 2017. After the drizzly day yesterday we woke to glorious sunshine again and quickly packed up and headed back through Kickinghorse Pass and then turned north onto the Icefields Parkway, 227kms of road also known as Highway 93. … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Yoho National Park

28th June, 2017. Leaving Canmore behind, we decided to drive back into British Columbia over Kicking Horse Pass to see the Takakkaw Waterfall in the Yoho National Park. Once again there were massive roadworks taking place making it a slow … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Banff, Lake Louise & the Bow Valley Parkway Part 2

27th June, 2017. Moving on from the bear, we arrived at the Lake Louise Gondola which is quite a distance from Lake Louise itself. We had the choice of taking a gondola or a chairlift to the top. Remembering Swiss … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Banff, Lake Louise & the Bow Valley Parkway Part 1

27th June, 2017. As mentioned in the previous post, not being able to stay at Banff or Lake Louise turned out for the best for us. Both places were teeming with people and we certainly would not have enjoyed staying … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Blairmore to Canmore, Alberta

25th– 26th June, 2017. Having studied the map to find the best route north whilst avoiding Calgary, we decided to take the Kananaskis Trail, a road that is closed from 1st December until 14th June. We really had no idea … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Fort Steele to Blairmore, Alberta

24th June, 2017. Another beautiful clear day and a few early morning photos before we packed up to move on. We were once again heading east and I was reading the tourism literature we had collected from a Visitor Centre … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Golden to Fort Steele via Kimberley

23rd June, 2017. After an early visit to the dump point to empty the grey and black water tanks and a quick refuel of the motorhome, we were soon motoring south with no set plan apart from following the road. … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Summit Lake to Golden

22nd June, 2017. Leaving Summit Lake Provincial Park, we drove west towards Nakusp and then north for a couple of hours to reach the ferry crossing from Galena Bay to Shelter Bay on the Upper Arrow Lake. This is said … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Castlegar to Summit Lake via Kaslo

21st June, 2017. Before our departure from Castlegar, Erich had time to take a few more photos. Today’s route would take us to what looked like being an interesting town, Nelson. Along the way we stopped to take some photos … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Osoyoos to Castlegar

20th June, 2017. I was a bit ahead of myself with the previous post and should have saved the photos of the views leaving Osoyoos for this one. Never mind. There is no shortage of photos! Our route from Osoyoos … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Keremeos to Osoyoos

18-19th June, 2017. Having studied the map and making the decision that we would keep heading roughly east, we drove only around 40kms to the lakeside town of Osoyoos, which we quickly discovered was a popular tourist destination. There were … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Bridal Veil Falls to Keremeos

17th June, 2017. Leaving Bridal Veil Falls, we decided to drive approximately 50kms north of Hope to have a look at the Hell’s Gate Airtram spanning the Fraser River. It was a pleasant drive with the river in view for … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Vancouver to Bridal Veil Falls

15th June, 2017. Having finished our time in Victoria we now had to get to Vancouver to collect our rented Motorhome. Again there were a few choices but taking the BC Ferries Connector worked well for us. It was about … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Butterfly Gardens & Butchart Gardens, Vancouver Island

13th June, 2017. One of the main reasons for our stay on Vancouver Island was to visit the Butchart Gardens. As we did not have our own transport, we booked a bus tour which also included a stop at the … Continue reading

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Canada 2017 – Victoria, British Columbia

11 – 14th June, 2017. We flew out of Sitka on a grey and drizzly morning, bound once again for Seattle and an overnight stay close to the airport. We planned to take the light rail, located 3 blocks from … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 14

9-10th June, 2017. A very grey day greeted us and all too soon our cruise was over as we disembarked in Sitka early on the 9th and were transferred to our hotel for the next two nights. Although small, Sitka … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 13

8th June, 2017. Our last full day of the cruise was spent quietly cruising towards Sitka where we would disembark the next morning. However there was no lack of wonderful scenery. We had the most wonderful whale watching experience as … Continue reading

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Alaskan Cruise – Part 12

7th June, 2017. Early in the morning we briefly stopped off at Bartlett Cove to pick up a National Park Ranger and a native Cultural Heritage Guide before proceeding into Glacier Bay, containing 8 tidewater glaciers and a haven for … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 11

6th June, 2017. Next morning we arrived at Alaskan Dream Cruises’ docking facility at Auke Bay across the channel from Orca Point Lodge and some 20km north of Juneau, Alaska’s capital. There we were taken by bus to Mendenhall Glacier … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 10

5th June, 2017 Orca Point Lodge Our dinner this evening was to be a feast of King Crab, Prime Rib with various salads and vegetables followed by desserts and then S’mores cooked over the camp fire. What a view to … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 9

5th June, 2017 continued. One of the pitfalls of writing this blog so long after the event is that sometimes my memory fails me. As it happened, we did have landfall on the 5th. At Orca Point Lodge owned by … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 8

5th June, 2017. Today we were scheduled to cruise Frederick Sound and enter Tracy Arm Fjord with no scheduled landfall. Entering the Fjord we began to see lots of floating ice which only increased the further we travelled. A large … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 7

4th June, 2017. Petersburg Alaska continued. Following lunch on board, the local school bus collected us for a drive around town and to drop us off at the start of the Muskeg Bog trail walk. Emily, our Expedition Leader, guided … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 6

4th June, 2017. Due to our weather enforced itinerary change, we were now a day ahead of where we should be. The Captain, being a resourceful fellow, arranged for us to dock in Petersburg, a town with a rich Norwegian … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 5

3rd June, 2017. Today we were scheduled to visit Kasaan and Thorne Bay but due to gale force winds in Clarence Strait, the Captain had decided to take the vessel all the way around the Behm Canal through sheltered waters … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 4

1st June, 2017. After being shown to our cabins, we settled in the lounge to formally meet the Captain and Crew. Captain Eric. Eric and “Hotel Manager” Amy. 2nd June, 2017. Our first cruise day. Each day the notice board … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 3

1st June, 2017. We had a few hours before we were due to meet the rest of our fellow passengers for a bus tour prior to our transfer to our boat. A few more impressions from Ketchikan. Our hotel. Closeups … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 2

31st May, 2017 Part 2 of our photographic tour of Ketchikan. Closeups of the Totem Poles at the entrance to our hotel. Later in the afternoon Erich decided to walk down to the town along Creek Street, also known as … Continue reading

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Alaska Cruise – Part 1

30th May, 2017 The time had finally arrived for our departure to Seattle via a direct flight to Vancouver. As our departure time was relatively early in the morning, we drove down to Brisbane the previous day and spent a … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 4

On Monday, a full program was provided for those who wished to participate. In the morning a bus trip to Possum Park, originally a WWII ammunition bunker which has now been converted to a cabin and caravan park while retaining … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 3

Following an ecumenical church service at the Juandah Historical Village, we were treated to a camp oven lunch prepared and cooked by members of the Juandah Historical Society. The fires were lit at 3.30am so that the coals would be … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 2

Friday was the first official day of the two day Show and Erich was out early to capture photos of some the local birds. Apostle bird Female Red-rumped Parrot Varigated Fairy-Wren Indian (Common) Myna Jacky Winter We headed out to … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 1

Our first trip for this year was a week away at the small country town of Wandoan as part of a group of fellow residents of RV Homebase to attend the annual “Show”. The founder of RV Homebase began this … Continue reading

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Days 114-122 – Heading for Home – Elliott NT to Maryborough Qld

22nd September, 2016. Elliott to Wonarah Bore Longreach Waterhole was the last of our multi-night camps as the weather was now too hot for us to linger in the north. Lawn Hill and Porcupine Gorge will have to wait for … Continue reading

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Days 111-113 – Longreach Waterhole NT

19th – 21st September, 2016. Following very heavy rain overnight, we had a rather messy time packing up in the morning to move on. We had been greatly anticipating our stop over at Longreach Waterhole, just west of Elliott on … Continue reading

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Days 108-110 – Bitter Springs

16th – 18th September, 2016. We had been tracking our mail forwarded from RV Homebase and expected that it would be in Katherine when we passed through on Friday. The Express Post article had been scanned through Winnellie NT sorting … Continue reading

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Days 106-107 – Sullivan Creek Rest Area

14th -15th September, 2016. Our drive out of Keep River NP was a little easier than our drive in as our tyres were cold and therefore had significantly lower pressure. Still we took it easy just to be sure. We … Continue reading

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Days 104-106 – Keep River National Park

12th – 13th September, 2016. On the road again and heading for the WA/NT border, we stopped briefly in Kununurra to restock the larder and refuel and then we were in the Northern Territory again. Last year we passed the … Continue reading

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Days 102-103 – Purnululu National Park aka The Bungle Bungles

10th-11th September, 2016. Today our destination is Spring Creek Rest Area on the Great Northern Highway about 500m south of the entrance to the Bungle Bungles access road. We had been debating whether it was too hot to attempt the … Continue reading

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Days 95-97 – Heading back to Broome

3rd-5th September, 2016. Having left Dampier early, we were soon back on the North West Coastal Highway heading towards Port Hedland. The roadworks that had been in place when we headed south from Port Hedland at the intersection with the … Continue reading

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Day 101 – Ngumban Cliff Rest Area

9th September, 2016. We got away in good time from Broome’s Gateway on Friday morning but not before Erich took a few last photos. Today we planned to go to Fitzroy Crossing to check out the Geikie Gorge boat tour. … Continue reading

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