Apr 6, 2016 - We are home!
On Monday after spending the night in Edmond, Oklahoma north of Oklahoma City we spent the rest of the day sailing through the rest of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and most of South Dakota before stopping for the night at Aberdeen, South Dakota. It was a beautiful day. On Tuesday after putting on long pants, we continued our journey home. In Saskatchewan we ran into rain which then turned into snow. We arrived home about 6:30 and it was white when we got up this morning. So now we are busy unpacking and have discovered we left a tub of stuff...Jump to full entry
Nov 9, 2015 - On Train Day 3
11/9 Night train rocked and rolled, slowed, stopped and generally rumbled our way along affording me fitful sleep in the somewhat cramped seats. Luckily our group occupied one whole car and we could spread out so we each had 2 seats. By 7am I was tired of 'lying' down so I got up and with most of the rest of the car still asleep I could go about my morning 'chores' with no trouble at all. The club/dining car was practically empty so getting my $2 .25 tea was without wait. Of course, returning to my seat I promptly spilled 1/2 of it...Jump to full entry
Nov 8, 2015 - Day Two
11/8 Day 2 on bus. Sleeping on bus was a bit difficult for me. Beautiful sunny day today. Saskatchuan...very flat countryside... first stop Moose Jaw 11am. Busing onward to Canora where we arrived at 5pm. Spent next 2 hrs. eating and chatting at Raymond's restaurant. Good Chinese food for reasonable $$$, especially if you order a meal for 2 (the portions are big). Then we waited the next 1 1/2 hours for the train in the 5x8 waiting room ( see photo).Jump to full entry
Jul 19, 2015 - More photos of our trip--5
If you're not tired of looking at my photos, I thought I would send you even more to look at. If you want to know where we were when I took them, please ask. It was difficult for me to identify each of the photos just by looking at the picture--without checking the camera for the location of each one. So I figured that I would just send them and let you ask where they were taken, if you were interested. They're pretty places, and well worth visiting to see yourself, if you are ble.Jump to full entry
Jul 18, 2015 - Back home today
Good morning! It’s Saturday, July 18, and we are heading back to PA from Maumee, Ohio. Yesterday was a very long drive, and we were barely able to drag ourselves into the Fairfield Inn & Suites and to have a nightcap to toast the end of the epic journey before we called it a night. We wanted to be on the road early so that Dr. Bob can get back to Coatesville with his eyes still open. Did I ever mention that we travel with a few “special friends” on board the van? There is the obligatory telephone (iPhone) GPS voice array to guide us on our...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2015 - July 16--From Bismarck, ND to Minneapolis
Hello again! We slept in this morning. I don't think we had a choice. I passed out before I even finished my glass of wine last night and didn't wake up until 7. With a few minutes to orient myself to the room, I fell back to sleep until 8:55, and breakfast at the hotel ended at 9. so we missed it. Oh well...there are many places to grab breakfast before we begin our drive to Minneapolis for the night. It's not a terribly long distance, compared with yesterday's, but we will be on the road all day today, allowing for stopping for breakfast...Jump to full entry
Jul 16, 2015 - July 15--Theodore Roosevelt National Park
Well…needless to say, we arrived in Bismarck, ND for the night…at around 11 PM. Road-weary travelers, but the day was not as full of boring as we had expected! When we were in Alberta, we ran into a couple from Maryland, who suggested that we try going through the Theodore Roosevelt National Park on our way to Bismarck. Joe had never suggested it, although he had thought of mentioning it to us. But he didn’t think that either Dr. Bob or I would be very interested in a grasslands park. Boy was he wrong!! Even though it was almost 7 PM and we...Jump to full entry
Jul 14, 2015 - Left Canada--In Whitefish, MT
Here we are in Whitefish, MT. This has been a strange week since Sunday, when we ended up in the clinic with Joe. Something bit his lag, and his right shin looked like he was getting blood poisoning. It was purple from just below the knee, down to just above his ankle, and his entire lower leg was swollen. We stopped at a pharmacy for Joe to pick up some Benedryl, and he had the sense to have the pharmacist take a look at it. She suggested that he go to see a doctor soon. He took her advice, and we all agreed that it was probably the best...Jump to full entry
Jul 13, 2015 - Leaving Canmoore, onto Whiteifsh, MT
We left the Canmoore area this morning and drove up to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake before we headed south. Yesterday was a day of rest for me—at least that’s what I expected. We had a leisurely morning while Dr. Bob went to mass. When he got back to the hotel (remind me to tell you more about the hotel) we went down to the attached restaurant, Woody’s for breakfast. Not a bad breakfast, but not as good as the wings we had from there the night before. We went back to the room, where I decided to stay while the boys took off exploring. I...Jump to full entry
Jul 13, 2015 - July 12
Here we are in Canmoore, AB. I think we have all hit the wall, so to speak. Dr. Bob is at mass right now, and neither Joe nor I feel like moving. I had already realized (at least for myself) that today needed to be a day of rest—not riding in the van or trying to strain my eyes to see wildlife. It takes a toll on a body! And mine is definitely in need of some rest from the routine of the past 9 days. The Quality Resort room is definitely dated, but was probably a very popular, stylish hotel in its day. The rooms overlook views of the...Jump to full entry
Jul 11, 2015 - Lake Louise and Banff at last!
Today we left Hinton, bound for Banff. with occasional detours and a stop for a very late lunch, we arrived at the Quality Resort Chateau in Canmoore. Nice rooms with loft bedrooms, but our a/c has been on for about 2 hours, and it's still about 74 degrees in the unit. Oh well. We will see what we can have done about it tomorrow. Tonight is for propping up our feet and resting up from our long sojourn. Today we drove through some gorgeous landscapes, including the incredible views of Banff's mountains, glaciers and rivers/lakes. We also...Jump to full entry
Jul 10, 2015 - Day 8 of the Journey!
As of today we have been on our journey for 8 days. We have made it to Jasper National Park, after driving about 3200 miles. What they say is that the Journey is the Destination. If you do not expect any delays, problems, or other diversions in a trip, do not go anywhere! No matter how well you plan, things will happen that are unexpected. Things will change the "Plan". If you expect everything to go well, without deviation, you are wrong!! If it happens that way, it is a unique occurrence, and it will never happen again! If you do not...Jump to full entry