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Western Australia What I’m Reading

Western Australia What I'm Reading I always get so much more out of a big trip when I make the time to do some reading beforehand.  I also love to…

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New Orleans – A Ton of Fun!
New Orleans Jazz Festival

New Orleans – A Ton of Fun!

New Orleans has been throbbing 24/7 since 1718.  It is the birthplace of jazz and has always had music at its heart.  The French Quarter Jazz Festival was in full swing when we arrived - what a great week-end to visit!  New Orleans i's way more than honky tonk pianos and saxophones though.  The food is great here, the welcome is warm, the people are full of life and colour and the vibe is great.

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Scotland North Coast 500 – Final Reflections – Just Be
North Coast 500

Scotland North Coast 500 – Final Reflections – Just Be

Our trip ends today with aa 5 hour drive south from Dunblane home..  It has been an interesting trip to this remote,  far flung land where there is a marvellous amount of nothing to do.  If you are looking for solitude, room to wander and reflect and allow yourself to " just be", then you will find plenty of it in the Scottish Highlands.

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Bear Encounter – Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River
Artist's Point - Absolutely stunning - if you only visit one thing in the Park, this should be it!

Bear Encounter – Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River

This morning, we headed out for Canyon Village. It took 2 and a quarter hours to get there from our hotel - our concept of distance has completely changed. We have to do that trip back the other way at the end of the day too, of course - but there is no alternative of you want to see all this place has to offer. We decided to do an 8 mile trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone River . It took us about 3 hours to complete this - and it was absolutely spectacular. I will let the pictures do the talking here, but this was without doubt the highlight of the trip so far. Artist's Point is definitely a "must do".

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Denali National Park – Into the Alaskan Wilderness …
The accommodation is a bit basic - but then, this is the wilderness!

Denali National Park – Into the Alaskan Wilderness …

We had a morning to kill before the bus ride to the Denali Backcountry Lodge, so we took the shuttle up to the Denali National Park Visitor Centre and learned a bit more about the flora and fauna and the history of the gold rush. I particularly liked the recipe for blueberry pie made famous by one of the early pioneers, Fanny Quigley. First, catch, your bear ... - see the photo for the full recipe! Life was very tough here.

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