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Kauai, Hawaii

December 2017 – We spent two days here during our Pride of America cruise, and it turned out to be one of my favorite islands.  We rented a compact car but got a free upgrade to a mustang convertible.  We… Continue Reading →

Big Island, Hawaii

December 2017 – We spent our first day on the Big Island by visiting Carlsmith Beach Park and then exploring the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.  We were hoping to see sea turtles at the beach park, but we unfortunately didn’t… Continue Reading →

Maui, Hawaii

December 2017 – Maui is the second largest Hawaiian island.  Our cruise ship, Pride of America, docked overnight in Kahului.  The first day we explored the eastern side of the island via the Road to Hana.  The second day, we… Continue Reading →

Haiku Stairs (aka Stairway to Heaven) via Moanalua Ridge – Oahu, Hawaii

December 2017 – The Haiku Stairs are illegal to climb, and I had read of people getting up at 3am to start the climb with risk of getting fined.  Since our flight didn’t get into Honolulu until 10pm the night… Continue Reading →

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

November 2017 – We took a quick trip to Philadelphia for Thanksgiving.  After our early flight, we took the train to our hotel and dropped our bags and took a power nap before heading out into the cold, dry air. … Continue Reading →

Yellowstone National Park

August 2017 – We spent three nights in the park, sandwiched between visits to Grand Teton National Park.  The scenery in Yellowstone was so amazing, it was hard to believe we were still on the same planet, let alone in the… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 2

August 2017 – We closed out our visit to Wyoming by returning to Grand Teton NP for the last two nights.  After the crowds of Yellowstone, we were grateful to escape to this quieter park and enjoy some hiking.  We… Continue Reading →

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming – Part 1

August 2017 – Flying into Jackson Hole’s tiny but efficient airport, we were already amazed at the scenery surrounding us.  We picked up our rental car for the next week and grabbed a late lunch in Moose before heading north… Continue Reading →

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake, Alberta

July 2017 – We spent our last full day in Alberta hiking & canoeing at Lake Louise and visiting Moraine Lake.  Since our cabin was only a mile away from Lake Louise, we walked uphill to the lake to avoid… Continue Reading →

Athabasca Glacier Walk, Icefields Parkway, & Yoho National Park, Alberta

July 2017 – We checked out of our room at Sunwapta and headed south to the Icefield Centre.  Across the street and up a drive is the parking lot for the Athabasca Glacier.  I had dressed in layers – a… Continue Reading →

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