2019-04-17 We didn’t get to SXM last year because our Resort was closed for repairs. In the Fall of 2017 hurricane Irma caused considerable damage to the Island and many resorts were closed for a long time. Over a year later there is still much rebuilding to do, and thankfully our Resort was open early this year.
So some images will show shiny new things (like Sonesta), many other buildings have yet to recover and some may not be rebuilt.
My online album for SXM-2019 shows our Royal Islander Resort and the Maho area, as well as a new attraction of the Rainforest Adventures Zip line and chairlift. We didn’t take the Zip line down but the chairlift gave us some amazing views of Sint Maarten.
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2019-03-01 This year our Cruise took in the Western loop on the Caribbean Princess.
A 7 night sail that took us to 4 new countries.
The first album Cruise-2019-SailAway has some photos from the Sail-Away at Port Everglades in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Our first stop was at the Cayman Islands where we took a local tender to the Island and enjoyed a tour including a stop in HELL, a visit to the Turtle Farm and an exciting swim with the Stingrays on a sand-bar off island.
The next day we sailed into Roatan for another island tour and a great visit to the Gumbalimba nature Park with an Insectarium, Jungle bridge, Iguanas, and various colourful birds.
Our next stop was the country of Belize. Here again we used local tenders to get from the ship to the docks, which were very efficient even with the number of ships in port that day.
The Belize City tour was on the Calypso Train, a rubber-tired vehicle with open passenger cars. This allowed great access to the city scenery with easy photography.
Our last stop was to the Island of Cozumel where we tied up along side 5 other Cruise ships, so the docks where very busy but manageable. Our tour this time took us out on a boat to the submarine Atlantis. We easy boarded the sub and descended to about 25ft then to over 100ft to view the reefs, and various fish. As we turned around we ascended to about 25ft again and came upon a shipwreck. It was a great surprise to see the divers there up close. Unfortunately the thick glass of the sub’s windows and the little amount of sunlight at depth made photography difficult. The sub was not allowed to use any lights around the protected reefs.
2018-09-28 During my visit to Yellowknife I took in the Nights-of-Wonder Photo Workshop and a visit to Buffalo Airways. Since we were there for the full week, we also drove around the city and surrounding area. So this album, Yellowknife-2018-09, contains some photos of the city and the Cameron Falls trip.
2018-09-27 Going up North to Yellowknife was on my to-do list for a long time, but a visit to Buffalo Airways was also on my ‘Bucket-List’. They give a free tour almost every day and it was a treat to walk around the Hangar and Ramp where the Famous TV Show “Ice Pilots NWT” was produced. Sadly they no longer do Passenger Flights so I didn’t get a ride in the DC-3 again. (My first and only DC-3 flight was with EPA from Charlottetown to Moncton in the Winter of 1967)
My online album of the Buffalo Airways Visit.
2018-09-23 Another great Photo Workshop with Dave Brosha and Paul Zizka. This time up North in Yellowknife. The Workshop had 3 nights but only the second night did we see a full display of Northern Lights, and it was spectacular.
My online album Nights-of-Wonder-2018 shows some of the photos taken at the Workshop.
2018-09-03 It was a busy Labour Day Weekend. First the Mudrooters on the dirt track on Sunday, then to the paved oval at Oyster Bed Raceway.
A number of race classes from minis to full-size cars made for an exciting evening. For dessert there was the Demolition Derby that followed.
Here is the link to my Oystery-Bed_Stock-Cars_Demo2018 Flickr Album.
2018-09-02 The 2018 Mudrooters event was again held at the Springton, PEI quarry. It was also another wild and dirty day thanks to PEI Red Dirt. Would have been nice for the water truck to douse the track before the first set. Still lots of Loud, Wild and Dirty fun for all with proceeds to QEH so you can’t complain about that.
Some great action shots here on my Flick Album Mudrooters-Racing-2018.
2018-08-25 ACIAS-2018 this year’s Airshow, was held in Slemon Park (Summerside), PEI again. The Air Show moves around various locations in the Maritimes. Last year it was at RCAF Greenwood.
Air Show Atlantic 2018 ran from Aug 23rd to 26th including the 2 prep days and 2 days of full shows. The CF-18 Demo team and the Snowbirds are a main stay with many other flying and static aircraft. My Flickr Album for Show Atlantic 2018 has some of the images I took over the 3 days I was there.
2018-06-27 I’ve wanted to try flying a “Drone” for Photography and the shear fun of it.
Well the DJI Mavic Air gives me both. It has a 12MP camera with RAW output, and will do 4K Video as well as Full HD from 24fps to 120fps (slow-mo).
So here are some photos taken with my Mavic Air in a Flickr Album that I will update as fly in new areas.
2018-03-13 Our first Sea Cruise was on the Royal Princess out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
A 10 day cruise with 6 Island stops in the Southern Caribbean. However, our first stop, Eluthera/Princess Cays was rained out so we had to sail by in the storm.
The first stop then became St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.
Click on the link above to see photos from our visit there. We had a great open-bus tour followed by a ride up the Gondola for an amazing view of the port city as we enjoyed our lunch.
Our second stop was the Island of Martinique the next morning. We did a guided tour of Fort Louis then a walk around town.
The third Island stop was Grenada early the next morning. Another bus tour of two Forts, followed by a visit to a Hotel where we could use the pool and beach. A great way to relax and enjoy the day.
Each evening we sailed away into beautiful sunsets that we watched from the balcony of our stateroom. So on day 7, we arrived at Bonaire. Some of these Islands are so off the normal tourist track that a visit by Cruise ship was the only likely way to visit. This small island has the clearest water we’ve ever seen. We had a short tour of the central part of the Island on a large electric-cart that could hold 9-10 people.
On day 8 we arrived at the final Island stop in Aruba. We had been here many years ago, and it was interesting to see what changed (little), but more what was the same.
This time we were on a regular tour bus. We stopped at the Ayo Rock Formation, the Natural Bridge and the California Lighthouse on the North side. Then we drove along the shoreline past all the mega Hotels and the beach areas.
For those who have never cruised, I’ve added an album of various shots about the ship.