Cruise 2018 – Southern Caribbean

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.

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October Gold 2017 Workshop

2017-10-13 This is about the Photography Workshop called “October Gold”.
It was amazing 3-day event held at the Baker Creek Resort near Lake Louise.
Up before dawn every day and out after dusk as well.
The album named “October Gold 2017”, has photos specifically about that event.

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2017-10-12 We flew to Alberta for a Photography Workshop called “October Gold”.(see next post about that).
Before the workshop we drove around Canmore AB, and after the workshop we drove around central BC. Visiting Kamloops, Kelowna and Revelstoke where the weather cooperated right up to the drive back to Calgary.
My photos are in two albums, this one is called “Kamloops-Kelowna-Calgary” which shows images taken before and after the workshop, covering the locations just mentioned.

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2017-09-03 With a name like “Mudrooters” you’d think there would be a lot of Mud flying around. Nope, but there was plenty of good old PEI red dirt in the air.
This event at Springton, PEI was well executed and well attended. A full day of Racing, Rumbling, and Red Dirt. My online album is here: Mudrooters Event 2017-09-03.

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2017-08-26 This year the Atlantic Canada International Air Show was held at RCAF Greenwood, NS.
A great venue and amazing aerial as well as static displays. The website with this year’s info is here :Air Show Atlantic.

My Flickr album with the link below contains just some of the beautiful and thrilling images from this event.
ACIAS 2017 @ RCAF Greenwood.

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2017-07-02(2) Part-3 was about our visit to Niagara Falls. After a great lunch in the air-conditioned Parks restaurant “Elements”, we were ready to head out on the road again.
Canada150_MC_Trip-Part4 will cover the ride through NY, NH, VT, ME, NB and back home.

A short drive to the International bridge and a brief wait for US Customs. Then it was Interstate all the way to Liverpool, NY (Syracruse). We were lucky that traffic was mostly going the other direction.
The BW Liverpool is hidden behind an overpass, but quiet and beautiful. The next day it was back on the Interstate until just before Manchester, NH for another beautiful BW Hotel.
From Manchester, NH we again took good advantage of the Interstates to make tracks for home.
An overnight at BW St.John, NB and clear blue skies for our ride home to PEI.
(Road pix by Kathy)

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MC Trip to Niagara Falls

2017-07-02 While we spent most days just riding the roads on our Harley, we did take some time for a couple of tourist stops. Since we were driving from Burlington-ON to New York state, we just had to visit to Niagara Falls on the way.
This album is about the Niagara Falls photos taken that day.

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CWH Museum on Canada Day

2017-07-01 On Canada Day we rode from Sudbury to Burlington, ON in time to unpack and head out to the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum near Hamilton. There was a planned event that would have the famous Lancaster do a fly-past in Ottawa for Canada Day. My hope was to arrive at the Museum in time to see the Lancaster return and land. We were in luck as I got photos of the Lancaster and B25 Mitchell roaring into the museum taxiway. Just in time to get put away in the museum hangar before the thunderstorm dumped a deluge of rain.
In this album called CWH_Museum_Canada-Day are some photos of some aircraft in the vast collection, although not much time was left in the day.
Also included in the album are some photos of our visit earlier in the week to the Bomber Command Museum in Nanton, AB on our way up to Calgary.

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Canada150 Motorcycle Trip-2

2017-06-25 This is Part-2 of our cross-country motorcyle trip.
This inline album covers the leg going from Calgary-AB to Hamilton (Burlington), ON.
Here again the photos on the road were by Kathy.

This leg includes overnight stops at Swift Current-SK, then Brandon-MB, followed by a very long ride day that ended in long lines of road construction coming into Dryden-ON. Due to forecasts of rain and possible thunderstorms, the next day was a long haul to Wawa, ON. The rain did catch up to us before Wawa but luckily it wasn’t too heavy.
However, for the next two days the rain was on and off, agin with warnings about thunderstorms.
So we did two short hops to Sault-St-Marie, ON one day, then Sudbury the next. Leaving Sudbury we had no rain but fog rolled in and forecasts again were for intermittent rain so the gear stayed on. In the fog and rain the all-weather gear worked great, but as we approached Toronto the sun came out and temps went from +20C to +30C as we navigated the 400-401-QEW.
In the middle of it we got off the highway to switch out of the rain gear. Good thing too as the 401 was a mad-house. Six or more lanes going 110kmh one minute, then dead stop the next, and cars passing all around like a game of hop-scotch.
Finally at the BW Burlington we unpacked and headed out to the CWH Museum near Hamilton.
More about that in the next post since it will have its own album.

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Colorado MC Trip 2017

2017-06-19 This is Part-1 if a set of photo albums showing our cross-country motorcyle trip this summer. Our Harley was shipped by truck to the Mile-High HD dealership in Aurora (Denver) Colorado. We flew to Denver and stayed at the Comfort Inn right next door to the dealership. Up early Monday morning I looked out at the lot, anxiously waiting for 08:30 to get my Harley back. After re-packing the bike, we set off onto various Interstate highways to make our first night on the road at the BW in Rock Springs, WY.
This album Colorado_MC_Trip-2017 shows photos from the first part of our trip from Aurora, CO. The overnight stops were at Rock Springs, WY then Jackson, WY then Gardiner, MT then Kalispell, MT and finally to Calgary, AB.
Kathy took pictures while we rode so they are mixed in the set. My photos also include visits to the Tetons and Yellowstone National Parks.
The Part-2 album will cover the next leg from Calgary, AB back to Cornwall, PEI.

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