Road to Nowhere

Day 1 – Stay on the right side…

First day of extremes - from the madness of LA to the isolation of the Mojave and temperatures from 106F down to 50F in the mountains above Palm springs. After an early start first business of the day was breakfast  with Ethan's veggistential crisis, being...

No sleep ’til Laughlin

4:30am but my body is insisting that it's lunch time. No more sleep in the the City of Night I suspect. Could be an early start... Time to scope out that all American breakfast...

Mystic MK

After a week struggling with sleep patterns, the body clock is finally getting readjusted to UK time. Probably not the ideal occasion, one might think, to get up at 2am after 3 hours sleep and drive to Milton Keynes. "Milton Keynes?", I hear you cry, "Why would you go...

The Desert

So it turns out that there is a desert in Britain. Nonsense I hear you cry! I shit you not -  a bone fide, meteorologically verified desert. Discovered my Ethan of course, but how he stumbled across the strange micro climatic oddity is anyone's guess. Still, we duly...

Day 14 – Into the Belly of the Beast

This is a day to tick off some of Ethan's list after he tolerated my unseemly space geekery yesterday. First up, a tour around the rather impressive Capitol Building. I found it all quite fascinating (although obviously, I would not admit this to Ethan) and got an...

Day 10 – From the Top of the World to the Bottom of the Barrel

Pigeon Forge / Gatlinburg / Smoky Mountains A day of contrasts today. We are perched in the hills high above Pigeon Forge, living in the lap of luxury... Down in Pigeon Forge, life does not seem to run at the same slow pace. Imagine Skegness and Blackpool combined,...

Day 15 – 3 Countries in a Day

Up early after spending the evening cowering in our hotel room watching a spectacular thunderstorm over the Rockies. Also cowering in fear of getting charged another £9 a pint for cider ... still they were very good, the Canadians really seem to have gotten the hang...

Day 10 – Now you see it…

Ah bliss - all the comforts of home : normal temperature, clouds (yes clouds!), Skegness-like tat stores and, of course sweet,sweet sea-level oxygen! My kinda town.  Not to mention British-style hotel rooms: Have to say though, it felt a little wrong to eat fish...

Day 14 – The Long Road Home

Definitely feeling the effects of the rafting yesterday, so probably just as well that we have a day of driving ather than walking today. No chance of seizing up while sitting in a car for 7 hours 🙂 We are taking a long leisurely loop back to Calgary via Waterton...

Day 2 – Dinosaurs, Hoodoos and Bandits in the Badlands

So. Having only just gotten to sleep (or so it seemed), I was rudely awakened by a blaring alert on my phone at 3am from the Canadian government (or at least the authorities in Alberta) were sending out an alert to everyone. I fully expected it to be a terrorist...
Mystic MK

Mystic MK

After a week struggling with sleep patterns, the body clock is finally getting readjusted to UK time. Probably not the ideal occasion, one might think, to get up at 2am after 3 hours sleep and drive to Milton Keynes. "Milton Keynes?", I hear you cry, "Why would you go...

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Day 15 – 3 Countries in a Day

Day 15 – 3 Countries in a Day

Up early after spending the evening cowering in our hotel room watching a spectacular thunderstorm over the Rockies. Also cowering in fear of getting charged another £9 a pint for cider ... still they were very good, the Canadians really seem to have gotten the hang...

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Day 14 – The Long Road Home

Day 14 – The Long Road Home

Definitely feeling the effects of the rafting yesterday, so probably just as well that we have a day of driving ather than walking today. No chance of seizing up while sitting in a car for 7 hours 🙂 We are taking a long leisurely loop back to Calgary via Waterton...

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Day 13 – The Kicking Horse Kicks Back

Day 13 – The Kicking Horse Kicks Back

I can feel it will be a short entry today as I am exhausted from my heroic efforts doing battle with the rapids on the Kicking Horse river. Who knew white water rafting could be such fun? Fighting the urge to bail during the safety talk, we launched onto the river for...

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Day 12 – Round & Round We Go

Day 12 – Round & Round We Go

Up bright and early today for our intrepid ascent to the Plain of the Six Glaciers above Lake Louise. The idea is to get there in time to get a parking space rather than have to get the shuttle bus either side of an epic hike. What were we thinking? Hold ups at 2...

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Day 11 – Radium Hot Springs and Crossing the Great Divide

Day 11 – Radium Hot Springs and Crossing the Great Divide

A little tired this morning, as I was kept awake by some critter scratching away in the night. When I took a look, I'm fairly sure that I saw the tell tale stripey back if a chipmunk disappearing behind the dresser. Could have been worse, could have been a raccoon on...

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Day 8 – Snow Day

Day 8 – Snow Day

Snow Day? Yep, snow day. In June. We woke up to a sprinkling of snow and no mountains in sight. Could have been worse: apparently Banff got 25cm. Mad weather. It was 29C last weekend, down to about 3 or 4 today and forecast to go up to 30 by the middle of next week....

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Day 7 – Été?  Non, c’est juin

Day 7 – Été? Non, c’est juin

We're heading west today for a change. This presents us with an opportunity to maximize the use of our National Parks Discovery pass. Having ticked off, Banff, Jasper and Yoho national parks, we now head off through Glacier and Revelstoke Mountain national parks....

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Day 6 – Doing the Bear Minimum

Day 6 – Doing the Bear Minimum

First sighting of a black bear in the wild today. Well I say in the wild, it was on the road down from where we are staying, about a mile from our apartment. A mother and cub which I believe is the combo not to be messed with, so it focused our minds on getting tooled...

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