Road to Nowhere

Day 3 – Ridiculous, just ridiculous

So, time to leave Calgary and head for the hills. We perhaps haven't seen Calgary at its liveliest - it still being a month until the famous Stampede. Not that I have a particular hankering to see this event, but it would be fun to be here so that I could keep telling...

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 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...

Day 11 – On the Trail of the Lonesome Pine

Pigeon Forge to Roanoke Time for the return leg back to DC. Goodbye to the South and thanks y'all! An epic drive today. Could have been more epic as we had intended to do the entire route via the Blue Ridge Parkway but, once it became apparent that this would cause us...

Day 3 – Hotter than a coonskin jockstrap

Winchester to Bowling Green via Louisville and Mammoth Caves Phew! 90-odd degrees and humid... and stays that way well into the evening. Just as well we spent a few hours in the subterranean coolness of Mamouth Caves. Not that we thought we were likely to make it. We...

Day 2 – Get your kicks…

Wildlife Day Started with a leisurely trundle along Route 66. Encountered first exotic wildlife as a snake slithered across the road in front of the car. Co-incidentally,  had first road-kill of the trip. Did manage to avoid a small prairie dog like mammal later...

Day 15 – Where now Captain Howdy?

We're casting our net a bit wider today. Heading out of the centre to the zoo and to explore the historic areas of Georgetown and Foggy Bottom. We're probably not going to spend much time in Foggy Bottom, but I just like typing it. Shady Grove is another...

Day 7 – Never get out of the car. Absolutely goddamn right!

Definitely stay anywhere air-conditioned. Made the mistake on the first night here of trying to explore Vegas on foot. Anywhere where the temperature doesn't drop below 90 at night is clearly wrong. There is a strange effect here of being able to walk towards...

Day 11 – Like Wales? They are whales!

San Francisco to Avila Beach via San Jose & Monterrey (very briefly and abortively) Started the day with a trip to the  rather entertaining Winchester Mystery House, home to the widow of the Winchester rifle guy. Apparently she was told by a psychic that the...

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...
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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