Welcome to the Planet!

This is a personal blog site that I created so anyone can join me as I travel the world.  Along the way we will see interesting places and things and experience local cultures, traditions and foods.  But most of all we will have the opportunity to meet, speak with and really get to know the people with which we share this place we call home.  These are our neighbors, whether around the corner or around the world we are all members of one race….the human race.

If you are new to this site I welcome you and greatly appreciate your comments, feedback and interactions.  If you look through the blog page you will see blogs from a trip to Australia and New Zealand. I recently returned from Indonesia but unfortunately I am a bit behind and have not yet posted those blogs (I hope to soon).  I am leaving soon for a trip around the US and Southwest Canada and I hope to post new blogs during my trip.

A couple of tips on the blog page…..I try to add relevant categories and tags to each blog to make them easier to find and sort.  Also, you can use the Search option if there is a specific word or topic you are trying to find….like Mount Kosciuszko (the highest mountain in Australia….which happens to have the highest “loo” in Australia :-).  Lastly, the Australia & New Zealand blogs were created in a different blogging platform and imported here so I apologize for any formatting issues or broken links with these posts.

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Until next time remember…..it may be a big planet but it’s a small world.

Thanks,

Stephen

 

I began my day in the Fremont section of Seattle.  My plan for this morning was to head back to the downtown area to checkout something I had seen, but did not have time to tour yesterday.  On my way back into the city I stopped at the Gas Works Park on the north shore of Lake Union.  The park is located on the site of the former Seattle Gas Light Company gasification plant.  While the park itself is nothing great it does offer great views of Lake Union, the Aurora Bridge and downtown Seattle…..

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Yesterday morning I spent a fair amount of time deliberating on what to do.  I knew I was going to spend the day in/around Vancouver but I was trying to decide if I wanted to take a ferry to Vancouver Island (images) for the day or if I wanted to try and go whale watching.  On the one hand I’ve always wanted to go to Vancouver Island, but I only had a day so I knew I would only be able to see a very tiny piece of it…most likely Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.  On the other hand I have always wanted to see whales (I tried once unsuccessfully in Maine), but it was late Oct. and the season for seeing whales in this area was just about over so it was 50/50 that we might not see anything.  (read on to see what I decided……)  🙂

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My second day in Vancouver started a little slow.  I had breakfast and then took some time to take care of a few things like laundry, groceries and cleaning out the Jeep…it’s been a long trip. 🙂  After that I set out to see a few things around the Vancouver area….  Please don’t leave. Click here to read more…

 

I woke this morning in the town of Squamish, BC.  My goal for today was Vancouver.   After making/eating breakfast I spent a little time at the Squamish Starbucks booking an Airbnb for this evening and doing a Facebook post.  After that I hit the road and headed south to Vancouver.  Please don’t leave. Click here to read more…

 

I woke this morning just outside of Whistler, British Columbia (BC images).  After waiting out the rain for the past 2 days  in Kamloops I was anxious to hit the trail and do a long hike today.  So I quickly made/ate breakfast and headed further south into Garibaldi Provincial Park (images) to the trailhead for the the hike I had I chosen for today….

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After my epic, and painful, hike up Hermit Trail (images) in Glacier National Park Canada (images) the next places on my destination list were Whistler BC (images) and Garibaldi Provincial Park BC (images).

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I woke early this morning next to Peyto Lake (images) and it was COLD!  The thermometer I have said it was 17!  It was getting light outside but the sun had not yet come up.  I went outside and walked down to the lake shore.  It was so beautiful…..

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I woke very early this morning to take care of a little business. 🙂  When I went outside I looked up (as I always do) and saw something really weird in the sky.  I thought maybe it was clouds but the sky was clear.  I kept looking at it and then I realized what it was.  It was something that I had always wanted to see, but had never seen before…..the Northern Lights!

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I woke this morning still feeling really energized by yesterdays hike and I was ready to head north again. After breakfast I topped off my gas and made my way back onto the Trans-Canada Highway (wiki). After about 5 miles I took the Icefields Parkway, hwy 93 north toward Jasper park and Jasper town.

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