This was where we were for the last few years. We liked hiking and just walking around meeting people. When she was working we were flush. Nice seat on the plane, nice rental, nice digs. It was fun while we were young. The HOA business broke her, she doesn't want to go anywhere but to see her kids and doesn't want to talk to anyone else.
1997 South Caribbean Cruise 1998 DC 1998 East Caribbean Cruise 1999 Tennessee 2000 Cape San Blas. 2004 Alaska 2005 Idaho Wyoming 2006 New Mexico Arizona 2007 The Dakotas 2008 New England 2008 7 Springs ski trip 2009 California 2009 Smokies 2010 Georgia 2011 Colorado 2012 Md 4th 2012 North Carolina 2013 Oregon 2014 Montana 2015 New Zealand 2016 DC 2016 Michigan 2017 Mash Stomp NC
California; San Fran down to Tijuana Mex., and back to LA Various Islands, Bahamas, PR, etc. Arizona, Grand Canyon, Vegas So. Carolina Florida, Naples, Keys, Disney New England States Various cruises DC and Virginia areas Alaska Bermuda Quebec Local NY, Ellis Island, Niagara Falls, etc.
I've been to Alaska on a cruise, that was nice. We used to go to the Outer Banks every year, and have a Timeshare in Orlando that we use every year except last. I'll take a weekend trip not too far away, but really have no interest in going out of the Country.
I've got Hobbies now and with few exceptions my idea of a vacation is just doing what I want instead of what I have to do.
When we went to Alaska we were there a little over 3 weeks. We flew into Fairbanks, rented a minivan and drove all over. We really enjoyed the Kenai the best. We did one day hike that you had to take a water taxi to in Kachemak State Park, across the bay from Homer. It is the only access. It was really cool and certainly good if you want to get away from civilization. The only real touristy places we were was Denali and Seward (where the ships dock). We didn't spend much time there but we did go out on a whale watching boat. We were supposed to take a float plane trip up north from Fairbanks but the airline screwed us up and we lost a day. The way it turned out none of our hotel reservations worked out anyway so we could have gone.
Our Alaska trip was also tied with a cruise. Flew into Fairbanks where I booked a extra day. Landed there and wow, there was a wildfire and the smoke was really thick, so all we could do is hang in the hotel. Left Fairbanks to Denali for a day, did the tour thing. Then, the scenic 9 hour train to catch the cruise ship. Saw a lot of the countryside from the train. The cruise was interesting, glaciers, etc.
Docked in Vancouver, bus to Seattle, and plane back to the good old Garden State.
You guys both went further up north than I did, I would've liked to see that.
We had a one week cruise that left out of Seattle and meandered up as far as Glacier Bay and came back down, stopping here and there. I took a seaplane trip to see the Salmon Breeding Grounds and panned for Gold at another stop. We had reservations for a Helicopter ride to land on a Glacier, but it was too cloudy for them to fly.
If I did that again I'd start out further North to see where you guys went.
We even ducked the bus tour at Denali. There is a trail that goes north along that river right at the gate where cars have to stop and we walked about 3-4 miles up that trail. (took a lunch). It was pretty cool and we saw a bear about as close as I wanted to get to him. He was fishing on the river bank and we were at the top of a pretty good sized cliff on the other side. He was maybe 150 feet away and still looked huge. It was not like the little black bears we get here. We also liked Cooper Landing. There were some little dirt roads that got you back in the woods pretty far for a nice walk after dinner but in June that can get pretty late. It was still daylight at 10pm. Lots of critters back there.
Hi Bill, I've been to the following places, in no particular order:
Australia - Even lived there for 9 months working.
England and Scotland
Ireland - Don't ever let anyone tell you it's cold and miserable, if they do, they only went to the tourist traps.
The US - I went on a package tour with some friends of mine, from CA, down in pretty much a "smiley face" through the South and up the East Coast to New York, I'd do it again, but not in such a condensed sort of thing, it was a real eye-opener, great people though, you could come across any type of person in a matter of minutes, the Auusie guy that was also on the tour (not part of our crowd),got sent home 5 days into the tour for drunken behaviour.
South Africa - I got coaxed into this the year before last, by a guy I used to work with, he came from there, the cities are terrible, avoid them, but once you get out to the country, people are so welcoming and you won't get robbed or indeed set on fire.
The Chatham Islands - Out in the sea off of the East Coast of New Zealand. I have family there, our tribe ate the Mori-ori's to extinction, before we moved to the mainland of New Zealand. After being there for 2 months, I was sick of crayfish and seafood and just wanted a meat pie on return to the mainland.
Yup Trumpy is at the top of the exotic locations list. I saw New Zealand about like he saw the southeast US. We flew into Auckland, got screwed up in baggage claim and missed the flight to Dunedin. We got to spend a few hours in the Wellington airport with Hobbits or something. It was pretty cool actually but that was when we found out they didn't have coffee anymore. Everything was espresso. We were off to Dunedin. Dunedin was a good primer into the country. We had a real nice couple days at lake Taupo and there were some nice trails around there for a walk. We met a lot of great people and just kept that vibe going around the south island, to the north island and drive around there a bit. Last stop was the military museum in Auckland (just for me).
New Zealand is really a cool place. We spent 3 1/2 weeks there and I could have spent another month. You can do touristy stuff in Queenstown or you can just get back to nature in plenty of places. We spent a real nice day walking around Bushy Park, a bird sanctuary. Of course if you like sheep, they are everywhere. I don't know if the turkeys are introduced or if they are native. I did think they were a North American thing tho.
Also in no particular order. Last overseas travel was to Europe in 2019 , two months before the Covid was discovered. Visited, The Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, over a period of 7 weeks. Australia, many times over the last 3 decades, WA, SA, NSW, Q, VIC, ACT. New Caledonia, Rarotonga, Palmerston Atol. Buenos Aires, USA 4 times over the last 15 years, mainly storm chasing, Oklahome, Nebraska, Texas, Missouri, N-S Dakota, Manitoba (Canada) Kentucky, Illenois, Minnesota, Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida, Arizona, New Mexico, Mexico. Egypt, Libia, Russia, USSR. Most of Europe while I lived there. and probably forgotten some places as well.
Rodalco has a really nice (IMHO) worldwide tour there. A few places I had to think about!
My travel plans this year have been canceled for now due to the car accident in mid June and have been in and out of the hospital (started with Trauma unit) and therapy now. Hoping to get back to work October 1st.
Yes Bill, a very close call was in Joplin Missouri in 2011, We were in heavy traffic and in a rain wrapped tornado, was behind us less then a quarter mile, which killed unfortunately 161 people. As we had computer data we knew what was going on. Tried to warn local people as well but we also had to get out to a safe zone.
Link to a YouTube video I made, while in Joplin, most of the buildings were destroyed 30 seconds after us moving and many people in cars in the video may have been killed, we will never know.
Tornadoes are best to watch in Kansas, as the roads are pretty good, land is flat for good observation.