Wednesday, December 24, 2014
We split the driving up over two and a half days, avoiding a snow storm in the Rockies by leaving earlier than planned on Saturday. We stayed in Grand Junction, CO, St. George, UT, and Bakersfield, CA on our way out. While in Bakersfield we were able to have breakfast with my friend Joe.
Before heading out to the beach we stopped in Paso Robles to do some wine tasting and have some lunch. Naga really enjoyed splashing around in the surf once she got used to the waves. We also got a chance to have lunch on the harbor at Morro Bay and go for a hike at Irish Hills National Reserve.
In Tulare it was great to spend Christmas with my family. It would have been nice to spend more time with them, but we had to get back on the road to head back to Colorado. It ended up being a lot of time on the road. It was a scenic drive, but maybe next time we'll just fly.
Saturday, October 18, 2014
It was especially fun going to nice restaurants (Eagle, Eagle von Eagle) and tasting whiskey at the Koval distillery. We also rode bicycles along the lake front and did some shopping.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Monday, August 4, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
We took several hikes through the mountains, enjoyed a jeep tour with a guide that pointed out different varieties of flowers, and had a lot of great food and drink.
It was really nice of Erin's parents to treat us to such a wonderful experience.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
Naga wasn't quite sure what to make of camping. After having played fetch in dog parks she seemed to think we were in another dog park and we should continue to play fetch as long as we were there. This proved a little difficult even on the long leash we had her on. As it got dark and we got a fire going she finally settled down.
Sleeping in the tent was another unusual experience for her. She wasn't thrilled with the idea, but when we went to bed she curled up at the foot of our blow-up mattress and went to sleep. It was a cold night, but she helped us stay warm.
The next morning we got up, had breakfast, and went on a hike. It was a beautiful morning and the park looked spectacular. By noon we were packing up and had a picnic on our way out. We could see the storm clouds gathering and knew that it was going to start raining again.
When we got home we all took a long nap because we were exhausted.
Friday, July 4, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
We then went out to the Capilano Suspension bridge. The view from the bridge and the surrounding forest was beautiful.
We had also taken a simulated flight over Canada complete with dangling feet and blowing wind.
We had also taken some time at the Granville Island Public Market to do some shopping. That night we went to the Blue Water Cafe and Raw Bar.
With the sun shining, we spent the next morning with one last visit to Stanley Park. We then went into town for a Gastronomic tour. Our tour guide took us to many delicious restaurants starting with dim sum and ending with gelato. We were stuffed and all the food was really good. That night was Canada Day so we listened as people shot off fireworks over the harbor. We were exhausted though and ready to go to bed. We had a flight to catch the next day.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
After getting settled in our room we went to happy hour at the bar in our hotel. The bartender talked to us about the history of bar tending how they were bringing back the classical style of bar tending with in-house bitters and cocktails made to suit the patron.
The next morning we went out to the Butchart Gardens. The manicured gardens were the most beautiful I can remember. Everything was so green.
After the gardens we went to a cider farm where they had tastings and we had lunch. It was fun to sample the different ciders from very dry to sweet. Our favorite was the one right in the middle.
That evening we got some fish and chips by the fisherman's wharf and then suited up to head out on the water. We were taking a speed boat out to spot some killer whales. It was an amazing experience as the whales breached and played around us at times coming close to the boat.
We finally got our luggage and made the trek to Vancouver. It was a long haul as we took a bus to the ferry and then a bus from the ferry to the train which took us downtown. It didn't help that I had forgotten to get tickets or exact change for the second bus and we had to wait at the ferry terminal for the next bus. We were glad to get to our hotel at the end of the day.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
By the time we got down to Colorado Springs it was getting dark and we stopped at Edelweiss German Restaurant for dinner. It was delicious.
We then went to Manitou Springs. We were staying in the Buffalo Bill room at The Cliff House. We were hoping it would be warm, but it had just snowed so it was rather cold. We ended up watching a movie in our room.
Since it was so cold out we decided not to head up Pikes Peak. Instead we had some breakfast and walked around town. After checking out we went over to Garden of the Gods where we took this photo. The snow on the red rocks was very beautiful and it was good to hike around.