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Our next trip - Wonders of the American West!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Well, our first trip is just over and what a trip! We've had so much fun, great company with 38 other people, good Tour Director and Coach Driver and such beautiful places we visited! WOW! I will post photos, plenty taken but having problems with posting them on SP, lol.

Our next tour starts very early tomorrow at 8am with a 6am wake up call. Our first stop will be the quaint alpine village of Vail. We will continue west through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains, entering Utah and take in the spectacular red rock scenery of Castle Valley in the afternoon. We spend the night at Red Cliffs Lodge after a Cowboy BBQ on the banks of the Colorado River.

On Monday we explore Canyonlands N.P. and stop at the Island in the Sky, a mesa resting 1000 feet above the surrounding terrain. We had the afternoon at leisure and at 5pm we going for dinner and then an exciting sunset jet boat ride on the mighty Colorado River!

Tuesday sees us visiting Arches National Park! Then head south and back to Colorado and Anasazi Heritage Center. We end the day at Mesa Verde after enjoying a gourmet dinner inspired by Native American flavours. emoticon

Next morning we enjoy an in-depth visit of fascinating Mesa Verde. We continue to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. We finnish the day with a Navajo ncookout amidst the giant buttes and mesas of this unique landscape while listening to Navajo storytelling and music.

On Thursday we head to Lake Powell, the second largest man-made lake in United States. We will board a ferry at Hall's Crossing and cross the lake to Bullfrog Marina and our lodge.

Friday we head to Capital Reef N.P. best known for its Waterpocket Fold, a 100-mile-long warp in the earth's crust. Then we journey along one of the most beautiful roads in the world, Scenic Byway 12, winding through stunning Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Arrive at Bryce Canyon N.P. and travel the length of this great natural amphitheatre.

Next morning we enjoy a last look at Bryce Canyon's orange and red rock formations glowing in the early morning light before heading to Zion N.P.
Later we head south into Arizona to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon N.P. In the evening we watch the colours change by the minute as the sun sets on the canyon.

On Sunday we journey along the winding Cape Royal Scenic Drive to Point Imperial and Cape Royal for dazzling panoramas over the Grand Canyon. The afternoon is free, perhaps taking a self-guided nature walk along one of the many trails.

Next morning we get to Las Vegas and I get to meet two of my Spark Friends, Jo Ann from Arizona and Grace from New Mexico! emoticon

  
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SPARKENISTA 11/1/2011 11:51PM

    This sounds like it was an amazing trip! I have been to Bryce & Zion and National Parks as well as The Grand Tetons. I will never forget those sights.

I hope you had a great time!

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OPALMOON 10/3/2011 1:42AM

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I'm sure you will enjoy every moment is this incredible trip!

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WYOMOL 9/27/2011 8:18AM

    What a wonderful trip - i LOVE all those spots! Just wish you were coming to Wyoming!

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JOPAPGH 9/26/2011 1:38PM

    I can vouche for North Rim of Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde. Soulds like a great adventure with good food and vistas.

Enjoy!

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JUDYBUGS 9/26/2011 4:09AM

    WOW! Ania - you're seeing more of the States than I have and I've lived here all my life. You are enjoying such an amazing trip - can't wait to see the photos. Let us know when you're able to upload them, which I know won't be for a little while. emoticon emoticon

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MYLLA_R 9/25/2011 10:28PM

    Sounds like an amazing trip! I'm jealous!

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GRATEFULADY 9/25/2011 4:31PM

    So glad you are keeping us up on your travels. You will be seeing some fantastic territory. Enjoy Arches, Zion, Bryce.......oh all of them!!! And especially what fun to look forward to seeing Grace and JoAnn......what fun you will have!!!

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DIDMIS 9/25/2011 4:28PM

    emoticontrip and how exciting you get to end it with a visit with two of your emoticon's.
I have met several of our local sparke friends down here.
God bless on the rest of your trip.


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PHEBESS 9/25/2011 11:49AM

    WOW, sounds wonderful!!!!!! Keep having a fabulous trip!

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L*I*T*A* 9/25/2011 5:29AM

    what an awesome and delightful journey you are taking...
great agenda....thanks for your updates..
waiting for your photos...
blessings and hugs..............lita

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GOANNA2 9/25/2011 4:09AM

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So glad you are having a great time.
Enjoy the wonderful places and I am
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DOOBRIE 9/25/2011 3:36AM

    Oh my - how awesome! This really is a trip of a lifetime isn't it? I am now going to have to look up all those places on Google. Can't wait to see the photos.

Have a fantastic time!

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NANT406 9/25/2011 2:03AM

    Wow! You've been busy. Sounds like you're having a great time. Let me know what you think about the Native American food. Thanks for keeping us updated. emoticon

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2BLEAN_N_FIT_AZ 9/25/2011 1:59AM

    Breath taking is putting it mildly. See you really soon!

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SUSIEPH1 9/25/2011 1:33AM

    Such a awesome trip Ania... One you will never forget!
Enjoy my friend!!
Love and Hugs Susie emoticon emoticon

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GRACIEC 9/25/2011 1:10AM

    You are going to love this trip! The views are unbelievable and the skyline is breathtaking!

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Our first tour - American Parks Trail!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

On Friday 16th September we begin the first of our 2 coach tours of National Parks.
This was the reason for our 7 week holidaying around the USA. Once we got those tours organized, everything else fell into place, including meeting so many of my Spark Friends! emoticon

We start from Salt Lake City, after an orientation tour we travel across the Oregon Trail and visit historic Jackson, Wyoming. After exploring Grand Teton NP we enter Yellowstone NP and spend a day there. We then travel through the Shoshone Canyon & Absaroka Rocky Mountains to the historic town of Cody, to visit the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Then it's to the old cattle town of Billings, Montana.

We will relive 'Custer's Last Stand' at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument. We continue across the great high plains to the Black Hills of South Dakota, and onto Custer State Park.
Next day we go to Crazy Horse Memorial. We will visit Mt. Rushmore National Memorial.

We then leave SD to travel across the grasslands & high plains of Wyoming. Stop @ historic Fort Laramie and continue to the Wild West town of Cheyenne.

On our last day we travel south and climb high into breathtaking Rocky Mountain NP, across the Continental Divide and over Trail Ridge Road to follow the beginnings of the great Colorado River to arrive at our destination - Mile High City of Denver.

That's the end of our first tour on 24th September!

  
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OPALMOON 10/3/2011 1:39AM

    Sounds great!!

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JOPAPGH 9/26/2011 1:41PM

    My sister lives just outside Yellowstone in Bozeman, MT, so I have seen many of these sights with my family in a 29 foot RV.

Enjoy yourself.

Jealous about Rocky Mountain N.P. as we never made it that far.

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EPSIGSIREN 9/14/2011 8:28PM

    Very cool! I took a really fast cross country trip with my friend four years ago (5000 miles in 8 days!) and we went from Mt. Rushmore one afternoon to Cody Wyoming the following morning (bright and early including an hour napping in the parking lot before they opened). My friend is actually related to Buffalo Bill so it was pretty cool. Then we spent the night at Yellowstone, drove down through the Grand Tetons and were at Salt Lake City by dark. I hope you have a great time, I'd love to go back to Yellowstone for more time.

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GOANNA2 9/14/2011 12:38PM

    Wow, sounds like a wonderful adventure Ania.
Aave a great time. emoticon

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LIZZYP609 9/14/2011 9:02AM

    Oh that sounds like SO much fun!! I am jealous!!
We did our own tour for some great national parks in the south west! we have vowed the North west is next!!

Have a great time!!

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NANT406 9/14/2011 8:47AM

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MARYELLEN301 9/14/2011 8:09AM

    A few summers ago my girlfriend and I did almost the exact tour and we loved it! We started in Las Vegas and did Bryce and Zion before we got to Salt Lake City. There are several more parks further south that we have vowed to visit but so far have not planned. One of these days! You will love the rest of your trip as much as the first part. We live in a beautiful country! Enjoy every minute of it!

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INGMARIE 9/14/2011 7:34AM

    WOW sounds great post pictures if you can ?

Have a good time. emoticon

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PHEBESS 9/14/2011 5:48AM

    Sounds wonderful!!!!! Please post photos as you go!

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TRYINGHARD1948 9/14/2011 4:47AM

    A wonderful tour, so glad you shared. Enjoy.

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DOOBRIE 9/14/2011 1:36AM

    Wow, what a trip! Hope you have a great time.

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L*I*T*A* 9/14/2011 12:40AM

    sounds like an awesome time....
keep posting your journey!!!
travel safe.....
blessings and hugs......lita

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SUSIEPH1 9/14/2011 12:11AM

    Sounds just wonderful Ania!!
Hope you have a wondeful time!!
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ETTEZEUS 9/13/2011 11:27PM

    I'm so envious!
What a great time you will have!!


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Just Kidding!

Friday, August 12, 2011

After being married for thirty years....a wife asked her husband to describe her.

He looked at her slowly...then said, "You're A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K."

She asked, "What does that mean?"

He said, "Adorable, Beautiful, Cute, Delightful, Elegant, Foxy, Gorgeous, Hot."

She smiled happily and said...."Oh, that's so lovely.....What about I, J, K?"

He said, "I'm Just Kidding!"

His eye is still swollen.....but it will get better.............

  
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LIZZYP609 8/21/2011 10:02PM

    HA! that is awesome!! LOL

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CANDIS799 8/19/2011 1:08PM

    LOL No I can appreciate the marriage jokes! Hope your vacation is going well!!

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CLAVINOVA 8/14/2011 6:49PM

    Very cute - thanks for sharing with us!

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LIZ329 8/14/2011 7:46AM

    Nice, thanks for the chuckle! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 8/13/2011 7:27PM

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EDDYMEESE 8/13/2011 1:03AM

    Cute :)

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MILLISMA 8/12/2011 8:57AM

    Gonna have to share this one! emoticon

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JHOPPER 8/12/2011 8:40AM

    That's a good one Ania - great way to start the day!

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PEGGYO 8/12/2011 7:47AM

    Starting off my day with a laugh

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INGMARIE 8/12/2011 7:47AM

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Great start of the day.

thanks for the giggles.

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NANT406 8/12/2011 3:59AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good one Ania! Thanks for sharing the laughter.

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From the American Association Of Retired People

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find younger women who are interested in them?
A: Try a bookstore under fiction.

Q: What can a man do while his wife is going through menopause?
A: Keep busy. If you're handy with tools, you can finish the basement. When you're done you'll have a place to live.

Q: Someone has told me that menopause is mentioned in the bible. Is that true?Where it be found?
A: Yes. Matthew 14:92:
"And Mary rode Joseph's ass all the way to Egypt .."

Q: How can you increase the heart rate of your 60-plus year old husband?
A: Tell him you're pregnant.

Q: How can you avoid that terrible curse of the elderly wrinkles?
A: Take off your glasses.

Q: Why should 60-plus year old people use valet parking?
A: Valets don't forget where they park your car.

Q: Is it common for 60-plus year olds to have problems with short term memory storage?
A: Storing memory is not a problem, Retrieving it is the problem.

Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.

Q: Where should 60-plus year olds look for eye glasses?
A: On their foreheads.

Q: What is the most common remark made by 60-plus year olds when they enter antique stores?
A: "Gosh, I remember these!"

SMILE, You've still got your sense of humor!

  
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INGMARIE 8/1/2011 4:57PM

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DOOBRIE 7/28/2011 2:25AM

    Oh dear, I'm 60 next year!

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BUSYMOM911 7/27/2011 1:53AM

    emoticon thanks!

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ANNECEK 7/27/2011 12:33AM

    Hey it's not only 60 yr old's it 48 yr old's too! emoticon emoticon

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LULU1142000 7/26/2011 9:01PM

    Glad to know you are on terra firma again. this is really funny LOL emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 7/26/2011 2:30PM

    Oh, how true, how true!

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Just one more sleep!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

In about 12 hours we leave home on our way to the airport to fly to Scotland with an overnight stopover in Bangkok.

I've had a very busy day today. Went for my walk this morning with SIL even though it was raining. When we started our walk emoticonstopped for a while so we didn't get too wet.

Then I decided to prune my emoticoncan't wait till I come back because it will be middle of spring and they'll be getting ready for the first flush around Melbourne Cup Day - 1st November. I got really wet while gardening but had to finish all the bushes. While there cleaned up some of my front garden and filled a whole green bin that will be emptied on Wednesday. Will have to remind DS in the morning to remember to take the other rubbish bin to the front on Tuesday night.

The afternoon spent online booking a car in Edinburgh for 10 days after we come back from the wedding in Poland.

Younger daughter and SIL came over for dinner tonight and to say good bye.
Still have to organize our visas to USA and a flight from Las Vegas to San Francisco. I might leave it till we get to Scotland and do it from DD's home.

It's after midnight and I am ready for bed. emoticon

  
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JUDYBUGS 7/26/2011 6:14PM

    How wonderful. I know you'll have a grand time. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/24/2011 6:06PM

    Have a wonderful Holiday Ania .. say hello to Bonnie Scotland for me!!.
and have a wonderful time with your Family ...
Take care... Stay safe

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BARBARASDIET 7/24/2011 3:49PM

    Enjoy your trip--sounds exciting!

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SEYSARAH 7/24/2011 2:28PM

    Have a wonderful trip...it sounds like with wonderful planning it will be a memorable vacation.

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DOOBRIE 7/24/2011 1:56PM

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You must be so excited. Have a wonderful trip!

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JHOPPER 7/24/2011 11:39AM

    Have a safe trip my friend - can just imagine your excitement! I wouldn't be able to sleep AT ALL! Hope to hook up at some point when you're in the States. Have a great, great time!!

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FEISTY1949 7/24/2011 11:21AM

    Wonderful trip!! Have a great time!

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L*I*T*A* 7/24/2011 10:31AM

    have an awesome safe trip...
enjoy!!enjoy.........>blessings and hugs...........lita

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