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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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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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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2011 12:52AM

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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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GOANNA2 8/12/2011 3:48PM


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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

    emoticonloved it emoticon

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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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JOANOFSPARK 7/26/2011 1:45PM

    emoticonLove it.. emoticon

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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

Much love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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

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DOOBRIE 7/24/2011 1:56PM

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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6 degrees of blonde.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Please note, I am blonde, lol.



A married couple were asleep when the phone rang at 2 in the morning.
The wife (undoubtedly blonde), picked up the phone,
Listened a moment and said 'How should I know,
that's 200 miles from here!' and hung up.
The husband said, 'Who was that?'
The wife said, 'I don't know,some woman wanting to know if the coast is clear.'



Two blondes are walking down the street.
One notices a compact mirror on the sidewalk and leans down to pick it up..
She opens it, looks in the mirror and says, 'Hmm, this person looks familiar.'
The second blonde says, 'Here, let me see!' So the first blonde hands her the mirror.
The second one looks in the mirror and says, 'You dummy, it's me!'

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A blonde suspects her boyfriend of cheating on her,
So she goes out and buys a gun.
She goes to his apartment unexpectedly and when she opens the door she finds him in the arms of a redhead.
Well, the blonde is really angry.
She opens her purse to take out the gun,
And as she does so, she is overcome with grief.
She takes the gun and puts it to her head.
The boyfriend yells, 'No, honey, don't do it!!!'
The blonde replies, 'Shut up, you're next!'



A blonde was bragging about her knowledge of state capitals.

She proudly says, 'Go ahead, ask me, I know all of them.'

A friend says, 'OK, what's the capital of Wisconsin ?'

The blonde replies, 'Oh, that's easy: W.'



What did the blonde ask her doctor when he told her she was pregnant?

'Is it mine?'



Returning home from work, a blonde was shocked to find her house ransacked and burglarized.

She telephoned the police at once and reported the crime.

The police dispatcher broadcast the call on the radio,
And a K-9 unit, patrolling nearby was the first to respond.
As the K-9 officer approached the house with his dog on a leash,the blonde ran out on the porch, shuddered at the sight of the cop and his dog,then sat down on the steps.

Putting her face in her hands, she moaned, 'I come home to find all my possessions stolen.
I call the police for help, and what do they do?

They send me a BLIND policeman.'

It definitely does NOT apply to all of us!

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CANDIS799 7/28/2011 3:42PM

    LOLOL I love blonde jokes!!

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BUSYMOM911 7/25/2011 5:37PM

    All of them were really good! I especially like the last one. emoticon

Thanks for featuring them in your blog.

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BARBARASDIET 7/24/2011 3:50PM

    I have missed your jokes!!

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SEYSARAH 7/24/2011 2:36PM

    Great fun leading to laughter..nothing better to start Sparking with and I'm blonde too!

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ANNECEK 7/24/2011 12:10AM

    emoticonI love reading these out loud to my husband! emoticon

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/22/2011 7:32PM

    My blonde friends send me the funniest blonde jokes... I'm golden auburn brown in my young days and it used to streak blonde in the sun when I lived in Florida. I'm never out in the sun enough in Kansas and now it's getting old lady silver. Clashes. Hah. I'll have to look at your blogs to see if you are missing other blonde jokes and find some to share! But these are funny too!!


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DESERTDREAMERS 7/22/2011 11:12AM

    By the last one, I was really LOL!

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GOHUSKERS2 7/22/2011 10:42AM

    Another jewel!!! I don't know where you find them all but keep them coming. Will miss your daily jokes when you are on your big trip, but I hope you have a really wonderful time!!

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