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JASPER

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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ROCKY MOUNTAINS COLLAGE -

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JASPER! TOOK MY BREATH AWAY!! BY FAR THE BIGGEST HIGHLIGHT OF OUR TRIP!

STUNNING SCENERY - LAKE MALIGNE, ATHABASCA FALLS, PYRAMID LAKE,
BEAUTIFUL MOUNTAIN LANSCAPES.

THE ABOVE PICTURE WAS TAKEN AT PYRAMID LAKE EARLY MORNING.
I AM VERY PROUD OF THIS SHOT :)
IT WON ME A TRIP TO NEW YORK IN MAY 2017. I ENTERED IT IN A TRAVEL
COMPETITION THAT WENT FOR A WHOLE YEAR WITH AUSPHOTOGRAPHY.
I WON OVER ABOUT 36 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOS AND BEAT THE ADVANCED
WHO WON OVER AROUND 45 PHOTOS. HOW GOOD IS THAT! ;)
SO WE ARE OFF TO NY FOR AN ALL EXPENSES PAID PHOTO TOUR WITH
U DESIGN PHOTO TOURS INCLUDING A PHOTOGRAPHY CHOPPER RIDE
OVER MANHATTAN. WOOHOO!!

WE STAYED AT PYRAMID LAKE RESORT. THE CHALETS HERE ARE VERY
COMFY AND OVERLOOK PYRAMID LAKE. BREAKKY AND DINNER AT THE
RESTAURANT ALSO HAS STUNNING VIEWS OF THE LAKE.

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I WAS HOPING THAT WE WOULD SEE SNOW. IT WAS CERTAINLY COLD
ENOUGH FOR IT.....BRRRR. I BOUGHT A NEW COAT WITH FLUFF AROUND
THE HOOD. BOUGHT IT ESPECIALLY FOR OUR ROCKY MOUNTAIN
EXPERIENCE. I WAS SNUG :)

MALIGNE LAKE.

EVERYWHERE WE WENT WE ENJOYED GORGEOUS VIEWS!
UNFORTUNATELY THE BOAT HERE WASN'T RUNNING BUT THAT WAS
OK BECAUSE THE VIEWS THEMSELVES MADE UP FOR THAT.
WE ALSO SAW OUR FIRST SQUIRREL HERE.
WE HADN'T HAD MUCH LUCK SEEING OTHER NATIVE ANIMALS -
JUST A BABY BLACK BEAR AS WE ARRIVED ON THE TRAIN.
AND A FEW MOOSE THAT CROSSED THE ROAD AS WE WERE DRIVING
TO THE RESORT.

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MOUNTAIN VIEWS.

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ATHABASCA FALLS.

THIS IS A STUNNING SIGHT. THE BOARDWALK IS EASY TO WALK ON
AND THE FALLS ARE ONLY ABOUT 100M IN. PATHWAY IS ALSO
WHEELCHAIR FRIENDLY.

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WE ARRIVED HERE ON THE VIA RAIL. IT WAS A LONG JOURNEY
LEAVING VANCOUVER AT 8PM ON SUNDAY AND ARRIVING AT 4PM
ON MONDAY. BUT MOST DEFINITELY WORTH IT!!

WE ONLY PAID $150AUS EACH AS OPPOSED TO THE ROCKY
MOUNTAINEER WHICH COSTS AROUND $2,000!!
THE TRAIN HAD A FEW LITTLE CABINS UP TOP WITH PERSPECTS
DOME SO WE COULD ENJOY THE MOUNTAIN VIEWS ALONG THE
WAY. WE ALL THOROUGHLY ENJOYED THIS JOURNEY.
UPON ARRIVAL AT JASPER, WE PICKED UP OUR AVIS HIRE CAR,
SET THE GPS AND HEADED 10MIN OUT OF TOWN TO THE RESORT.

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JASPER TOWN IS SMALL. WALKING AROUND THE QUIET STREETS
WAS A PLEASURE.

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LAST DAY BEFORE WE HEADED OUT OF TOWN WE HAD BREAKKY
AT OUR FIRST AMERICAN STYLE DINER. IT WAS PRETTY GOOD
BUT THERE WERE DIFFERENCES TO WHAT WE ARE USED TO
HAVING FOR BREAKKY. THEY HAVE POTATOES FOR BREAKKY...?
THAT'S DIFFERENT. I ASKED FOR TOMATOES WITH MY EGGS
AND BACON.... TOMATOES WEREN'T COOKED HAHA :)
BUT A MOST ENJOYABLE BREAKFAST STILL THE SAME.

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NEXT STOP - BANFF VIA ICEFIELDS PARKWAY.

Posted by aussirose 17:43 Archived in Canada Tagged mountains travellerspoint lake falls usa canada resort belize rocky jasper hk maligne pyramid athabasca 2015 aussirose Comments (0)

BANFF

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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BOW LAKE - BEFORE LAKE LOUISE WHICH IS BEFORE YOU COME INTO BANFF.
MORE ABOUT THAT LATER.

I LOVED THE MAIN STREET OF BANFF WITH IT'S IMPRESSIVE MT RUNDLE
TOWERING OVER THE TOWN. I WAS SO AWE INSPIRED THAT I FORGOT TO
TAKE PICTURES LOL.
WELL HERE ARE A COUPLE OF OK PHOTOS JUST TO SHOW YOU WHAT THE
MAIN STREET LOOKS LIKE.

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I CHOSE TO STAY AT BANFF CARIBOU LODGE. I HAD SEEN PHOTOS ON
BOOKING.COM OF THIS HOTEL COVERED I SNOW!! I SO WANTED TO
EXPERIENCE THIS..... SADLY NO SNOW :(
BUT IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE STILL THE SAME.

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CARIBOU LODGE HAS PLENTY GOING FOR IT AND IT WAS A GOOD CHOICE.
THEY HAVE AN IN-HOTEL POOL & SPA, GREAT RESTAURANT CALLED THE KEG,
FRIENDLY STAFF, BREAKKY WAS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE (SOMETHING NOT
READILY FOUND IN CANADA AND THE USA ON BOOKING.COM).
WE ALSO GOT BUS PASSES INTO TOWN. THE BUS IS OUTSIDE THE FRONT
DOOR. I WOULD NOT HESITATE IN STAYING HERE AGAIN!

THE ROAD FROM JASPER TO BANFF WAS SCENIC AND A COMFORTABLE
EASY DRIVE. FIRST STOP THE ICEFIELDS. THIS WAS COLD! BRRR.
HUBBY AND SON HAD SHORTS ON! ..... HAHA.
FIRST TIME SEEING SNOW UP CLOSE FOR HUBBY AND SON.

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THERE WERE LOADS OF BUSES TAKING TOURISTS OUT TO THE NEW
GLACIER SKYWALK. LOOKED A BIT TOO TOURISTY FOR US SO WE
HURRIED BACK THROUGH THE ICY COLD AIR BACK TO THE CAR AND
CONTINUED OUR JOURNEY.

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BOW LAKE - NEXT STOP.

BOW LAKE WAS MY FAVOURITE. PROBABLY HAD SOMETHING TO DO
WITH US HAVING THE PLACE TO OURSELVES. THE VIEW HERE WAS
STUNNING! :)

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LAKE LOUISE - JUST BEFORE BANFF

WE ARRIVED AT LAKE LOUISE LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND THEREFORE
A LITTLE STRAPPED FOR TIME. HUBBY WAS GOING TO DRIVE STRAIGHT
THROUGH TO BANFF BUT I WAS DETERMINED TO STOP HERE
BECAUSE I HAD SEEN SO MANY GLORIOUS PHOTOS.
I AM GLAD THAT WE DID :)

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BANFF.

JUST LIKE IN JASPER WE ONLY HAD 1 DAY TO ENJOY THIS PLACE....
NOT ENOUGH TIME.

WE DECIDED TO TAKE THE BUS UP THE HILL TO THE HOT SPAS.
GOOD CHOICE! WELL THIS WAS ANOTHER HOLIDAY FIRST FOR US....
WALKING OUT IN ABOUT 8C (FREEZING COLD FOR US) AND SINKING INTO
THE NATURAL HOT SPA. NICE! :)

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BANFF BREWING CO - BEST BEER IN BANFF.

BANFF BREWING WAS A GREAT CHOICE FOR LUNCH AND A FEW
BEER TASTINGS. THE CHILLI WINGS HERE WERE PRETTY GOOD TOO
ALONG WITH A BOWL OF CHEESY FRIES AND GRAVY. YUUUM.
BOTH DISHES, CANADA AND THE US DO WELL :)

A TIP TO ALL OF YOU AUSSIES OUT THERE.....
DON'T ASK FOR CHIPS OR YOU WILL GET CRISPS HAHA.
WHO HAS CRISPS WITH THEIR BURGER??!! LOL.
FISH AND CRISPS ANYONE?....... NOOOO!!! :)

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LEAVING THE FABULOUS ROCKY MOUNTAINS BEHIND WE DROVE TO
CALGARY FOR THE NEXT LEG OF OUR JOURNEY - NEW ORLEANS IN USA.

I ARRANGED FOR US TO STAY RIGHT AT THE AIRPORT IN THE DELTA HOTEL.
THIS WAS A GOOD CHOICE BECAUSE AVIS CAR RENTAL WAS JUST UP THE
ROAD FROM HERE ALONG THE AIRPORT PICKUP AND DROPOFF STRIP.

THE AIRPORT DELTA HOTEL WAS REASONABLY PRICED, HAD A NICE
INDOOR POOL AND A RESTAURANT. AND THAT MADE IT EASY FOR US
IN THE MORNING TO CHECK IN ACROSS THE ROAD AT THE AIRPORT FOR
OUR EARLY MORNING FLIGHT TO NEW ORLEANS VIA HOUSTON.

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FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY -

NEXT DAY WHILST CHECKING IN THROUGH CUSTOMS, THE OFFICER
WAS ASKING US THE USUAL QUESTIONS. JUST BEFORE HE LET US
THROUGH HE CRACKED A WIDE GRIN.....

HUBBY WAS WEARING HIS BLACK T-SHIRT WITH SMALL WHITE WRITING
ON THE FRONT THAT SAYS "NOSY FUCKER ARN'T YOU" :)

NEXT DESTINATION - NEW ORLEANS.

Posted by aussirose 14:29 Archived in Canada Tagged mountains travellerspoint springs lake usa canada banff lodge company belize columbia hot rocky louise hk bow brewing icefield caribou 2015 aussirose Comments (0)

OCOEE TENNESSEE

2015 Big 6 Week Trip


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FAVOURITE PHOTO -

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SMOKY MOUNTAINS COLLAGE

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WE HAD EXPERIENCED THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS AND A MAGNIFICENT
CULTURAL ADVENTURE IN NEW ORLEANS.

NOW IT WAS TIME TO DO THE GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS.

WHY IS IT THAT MOST FLIGHTS IN THE US DON'T FLY DIRECT?....
IT'S ONLY AROUND 3 HOURS FROM NEW ORLEANS TO CHATTANOOGA
HOWEVER WE HAD TO FLY VIA ATLANTA....?

I HAD PLANNED TO DRIVE UP VIA LYNCHBURG AND CHECK OUT THE
JACK DANIELS DISTILLERY. DID YOU KNOW THAT LYNCHBURG IS A
DRY STATE?.... LOL.
ANYWAY, THERE WAS NO ACCOMMODATION IN LYNCHBURG
BECAUSE THEY HAD SOME SORT OF COOKING COMPETITION IN TOWN.

OH WELL.......... OK..... PLAN B - FLY.

I WOULD HAVE LOVED TO HAVE SPENT A FEW DAYS IN CHATTANOOGA
EXPERIENCING MORE GREAT MUSIC AND THE CHATTANOOGA CHOO
CHOO RAIL. WE JUST DIDN'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME.

SO WE ARRIVED IN CHATTANOOGA, PICKED UP OUR AVIS RENTAL AND
HEADED TO OUR FIRST DESTINATION - OCOEE NOT FAR OUT OF TOWN.

I DISCOVERED OCOEE DOING MY USUAL GOOGLING BETWEEN TOWNS.
OCOEE IT SEEMED WAS THE WHITE WATER RAFTING CAPITAL OF THE US.
BET YOU DIDN'T KNOW THAT! ;) THIS SEEMED TO BE A GOOD PLACE
TO STAY ON THE WAY UP TO ASHEVILLE IN THE SMOKEY MOUNTAINS.

I HAD ALSO WANTED TO EXPERIENCE CABIN VACATION LIFE THAT USA
DOES SO GOOD. A CABIN IN THE WOODS COMPLETE WITH LOG FIRE
AND A GOOD RED WINE....... AHHHH.... HEAVEN! :)

WELCOME VALLEY VILLAGE CERTAINLY FIT THE BILL! LOCATED RIGHT
ON THE OCOEE RIVER AND IN THE WOODS, OUR CABIN WAS ABSOLUTELY
DEVINE! IT COULD EASILY ACCOMMODATE SIX OR SEVEN PEOPLE.

OWNERS KEVIN AND JENNY WERE FANTASTIC HOSTS. THEY EVEN
HAD WRITTEN OUR NAMES ON THE WELCOME BLACKBOARD HANGING
ON OUR CABIN :) LOVE THE PERSONAL TOUCH!

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THE WOODS WERE FULL OF SQUIRRELS :) WE COULD HEAR THE BIRDS.
AND THE RIVER...... JESSE JUMPED IN! COLD!!
I MADE HIM DO IT 3 TIMES TO CAPTURE A FEW GREAT PICTURES LIKE
THE ONE ABOVE ;)

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ON THE RIVER THERE WAS A CABANA WITH SEATING TO ENJOY THE
RIVER VIEWS. ALSO THEY HAD PLACES WHERE YOU COULD MAKE A
FIRE.

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GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS - FALL IS IS A BLAST OF GLORIOUS COLOUR
WHEREVER YOU LOOK. IT WAS HERE IN OCOEE WE GOT OUR FIRST
GLIMPSE OF THE MAGNIFICANT FALL MOUNTAIN FOLIAGE.

CHEROKEE MOUNTAINS - OUR DAY HERE WAS JUST FABULOUS!
WE WENT TO A PLACE CALLED CHILHOWEE RECREATION LOOKOUT.
THIS HAS CAMPING FACILITIES SO WOULD BE A GREAT PLACE FOR
HIKERS AND BIKERS TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE :)

IT IS VERY POPULAR FOR MOUNTAIN BIKERS. I CAN SEE WHY.
THE FOLLOWING PHOTOS TELL ALL.

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FUNNY AUSSIROSE STORY -

"WE'VE GOT CHERRY Piii, APPLE Piii, STRAWBERRY Piii, PECAN Piiii........"
I CAN STILL HEAR IT NOW :)

HUBBY WAS TAKEN BACK WITH THE SWEETS MENU AT THIS CAFE IN OCOEE.
IT SEEMED LIKE THEY HAD EVERY SWEET PIE UNDER THE SUN! :)
HUBBY WAS IN HEAVEN!!

ALL I WANTED WAS A BEER.....

I DIPPED OUT. HUBBY WON!

IT WASN'T UNTIL AFTER THE WAITRESSES HAD ADVISED ME
THAT THEY DON'T SELL BEER AND THAT THEY WORE QUAINT
OLDEN DAY DRESS - BIT LIKE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE LOL...
WE SOON REALISED THAT WE WERE SITTING IN AN AUTHENTIC
AMISH CAFE!! WHAT FUN!! :)

I AM NOT A SWEETS FAN BUT I CAN UNDERSTAND HUBBY'S
DELIGHT AT ALL THE SWEET DESERTS ON OFFER. SEEMS
LIKE THEY HAD JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING YOU CAN THINK OF.

BUT THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES HIGH PITCHED VOICE IS WHAT WE BOTH
THINK ABOUT WHEN HUBBY AND I RELIVE OUR MEMORIES HERE LOL.
IT TOOK ALL OF MY ENERGY AT THE TIME NOT TO TOTALLY CRACK UP
LAUGHING..... I CAN STILL HEAR THAT VOICE RINGING IN MY EARS....

LONG STORY SHORT....... IF YOU LIKE SWEET PIES..... YOU JUST
HAVE TO PAY A VISIT TO THE WHITEWATER GRILL IN OCOEE!!! :)

WHITEWATER GRILL - OCOEE RESTAURANT TIP -

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IN SUMMARY, OCOEE WAS A BREATH OF FRESH AIR. OUR CABIN
ACCOMMODATION WAS FABULOUS! I WOULD RECOMMEND THAT.
THE FALL SCENERY AND COLOURS WERE THE BEST IF HAVE EVERY SEEN!
AND THE LOCALS WERE VERY FRIENDLY. IT WAS ALSO A GOOD
INTRODUCTION TO THE BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY THROUGH THE GREAT
SMOKY MOUNTAINS.
IF YOU EVER GET A CHANCE.... OCOEE IS WELL WORTH A VISIT!

NEXT STOP ASHEVILLE - GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS

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