Monthly Archives: May 2014

Canyonlands – Page Arizona

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View from North Window-Monument Valley

Page Arizona is a small town in NE Arizona that was founded in 1957 as a housing community for workers on the Glen Canyon Dam.  This place is interesting as it is the Gateway to the Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and the Navajo Nation. It sits on Lake Powell, which stretches 180 miles up the Colorado River, and is also situated several hours from The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce and Zion National Parks. Because of its proximity to these sites, tourism is a big part of the Page story. We arrived in Page in late afternoon and stayed two nights at the Lake Powell Resort on the shores of Lake Powell. After a great dinner cruise on Lake Powell we retired and prepared for a number of interesting activities over the next two days. Continue reading »

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Canyonlands- Sedona and Grand Canyon

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Selfie at the Grand Canyon

Last Tuesday we returned from a weeklong tour of N. Arizona and Southern Utah (the Canyon lands). The trip took us through Sedona, to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, Page Arizona, Bryce National Park and Zion National Park. I am going to break the galleries and comments down into four blogs and galleries as each was a little different. Normally, we do travel on a do it yourself/self guided basis and had a variation of this trip planned two years before but had to cancel. This time we decided to do a guided tour and went with Tauck Tours  http://www.tauck.com

 Everything on this tour  was “first class” and it exceeded our expectations. The accommodations were right in the park close to the rim at the Grand Canyon (Kachina Lodge) and Bryce (Bryce Lodge) and in the center of the park at Zion (Zion Lodge). If there was a downside, it was that we didn’t get to spend as much time at some of the stops compared to if we were doing it ourselves. For example we arrived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon late afternoon on Tuesday and departed the next day at 11:00AM. The only multi-night stay was in Page AZ due to the number of activities  which I will get into in next week’s blog. I intend to make future visits to all of these areas to do more photography and hiking so I view this as a minor downside.

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Alaska

_GWN1731Last September, we found a deal with Princess Cruises on a cruise to Alaska. We had been on an Alaska cruise about 15 years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. The price was right and we had the time, so we sailed out of Vancouver bound for Whittier.

The cruise made stops in Ketchikan, Juneau and Skagway but the real highlight was the two days we spent viewing glaciers (in Glacier Bay and College Fjord). Continue reading »

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Singapore

Festivities before dinner alongside the Singapore River

Festivities before dinner alongside the Singapore River

Singapore was the last stop on our South East Asia trip. We had high expectations based on what we had heard and read and despite a little travel fatigue (this was day 19 of our trip), the city exceeded our expectations. It is a great city, very modern and spotless with some cool attractions. We were told it was against the law to eat and drink on the metro as well as chew gum in public. The only downside is that it is a little expensive even with the favorable exchange rate to the USD. Continue reading »

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