FUN-photos: Majestic Monarch Migration!

February 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Every year thousands of these lovely creatures arrive in Pismo Beach from late October to February.  Dense clusters fill the eucalyptus trees with each butterfly hanging with its wing down over the one below it to form a shingle effect. This provides shelter from the rain and warmth for the group. The weight of the cluster help keeps it from whipping in the wind and dislodging the butterflies. And from a distance they look like brown leaves. We got lucky as the weather was unseasonably warm which causes them to fly around! Pretty spectacular to say the least.

For my birthday getaway this year (after I got my fill of the butterflies) we spent a couple of days in quaint, laid back Avila Beach sprinkled with some central coast wine tasting!

FUN Bonus: Lunar Showstopper Sighting  – The night before we left I awoke and caught a glimpse of the rare trifecta: a blue moon (2nd full moon in a calendar month), a super moon (full moon at its closest point to Earth) and a blood moon (a lunar eclipse)!

FUN-photos: Seabourn St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise – 10 days

October 14, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Seabourn St. Lawrence Seaway Cruise – 10 days 

We boarded our ship in Boston for the 10 day cruise to the St. Lawrence Seaway just as the remnants of Hurricane Jose hit the east coast.

  • 1st stop – Beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine & Commanding Cadillac Mountain in the Acadia National Park with its awesome views.
  • 2nd stop – Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada & picturesque Peggy’s Cove with its brightly painted wooden buildings & famous red & white lighthouse.
  • 3rd stop – Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island & the central coastal loop with its rolling farm fields, white sand beaches & grassy dunes on the north, & the south that leads to red clay cliffs.
  • 4th stop – Baie-Comeau with its balmy 54 degrees & strong wind gusts made for a very short stroll.
  • 5th stop – Saguenay Fjord ranked among the 16 must-see world attractions by National Geographic & stops at 2 of the “most beautiful villages” in Québec.
  • 6th stop – Quaint Québec with its walled city & narrow cobblestone streets to magnificent Montmorency Falls with its cliff top footpath to the suspended bridge.

Last stop – Amazing Montréal where we spent 2 days exploring the Old City & enjoying the eye-popping art work that adorned the downtown.

FUN-photos: Niagara Falls & New England Fall Foliage – 10 days

October 13, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: Niagara Falls & New England Fall Foliage – 10 days 

1st stop Niagara Falls – making it official that we have now been to the top 3 water falls in the world Niagara, Iguazu & Victoria together. Then it was on to lovely Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada via the picturesque Niagara River Parkway where stately country homes & vineyards vie for your attention.

  • Our 2nd stop was 3 delightful days with Don & Steve, cruise mates from our 2013 South America trip, in Boston & the Berkshires.

Then we headed north to Woodstock, Vermont & on to North Conway, New Hampshire, via the Kancamagus Highway in search of fall color & covered bridges.

  • Our last stop was Rockport, MA before we returned to Boston for our cruise.

FUN-video – The UK & Whisky Festival – Movie Trailer

June 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-video – The UK & Whisky Festival – Movie Trailer 

At 16 days, this was the shortest international trip we have taken since Chris retired in 2009. And it was great to travel with only a carry on bag. Enjoy!

https://youtu.be/V0LsKlaDeWY

FUN-photos: UK – Scotland

June 19, 2017 by · Comments Off on FUN-photos: UK – Scotland 

The whole reason for taking this trip was to experience Fèis Ìle…The Islay Festival of Music and Malt!

  • Whisky tasting is a whole lot like wine tasting. Swirl, smell, sip, swallow…and then the taste…                        …soft & subtle…or strong… smoky, spicy, salty, sweet?

After spending the night in Paisley, the town next to the Glasgow airport, and a short 45 minute flight we arrived in Islay at 9:15. That gave us 3 full days on the island, where we made it to 7 of the 8 distilleries, and tasted a record 35 different single malt whiskies!

  • Our last two days were spent in Oban on the west coast and southern part of the Scottish Highlands.  We took the ferry to Kennacraig where Alex & Barbara awaited us for the scenic 2 hour drive back to their home. We met them on our “Slow Boat to Singapore Cruise” in 2016. We had a lovely time exploring the sights, which included a tour of the Oban Distillery, and of course drinking more whisky!

By the end of our 5 days in Scotland, we had tasted a grand total of 45 single malt whiskies…plus 2 rhubarb gins (one with ginger added) & 2 liqueurs…mind you they were wee little tastes…

…some just a wee little bit bigger!

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