Okay, lets drag out and dust off a thread not used any too recently.....
I just got back from Amsterdam, Netherlands and Barcelona, Spain, 6 days in each. Y'all will be the lucky ones for me to share some of my pics with when I remember how to do all that again. Tell you what, coming up on 6 months retired and this was my third trip already, that working stuff is for the birds!
Amsterdam I'm sure would have been much more enjoyable in warmer months and I know it's legal there and more and more so here, but I don't really enjoy walking down the sidewalk and the people in front of me having their pot smoke drifting back at me. I think it is just the residual cop thing, cause normal cigarette, cigar, pipe smoke, while it may not be pleasant, it doesn't bother me being nearby to it like pot smoke does. I was surprised how much of it was around. All in all, the city was great and I had a good time. Did side trips to Den Haag (The Hage) and Utrecht. History and museum overload!
Barcelona is going to start competing with my very favorite city Paris, if I'm not careful. I had a tremendous time there and will return. Lots to see and do, pleasant people and good transportation for a tourist. Checked out Sitges further down the coast on the Mediterranean and then Girona further north and in the mountains. This was my first time to either Amsterdam or Barcelona, though my partner had been to them BM (before me) a really long time ago. Highly recommended.
Has anybody else out there been doing some recent travel that they are willing to share info on?
Post by edmontongreg on Nov 18, 2016 17:27:04 GMT -5
Travelled and moved (this may be long). I retired in June and hung around my hometown for a week afterwards. Near the end of the month I packed up the Jeep and a trailer and headed West. In the trailer was my motorcycle. I was in no hurry to get anywhere so I toured Alberta. I got to sleep where dinosaurs roamed, in Drumheller. I stayed a few nights in the Crowsnet Pass (Alberta and British Columbia (BC) border) and then camped all around Kootenay Lake in South Central BC. The town Nelson is the largest community, it was made famous in Steve Martin's movie 'Roxanne'. He played a Fire Chief. There is a mural of Steve in town dressed as a Fire Chief. I camped for most of July at Kootenay Creek campsite. It is on the shores of the lake and really well maintained. In my Jeeo I crossed two passes, not terribly difficult, but a 4x4 was needed. The second pass I drove actually took me a long way from where I was staying. The drive was about 80 kms and I went over a mountain. When I got to the other side I did not know where I was. But as I drove along the road got better. Two bears later I wound up in Kimberly, BC. When I looked up how far from home I was, I learned I was about 250 kilometres from my campsite. It was a long drive back, but I had lots of fun, danced to Cornbread by Dave Matthews on top of a mountain - by myself.
The next day I was riding my bike North of Kaslo BC and wiped out. Three broken ribs and a lot of scrapes. The ribs were the worst part, I couldn't lie down. I would up sleeping in my Jeep, passenger seat as I could adjust the angle of pressure. I stayed at my campsite for another week and then a friend wanted to meet up in Sicamous, BC. North West of where I was. The trip through the Slocan Valley is one of the most beautiful places in Canada, it ends with you taking a ferry across Upper Arm Lake and then heading up to Revelstoke.
At Sicamous I did some touring, I climbed a mountain right beside the town. it was great. My buddy was on his bike and he kept taking off. So later the same day I went to Enderby. BC and climbed another mountain. This was the scariest thing. It looked like it was going to rain, but it never did, on me. I got to the top of the mountain and looked around. I didn't stay there long as there were dark clouds all around me. When I got to the town of Enderby it was obvious that it oha rained, really rained. When I got back to Sicamous I heard that they had broken a record as to the amount of rainfall they got in a short period of time. I guess all of these storms went on either side of my mountain. A good thing as the road down was a combination of sand and shale. I couldn't imagine it soaking wet.
I left Sicamous and headed back to Edmonton. Along the way I stopped at Craigellachie, BC. This is where the Last Spike of the Canadian Pacific Railroad was hammered home 07 November 1885. The railroad was promised to British Columbia to ensure it would join Canada. It was a tremendous feat, the Rocky, Selkirk and Coastal Ranges are pretty challenging mountains. I left there and headed up Roger's Pass, more rain. A lot of it. I drove up through the Columbia Icefields Parkway and then to Edmonton. I had to go back there for health care, I didn't have to pay for any accident stuff in BC, but I figured I should be in my home province for continued care.
I would up camping North of Edmonton for a month. I was offered a place to stay with a friend but I still could not sleep lying down. The Jeep was still the best bet.
Near the end of August I loaded up the trailer and again headed to BC. I needed to find a place to move to. I found a place in Trail. It is close to Nelson. I stayed a week and then went back to Edmonton to fill up the trailer again. I finished moving by the third week of September.
I am waiting for the New Year to get a part time job, don't want any tax issues - changing Provinces mid-year is not good. The bike was a write off and it took so long recovering, I am not sure I'd want to go through that again. I still remember sliding across the highway.
Congrats on finally making the move and getting healed! I agree with your thoughts about replacing the bike, but I'm a wuss when it comes to them. I like my 4 walls of steel around me. Take the top off the jeep or get a convertible, you can still have the wind in your hair if that's what makes you feel good! I looked up Trail on Google Maps. Beautiful photos of the area. Looks like you can learn the whole city map in a day or two... Hopefully you will find a big strapping lumber jack or RCMP (if that's your type) boyfriend while your there. I think that would be a great incentive to settle down there! I probably won't be making anymore trips for the next two months, until after New Years, but I'm hoping 2017 will bring a bunch more!
Post by edmontongreg on Dec 4, 2016 14:24:01 GMT -5
I sold the hard top to the Jeep, no need to try moving it around. It is a bit cool in the Jeep with the soft top until the engine warms up. Then it is pretty warm. I am still settling in, I make sure I take day trips at least once a week. After living in the prairies for 25 years, living in the mountains is great!. I have been getting out with my camera too. I took a class in how to use it more effectively and proceeded to screw up the pictures. It appears camera folks learn to use cameras differently. So when they tell you yo turn something on or off, they don't tell you how to compensate for what you did. I had grainy pictures for two weeks, which was a pain. Luckily the places I took pictures at are less than 50 miles away. An excuse for another trip!
Neat shot (if it were less grainy...) I got to take some great shots of snowy trees like that in Switzerland several years back. It looks like the area will be a great area to really work on camera techniques and skills. Get enough excellent shots under your belt and you can start marketing either some of your completed work or your services as a photographer. Both could be a nice challenge if you develop this hobby.