←Heidi with Karen Reader enjoying the lush gardens in Oak Bay. ↑Having a great time, waiting for dinner at the Penny Farthing. PS: This is Victoria, British Columbia, Canada for those unfamiliar with intl airport codes.
We’re nearly there
Externalizing my experience for John Buass.
Jackson Hole recap
There is a photo gallery of pictures from our trip to Jackson Hole in Wyoming a little farther down. But here is a quick video with some shots of Colin and I skiing/boarding. Colours are wonky in places as the sensor on my cheapo waterproof camera appears to be defunct. Jackson Hole from Stuart Brannan [...]
Yesterday, Colin and I took a trip to check out the skiing/boarding at Grand Targhee. We felt like we had the place to ourselves. I got out my camera at the top of one of the lifts, but had to wait awhile for someone else to come up the lift before we could ask them [...]
Tetons and N.E.R.
Beautiful day yesterday, full credit to Heidi for this shot of the Tetons. Today, we took a break from the mountain, and visited the National Elk Refuge.
We arrived bedraggled in Wyoming, due to the 2:30 wake-up call for the very early flight, as well as the previously noted "baggage delay". I have to say that the folks working in hospitality here in Jackson are extraordinarily helpful. . . Even the woman with the unenviable job at the airport baggage desk. Of course, [...]
In the words of Ellen Feiss. . .
Bummer. We are in Jackson Hole, but our bags and skis are somewhere else.
We spent Thanksgiving in Nashville. Stayed at the Union Station Hotel, below, which, as the name suggests, used to be the Nashville train station. First stop was the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was well done. Lots of artifacts from the development of the music from its earliest folk music roots, to its [...]
Roadtrip: Great Smoky Mountains
It's day 4 of our road trip. Today's itinerary: explore the town of Asheville, then drive towards Nashville. We spent the night at the Haywood hotel, a building converted from its orignal use as department store. For authenticity, the elevators still announced "Fourth floor, children's wear" ever time we returned to our room. Pretty cheesy, [...]
Roadtrip: Biltmore Estate
Heidi says, this is turning into an architectural roadtrip. Next stop, the Biltmore Estate: the largest private residence in America, and an inspiration to hedge fund managers everywhere. Being noobs, we had no idea what to expect. We plotted the route on the iPad and set out from the Black Walnut for the 10 km [...]
Roadtrip: Asheville N.C.
We drove from Fallingwater to Asheville, but arrived long after the visitor's centre had closed. Hotel Tonight, the app that had guided us so well in Pittsburgh was showing squat in Asheville. We drove around in the dark, wondering what to do. Then we passed a sign for The Lion & The Rose, a [...]
After Pittsburgh, we drove to Fallingwater, the home designed for Edgar Kaufman, owner of Kaufman's department stores in Pittsburgh. You know this place, even if you don't think so, you do. The picture above, is probably duplicated in hundreds of thousands of vacation photo albums. See here, or here, or here. It's a stunning building to [...]
It's the middle of November, and I've got more vacation days left this year than you can shake a stick at. Andrew is living at home for a year and can look after the dog. Time for a road trip. We decide to head south. Hmmm.... First stop turned out to be Pittsburgh. Jeez, [...]
Oregon 2012 from Stuart Brannan on Vimeo. We are home now, and I've compiled some video highlights from our Oregon trip. Have a look. Unfortunately it's 10 minutes long. But, if nothing else you might like the music. You'll see some of this... Arrival Airport feels like Vancouver Elaborate facial hair Cool 40's swing-jazz trio [...]
Look. Up in the sky.
Up before dawn yesterday to go ballooning over the high desert.
In Majestic and proud splendor
Oregonians are an active bunch. . . but they also appreciate a good ol' boy float down the Deschutes River in Bend, on a hot Saturday afternoon. It's a far cry from the 4th of July celebration from 1935-65, when local businesses and community groups built large illuminated floats that literally floated down the river [...]
We climbed this!
Today's highlight was the 1500 ft climb/hike up Mount Scott for spectacular views of Crater Lake.
It’s all good
Last night, the 5 course tasting menu with paired Oregon wines at the Painted Lady Today, Safeway sandwiches sitting on a bench at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area lighthouse.
Through a glass, brightly
We spent today touring wineries in the Willamette Valley. Marie from A Nose for Wine tours was our escort to 5 wineries, all different and very enjoyable. For the curious . . . We spat.
Thanks Portland, it’s been swell
Dinner at the Departure rooftop patio. Tomorrow, off to wine country.