Filling Up at the Pump Stateside

I pulled into a gas service station between Burlington and Bellingham WA to make sure that I had enough gas to get me back to Vancouver. Unlike in the UK you can either pay at the pump or pre-pay inside. I always have problems using a card at the pumps over in America because it doesn’t seem to recognise my credit card as credit for … Continue reading Filling Up at the Pump Stateside

Washington Monument – Open Again!

September 19 2019 is the date that the iconic 555 ft high obelisk that is the Washington Monument will reopen to the public. Operated by the National Park Service tickets are issued on a first come first served basis from the Monument Lodge. Hours of operation are 09.00 – 17.00 daily except for 4 July and Christmas. If you book in advance it will cost $1.50 per … Continue reading Washington Monument – Open Again!

Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

Held every July for 10 days this enormous celebration of cowboys, horses, cattle and agriculture was hugely exciting and basically huge. It wasn’t as I imagined at all. I always assumed that the iconic Saddledome was where the rodeo takes place but in fact it was the venue for a show during Stampede. I was in possession of a two day thrill package which gave … Continue reading Calgary Stampede – The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth!

Rocky Mountaineer – Day 2: Kamloops to Banff

It was a very early start and we had to be downstairs by 05.50 to take the coach to the station. Luggage is left in your room and is transported to your next hotel, in this case to Banff. We parked up waiting for one more coach to arrive and like a well oiled machine each coach in order pulled along side it’s train car … Continue reading Rocky Mountaineer – Day 2: Kamloops to Banff

Rocky Mountaineer – First Passage to the West – Day 1: Vancouver to Kamloops

Rocky Mountaineer is a privately owned rail service that operates on three different routes. This journey is on First Passage to the West Eastbound from Vancouver to Banff. Important to note about Rocky Mountaineer and settle some misconceptions There are no overnights on the train – it is not a sleeper service The days are long and can be between 10.5 and 14 hours with … Continue reading Rocky Mountaineer – First Passage to the West – Day 1: Vancouver to Kamloops

Seattle – Mariner’s Stadium Tour

I made a reservation online and decided that the 14.30 tour on 5 July was my preferred choice. Tickets cost $12.50 plus booking fee. I arrived at King St Station Seattle almost on schedule at 11.00. The surrounding streets were from an older period and there was an open air pedestrianised area called Occidental Square that was very lively. I wandered up towards Pike St … Continue reading Seattle – Mariner’s Stadium Tour