A Travellerspoint blog

June 2009

Yellowstone National Park

semi-overcast 18 °C

This trip so far has taken us across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, Canada to Port Angeles in Washington State and then around the Olympic Peninsula to the coast of Oregon. From Bend, Oregon we drove inland to Boise, Idaho, and to Salt Lake City, Idaho, before turning north to Yellowstone National Park. We have no idea why we have no photos of this scenic drive and the many historic hotels that we visited en-route.
However we have some views of the hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone. This is Old Faithful as it gets ready to blow...


And, bang on schedule, somewhere between 35 minutes and 2 hours, up she goes...


The crowd roars their approval and we take off to visit many of the colourful hot springs in Yellowstone...


Yellowstone may be famous for its bears but we didn't see any. We did see plenty of bison...


This little calf was cute...


From Yellowstone we headed up through Wyoming to the badlands of Montana before crossing into Canada and heading to Calgary where our friend, Gottfried, was becoming a Canadian citizen...



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South East Asia Revisited

sunny 18 °C

Real Balinese flags fluttered overhead and a genuine gamelin orchestra played on the stereo as close to thirty faithful blog followers joined us for our Asian Experience evening on Saturday.
Gary brought his motorbike to provide authentic ambience (but we made him switch the stinking thing off).
The weather co-operated to a degree. We had asked for the thirty degree temperatures of the previous few weeks, but, despite our offerings to the Hindu gods, there was a nip in the air as the evening progressed.

Here are a few of the flags we brought back from Bali ...

The guest list was a Who's-Who of truly delightful people

Roy brought a case of real Thai beer and Catherine donated a bottle of Asian brandy (which tastes like it should be fuelling Gary's motorbike).
Thanks to Gary, Barrie and Sumiko, who eagerly took up spatulas to help with the cooking, we turned out enough authentic food to satisfy the throng. We had all the local favourites: Spring Rolls, Satay, Pad Thai, Green and Red Curry and various forms of rice , followed by Sticky Rice and Mango.

Thanks to everyone who came - sorry to those who missed it.
If only we had thought to take a group photo! No matter - here are just a few of the happy diners learning what it is like to eat in the backstreets of Bangkok...


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