Death Valley—Day 2

  Starting the day in the ghost town of Rhyolite…

 

Salt Creek… fish in the desert!

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Mesquite Dunes…

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Barefoot in the rain in the desert!

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Lunch—last stop in the park…

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Driving home…

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Day 20—Seattle, Portland, Coos Bay

Starting the morning with our annual Fantasy Football draft.  Thanks to Blake, Courtney, and Älska for hosting us this weekend!

Älska love…

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En route to Portland for dinner with Amanda…!

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Continuing on to Coos Bay, OR.

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Day 18—Vancouver to Seattle

Rainy and misty morning in Vancouver checking out the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Canyon and skywalk…

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Tree canopy walk (smaller suspension bridges):

Extension onto the lake, carved into a fallen tree trunk…

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After an awesome lunch in Vancouver (Pinche Taco Shop), drove through the city and finally back across the border to Washington!

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So nice to be in Seattle!! :D

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Day 14—Columbia Icefield

Another very early morning, to drive up to Columbia Icefield, on the northern border of Banff National Park and southern border of Jasper National Park.

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Driving in a giant bus up to the icefield!
(look how steep that road is!)

Giant fissure!

So touristy… standing on Athabasca Glacier!

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Hazy day from the fires in the area… =/

Skywalk…

Yess construction!!

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Back at camp…

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Day 13—Lake Louise

Arriving early, to start the Plain of Six Glaciers hike…

Victoria Glacier…

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Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House!

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Avalanche!

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Walking toward the Lake Agnes tea house…

Made it to 1200 ft above Lake Louise (7000 ft elev), to the oldest tea house in Canada!

Gluten-free brownie…!

Mirror Lake and Big Beehive!

OMG imperial units in Canada!

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Descending back down to the Chateau Lake Louise…

Icelandic poppies…

Enjoying a dinner with a view…

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Lake Moraine at dusk…

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Driving back to camp at Johnston Canyon…

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Day 12—Banff National Park

Castle Mountain

Silverton Falls

The Cave… where Banff National Park and the Canadian National Park system began…

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Day 11—Kootenay and Canmore

After a lovely night in Windermere, we drove through British Columbia’s Kootenay National Park en route to Canmore, Alberta.

Young bighorn sheep…

Paint Pots Trail…

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Marble Canyon

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Arrived in Canmore (near Banff National Park)!

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View from dinner at the Iron Goat Pub & Grill…

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View from our motel room…

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Day 10—Driving to Windermere, BC

Starting in Glacier, stopping in Whitefish for a yummy meal!

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Crossed into Canada!!

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Day 7—Driving to Glacier

Northern Montana at daybreak…

Land of the free… (for sale)

Made it!

Sprague Creek Campground :)

Lake McDonald, just behind our campground…

Apgar Boat Dock on the south end of the lake…

FIrst time in a canoe!

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Trail of the Cedars…

            

 

Watching the sun set over Lake McDonald with some wedding mead.  :)

  

Goodnight Mr. Spider!

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Day 5—Dayton, Palouse Falls, Driving to Montana

Exploring the Dayton Depot…

Visiting Palouse Falls, the Washington state waterfall!

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Ran into Garrett in Spokane!  What a surprise!

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Entering the Idaho panhandle!

Entering Montana!

Made it to Quinn’s Hot Springs!

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Day 3—Crater Lake

Absolutely beautiful!  No filter!

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Annie Creek Canyon trail…

Driving the Rim…

Hanging out at Cleetwood Cove…

 

On a boat!  Learning about the caldera and its lake…

Devil’s backbone…

Pumice Castle…

My favorite: the Old Man of the Lake

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Bye for Now, Europe!

Today’s destination – the Munich Airport!  Back where we started!

Here’s a general summary of our last two weeks. :)

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Some things I’ll miss…

The countryside!!

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Solar panels in the countryside!!
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Church towers at the center of every town!!

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The cranes!! The construction!

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A couple shots from our very long flight home…

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All the white is snow!!!

Tomorrow we return to true Daily Shorties.  Woohoo!

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Vienna Highlights

Joining in the Vienna coffee house culture

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Getting distracted in a chocolate shop on our way to the Naschmarkt

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Roaming Vienna’s largest outdoor market…

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Vinegars…!

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Secession Building (architecture exhibits)…

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St. Charles’s Church in the background… behind yet another café…

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Vienna State Opera house… by day…

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Monument Against War and Fascism, in Albertinaplatz

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Pit stop at the Swarovski store for my mom…

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Some of this stuff is so far beyond my financial comprehension…

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Back at the apartment… finished our chocolate puzzle!

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Christiane’s famous spaghetti and meatballs!
(and gluten free what a treat!)

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Bubble Tea in Vienna?!?!!

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State Opera house by night.  Going to see the Nutcracker!

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Such a beautiful building…

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…and great show!

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Getting a feel for Vienna by night…

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Melk & the Danube

Leaving beautiful Großgmain (Austria)!

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Always love seeing cranes, wherever we are on the road.  :)

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Overlooking Melk and its Benadictine Abbey (Stift Melk), one of the world’s most famous monasteries…

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Continuing to drive along the Danube…

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Old castle ruins…!!!!

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Construction crane even in these tiny towns!

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FINALLY found a place that was open for food!  (in Krems)

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And lots of food we were given…
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Randon really old stuff!

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Bye Krems!

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On to Vienna!

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Ravensburg to Grossgmain

Waking up in the Black Forest (Germany)!

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Personal breakfast set-up!

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On the road toward Salzburg (Austria)!

Train bridges!

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Detour to Ravensburg (home of Ravensburger Puzzles)!

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Accidentally ended up at the closed Ravensburg-land… oops!

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Finally found the town!
So many towers!

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THE tower?

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Found the puzzles!

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That’s a 32,000 piece puzzle…!

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Stopped for “coffee,” and ended up eating a full meal…

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Vegetable curry!!!

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Got a little distracted by the playground while walking back to the car…

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Back on the road—headed toward Salzburg!

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Alps!

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Stopping for the night in Großgmain, a tiny town 45 minutes from Salzburg.

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Happy campers in Hotel Vötterl!

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