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2011 - BUS TOUR - YELLOWSTONE - GETTING THERE

RAPID CITY TO THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE


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YELLOWSTONE PARK

JUST GETTING TO YELLOWSTONE WAS AN ADVENTURE IN ITSELF.

IT STARTED IN ......

RAPID CITY - SOUTH DAKOKA

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THIS IS WHERE IT GETS IN NAME FROM

FAIRLY TAME NOW BUT THE STORY IS THAT AT IT'S WORSE, IT TOOK OUT A LOT OF HOUSES WHEN IT BURST IT'S BANKS.

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RAPID CITY HAS A LOT, OF THESE STATUES OF PRESIDENTS ON STREET CORNERS ALL OVER TOWN

AND MOUNT RUSHMORE IS CLOSE BY

HERE IT IS AT NIGHT

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I FIND ROCK FORMATIONS FASCINATING SO I HAD TO HAVE A TOUR TO THE BADLANDS.
JUST ME, A GUY FROM NEW YORK WHO AS ON HIS WAY TO A CATTLE DRIVE & A COUPLE FORM BERGEN, NORWAY. I WILL BE TERE IN 2014 - I WONDER IF WE WILL BUMP INTO EACH OTHER. SHOULD HAVE GOT A CONTACT ADDRESS.

THIS HAWK WAS ON THE WAY

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AND A GHOST TOWN...

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AND INTO THE BADLANDS....

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NO - NOW WE ARE INTO THE BADLANDS.....

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THE GROUP.....

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A VISIT TO THE CRAZY HORSE MONUMENT. WONDER IF IT WILL EVER GET FINISHED. THE PEOPLE INVOLVED REFUSE GOVERNMENT HELP.

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AND NOW MOUNT RUSHMORE DURING THE DAY...

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WE ARE HEADING TO CUSTER'S LAST STAND & SAW THIS HEADLINE... THE GUYS THOUGHT IT PRETTY FUNNY. THE LADIES NOT SO MUCH. WELL, NOT AT ALL IF I AM HONEST.

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THE YELLOWSTONE TOUR IT'S SELF IS STARTING NOW. A FULL BUS LOAD OF PEOPLE. 90 PECENT AMERICANS ENJOYING THEIR COUNTRY...

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THIS IS THE TOWER - DEVILS MAYBE - IN SOME FILM, I FORGET WHICH. WAY OFF IN THE DISTANCE

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A HUGE COAL MINE

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BUFFALO BILLS BAR...

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CUSTER'S LAST STAND.

OUR TOUR WAS TOO RUSHED HERE. I COULD HAVE DONE WITH AN EXTRA HOUR OR TWO..

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BUFFALO BILLS BOYHOOD HOME

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AND SOME GREAT ART IN HIS EXCELLENT MUSEUM..

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GREAT BUTTERFLIES FLITTING ABOUT A BUSH OUTSIDE THE MUSEUM....

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AND WE REACH THE DIVIDE WHERE THE WATER IN THIS LITTLE POND CAN GO IN EITHER DIRECTION.

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Posted by hasbeen 11:20 Archived in USA Comments (0)

2011 - BUS TOUR - YELLOWSTONE

ALL YELLOWSTONE - AND A LITTLE VIDEO RIGHT AT THE END.


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I MAKE NO APOLOGIES FOR THE NUMBER OF PHOTOS. THERE COULD EASILY HAVE BEEN THREE TIMES AS MANY.

Y E L L O W S T O N E

IT REALLY IS..

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A BIRTHDAY

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MAKE THE VIDEO FULL SCREEN & SIT BACK. WAY, WAY BACK

Posted by hasbeen 11:20 Archived in USA Tagged video Comments (0)

2011 - BUS TOUR - YELLOWSTONE - GETTING AWAY

YELLOWSTONE TO SALT LAKE CITY


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I TOOK THIS BUS TOUR JUST BECAUSE IT WAS GOING TO SPEND THREE DAYS IN YELLOWSTONE, BUT THE LEAD IN TO THE PARK WAS GREAT & THE EXIT WAS THE SAME.

HEADING TO THE GREAT SALT LAKE


BUT DON'T EXPECT TO SEE THE LAKE.

I DIDN'T.

I SHOULD HAVE PLANNED BETTER & ADDED A FEW DAYS AT THE END.

THE TETONS

THIS IS A LAKE, BUT NOT THE SALT LAKE.

THIS ONE IS IN THE TETONS.

NOW WHY DID THEY CALL IT THE TETONS? WELL, YOU ARE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK IT UP, COS THIS IS A FAMILY SHOW.

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THE GROUP, BUT WHERE WAS HEERA & NIMI? I THINK I CAN JUST MAKE OUT NIMI, IN THE SHADE, OVER ON THE LEFT.

COME ON LADIES. SHAKE A LEG & GET INTO THE SUN.

THERE NOW - THAT'S BETTER.

FRONT & CENTER....

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THOSE WERE IN & AROUND THIS LOVELY LITTLE CHURCH

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THE SNAKE

WE ARE SCHEDULED A RAFT RIDE DOWN THE SNAKE RIVER.

I WAS LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, BUT NOW I AM NOT SO SURE.

THIS IS WHERE WE GOT IN THE RUBBER RAFT....

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LET'S HOPE HE IS THAT HIGHLY SKILLED PERSON!

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ANYONE SEE THE CLINT EASTWOOD MOVIE, THE OUTLAW JOSE WALES?
THERE WAS A FERRY LIKE THIS IN IT.
THE FERRY MAN USES THE ROPE TO HAUL THE FERRY ACROSS THE RIVER.

JOSE SHOOTS THE ROPE.

GREAT FILM.

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WE MADE IT. PHEWW!

NOT IN THE LEAST BIT SCARY. HONEST!

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I GUESS WE GO THIS WAY NOW...

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CHURCH TIME IN JACKSON HOLE - MAKE SURE YOU CHECK YOUR GUN AT THE DOOR.

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NOT A BAD HOTEL. ALL THE ACCOMMODATION ON THIS TRIP WAS GREAT.

YOU LEAVE YOUR BAGS OUTSIDE THE ROOM IN THE MORNING & GO FOR THE DAYS TOUR. WHEN YOU GET TO THE NEXT HOTEL, YOUR BAGS ARE IN THE ROOM

MAGIC -

BUT I STILL PREFER A CRUISE AS A WAY OF TRAVELING. GET TO UNPACK YOUR SUITCASE, & BUSES SOMETIMES MAKE ME 'WOBBLY'. WHEREAS I NEVER HAVE BEEN SEASICK.

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I THINK THIS IS AT THE OREGON TRAIL MUSEUM...

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JUST FOLLOW THE TRACKS TO SALT LAKE CITY

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THESE TO WERE HAPPY TO TELL ME ABOUT THEIR COMMUNITY & VERY INTERESTING IT IS TOO.
IF I UNDERSTOOD THEM CORRECTLY, JESUS CHRIST VISITED THE UNITED STATES.
I MUST LOOK THAT ONE UP.

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I DID NOT GET TO SEE THE MORMON TABERNACLE CHOIR BUT I DID GET A LISTEN TO THE ORGAN BEING PLAYED.

WHAT A FABULOUS SOUND.

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GOODBYE TO THE LADIES - SAFE TRIP HOME

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ENOUGH TIME FOR A LOOK AT THE WONDERFUL ART INSIDE SALT LAKE CITY AIRPORT

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AND NO - NEVER DID SEE THE LAKE...TOO BAD.

Posted by hasbeen 11:20 Archived in USA Comments (0)

2012 - STAR PRINCESS - SAN FRANCISCO & HOME


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SAN FRANCISCO

COMING INTO THE BAY UNDER THE BRIDGE SHOULD BE AN EXPERIENCE.

IT PROBABLY IS, BUT NOT SO MUCH AT NIGHT.

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AS IT TURNS OUT, I HAD PLENTY OF TIME TO GET SOME BRIDGE PICTURES.

MY FLIGHT WAS AFTER NOON & I WAS DUE TO BE JUST ABOUT FIRST OFF THE BOAT - SO PLENTY OF TIME.

PRINCESS & THE SHORE AUTHORITIES PUT PAID TO THAT IDEA.

MY GROUP WAS INDEED AMONG THE FIRST TO BE CALLED BUT THEN WE STALLED ON THE STAIRS GOING DOWN.

PEOPLE WERE GOING DOWN USING THE ELEVATOR & HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO CUT IN LINE.

THEN THE CUSTOMS PEOPLE WERE HAVING THEIR DOG SNIFF EVERY SINGLE PASSENGER BEFORE LETTING THEM OFF THE SHIP.

I MISSED THE FLIGHT BY A BIT.

NINE HOURS TO KILL AT THE AIRPORT DID NOT SOUND LIKE FUN SO I CHECKED MY BAG IN FOR THE FLIGHT AND TOOK THE BART TRAIN INTO THE CITY BY THE BAY.

THAT WAS TWO FIRSTS - A BART RIDE & CHECKING MY BAGS & LEAVING THE AIRPORT.

ANYWAY -

SAN FRANCISCO.

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ALCATRAZ I THINK, & THE P & O ORIANO, LAST SAW HER IN THE FALKLANDS, OR THE CHILEAN FJORDS..A LIFETIME AGO

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AND A COUPLE OF THE CN TOWER OF TORONTO PEAKING THROUGH THE CLOUDS - AND FINALY THE END OF THE CRUISE

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AFRICA IS NEXT UP

Posted by hasbeen 15:23 Archived in USA Comments (0)

2012 - OAHU & MOLOKA'I, HAWAII

A VISIT TO A VERY SOMBER PLACE, KALAUPAPA on MOLOKA'I, HAWAII.


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If any of you have never read Hawaii by James Michener, you have missed a treat. A wonderful book. Part of it talks of the Leper Colony on Moloka'i. My friend Peter who lives on Kuaii told me you can fly to Moloka'i and take a donkey ride down to Kalaupapa, so I thought I would take advantage of my kind nephew's offer to loan me his apartment & visit.

My nephew Ken lives near Koko Head on Oahu Hawaii. Turn left at the second volcano after passing Waikiki beach. If you get wet, you have gone too far.

But first I have to get there..

I head out of Ottawa where it is unsurprisingly veeeeeery cold...

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And arrive at Ken's place in Hawaii Kai, in time for rush hour...

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Next day I went for a walk to get some breakfast and saw this lady doing the doggy paddle..

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After breakfast I was wandering around and came across a marine supply shop that was offering scuba diving trips. I do not scuba but enquired if they would let me tag along with them anyway. This was fine by them, & they gave me a price of something like 20 dollars for a morning out on the ocean.

We pass Koko Head, which my nephew tells me he runs up and down a couple of time a day!!! A likely story..

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Don't recall what this is called but it looks great fun...

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The boat stops for people to get their gear on and get wet. Someone throws a bit of bait in the water to attract a few fish & my mind wonders if there are any sharks around here who might be hungry. Maybe go out for a Chinese, dear. Or Korean?

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Is that someone drowning? No silly boy - it's a Turtle..

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One guest, an Australian girl, got quite ill while in the water & the crew got another boat out to take her ashore,.

Note to self :- A hangover & seasickness does not make for a good scuba dive.

We headed back to shore after a very pleasant, inexpensive mornig

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THE NEXT DAY

FLYING TO MOLOKA'I

I met my friend Baki who lives here and set off from the civil aviation airport. I forget what this trip cost but it was worth it just for th flight there and back.
You'll see why..

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TRAVELLING OVER DIAMOND HEAD....

I must walk up that one of these years.

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Over Ken's apartment & Koko Head

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before landing at Kalaupapa

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Our plane parked by the gate...

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Not our plane...

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We board our bus. I had chickened out about taking the donkey ride down. I forget the ins & outs but there is some rule here that you cannot just stroll into Kalaupapa. You have to be invited. We were 'invited', I think, by the bus driver. I might have that wrong but it's something like it.

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We had a rest while waiting for these people who did do the ride. They enjoyed it but I do not think they were looking forward to the ride back up

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Had a quick chat with this nun. Her order have been involved with Kalaupapa since it's inception I think. She was just bubbling about the fact that one of the original nuns who came here, Mother Marianne, is about to be made a Saint by the Catholic church.

Imagine that. Your boss is a Saint! Not too many people who can make that claim.
Except you - Lucie.

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The group is all now assembled so we started our tour of the island

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Father Damien who gets mentioned in the Michener book, with a buddy....

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You might not want to peer too closely at this next photo. It is a photo of a photo of some of the people who had Leprosy

Not a bad photo by any means & it is on public display after all, but take care

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We stopped at a book shop & the guide recommended this. On the way home I bought it at the airport or thought I did. Same title, different author. I will remember the other guy soon. It's a fictional account of one persons life on the island & if you feel like a good cry, read it.
A Great book.

Alan Brennert - that's his name.

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And that's it for Moloka'i - It's hard to put into words what it's like here but it is very sobering. Leprosy has such a long history & almost overnight it was gone. Someone found a drug & poof - no more. It is still in the world of course but curable. The deformities do not revert though.

Steve

One last look at Diamond Head as we fly past. Or is that Koko Head?

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2012 - NORWEGIAN DAWN - QUEBEC TO TAMPA


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THIS TRIP STARTED WITH A PLEASANT TRAIN RIDE TO QUEBEC CITY, VIA MONTREAL

WHERE IT WAS STILL QUITE COLD. KIDS OUT AT NIGHT, ICE SKATING OUTSIDE THE THEATER WHERE I SAW A RATHER STRANGE, BUT VERY ENTERTAINING SINGER..

I HAD A DAY TO STROLL AROUND QUEBEC WHIICH IS ABOUT THE MOST SCENIC CITY IN CANADA.

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NOT MY BOAT & NOT MY HOTEL EITHER

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IT'S VERY HILLY WITH SOME LOVELY LITTLE SIDE STREETS...

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I TOOK THE FERRY OVER TO LEVI & BACK. DID NOT BOTHER GETTING OFF IN LEVI

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IN THE EVENING I TOOK A GHOST WALK ... VERY SPOOKY. THE GUIDE HAD A LANTERN AND TOLD SCARY STORIES AT EACH LOCATION.

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OUR LAST STOP WAS INSIDE A LOCKED CHURCH, WITH THE LIGHTS OUT AND JUST THE LANTERN ON.

SHE TOLD THE STORY OF A COUPLE OF KIDS WHO GOT THEMSELVES LOCKED IN ON PURPOSE & WERE THEN SCREAMING TO GET OUT..

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ONTO THE SHIP NOW & LEAVING QUEBEC CITY.

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OMINOUS LOOKING CLOUDS IN THE DISTANCE ...

& OMINOUS THEY WERE .. HURRICANE SANDY FORCED US TO HIDE OVERNIGHT IN HALIFAX INSTEAD OF GOING TO PORTLAND IN MAINE. IT WAS VERY WINDY AND NOT TOO PLEASANT EVEN IN HALIFAX, SO I JUST WENT FOR A WALK & HAD SOME FISH & CHIPS AND A BUS BACK TO THE SHIP.

SKIPPING PORTLAND & TWO FOOD TOURS I HAD PLANNED WITH PAT & HER FAMILY, WE STOPPED AS SCHEDULED IN BOSTON WHICH ESCAPED SANDY SOMEHOW.

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I LEFT THE SHIP & ASKED SOMEONE THE BEST ROUTE TO DOWNTOWN & HE SAID 'END OF THE STREET, TURN LEFT'.

WELL DOWNTOWN BOSTON IS ABOUT THREE HOURS GOING LEFT AS I FOUND OUT .. AND ABOUT TEN MINUTES TURNING RIGHT.

ANYWAY - I HAD NOTHING BETTER TO DO THAN HAVE A STROLL AROUND SOME LESS TOURISTIC PARTS OF BOSTON..

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WE WERE ALSO SUPPOSED TO STOP IN NEW YORK BUT SANDY HAD CREATED TOO MUCH DEBRIS IN THE HARBOUR SO WE SKIPPED THAT TOO .. I WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE MET SANDY & KEN & SONNY HERE BUT THAT WAS A WASHOUT.

THIS IS A PIECE OF ART ON BOARD - NEW YORK I THINK.

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NCL HAS SOME OF THE BEST ENTERTAINMENT AFLOAT. THIS IS JUST ONE OF THE SINGERS...

AND THE USS WISCONSIN IN NORFOLK ON THE WAY TO WILLIAMSBURG ...

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AND YORKTOWN ...

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BEFORE LANDING IN BALTIMORE FOR THE RIDE INTO WASHINGTON...

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THE VIETNAM WALL & THE IMPRESSIVE NURSES MEMORIAL..

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MORE VIETNAM - VERY SOMBRE...

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A HOUSE IN THE HILLS OPPOSITE WASHINGTON. I FORGET THE NAME BUT SOMEONE FAMOUS LIVED THERE.

& SOMEONE FAMOUS IS STILL LIVING HERE...

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SOME FUTURE VOTERS BEING LED BY THE NOSE?

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A QUICK FLIT AROUND THE SPACE MUSEUM....

AND WE MOVE ON TO CHARLESTON SOUTH CAROLINA WHERE I DO ACTUALLY MEET SOMEONE I HAD PLANNED TO.

BJ & JACK, FROM NORTH CAROLINA. DOWN HERE TO JOIN ME FOR A FOOD TOUR, WHERE WE HAVE GRITS. HMMMM! MY FAVOURITE..

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WELL THERE'S JACK, BUT WHERE'S BJ?

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THERE SHE IS. BUYING ME LUNCH. MORE GRITS.

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NOW WE ARE INTO MIAMI AND THAT WAS NEIL WHO, WITH RACHELLE HAS BEEN ON THE SHIP WITH ME SINCE QUEBEC.

ON THE HOHO THROUGH LITTLE HAVANA...

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AND TO THE BEACH FOR A LOOK AT THE ART DECO BUILDINGS. VERY PASTEL...

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OFF THE BUS AND WE MOVE ON TO KEY WEST...

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.... I THINK THIS MAY BE THE QUEEN ... YOU DON'T OFTEN SEE HER DOING THE GROCERIES THOUGH

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PASS ON THE ...ASS BOTTOM BOAT & TAKE ANOTHER FOOD TOUR INSTEAD.

I AM GETTING TO LIKE THEM.
I DOUBT I WOULD HAVE FOUND THIS LITTLE SPOT ON MY OWN.

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THIS IS ALL HOT PEPPERS - SOME OF IT VERY HOT...

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A STROLL AROUND KEY WEST .. A PASSING WEDDING...

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AND POSERS AT THE END OF THE ROAD..

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THIS IS NENETTE FROM THE PHILIPPINES. THE THIRD CRUISE I HAVE BEEN ON WITH HER.

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AND NOW WE HAVE REACHED TAMPA & ARE OFF THE SHIP WHERE RACHELLE, NEIL & I ARE GONG TO TAKE A CONDO FOR A FEW DAYS ON THE BEACH AT TREASURE ISLAND..

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WE RENT A CAR & RACHELLE DRIVES US DOWN FLORIDA A LITTLE BIT TO GO VISIT MARTHA AT HER QUITE WONDERFUL, VILLA..

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WHERE WE GET THE TOUR ...

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MARTHA PAINTS BUT I DON'T THINK THIS IS ONE OF HERS..

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MARTHA THEN TAKES US FOR A SPIN AROUND HER TOWN WHERE THE AVERAGE AGE IS 80 & THERE ARE LOTS OF PLACES TO SIT DOWN BUT I DON'T SEE ANY DIAPER CHANGING STATIONS

THIS GUY IS PROSPECTING FOR SHARKS TEETH. REALLY - THERE ARE LOTS ALONG THE SHORE HERE.

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WE SAY GOODBY TO MARTHA & HER CAT ....
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& MOVE ON TO WALK ALONG A BEACH WITH A RANGER GUIDING US, FOR FREE,,,

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THEN ITS' GOODBYE TO THE BIRDS ON THE BEACH & BACK TO OTTAWA AFTER A GREAT BREAK.

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SANDY GOT IN THE WAY A BIT BUT WE NEVER HAD ANY BAD WAVES & THE ONLY WIND WAS THE DAY IN HALIFAX, WHERE I HAD THE BONUS OF SOME EXCELLENT FISH & CHIPS

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