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S: Travels, 2011

FC: Travels, 2011 Gail and Morley and Lexi | by

1: Gail and Morley in Costa Rica Gail and Judy in Durango, Colorado Lexi and Jenwa and Kyne in Europe Gail and Morley Hiking the Poconos Gail and Morley in New York City Cruising Alaska with Morley's Family Gail and Bev's Bus Trip to the Wisconsin Dells

2: Peter Armstrong, Randall Kroeker, Robert Filkohazy and our guide Edgar Brenes in the back row; Darlene Armstrong, Louise Kroeker, our driver Wilbur, Arlene Filkohazy, Gail Marchessault and Morley Walker in the front row

3: We over-nighted in San Jose (Feb. 4), then visited Monteverde (Feb. 5), Arenal (Feb. 7) and Tortuguero (Feb. 10), returning to San Jose (Feb. 12) before catching our flight home. | Costa Rica | February 4-14

4: En route to Monteverde: Darlene at a road-side stand; Quabana (sour sap); Remembering the Costa Rica Massage (roads worse than Winnipeg's)

5: El Estable, our hotel in Monteverde; View of Laggus restaurant from our room; Back-lit moss in the cloud forest; Red-eyed Tree Frog | Monteverde Santa Elena

6: Randall and Louise in the cloud forest; Wild orchid; World's smallest orchid (Lepanthus Helleri); Tarantula; Next page: starting our night hike

8: Arenal Volcano: 5,000 feet, temperatures of 600 degrees F and spews gas and boulders (pyroclastic flow) | Arenal, La Fortuna

9: Robert and Arlene with a welcome drink; Royal Corin from behind waterfall; Arlene, Robert, Morley, Randall and Louise at the hotspring-fed swim-up bar

11: Black-cheeked Woodpecker

12: "Powderpuff;" Rufus Mot Mot; Costa Rica’s national bird, the Clay-coloured Thrush; Collared Aracari Toucan

13: Rufus-tailed Hummingbird; Agouti; Blue Jeans Dart Frog; Heliconia

14: Morley's Zip Line Adventure

15: Mantled Howler Monkeys crossing the highway

16: Bananas on conveyor belt at Del Monte plant; Three-toed Sloth; Arlene, Randall, Edgar and Morley with Rhinoceros Beetle (endangered species)

17: Farewell to Edgar and Wilbur as we head off to Tortuguero on the Pacific coast

18: Our cabin; Dining room flowers; Peter and Darlene; Gail in front of Fiscus tree | Pachira Lodge Tortuguero

19: Pachira Tree Lily

20: Yellow Crowned Night Heron; Northern Jacana with insect; Snowy Egret; Heron in yoga position; Green-backed Heron chicks; Green-backed Heron

21: Anhinga or Snake Bird (shown twice); Chestnut Mandible Toucans; Kingfisher | Great Swallows; Juvenile Tiger Heron; Chick

22: Jesus Christ Lizard

23: Green Iguana male (orange when mating)

24: Eyelash Pit Viper; Spider Monkey; River Otter and lunch; Caiman; Facing page: Water lilies; Typical house on the canal

26: Principal crater of Irazu Volcano, highest in Costa Rica at ~10,000 feet; Coati (racoon family); Turrialbo erupting behind us; Taxis in Puerta Santa

27: Cactus flower; Flowers on a tree; Heliconia; Bird of Paradise at Lancaster Botanical Gardens

28: Orosi Valley

29: San Jose | The National Theatre; Street Vendor; Traditional coffee; Rainforest Cafe coffee; Downtown Reflected; Casado, meaning married, always has plantain and gallo pinto (rice and black beans); Restaurant ceiling

30: From Fort Lewis College | Durango, Colorado | May 19-28

31: Judy McKinnon and Gail flew from Fargo, North Dakota to Durango, where we started with a hike up Animas City Mountain. We walked the Animas River Trail several times and bussed into town for a steep climb to Fort Lewis College. This got us ready for hikes of up to 8 miles and elevations of up to 10,500 feet with our Road Scholar program, "Hiking through Time: Anasazi and Historic Settlers of the Southwest." Our activities included climbing ladders into cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park and Ute Mountain Tribal Park, a full-day hike of Vallecito Creek and riding the steam engine to Silverton. We also hiked the first mile of the Colorado Trail. We were a friendly baker's dozen with our guides, photographer Dan Peha and geologist Peter McCarville.

32: Walking the Animas River Trail

36: Mesa Verde National Park

37: The Knife Edge from Park Point, the highest point in the park (8,572 feet)

38: Square Tower House, Anasazi cliff dwelling at Mesa Verde ~800 AD

39: Cliff Palace

40: Marshall, our guide for Ute Tribal Park | La Plata Mountains, southern start of the Rockies

41: Thickest pottery pieces are oldest ~1050 AD | Circle petroglyph ~600 AD, meaning unknown

42: Climbing five ladders in Ute Tribal Park

43: Those are trees down there! | Storm coming

45: Approaching Eagles Nest, Ute Tribal Park

46: Vallecito Creek Hike

48: Durango to Silverton on narrow guage train

52: Silverton, Colorado

53: Peter McCarville and Gail on the Colorado Trail | Donna and Dave Schwien from Seal Beach, CA; Misha Shrayer from Lexington, MA

55: Flying home at sunset

56: Farewell breakfast for Lexi and Jenwa Beaupre as they headed for Europe. They visited Madrid, Barcelona, Montpellier, Nice, Genoa, Pisa, Rome, Montesiro, Milan, Venice, Nancy, Amsterdam, London, Cambridge, Bath, Salisbury and Paris. Jenwa returned home in June, and Lexi went to London to meet Kyne Manton, spending the rest of summer and fall in Edinburgh with a two-week babysitting gig in Dumfries and a brief visit to Dublin. | May 6 - October 20 | Lexi in Europe

57: Spain and France | Parc Guell, Barcelona; Train to France; The Louvre; The Eiffel Tower; "Breaking into" Oscar Wilde's graveyard

58: The Spanish Steps in Rome; Lexi meets Kyne at a hostel in Rome; Genoa Museum | Italy

59: The Coliseum, Rome | Venice

60: Holland and England | Lexi in front of the Salisbury Cathedral; Jenwa and Lexi, Stonehenge, M & M Store in London; Hazel and Lexi in front of the London Eye on the River Thames

61: Scotland, Ireland and Home | Near Dumfries, Scotland; Edinburgh Castle; The Leprachaun Museum in Dublin; Skyping with Kyne once home

62: Hiking the Appalachian Trail | June 12-17

63: Road Scholar promised a pleasant week of hiking, and so it was. We hiked in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 70 miles from New York City. According to Bill Bryson's "A Walk in the Woods," these are some of the rockiest trails on the A.T. We stayed at the Shawnee Inn, built in 1911. The grounds were lovely; the pool and hot tub, soothing after 6 or 7 hours of hiking; and the food was terrific. Besides hiking, we learned about trekking poles, heard from naturalists and a through-hiker, did yoga, took in local art and music and enjoyed much good company.

65: Sunfish Pond, Laurel and Rhododendron

66: Turkey vulture over the Delaware River with rain coming as seen from Raccoon Ridge | Delaware Water Gap from the road

67: Gail at Dunnfield Creek | Taking a break at Kirkridge Shelter

68: Touring the golf course with Sandy and Greg c/o Tara; Below: Eagle chicks

69: The Delaware River from the Shawnee Inn

70: Trail blaze; Delaware Water Gap on the Lake Lenape to Fox Gap hike: 2 uphill miles, 2 flat and easy miles and 2.5 rocky miles.

71: The rocky miles; The last minute of our last day of hiking

72: June 17-25 | New York City | We stayed between the Empire State Building and Times Square | We toured with Explore New York, Road Scholar (June 19-24), adding a few days to explore more on our own.

73: Day 1: Tour of Brooklyn Heights and the Brooklyn Bridge with John Kriskiewicz Day 2: Ferry to Staten Island past the Statue of Liberty; Walking the Promenade and the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan with Gerry McGee; Greenwich Village with Molly Goodrich | Five Days Five Boroughs | Day 3: Scale model of New York City at Queens Museum; Robin Williams in a play Day 4: Bus tour of Manhattan, the Bronx and Wave Hill; Walking tour of Central Park with Gerry Day 5: Lecture on literary perspectives on New York City | View from room 3725, at dawn

76: Brooklyn

78: Staten Island | Lenape canoe inlaid in dining hall at Sailors' Snug Harbor; Children's garden; Jersey City from the Promenade, lower Manhattan

80: Queens | Chinatown, 2nd largest in the U.S.; Bown House (1661), 2nd oldest in NYC; Scale model of NYC from 1964-65 World's Fair | West side | Central Park | East Side | Roosevelt Island | East River | Brooklyn Bridge | Brooklyn

81: South Bronx | Manhattan and the Bronx | Harlem A Manhattan Neighbourhood | Gerry McGee, Central Park | Bear's Breeches, Wave Hill

82: Central Park

84: Elm trees | Bow Bridge

85: The Dakota, where John Lennon was shot; Yoko Ono's Lennon memorial in nearby Central Park; Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, where Bob Dylan first performed

86: Taking over the subway; Pete and Joann Angelos en route to Queens; Greenwich Village with Molly Goodrich

87: A Few New York City Buildings | 4. Frank Gehry Building from the High Line 5. First HMO in US (1827) costing $5.00/family 6. Gehry's "New York," the largest residential building in NYC | 1. 19c Brownstone, details tell of the Dutch land purchase from Native Americans 2. Reflections 3. From City Hall Park

88: An afternoon at the MOMA, then drinks at the Met's Garden Cafe with Jim Loney

90: On the High Line

93: Times Square and the theatre Grand Central Terminal New York Public Library Outside the United Nations

96: Rebuilding the World Trade Center

98: The pier from Stanley Park; Queen Elizabeth Park | Vancouver | Alaska Cruise to Celebrate Helen's 85th Birthday | August 21-28

99: Helen Walker; Nadie and Hartley Waldman; Morley Walker and Gail Marchessault; Janet and Michael Shore; Nicky and Steven Walker | We started and ended in Vancouver, stopping at Icy Strait Point, the Hubbard Glacier, Juneau and Ketchikan. On board, there were family dinners; informal breakfasts and lunches; CWL's cocktail party; our book clubs; ship lectures; and many entertainment, dining and fitness opportunities.

101: It was a dark and stormy beginning.

102: Eight churches for 800 friendly Tlingit people

103: Icy Strait Point and Hoonah

105: The Hubbard Glacier

106: Juneau and the Mendenhall Glacier | Juneau from the ship; Morley and Sarah Palin at the Alaska Leg; Scenes from our hike around the Mendenhall Glacier

110: Known for salmon, rainy days and the world's largest collection of standing totem poles | Ketchikan

114: The Fergusons | Helen Walker's family

117: Wisconsin Dells | September 25-30 | Bev McKay and Gail took an Embassy Tours bus trip to see the Upper Dells on the Wisconsin River. We stayed at casinos (and both came away slightly richer). First stop: Wetherby Cranberry Co before, then Wisconsin Dells. During our two-day stay, we cruised the Dells, shopped Tanger Outlet Mall, enjoyed Ho-Chunk Casino's buffet and toured House on the Rock in Spring Green, WI. Heading home, we followed the Mississippi River.

122: Witches Gulch and Stand Rock depicted. They are 500 million-year-old rock bluffs, shaped in weeks ~14,000 years ago when an ice dam broke and released a glacial lake. Trees root 40 to 50 feet into porous sandstone.

124: The House on the Rock Outside and inside the Infinity Room; Bev got a kick out of the can. Music machines were a highlight.

126: More music machines and a fantastic carousel, reputed to have 20,000 lights

128: Home of the Cow Pie | Celebrating Bev's birthday

129: Ho-Chunk Casino

131: Swan at sunset; The Mississippi River at dawn

132: Fall on the Mississippi River

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