S: 1998 Boston to Montreal, 2007 West Rim
FC: 1998 Boston to Montreal Norwegian Majesty
1: Saturday, October 17. Flew to Boston where we stayed at the Swissotel. Lunch at Fajitas & 'Ritas just off Boston Common, then took the MTA up to the Museum of Fine Arts. Back to the hotel where we had a little scare over Mom's wallet, then to dinner at Turner Fisheries, very good and very pretty. Then to the "Cheers" bar, the Bull & Finch for a drink and back to the hotel. The next day, we packed and checked out, and then wandered a bit of Boston. Walked about half of the Freedom Trail, seeing lots of historic places: the balcony where the Constitution was first read, the site of the plan for the Boston Tea Party, graves of John Hancock and Ben Franklin's family, Paul Revere's house in the north end, and a very moving memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Alas, no pictures, as we lost the camera in the cab on our way to the cruise ship. All fine getting on board, cards, dinner, cards and drinks. Great first day.
2: Bar Harbor, Maine | Took a wonderful trip to Acadia National Park. Lots of people said "you should have been here last week," but we thought it was FABULOUS. Thunder Hole, Otter Cove, Cadillac Mountain. We even saw Charlotte's Web location on Blue Mountain.
3: Acadia National Forest.If you look closely at the one below you can see a "castle."
4: St. John, New Brunswick | Does this look like a house Ruth should live in or what? | On Tuesday, October 20, we were in St. John. Breakfast on the boat, then tendered to shore where we took an excursion to St. Martin and the Fundy Bay. As we were a little farther north, the colors were a little more finished, but still wonderful. This is a new stop for cruise ships, so it was a little less "touristy," which we liked. The tour guide at the Bay of Fundy encouraged everyone to take stones from the black beach, which is a practice that will likely stop. | Lighthouse in St. John
5: Bay of Fundy St. John, New Brunswick | Back to the ship after a great day in St. John, St. Martin and the Bay of Fundy. Rob and Jan went to a "sports trivia" game, where the cruise staff person didn't know that "die" is the singular of "dice." Funny story for years!!
6: Peggy's Cove Halifax, Nova Scotia | The people in Peggy's Cove were first responders and caretakers to the Swissair Flight 111 crash which had taken place on September 2 of the same year we were there.. A starkly beautiful place. | The Lighthouse at St. Margaret's Bay off Peggy's Cove.
7: We were very moved by this sculpture.
8: Why is Ruth NOT in any of these pictures? | Jan almost took this wonderful driftwood home, but we decided the cabin was crowded enough as it was!
9: We spent the next two days at sea (October 22 and 23). As we were sailing north then west into the St. Lawrence Seaway, it was pretty cold, so we stayed indoors. Mom and Rob solved the murder mystery game on Thursday, Mom won the Match Game on Friday, and Ruth was the talent at the Magic Show on Friday as well. We all had massages on Thursday, we had formal night dinner delivered to our cabin instead of going to the dining room, played a lot of cards, saw the shows, and made great friends with our favorite bartender, "Eddie." Most successful time. | Sea Days
10: Quebec City | Quebec City was very international, lots of languages everywhere. We nearly got caught on the wrong side of a Labor demonstration.
11: Le Chateau Frontenac
12: One of the highlights of the trip was our trip (by city bus) to Montmorency Falls. We laughed and laughed getting in and out of the place, and just marvelled at the beauty. | Rob on the bus to the Falls | Mom, Rob and Ruth at the Falls
13: They were just spectacular. Pictures to not do them justice.
14: This bunny was kind enough to pose for a picture. Thanks, Bunny!
15: From Quebec City we sailed on to Montreal, and flew home from there. The building in the left looked like it could have been designed by Dan. | Montreal, Canada
16: This was the first trip for the four usual suspects. Rob earned the ongoing title of All Around Great Guy (AAGG) as much for standing in the tiny cabin bathroom or leaving while the rest of us dressed as for anything. Four in a cabin is too close, so we made other arrangements on subsequent trips. It was a great start to a great tradition.
17: Grand Canyon West Rim July 23, 2007
19: The four Usual Suspects flew to Las Vegas on Sunday, July 22. The real trip took place on July 23, when we went to the newly opened West Rim of the Grand Canyon!! Here we are at the Airport, where we had great instructions on the trip over, were weighed and assigned our seats (so that the plane was properly balanced). Rembember this part for later.
20: The trip from Las Vegas to the landing strip and helipad at the West Rim took us over Hoover Dam.
21: We didn't realize it at the time, but the new bridge had been started. You can see the beginnings if you look really carefully at some of these pictures. The last picture is just as we are coming in to the West Rim. We are all really excited!
22: This land is owned by the Hualapai Indians who built the Skywalk and developed the property for tourists. They did a really nice job. | Since it was so early, we almost had the Skywalk all to ourselves. It was amazing, pictures do not do the grandeur justice.
23: After our time on the Skywalk, we went to Guano Point for lunch. Didn't sound too appetizing, but we had good food. Then, Rob and Jan took the Highpoint Hike for some really amazing views.
24: More from Guano Point
26: After lunch we went back to the heliport and took a helicopter ride down to the Colorado River for a boat ride on the river. At least we THOUGHT we were going to the river...
27: As it turned out, the landing area for the helicopter was a long hike from the actual river. It was hotter than, uh, heck, and we were all sure this might be the last trip with Mom, but she did relly great, down and up.
28: The boat ride itself was actually fabulous. The scenery was magnificent and it was very relaxiing, until.....
29: Have a look at the big clouds forming... A storm was blowing in. We got back to the helicopter, then to the airport where we waited a couple of hours before being hustled onto a plane.
30: Happily, of course we made it. However, there was NO weighing and proper distribution of bodies on the flight back. (See page one.) It was "Get on and sit down!!" followed by by one of the scariest flights any of us have ever taken. Back in Vegas, we had a nice dinner, then flew home the next morning. A jam packed and wonderful trip.