Andy and Rachel's Travels Posts

September 8, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

The mountains of the Banff National Park ended abruptly as we travelled eastward on Trans-Canada Highway 1, giving way to much flatter, open farmland and lots of sky. Seeing the mountains in the car’s rear-view mirror diminishing with every mile…

Read the PostDay 20-21 To Calgary and Home

September 7, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

At last, the gondola trip and the weather looked promising. Rachel practised her deep breathing exercises to calm herself down – the thought of having to wrestle her to the ground in the cable car until the panic passed did…

Read the PostDay 19 – Banff Gondola

September 7, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada
September 6, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

Two amazing experiences in one day – we couldn’t have asked for anything better. We had keenly anticipated our trip along the Icefields Parkway for almost a year and the day finally arrived with our journey from Jasper to Banff…

Read the PostDay 17 – Jasper to Banff

September 4, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

Jasper is a lovely town with a clean, fresh appearance and is certainly geared to tourism. It is clear as soon as you arrive that this is a hub for all kinds of outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, rafting and…

Read the PostDay 15-16 Jasper and Wild Rapids

September 4, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

The journey from Vancouver to Jasper is a whole lot of wilderness once you get beyond Hope – and the whole journey took us 2 days by car. The journey is possible in one go and would take somewhere in…

Read the PostDay 13-14 Vancouver to Jasper

August 31, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

As Cobb falls into his deepest and final dream in the film Inception (Leonardo DiCaprio) he enters a haunting, post-apocalyptic city lost in time and place, its facade inexorably crumbling away into the sea to be lost forever. I know…

Read the PostDay 9-12: Vancouver – The City of Glass

August 27, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

We were awoken at 7am by the sound of Tucker scratching at our bedroom door and we could see him peeping through the glass. It was another beautiful morning and we would not waste it in bed, as we had…

Read the PostDay 8 – Olympic National Park

August 26, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

Every house along the water’s edge on Bainbridge Island has its own distinct character and no two are the same. Our morning walk with Dana, Tucker and Dolce was a silvery-blue affair and the sun was already hot, which augured…

Read the PostDay 7 – Seattle, Pot and Gum

August 25, 2016 / / NW USA & Canada

Mount Rainier is considered to be the most dangerous volcano in the world. At a height of 14,411 feet, if it blows, it could even threaten the city of Seattle, which was our destination today. Interstate 5 took us ever further…

Read the PostDay 6 – To Paradise and Beyond