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If you get the chance then drive the Apache Trail

Johns blog on places along the Apache Trail

A Kiwi living in Brighton

Apache Trail

Apache Junction was our next stop. We came here to do the Apache Trail.The Apache Trail is Arizona’s oldest highway built in 1905 and a renown scenic drive. We left Apache Junction early and went via Globe and then drove to the Tonto National Monument and Roosevelt Dam. From the dam you hit a dirt road for around 22 miles. We stopped a lot to just enjoy the views. Wonderful mountains and only wish I had a better camera to do justice to the scenery.


Globe is the site of an old Salado Indian village site. It is also near a large copper mine which is still operating. Besh-Ba-Gowah is an ancient Salado Indian ruin. Besh-Ba–Gowah means place of metal and the name was given to it by the Apache. The village was established around A.D 900 and abandoned in 1400. The departure of the Salado was…

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New Orleans New Year

My husbands latest blog on our New Orleans trip

A Kiwi living in Brighton

After we left Florida we headed for New Orleans for New Year. We stayed at the Park D’Orleans RV park in East Orleans with the surrounding area looking a bit like a war zone. Happily, we had no problems during our visit and even took the bus into New Orleans where the bus driver instead of saying have a nice day when people exited, said be safe!The RV park we stayed at charged only $27 a night for the four of us which for that time of the year was extremely reasonable.

On our first day exploring New Orleans we walked down Bourbon street and came across some great live music and enjoyed an afternoon performance. We were lucky with sunny weather while we were there, although it was chilly. We spent a lot of time just walking around soaking up the sights visiting Jackson square, the lovely river walk…

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Remember the Alamo

My husbands latest blogging of the Alamo!

A Kiwi living in Brighton

Over the last two weeks I have been unwell with a flu virus. Writing blogs was not high on my priority list. Happily I am now well again and catching up on our blog with some of the visits we made during the last few weeks. We are in the state of Texas staying at a lovely ranch in the Texas Hill Country. Before that we had an opportunity to visit the Alamo in San Antonio.

The Alamo is a famous landmark in the US and the most popular tourist site in Texas with around 3 million visitors annually. It is in the heart of downtown San Antonio. I grew up in New Zealand watching many westerns including the Alamo in which John Wayne starred. I always wanted to visit the Alamo and where Texas began. It was not a disappointment. Surprisingly, it is free to enter the Alamo and…

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Another Amusing Take on Canadian Politeness

This is so true! No wonder when I was at an American event yesterday, they knew I would step out of the way!

O' Canada



Similar to the “Canadian Standoff” cartoon by Roz Chast in an issue of the New Yorker from this past January, the above illustration by Robert Leighton in the August 5, 2013 issue of that magazine pokes good-natured fun at the Canadian penchant for politeness.  Not really a bad reputation to have though.

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Rocky Mountain High: Rogers Pass, Golden and reaching Banff

John’s latest blog!

A Kiwi living in Brighton

Time flying by

Today it has been 37 days since we left England and it is a glorious sunny day in Lethbridge, Alberta. I have been a bit slow in writing blogs due to a lack of good wi-fi. I am writing this blog in two parts with the first up to our first stay in Banff. Since leaving the Okanagan two weeks ago we have travelled to Golden, Banff, Jasper and via Calgary to Lethbridge. A fantastic two weeks in the Rockies with incredible scenery wonderful sunshine, wolves, bears and some unexpected snowfalls which all made for great adventures. I also had a problem with having the wrong US visa which I will not bore you with but is now resolved.

Canyon Hot Springs

We started the trip travelling towards Golden stopping for the night at Canyon Hot Springs campground where we had a lovely soak in their hot…

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