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Animal Encounters from Banff to Jasper National Parks

When you visit the National Parks a main goal of yours may be to see some wildlife. I know for me I love seeing wild animals while I visit the National Parks. During my trip to Banff and Jasper National Parks I saw an array of animals from black bears to elk to a few deer. I did not see any grizzlies and I have yet to see one in real life despite living in Northern Idaho my entire life. Hopefully I will see a grizzly one day (from the safety of my car of course).

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Trip Rewind Canada 2009: Banff National Park Alberta

Banff National Park
Looking out over the Bow Valley from Sulphur Mountain

We arrived to Banff National Park mid-day and checked ourselves in at the Tunnel Mountain Campground. Here we were given the same ‘bears were going to eat us’ lecture that we had received at Lake Louise.  The warning came because we were sleeping in the back of the truck under a canopy in the camper section of the campground.  Like Lake Louise we should have camped in the tenting section so we would be surrounded by the electric fence.  This campground however had actually seen a black bear on the grounds earlier that week. Eh – I’m from Idaho. I can deal with a black bear or two. Maybe not a grizzly however!

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Trip Rewind Canada 2009:Jasper National Park Alberta

Jasper National Park
Mount Edith Cavell

Jasper National Park was my favorite spot of this trip to Canada. The town was an adorable village with obviously some sort of architectural ordinance.  Not that that was a bad thing, it just was clear that the storefronts had to have a “village charm” to them, which added to Jasper’s appeal.

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Trip Rewind Arizona 2002 : Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin West

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Taliesin West in Arizona

I do not think I realized the magnitude of what I was about to visit at the time. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. In hindsight I pretty much want to slap myself silly for not understanding just how amazing this was. It was officially the first FLW house I ever toured but as you will read or have read, I now try to find a FLW house anytime I go anywhere. I am often heartbroken as many do not offer tours as they are still private residents. I guess it’s understandable – I would not want people traipsing through my private home either. But come on people – you own a Frank Lloyd Wright house!

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Trip Rewind Arizona 2002 : Phoenix Arizona

Trip Rewinds are stories from my earlier travels prior to the Paws for Beer blog’s creation. The stories may be oldies, but hopefully you find them to be goodies 🙂

Over the next few postings I will tell you about my trip to Arizona in 2002.

I realize that 2002 was a long time ago but this trip changed my life (for the better of course). I had worked a full-time job while I was working my through a community college and had finally graduated with a AS degree. It took me 4 years to finish a 2 year degree. I never picked a major other than general studies – basically a cop-out because I did not know what I wanted to do. At the age of 18 I did not have a plan and even now at the age of 33 I am still confused about what I should do. I felt like I was going to college because that was what you were suppose to do after high school. I was never really interested in school, I am bad at math and have terrible reading retention.

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Trip Rewind: 2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver – The Events

I was thrilled to be going to the Olympics in Vancouver but in all honesty I was not overly excited about all the events we were going to. I would have loved to see some skiing, after all I never did achieve my Olympic skiing dreams it would have be nice to see someone fulfill their dream for gold.

2010 Winter Olympics Vancouver
You can see off in the distance where the snowline is on the Mountains.

It was a good and a bad thing that we did not have tickets to the ski events. Yes we were missing out but it was a horrible year for snow. Some of the ski events had to be postponed due to unseasonably warm weather, which was an odd problem since it was February and Canada. You would think of all places it would be cold and snowy but I do recall running around without my jacket on as it was that warm in Vancouver. Take in to consideration I am from Idaho and not somewhere like Arizona where cold is considered 68F degrees (20C) 🙂

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Trip Rewind: 2010 Vancouver Olympics The Luck of the Unlucky

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Olympic Calderon in Vancouver Canada

I consider myself pretty lucky. There were quite a few events that lead up to or happened during my Vancouver Olympic adventure that seriously tested my luck however. I have listed the events as they happened. You can be the judge on just how lucky or unlucky I was 🙂

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Trip Rewind: Olympic Memories and Why I love the Olympics

Memories of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics
You couldn’t smack the smile off my face!

We are a few days into the 2014 Olympics in Sochi Russia. Unless you have been under a rock for a while it would be unlikely that you did not know that this spectacle was going on. And if you are in the United States, well I assume you have grown accustom to the fact that most of your television shows that you would be watching have been replaced with ice skating, ski jumping and speed skating!

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Trip Rewind Virginia 2008: Touring Civil War sites of Richmond Virginia

Civil War Sites Near Richmond Virgina
Civil War Cannon

With a full day to explore Richmond Virginia while we waited for the NASCAR race, Amy, her family and I worked on coming up with a plan to spend our time. Due to the tropical storm weather we were slightly limited to indoor activities. Given our location were were able to take advantage of some Civil War Sites near Richmond Virgina.  Richmond after all was the location of the White House of the Confederacy.

Up first was Tredegar Iron Works, a building dedicated to the production of war goods for the Confederacy. Inside the building we found all sorts of artillery ranging from guns to cannons used during the Civil War and other historical artifacts.

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Trip Rewind Virginia: Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg Virginia

Trip Rewinds are stories from my earlier travels prior to the Paws for Beer blog’s creation. The stories may be oldies, but hopefully you find them to be goodies 🙂

Over the next few postings I will tell you about my trip to Virginia in 2008.

It was another trip with another friend to visit who I had once worked with and now lived across the country. As usual I did not mind – I love to travel. In my opinion there is no better way to explore than with a local.