North America Sept – Oct 2018
September 9 – Flight to Sydney then change flight for Sydney to Honolulu
Arrived Honolulu Airport 0900hrs Sunday September 9.
Checked into Hotel then a bit of a walk around town to get our bearings.
September 10 – Walked around and down to Waikiki Beach for a look.
September 11 – Caught the bus out to Diamond Head, walked up the hills to the top for a spectacular view inside the volcano’s rim, out to see and to Waikiki Beach.
September 12 – Bus trip to Pearl Harbor and a visit to the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Check out of the hotel and off to the airport for the flight Honolulu to Seattle, a six hour flight with Qantas code shared on an Alaska Air flight.
Picked up at Sea Tac Airport by Hal in his Tesla, off to his house in Edmonds for our stay with Hal and his wife Kim. Rest day after the 6 hour flight.
September 13-19 – Seattle sightseeing, The Science Museum, Space Needle, Sequoia Falls, La Poel picnic, Realto Beach, Starbucks Coffee Roasters, Pike Street Markets, Aquarium, all in a week, phew!
September 20 – Boarded Train Edmonds to Vancouver, arrived Vancouver for a two night stay in an AirBnB
September 22 – Boarded the Nieuw Amsterdam at Canada Place Pier for the Inside Passage Cruise to Alaska etc. Day 2 arrived at Juneau where we did our first sea plane trip, Day 3 Skagway and did a day trip on the White Pass & Yukon Train, Day 4 Glacier Bay, Day 5 Ketchikan where we did our second sea plane trip, Day 6 at sea heading back to Vancouver, Day 7 Vancouver
September 29 – Departed Nieuw Amsterdam at Canada Place Pier and transferred to our hotel, the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront – Went up another Tower to see the sights both at daylight and night
September 30 – We both walked across the Capilano Suspension Bridge (see certicificates below) and a cable car to the top of Grouse Mountain, unfortunately, very overcast so very limited visibility
October 01 – Had a walk around Stanley Park, Vancouver, Totem Poles and the Sea
October 02 – Boarded the Rocky Mountaineer, stayed at Kamloops for the night
October 03 – Back on the Mountaineer for Kamloops to Jasper, stayed the night in Jasper
October 04 – A bus tour around the Jasper area and another night in Jasper
October 05 – Jasper to Banff on a coach tour which included the Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier
October 06 – Coach tour to Yoho National Park, and Lake Louise. Stayed the night at Lake Louise Chateau
October 07 – Coach to Calgary including the Banff Gondola and a Helicopter ride. Spent the night in Calgary where we were woken very early in our hotel by a false fire alarm, not happy. Later that evening flew from Calgary to San Francisco with West Jet. Hotel in Union Square for 4 nights. Had a great look around San Fran, cable cars, Alcatraz, Golden Gate Bridge, Shops, Drinks...
October 12 - Flight with Qantas to Sydney then next flight home to Melbourne, we arrived in Sydney on the 14th after crossing the internaitional date line