lodging

Portland, Oregon for Thanksgiving

December 8, 2010

Thanksgiving in Portland – what a great idea. Jay, his mom and I drive down while Jay’s brother and his family fly up. Time to relax, visit, and play for a few days in a friendly, welcoming city. We all stay at the Hotel Vintage Plaza and take advantage of one of their AAA packages […]

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Osoyoos, British Columbia, in the Okanagan Valley

October 14, 2010

We are off to the Okanagan Valley. Driving through the North Cascades National Park on Route 20 in Washington State is a treat in the fall. This is Jays first time, so I drive to give him ample opportunity to take in everything. Near the summit we round a curve just as two bear cubs scurry over […]

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Yokohama, Japan, with kids

June 19, 2010

Last night an email came in from our sister-in-law, Janet. She and the kids (our nieces – ages 13 & 11) are traveling in Asia with Andy on a business trip. Happy Father’s Day Andy! Hello Jay and Sue, We are having a great time in Yokohama. We were fortunate enough to get upgraded from […]

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Nelson, NZ

February 28, 2010

We arrived in Nelson in the afternoon after taking the ferry from Wellington (North Island) to Picton (South Island).  Nelson is a charming town with a Victorian flair to many of the homes. Landing in Nelson for 5 nights at the Victoria Villa we look forward to a respite within the vacation. Cooking our own […]

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Wellington, NZ

February 23, 2010

Often the motels in NZ have laundry facilities and that is where I was a few hours before hitting the road for Wellington. The old washer/dryer were quite slow and a very friendly lady from Wellington stopped by with her wash. She was curious about our travels and when she heard that we were off […]

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Hahei, NZ – Coromandel Peninsula

February 5, 2010

Pulling into Hahei we began to look for lodging. After some searching we found a Garden Studio at the Cathedral Cove Lodge Villas part of the Hahei Holiday Resort. Simple and clean the room is just a stone’s throw from the beach and was available for two nights. Yahoo! Jay quickly headed off to the […]

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Auckland, New Zealand

February 3, 2010

Today our New Zealand adventure begins! Arrive in Auckland at 4:30am on a non-stop overnight New Zealand Air flight from San Francisco. A little disoriented but fairly well rested we take a shuttle bus to the Skycity Grand Hotel. After waiting a few hours to check-in (which we expected given that we arrived around 6am) […]

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