Word-of-Day-Challenge-Odyssey

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odyssey

a long wandering and eventful journey

I am inclined to suggest that any journey

originating in Australia and visiting

the northern hemisphere

could be described as an ‘Odyssey’.

Last year’s travel to Canada took us about

16 hours flying time to reach Vancouver Island

to the start of our Canadian/Alaskan adventure.Falling snow on the Columbia Ice-field was

an event we had not counted on.

Our sled ride on the Mendenhall Glacier was wonderful.

Followed by the Red Carpet treatment

when boarding our

Rocky Mountaineer

Gold Leaf Carriage.

 

 

 

Our Final day, not included in the tour,

was a visit to Wiseman,

a very small township

inside the Arctic Circle.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Odyssey

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Word-of-Day-Challenge-Nearly

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nearly

very close to; almost.

Compared to living on…

…38 parallel south of the Equator…

…it could be argued that our excursion…

 

…to Wiseman, Alaska, was nearly

at the North Pole.

After all we were 63 miles

or (101.389 Kilometers)

INSIDE the Arctic Circle.

Wiseman is 67.4100° North,

according to Google.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Nearly

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Lens-Artist-PC-53-My-Choice

 

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First up,  Happy Birthday

to all concerned with the

Lens Artist Challenge.

The My Choice theme has seen me needing to curtail my choices….

and still there are too many images.

Sorry.

I have quite a few ‘favourites’ of Corio Bay.

This is one of them.

The Het Zand Square fountain in Brugge, Belgium.

Special, because I like the fountain and it was

our first night on the European continent.In Canada’s Rocky Mountains,

in the province of Alberta is the Columbia Icefield.

It was here on the Athabasca Glacier that many of us

experienced falling snow for the first time in June 2018.

Our visit to Wiseman in Alaska

took us further north than ever before.

At 67.41 Degrees North and

63 miles north of the Arctic Circle,

took us further north than ever before.

Prior to last year my furthest north was

about a half-hour drive north

of Loch Lomond in Scotland.

October 2018 was also when we visited

Shires Rest and Hobbit movie set

in New Zealand.

 

Definitely the first of our wonderful travel experiences

was the last evening and an unexpected game drive

of our 2013 African Safari.

We came across Limpy and her cubs.

For around 20 minutes we had these two cubs

within a few metres of our vehicle.

A day or two ago I read on Facebook

of a Namibian tusker being shot.

When beasts will come to within a few metres,

where is the sport in shooting them.

I refer to this shot as my ‘National Geographic’ shot.

Probably because I had only ever seen this shot in a

National Geographic magazine.

Again the leopard sat there while we clicked away.

 

 

 

 

In 2017 I was fortunate enough to return to

France and Belgium and tour

the Western Front Battlefields of world War I.

I visited many of the well known areas, memorials

and sites of (to me) lesser known battles.

All I could think of was how lucky my Grandfather

was to survive when so, so many didn’t.

The Last Post Ceremony at Menin Gate

was worth the visit alone.

 

Finally, a recently posted blue hour

image of Geelong’s Western Beach area.

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Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Patti:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Leya:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Amy:  Your-Choice

Lens-Artist Photo Challenge Tina:  Your-Choice

 

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Vacation

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Twelve months ago…

…we had completed our flight to Coldfoot (Alaska)…

 

 

…visited Wiseman, inside the Arctic Circle…

 

…and were preparing for our journey home to Australia.

After all the preparation and organising,

our vacation was over.

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Word of the Day Challenge: Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOWChallenge-Bargain

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For last year’s visit to Canada and Alaska we

flew with Air Canada on a 2 for 1 deal.

Because we only stepped onto

an Air Canada flight in Brisbane

I initially thought the 2 for 1 deal

referred to the Brisbane – Vancouver leg.

While speaking to the travel company

I learned that the 2 for 1 deal applied to all flight sectors. 

So we flew from Melbourne to Brisbane,

Brisbane to Vancouver,

Vancouver  to Victoria and

from Fairbanks to Vancouver

then all the way home to Melbourne…

for what seemed the bargain price of $2,000. 

I was expecting that per person. 

Thank you Air Canada.

The only flight we had to pay for was

our Air Arctic flight to Coldfoot.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Bargain

Word-of-Day-Challenge-Trip

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noun

a journey or excursion, especially for pleasure.

 

Whether it is a trip across to Melbourne…

 

…to celebrate a wedding anniversary, or…

…last year’s visit north of

the Arctic Circle each trip

has been a wonderful experience.

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Word of the Day Challenge:  Trip

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FOWChallenge-Adventure

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adventure
noun
an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.

This was the start of our…

adventure to Wiseman, Alaska.


We flew over the wilds of Alaska…


…prior to landing at Coldfoot.

From Coldfoot it was a relatively short

coach ride to Wiseman.

 

A small town 63 miles North  of the Arctic Circle. 

Certainly and adventure and as far North

as we have ever been on our planet.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:  Adventure