7 posts by Peter Brookes

Vancouver B.C.

  Vancouver B.C.        I grew up in Vancouver and on or recent visit there we visited with my family and stayed in town at the Westin Bayshore on Coal Harbor, adjacent to Stanley Park. They were a couple of days for proper vacation and they proved to be so. An incredible location with a walking/bike path at it's door giving access to Stanley Park and the other way to Canada Place and the Sea Bus terminal with water shuttles that cross Burrard Inlet to the North Shore. Stanley Park ...

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Redding California

Sundial Bridge: If you have ever viewed photos or traveled to Europe you would have seen bridges or buildings of similar design to the Sundial Bridge which crosses the Sacramento River in Redding, which was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The bridge was completed in 2004 and has become one of the places in Redding to visit, the Sundial also gives access to the Sacramento River Trail. This trail is a 17 mile walking/biking trail giving access to Caldwell Park, the Aquatic Center, and ...

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

  Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah and when driving home from Colorado we stayed in Moab and visited the park. The park is just minutes away from Moab and it shows the visitor a red-rock wonderland of arches, spires, and incredible panoramic views. Much of Arches can be seen from your vehicle along with a good number of wheelchair accessible trails that will bring you closer to the parks grand features. These paved or packed trails are not too long with some trails ...

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Alaskan Cruise

Alaska Cruise At the end of summer we went on an Alaskan cruise with Holland America, on the Noordam, it was a great trip with amazing things to see and do, with the ship proving quite accessible. The cruise was the last of season and the weather was a little bleak when we started out but it improved daily. We left Vancouver about dinner time on Sunday, cruised out under the Lions Gate Bridge, passed by Stanley Park, then followed Burrard Inlet out into the Straight of Georgia, and headed ...

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Rocky Mountain National Park

  This summer we traveled to Rocky Mountain National Park, located northwest of Denver, Colorado, along the front range of the Rocky Mountains. The Continental Divide runs through the middle of the park, it is situated between the towns of Estes Park to the east and Grand Lake to the west. Some of the park’s features are its mountains, lakes, tundra, wildlife, and Trail Ridge Road, the highest paved road in America, with an elevation over 12,000 feet that was completed in the ...

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National Park System

Yellowstone National Park was the first created and was established by an act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872. The National Park Service was not created until August 25, 1916, by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson. Yellowstone was created as a National Park in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming and it was said to be “a public park or pleasuring-ground for the benefit and enjoyment of the people." The founding of Yellowstone began a worldwide national park ...

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