A Beautiful Baby Shower in Scottsdale

It's just a little bit nuts to travel to Arizona in July.. but when your baby is about to have a baby of her very own…it's nothing but Joy and happiness.
So blessed and full of thankfulness. Daughter Erin hosted a party for 25 with a posse of Meghan's friends and co workers. Just beautiful.

Mendocino County, California #ApplelyEverAfter

A perfectly lovely weekend drive up the coast with great friends…to a picture perfect wedding of the son of more great friends….in a storybook Apple Orchard . Congrats Mike and Olivia Reis…and proud parents.

The Toll House Inn in Booneville. Our two night home away from home. Whole house is rentable…no tvs…but loads of board games and well located.


The views, wineries, micro breweries and peaceful locations in this beautiful Anderson Valley are extrordinary. We had never been here in the many years we have lived in Northern California. Near Ukiah California


Area is flush with fun things to see and do.

Wonderful friends…and mother of groom glowing on wedding day.

Montreal’s 375 & Canada’s 150

This year marks the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s birth and many celebrations are happening across our beautiful country. Another great reason for us to travel (almost) coast to coast.

All the Canadian National Parks are free to public this year as well as festivals everywhere!

Our hometown of Montreal is also celebrating as this fabulous city turns 375 years! A tad older than California.

We arrived and had dinner with great friends in Pointe Claire, Steve and Gayle Ryan then drove across the Island of Montreal to Brossard and a stay with Brian’s parents Bob and Irene.

So many memories of growing up on West Island. Lots has changed but much remains. Since Brian and I went to high school together, our memories are all mostly shared and reminiscing is fun and sometimes at odds!

( Brian, Bob and Irene)

So wonderful to start this trip visiting my beautiful mom in Vancouver 

( my mum Val King and Ginny)

and end it with my lovely Inlaws in our hometown just as Spring arrives. Brian and his mom are yelling and screaming at TV  ( as I write this) in next room as they watch the first game of Stanley Cup Hockey Finals. All is right with world!

We were able to spend time with Brian’s cousins here, my nephews and their beautiful young families , my sister and her husband in BC and explore the Rockies, Banff and Lake Louise. 

Truly a  wonderful trip and we remain very thankful to all who helped make it so wonderful. If you have not experienced Canada, it’s cultures, vistas and people maybe 

this is your year as well!

Lake Louise , Alberta

Took a day trip from Banff to Lake Louise today. Weather is chilly ( for Californians) and around 50…but sun is shining and snow in village has melted. Lake Louise is just one hour shuttle from Banff. Not much to do there as there is no village.. Tim Hortons and has stop and as a Canadian.. that counts!……but ohhhhhhh… 

…The Fairmont Lake Louise is a true destination!

Like its big sister Banff Springs, this hotel is also steeped in history but she sits alone on the shores of the incredible Glacier Lake Louise. In the summer, the lake is green blue and full of minerals from the melting snows…and as the glacier and snow remain on the mountains, this view is truly Canadian must see. Today the ice is just leaving the lake. We could see the soft ice area where the winter skating rink must have been.. you can see the area directly in front of entrance below…winter must be something to see and experience here. 

The onion soup was hot and the beer was cold and it will rank high in our ever evolving list of  great food in amazing places. Diets be damned. Some people hike, others explore…Perfect outdoor tables in perfect places seems to be our focus!

We did actually walk around some of the lake. Every second the sun and shadows changed this iconic landscape. 

Vancouver to Banff via The Rocky Mountaineer!

We are blessed with perfect , warm weather as we leave the Vancouver Fairmont early May 22 and board this gorgeous luxury train. Considered and rated as the best train experience in all North America it was all it said it would be. Gold Leaf service level gets you a dedicated comfy seat for duration of trip in the domed car and all the fun that a great group of fellow travelers bring. We met lovely couples from Scotland, Texas, Ohio, Georgia .. but none from Canada although we were told East coasters sometimes do appear. Such a shame as I very much doubt there is a more Canadian experience that riding the rails through arguably the most beautiful part of Canada.. the magnificent Rocky Mountains. 

Truly an experience not to miss. From the incredible staff , spotlessly clean train plus the gourmet meals and outdoor viewing and photography area on each car ..it’s really  so well thought through with no detail missed.

We are now relaxing in Banff after a scotch or two . This Castle in the clouds was built in the 1880s by Cornelius Van Horne for the Canadian Pacific Railway. Now a Fairmont hotel is still boggles the mind in grandeur, history and luxury. We feel we are are on a Grand Tour of old. 

Heritage Room 479 details

Aloha means both hello and goodbye

A pretty perfect week with our darlings Meghan and Ben with sweet babytb Vicchio! Clear skies and warm sand plus a phone app that enables frosty adult beverages to be delivered directly to our chairs.. helped create a lovely relaxing week of Aloha. We are already hotly anticipating our 2018 family Maui trip ( already booked) with 6 adults and THREE kiddos! Enjoy the quiet bliss while you can. Aloooo ha!