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The mystique of the Rocky Mountains

The Rocky Mountains stretch some 3,000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta in Canada through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and down to New Mexico in the U.S. The range offers dramatic wilderness, diverse wildlife and alpine lakes. Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park is traversed by 300 miles of hiking trails and famously scenic Trail Ridge Road.

Butchart Gardens – British Columbia

The Butchart Gardens – one of Victoria’s most famous and popular attractions! Begun in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site, The Butchart Gardens has since been delighting visitors from all around the world. As you make your way around the gardens, you’ll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in Spring and Fall as it is in Summer.

The Butchart Gardens has been designed to please the eye and generally delight the senses. It could be the pale green of emerging leaves in spring, complemented by brilliant pink or white flowers of trees; the dazzling bedding plants framed in by sweeping lawns, with the treat to the nose of a waft of a thousand scents of summer.  Approximately 35 minutes from downtown, The Butchart Gardens features over 55 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. Blossoms, fragrances and during the summer, the Night Illuminations, ensure that this will be an experience you will not soon forget.

Quails Gate – Kelowna

Quails Gate Winery is located in the Okanagan Valley British Columbia just outside the beautiful town of Kelowna.  It is a family owned winery that began farming in the Okanagan Valley in 1908.  This year they are celebrating 25 years of wine making.  They are passionate about the uncompromising quality of their wines.  Just one of the wineries we will be visiting on this year’s trip to Canada.  quailgate.com

SAHMRI – Adelaide

Have you ever wondered what goes on in this building? Sitting quietly on North Terrace, looking somewhat like a “cheese grater”.  I visited the “cheese grater” this week as a guest of the Cancer Council and was privileged to hear Professor Shudong Wang talk about her current research projects.  It was definitely enlightening to hear her talk with passion about her projects.  She has an amazing team helping her, working 12-14 hours a day to make a difference.  This is made possible with the help of us, the general public, by our continued fundraising through various projects such as Daffodil Day, Girls Night In, Relay For Life, just to name a few.  If you get an opportunity it is well worth a visit.  You will need to book a tour through the SAHMRI website.

New friends made

I made some really good friends on my recent trip to Victoria BC.  These ladies are from the Encore YWCA program in Victoria.  They took the time to come and meet me last week and discuss how we can make next year’s trip one to remember.  We spoke about the many different and diverse activities that we can do.  I think we are going to have to spend more time in Victoria.  We can visit the beautiful gardens of Government House, enjoy a tour of Government House, visit the Robert Bateman Gallery, kayak around the harbour or shop in the local precinct.  Such a lovely, warm and inviting city.

Lush countryside of BC

The day started early today as I had a 5 hour drive to Kelowna from Vancouver.  Car was packed, coffee hot, maps at the ready…  The weather was predictably unsettled, rain, sunshine, snow and fog.  I experienced the vast expanses of cattle grazing ranches just out of Merritt, market gardens of Chilliwack, and the extremes of weather through the mountains.  I stopped in the quaint town of Hope, where the “Rambo” movie was filmed.  Beautiful quiet, sleepy town.  I arrived in Kelowna and quickly made my way to the Okanagan Lavender & Herb Garden.  I was met with a sample of lavender tea.  I visited two different wineries.  Tantalus & Summerhill Pyriamid.  Two very different wineries with beautiful views of Lake Okanagan.

A day of researching

Relationship building, that’s what today was all about.  I met with Mark from Chateau Victoria, then swapped ideas with ladies from the Victoria branch of Encore. Absolutely wonderful day, first experience on a float plane, 30 minute flight to the island, lands right downtown in easy access to all the tourist highlights.  Lots of research done today.

Off and running..

Pink Travels is off and running.  After travelling from Adelaide via Auckland to Vancouver I met up with my friend Kathy. We made out way downtown to check in.  After a brief rest we ventured out to experience some of Vancouver’s iconic sights.  The weather was a little cool and rainy but it wasn’t going to stop us from exploring downtown.  After a “little” detour we enjoyed a beautiful evening meal at The Boathouse Restaurant overlooking the water in the Matilda Bay district.   Back to the room to research more and plan tomorrow’s activities.  Stay tuned for more news tomorrow.

Girls Night In

Jane from Pink Travels held an Devonshire Tea at Kingston House – Adelaide, as a fundraiser for Cancer Council SA this weekend.  40 women came together to enjoy each other’s company, soak up the sunshine, raise the profile of Girls Night In and raise much needed funds for the Cancer Council.  A whopping $1k was raised!    We listened to Kath recount her journey so far and how she has navigated her way through her cancer experience.  It touches my heart to see how generous people are and how people love to give back.  We all know someone who has been touched with cancer, whether it’s family, friends, work colleagues or someone at the local grocery store, the funds raised this weekend will go along way to helping those people.  I would also like to thank the generosity of the local businesses who also donated to this worthy cause.

Emerald Lake – Canada

This is my husband paddling the crystal clear waters of Emerald Lake.  A beautiful location, pristine waters, beautiful scenery.  Stunning location.  With its century-old fireplaces and an oak bar salvaged from an 1890’s Yukon saloon, there is no shortage of history within these walls. There is also no shortage of comfort during your stay at Emerald Lake Lodge given the location’s award-winning dining opportunities and exceptional accommodations.