Beautiful Isabela Island

Today we ventured over to Isabela Island. The only town here is small (about 2500 people live on the entire island). There are however some excellent restaurants and services (laundry) and tour companies. The locals seem very friendly. Life seems very laid back. Our hotel here is one of the best on the island. Right on the waterfront and with... read more

Splashing Around Santa Cruz

Returning to from Isabel Island by speed boat to Santa Cruz was for just one night. That afternoon in Santa Cruz we had a tour by boat to a nearby dock where we walked for about 100 yards past salt ponds where we could see how they still make salt in the traditional way. At the end of this path... read more

The Last Secret of the Forbidden City

During the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Forbidden City was China’s seat of power. Delve into the symbolism, architecture and the last ‘forbidden’ site of this great cultural treasure in Beijing.In the 15th century, the Chinese regarded their country as the centre of the world. In the heart of their seat of power stood the emperor’s palace: the Forbidden City.... read more

Retired or Retiring? Read on

Things retirees look for in a vacation  1. Service: Retirees are obsessed with the quality of service they receive. From booking to the actual travel experience itself, retirees demand that travel providers bring their " A " Game.  2. Value: Retirees are less concerned with cost, and more concerned with getting value for their retirement dollars.  3. City slickers: Retiree's... read more

Walnut Grove Travel Hosts Their 2nd Annual Christmas Fundraiser

The holiday season seems to bring two things: heartfelt contributions to help those in need… and shopping. In a way it’s a funny combination, but when shopping for the perfect gift for a loved one also benefits a charity, it’s a wonderful way to do your holiday shopping. For the second year in a row, Walnut Grove Travel will be... read more

Driving Along in Our Automobile

As my girlfriend and I pulled out of her driveway in Seattle, we said goodbye to our guys and set out to see the world. Actually we just set out to drive to Western Oregon and Idaho because we wanted to visit friends and see Triple Falls in the Columbia River Gorge and the Shoshone Falls in Idaho. We’d gone... read more

Michigan Long Weekend

Lower Bond Falls Since I had to travel to Minneapolis for business meetings, I decided to stay a bit longer and drive over to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to see Bond Falls. I’d wanted to see it since I saw it listed on CNN’s Top Ten Waterfalls in the US. I persuaded a colleague to join me, so the... read more

Visiting Cascade Falls in Virginia

My husband had a one-day business conference in Roanoke, Virginia, and I wanted to tag-along so we could also visit Cascade Falls, which wasn’t very far away. He works for Microsoft and often goes out of town for business meetings.After his conference was finished, we had a nice dinner. I had explored the town while he was busy with his... read more

Green Bay Packers and Potato River Falls

Having grown up in Wisconsin, my husband and his entire family are HUGE Green Bay Packers fans (complete with Cheeseheads)! Since basically all of the football tickets are passed down from generation to generation, we felt privileged to be invited to join his family when they went to the opening weekend game. Since Green Bay is only four hours from... read more

Walnut Grove Travel's France Adventure

Our journey began with a little road trip from Paris to the Normandy coast in northern France.Eight women, 2 mini-vans, and tons of luggage headed from Charles De Gaule airport through the busy streets of Paris.....ignorance is bliss!! Marcia at the helm of the VW soon lost her way but through the generosity and understanding of many Parisiens, she was... read more

The France Adventure Day 3&4

Misao & family moving to Japan Here are a couple of gems that I found when going through my trip photos. In the last blog post I wrote about one of our ladies that was on the trip with us, Misao. Along with many people of Japanese heritage, Misao and her family were displaced to Japan during the Japanese internment.... read more

Ecuador and More

After a long day flying, we arrived at our adorable hotel in Quito, Ecuador. Cathy really scored with this one. We're right in town and the rooms and staff are welcoming.Our first tour included a drive through Quito. Quito is nestled in the mountains of Ecuador, is only about 5 Kim's wide and 36 km long. Being at over 9000... read more

Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises & Boobies, Oh My!

Handsome guy :-) There must be a thousand on this island.Today we landed on the first Galápagos Island, Santa Cruz, and immediately went to see a lava tunnel situated on a private estate. No bats or other wild animals but deep and over 400 meters long. The effects of the lava flow can be seen along the walls. Much cooler... read more

Goodbye Rainy Seattle, Hello Grand Canyon

My husband and children were excited about our vacation to visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona and the surrounding areas. All I could think about was why are we visiting a desert (hot) instead of a gorgeous tropical island destination, but my husband had seen that you could walk on top of a glass lookout and see the valley and... read more

Yosemite Adventure

We flew out of Vancouver International Airport to San Francisco, California, picked up our rental car and drove to Yosemite National Park. I’ve always wanted to visit this park, hike the trails, climb the mountains and explore this ancient valley.I still remember the first time I saw Ansel Adams’ photos of Yosemite Valley’s majestic mountains, verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls.... read more