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

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

Our Trip To Scotland (aka the honeymoon we never took)

My husband and I have always dreamed of traveling to Scotland, visiting Edinburgh going up to Inverness. He had always wanted to see where his ancestors, who were mainly Vikings, settled in Scotland. My relatives were also from Scotland but I don’t know as much about them until they came to America.We were so grateful that Walnut Grove Travel was... read more

Why I Love Cruises

I love cruising. My family and I have enjoyed several cruise vacations to destinations such as Mexico, Alaska, and Hawaii (my favourite!). It’s a great way to see places you may not otherwise travel to and get a taste of destinations you may want to return to later for a longer holiday. If you’re an experienced cruiser, you know the... read more

Dream Cruise to the Mediterranean

Our dream has been to cruise through the Mediterranean on a small cruise ship. We had cruised on larger cruise ships in the past, to Alaska and around South East Asia, but I’d always wanted to travel on a smaller ship. Walnut Grove Travel in Langley was able to find us the perfect one! They were incredibly helpful. We decided... read more

Destination Weddings- Your Dream Day Abroad

Getting married is an exciting life step. It marks the shift from ‘I’ to ‘we’ and planning your dream wedding is exciting. It can also be a lot of work. A friend of mine recently told me about how stressful she was finding wedding planning to be and that she couldn’t wait for it to be over. Definitely not what... read more

Alaskan Cruise & Adventures

We left Seattle on a 14-day Alaskan cruise courtesy of Walnut Grove Travel. Since we had cruised with them in the past our name was entered, and we were very surprised and excited to win a free cruise! I’d always wanted to visit Bridal Veil Falls in Valdez, Alaska, but as it’s not easy to access I thought I might... read more

Exploring the Beauty of Maui

Wai'anapanapa WaileleFriends of mine decided to have a destination wedding in Hawaii and my husband and I were fortunate enough to travel and witness their special day. We thought it would feel like a mini honeymoon getaway for us. My husband and I boarded our Air Canada flight from Vancouver Airport for our tropical destination of Maui. Our travel agency,... read more

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