As Wall St is considered the heart of capitalism, then Vegas must surely be capitalism’s playground. Most foreigners are fascinated by what I like to call America’s bling it can be pinnacle of luxury in some places while in other places it’s somewhat less than that.
Still I enjoyed the experience of being able to see it all first hand, which was another curiosity satisfied.
Lake Tahoe another picture postcard location, surrounded by snow capped mountains it’s crystal clear water of America’s largest alpine lake. No matter where you go, its always scenic and you get the feeling of a very relaxed lifestyle. So no wonder American’s love to holiday there. Plus it seems the commercialism is also kept under control so that nature is able to put on it’s best display.
Virginia City not far from Reno, this historic western town is worth a visit. Lots of authentic old saloons plus the wooden walkways give this town an old western atmosphere. At the height of the gold rush, it was a pretty wild place and those old buildings all have lots of interesting history on display that can be found by a walk around the town.
This was another big wish list place to see. As we are most likely the last generation to be able to take any action on global warming I wanted to at least get the feel of that sort of wilderness before it all changes. Although it is still spectacular the signs are obvious that nature is being tested by our addiction to carbon based energy and resource hungry economies. But one has to hope its only the wilful ignorance by a small minority that is preventing a much more major global impact than it already is.
Butchart Gardens is a place you don’t have to be a gardener to be impressed by. Quite simply it’s magnificent with many acres of perfectly groomed lawns, hedges and a huge variety of plants. Considering its all a man made creation, it’s an inspiring walk around blending nature with some man made artistic flair. That even a non green thumb person like myself appreciates , I found it amazing.
Vancouver Island hosts Canada’s political capital Victoria which I related to immediately as I live in one myself. It’s obvious they are holding onto some English traditions by the types of businesses that trade in the city. However it was quite easy to get around and you would be pushed to find any negatives with the people or the city, I thought it was great.
Whistler another Ski town that I loved, it’s people friendly and the layout of the village is all accessible by foot with only road ways around the perimeters. Obviously looks totally different during the winter but a great place to visit during the summer. It has lots of things to see that are close by, would have liked to have stayed there longer.
Here is a glimpse of Canadian wildlife I caught along the way, all captured through the window of a bus so not all the images are as sharp as I’d like them to be. In some cases you only have seconds to capture the moment. However it’s a lot safer than what some foreign tourists thought when getting out of their vehicle and attempting to take selfies with a full sized bear crossing the road for instance.
These are a few photos I took along the way in what was an abundance of breath taking scenery. The Rockies scale make Australia’s mountains look like ant hills in comparison. In places they are massive and I’d say it would be fairly rare to catch the peaks out of the clouds even on a blue sky day.
Really loved this place, its right in the middle of a National park and it feels like it blends in perfectly with nature. No high rises, all the buildings have that natural heritage sort of look and yet still caters for a constant influx of tourists. Yes there are some large hotels in districts close by but they are one of a kind in isolation. I loved the layout of the town and it’s buildings plus the scenery that surrounds it. Not so far down the road is the Lake Louise not to mention the hotel and its surroundings. That was fantastic, I really enjoyed my stay there so much I felt the urge to take a selfie.