Rainy Days and Mondays…..

Its Monday September 3rd, and it is still raining.  I’m getting a little tired of hearing things like “oh you’re from Vancouver, so you must be used to this”, or “too bad you weren’t here in August, it was gorgeous”.  We’ve also hear a lot of “that’s a shame about the rain, September’s aren’t usually like…

Raindrops Keep Falling On Our Head

Its Sunday September 2nd, and our underwhelming stay at the Crown Hotel in Newton Stewart ends with a breakfast that was so greasy, Mary commented that she’d probably need to go on cholesterol medication as soon as we get home – this from a lady who eats much healthier than almost anyone I know.  Not…

Our Scottish Road Trip Begins

Feeling somewhat energized by an eleven hour rest that we hoped would allow us to make a big one-time adjustment to the change in time, we arose on Friday morning (August 31st) to a cool but clear morning in Glasgow (7 degrees celsius).  We enjoyed a full Scottish breakfast at the hotel (ham, sausage, eggs,…

Rain and mist. We are definitely in Scotland

Despite the lovely facilities at the Daviot House in Ayr, neither Mary nor I slept very well as we continued to try and make the adjustment to the 8 hour time difference with home.  I awoke at 4:15 local time, and Mary didn’t make it much past that.  With breakfast a few hours away, I…

Scotland, Here We Come

It was a quick and simple task, naming this blog entry Scotland Here We Come, but the reality is that getting to Scotland from Vancouver is neither quick nor simple. Our vacation began like many others, with a much-appreciated lift to the airport from our daughter Jennifer, where we checked into the Fairmont Airport Hotel. When…

40th Anniversary Adventure

It’s been a few years since I last wrote in our Adventure site, as I’ve been documenting our travels in a number of different places. I thought that this might be the time to return to StangerAdventures.com though, as we are about to head off on a month-long trip to Scotland in celebration of our…

Welcome to New Mexico

After 28 wonderful days in Arizona, and at the end of another day of exploring, we were about to head east into New Mexico, but not before a brief stop in the US-Mexico border city of Douglas. Located 27 miles east of Bisbee, the copper city where we had spent the night in a haunted hotel,…

Bisbee, Arizona – “The Queen of the Copper Camps”

I mentioned at the end of the Tombstone blog, that we had “discovered” the town of Bisbee while reading an article in the Arizona Republic Newspaper. It is tucked away in the SE corner of Arizona, a mere 8 miles north of the USA-Mexico border, and the travel writer for the Republic described it as a “quirky, artsy town with…

“Standing Up Rocks”

As we neared the end of our 4-week visit to Arizona, there was one last National Historic site that caught my attention on the map – the barely pronounceable Chiricahua National Monument. The first thing I should tell you is that it is not particularly easy to get to, as there is no direct route, and once you…

Play Ball!

When we first started planning our adventure, right at the top of our “must do” list, was making sure we attended some spring training baseball games in Arizona.  We had talked about making the “pilgrimage” to Phoenix for several years, and something kept coming up that had us saying “next year for sure”. 2014 was finally going…

Ghost Towns of Cochise County and the road to Tombstone

Back in February when the dining room table was covered with books, notes, pamphlets, maps and website printouts, one of the things that caught our attention was an article entitled “Ghost Towns of Cochise County”.   The article indicated that there were upwards of 50 “ghost towns” in the area known as Cochise County and that it was…

While in Tucson….

I’ve already written about our hotel in the Tucson area – the Arizona Inn.  I also wrote blogs about our “underwhelming” impression of the downtown area and our visit to the Titan Missile Museum. All that’s left for me now is to tell you about two other attractions we visited in the area, and one…