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May 16, 2018 - Departure for Glacier National Park

Our favorite transport, Letitia, picked up Judi B then swung by and picked up myself, Vicki and Anita for our adventure of riding the Amtrak train to Glacier National Park for a week of exploring another National Park. A few years back, the four of us visited Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. Since then Anita moved from California to Arizona so this is the first time in a couple of years that the four of us have travelled together. Somewhat typical LA traffic took us one and one-half hours to reach Union Station in downtown LA - a 27 mile...

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Apr 11, 2018 - Heading to the Continent

Hello Family and Friends- I am off on another adventure in a few days. Stay tuned for updates about whether I successfully navigate London without being hit by a bus because of not looking the right way before crossing the street, and if the rail strike in France complicates my travel any further than it already has. XO, Betty

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Grand Tour

Mar 23, 2018 - a four dinner day

The trip to O'Hare went smoothly in our ugly little orange rental car. Since we are flying business class on this leg of the trip we came early so we could enjoy the lounge and early dinner #1. The scallops were to die for and the cookies were like none we've ever had. We watched the cloud bank containing the forecast snow storm approach, but took off in sunshine. After about an hour of flying we were served dinner #2. There's something about being served hot nuts that gives me an irrational thrill. If I want hot nuts, I can microwave them...

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Jan 5, 2018 - Bon Voyage

The Voyage begins! We dropped Martha off at her Aunt’s house and had a lunch of Mexican with some friends before heading to the ship. The ship holds 928 passengers. 655 got on in Miami and 300 here in LA. The owner of the Viking cruise line is on board and gave a pool party with champagne, canapés and Fireworks. Quite a send off and way to start the cruise. Our room is very nice. Unpacking was intimidating. We brought way too many clothes! I am sure we will move every around in the drawers as we settle in. We have 8 days at sea to relax...

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Jan 4, 2018 - Los Angeles

Very strange country this California, sanctuary state, believe Cuba could give it a political run. Has been 29 years since we have been here, very little has changed . Enjoyed seeing Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive, Walk of Fame and Grauman’s Chinese theatre. Next we are at sea for 7 days and then get to explore the French Polynesia Islands.

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Jan 2, 2018 - Day 5 Getty Museum

We got up this morning and met dad and mom downstairs in the hotel restaurant for breakfast. There wasn't anything planned and Bob and I wanted to see the Getty Museum. Mom was content to stay and read a book, but dad was interested in going along with us. We used an Uber for the first time and it was great ride and much cheaper than a taxi. I did not realize how massively big the Getty Museum was!! Incredible!! The stone used to build the museum was from a quarry in Rome and shipped over here. You could even see some fossils in them. I...

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Dec 31, 2017 - Day 3 Touring LA

Today was a full day of seeing the sights in LA. Being early on a Sunday morning, most of the high end shops down Beverly Hills drive were not open yet, but just looking was enough. We got to see the Hollywood walk of fame and the Dolby Theatre where all the stars come out and walk down the red carpet for the Oscars. It was so crowded and really hard to get pictures at times but I can say that I've been there, done that! Our tour guide and bus then took us to what they call a Farmer's Market. Years ago people would sell fresh fruits and...

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Dec 30, 2017 - Day 2 Ronald Reagan Library

We started our day with a trip to the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum 45 minutes from downtown LA. I always thought a presidential library would have a ton of books being called a library. But presidential libraries are not libraries in the usual sense. They are archives and museums, preserving the written record and physical history of our presidents. The Reagan Library is over 100,000 square feet in 24 different galleries. We saw memorabilia of Reagan's growing up years, family history, his different careers before getting into politics....

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Dec 29, 2017 - Day 1 Arrive in LA

We arrived in LA after a smooth flight from Seattle. Left the rain behind and landed in sunny 75° weather. We are staying at the Hyatt Regency for the next 5 days. After a light dinner Bob and I headed for orientation with YMT Vacation Tours for the events for the 5 days in LA. Bob's parents, turned in early for bed. They had been up for 17 hours and called it a day. Tomorrow we visit the Reagan Library and in the evening get an up close view of the floats for the Rose Bowl Parade.

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Nov 16, 2017 - World Cruise Documents ready

Passports with all the Visa arrived on Monday after being processed for over 4 months. We needed Visa’s for Australia, China, Cambodia, India, Vietnam and Egypt. Cruise travel documents are coming on Friday. It’s getting close! 12/22/17 - Two weeks to go!! Mel is all packed. I am half packed. They pick up 2 of our suitcases on Dec 26 12/29/17 - 1 week to go. 2 suitcases gone and 2 more mostly packed. It looks like its all going to fit!

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Nov 13, 2017 - depart New York for Bne via Los Angeles

Mon 13th - - - Delta flight to LA, Virgin flight to Bne That's it - - It's all over - - time for the happy travellers to return to the duties of Yard Squatters. Our flight on Delta Airlines leaves NY at 3:30pm Mon (New York time) for a 6:30 flight to LA then a 3 hour layover as we exit the US through Customs and Immigration Our flight on Virgin leaves LA at 10:00pm Mon (Los Angeles time) for a 14 hour flight to Bne We lose a day in the travel - Tuesday ceases to exist this week for us. Arrival time in Brisbane is at 6:00am Wednesday...

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Oct 11, 2017 - IN FLIGHT and LA to NY

- - - - - select USA Continental map IN FLIGHT and LA to NY Despite the intentions of getting some sleep before landing at LA, Ron managed to watch 3 movies. The sleeping pill just wouldn’t kick in. We landed at LA at 7:00am, 4hrs before leaving Bne. Dr Who is not the only one who can do time-travel. Navigating the LA terminals was easy thanks to Virgin In-Flight entertainment showing a map of LA airport and we had adequate time to catch the flight to NY. This second flight (5hrs) Ron spent most of the time drifting in and out of...

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