Get the calendar!

Ah, first day of summer and the NHL teams officially release their 2016/17 schedules. Somebody clear my calendar, I’m going to need some time to look at this!

Work’s been a zoo lately and I’m dying to plan a trip. But with nary a prospect of a weekend off before October, I might just have to settle for planning a fall getaway. And, for me, that’s probably going to include an NFL game.

I can’t hide the fact that I love professional sports. And nothing beats great tickets to a big game. October is a fabulous time to take a sports trip. You could, theoretically, see NFL, NHL and MLB in one weekend if things align and you have a winning baseball team.

Last September, I took my youngest to see the Denver Broncos (pre-season game) and also to see the Colorado Rockies. We had two action packed days and nights in Denver. Denver is one of the ideal locations to see two or three sports in one trip as the stadiums/arenas are in close proximity to each other. Pick the right hotel and you can even walk to each quite comfortably, like we did.

Arizona has both NHL hockey and NFL football in the same Glendale entertainment district. That’s a great city to see as well and you’ll love the whole restaurant/movie/shopping plaza that is between the stadium and arena. We visited in December and had perfect weather.

When I get a free hour, and a huge cup of coffee, I intend to cross reference the NHL and NFL season schedules and find a few double-headers of note. Then…. step 2, we’ll find flights!

 

Dutch Christmas under $1500

Here’s a bargain I spied today, through Expedia.ca.

Winnipeg to Amsterdam December 22nd to 29th.

Hotel, flights and taxes under $1500pp is very possible, in a 4 star, well rated hotel in Amsterdam. You will fly Delta and Westjet airlines with just  one connection in each direction. Very nice! Tempting isn’t it?

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(as captured June 20th)

Numerous other dates and hotels available!

What a fun looking place & loved by travellers!
What a fun looking place & loved by travellers!

Gotta love a Mustang!

My teen son has a new fascination with Ford Mustangs. And while he’s still a couple years away from having a driver’s license or a car, that hasn’t stopped him from obsessing.

This morning over breakfast we watched a documentary called A Faster Horse, it was a 50 year history of the Ford Mustang. I’ll admit it was interesting and I enjoyed it almost as much as he did. The people, the struggles and triumphs of the brand make for a great story.

They say that a Mustang isn’t a car you buy with your head, it’s a car you buy with your heart. They say there’s an emotional investment in owning a Mustang….and, I have to agree. After all, I am a Mustang owner! I’m on my second, and my father has had four. I guess that makes us “Mustang People.”

There’s just something about the rumble of the engine, and the sculpted, staunch lines of the body that makes you want to hit the open road and just drive. You feel powerful, and connected.

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So, not surprisingly, after seeing the movie, my son asked if we could go for a ride. So we did! Top down and open road we went for a spin and then we called Grandpa to say hi.

After we got off the phone with Grandpa, my son said, “Mom, we should go to the Mustang museum, or let’s go to the next anniversary rally. Or maybe we could go on a road trip and see Route 66.”

How do you not smile and start planning, when your teenager says he wants to spend time with you? What a fantastic challenge! I best start planning, and book the ol’ Mustang in for a tune-up. And while I’m at it, I should download the theme from the Vacation movies, “Holiday Road,” or whatever it’s called. I might just have an epic road trip in my near future.

Picnic in Glenboro, Manitoba?

Looking for a day trip from Winnipeg, or perhaps an afternoon out of Brandon?

If you venture down Highway 2, at this time of year, you will marvel at the lush greens of the crops in the rolling hills and valleys. It’s gorgeous! Just 60 kilometres from Brandon, or approximately 160 kilometres from the province’s capital (Winnipeg) and you’ll come across the town of Glenboro.

If you’re looking to stop with your packed lunch, there is a picnic site at Glenboro and right alongside the highway. Can’t miss it! It’s in the shade of their giant statue of a camel, Sara. Be sure to pose for a Sara-selfie! If you didn’t pack a lunch, that’s no worries, there’a  Drive-In serving burgers and shakes a mere half block away.

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This stretch of highway 2 also has designated picnic sites, and highway diners along the way. You may want to stop at Treherne or St. Claude to the east. Just keep your eyes peeled for signs.

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Early June you’ll see thousands of pink wild roses growing along the highway ditches. Late June and early July, you can stop at a Strawberry Farm and pick a pail of the season’s best.  There’s one in Glenboro called Good Earth Gardens & Berries.

Looking for a lake side retreat? You won’t want to miss Pelican Lake in the Pleasant Valley area. Great golfing, sailing and you can even park your RV and stay a few nights. See Pelicanshores.ca for current rates and availability.

Visit Tourism Westman for more area information and to start planning your road trip adventure.

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Area map. Highway 2, is parallel to the Trans-Canada, and is the slightly slower and much more scenic area. Passes through Glenboro

Packing help is just a tweet away

Are your scissors too big? Nail clippers allowed? What about knitting needles? What CAN you take in your carry on bag on the airplane?

Well, your answer is only a tweet away. The agency responsible for air transport safety in Canada (CATSA) will reply to your tweet with a yes or no. It’s that easy.

Tweet them your photo or your question at @catsa_gc

Also available in French @actsa_gc

For additional, and more detailed regulations and a full list of carry on restrictions, to to their website.

There’s also an APP for your phone! Link to it from their main website.

With all this technology at your fingertips, there’s no excuse to pack the 4 inch scissors and the oranges!

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Blogs I’m reading

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Looking for a fresh read? Here’s the fabulous 5 that are open on my desktop right now!

  1. Eatlivetraveldrink.com
    You’ll love Nicki’s Instagram too @eatlivetraveldrink
    Click on this link to see her recent post on Ireland.
  2. 2girlstrippin.com
    Full of sass… grab a seat in their sidecar and buckle up for adventure!
  3. Choosetravelonline.com
    They’ve got 5 reasons to convince you to take on a travel adventure in your gap year.
  4. Whereisnoodles.com
    Well written and always fresh! You could click here to read her tips on travelling to Amsterdam.
  5. Thethirstytourist.com
    A fellow Canadian, Carolynne has been there, and done that, coast to coast. Have you been to Newfoundland? She has. Here’s Hunting for Icebergs.

 

Bonus blog for flair and style: 

Dianaelizabethblog.com

I love her fresh, fabulous style and she has simple, 3 step advice for looking great in your travel photos.

Got a blog we should check out? Do post it in the comments.