Worrall Travel R's

Worrall Travel R's
Roz and Russ

Worrall Travel R's - Kicking the Bucket List

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We are the Worrall Travel R's Roz and Russ Worrall. Our goal before we "kick the bucket" is to see as much of the world as we are able, learn about world cultures, experience making friends around the world, and share goodwill and what we learn with others. WE HOPE YOU JOIN US VIA THE BLOG ON OUR TRAVELS.

We started our world travels in 1969 in VW camper van in the USA, Canada, and Europe, but didn't actively blog about our travels until 2009 aboard our sailing vessel SV Worrall Wind, a 44 ft Nauticat Ketch.  On September 5, 2009 we left San Francisco and took a left at the Golden Gate to Explore the World.

From to Sea to Land
After almost 4 years of cruising Mexico and the South Pacific, we sold our beloved boat in Australia, 2013. The Worrall Travel R's are continuing our travels around by many other means of conveyance -boats,trains, planes, sometimes camels, elephants, rickshaws, and hot air balloons.. 

Russ is a retired engineer, optometrist, professor from U.C. Berkeley. Roz is a retired computer programmer/analyst, educator, (teacher, administrator, professional developer). 

Our Mantra:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
~ Mark Twain

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Canada - Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick

It is hard to believe our two week trip with Garyn and Jessica aboard RV Trail Blaze R has come to an end.  This morning, we reluctantly parted ways with the "kids" returning to Vermont, and with us heading to Quebec.  It was fun to be together, and went by all too quickly.

Our trip up from Maine had only one small glitch...our driver side outside dual tire on the Blaze R blew out.  We didn't even notice it.  A kind samaritan flagged us down just before crossing the Canadian border.

Russ and Kirk, the Good Samaritan

He had been following us when the tire started to smoke then blew apart.  Our side view mirrors do not adequately show our rear axel area.  Thank goodness for the dual tires.  The inside tire was able to support the weight, preventing damage to the rim of the blown tire

Fortunately, we were able to change the tire and buy 4 new ones just in case they were all about ready to go.  Since the fifth wheel was too tall to fit in the tire mounting bays at Walmart, Garyn and Russ had to change the tires themselves...company policy.  We were just happy to get the tires as we have already worn 6,000 miles of tread off of them.

We had a wonderful time exploring Nova Scotia, Halifax to Cape Breton.  For the most part our weather in Nova Scotia was wonderful.  We enjoyed the city of Halifax with its farmers' market,

boardwalk along the bay,

Reflective Portrait of the Four of Us in Halifax

Citadel on the Hill,

U. S. Coast Guard Tall Ship Visits Halifax

Roof Top Garden

and contrasting traditional and new architecture.

Our favorite place was outside of the city in a little fishing village with a quiet inlet for the fisherman, but wild and wet sea just beyond the granite headlands.  Peggy's Cove and Lighthouse.  The salt air, seagulls, crashing surf and mist, and the haunting sound of the bag pipes made for a special afternoon in the July sunshine.

Calm harbor, rough seas

Bagpipes by the Sea - Memorable Moments

Traveling north, we spent 3 nights in Cape Breton area, driving along the Cabot Trail, visiting the Gaelic College in Saint Annes and participating in traditional demonstrations, hiking the skye line trail, listening to highland music, participating in a Scottish square dancing, and visiting the Alexander Graham Bell Museum.

The Whole 9 Yards of Plaid, pleated for wear

The man lays down and wraps the plaid around himself.

This volunteer had a little help

Russell Campbell Worrall Walks the Skye Trail

An Evening of Dance and Fiddle
When we left Cape Breton, it was beginning to cloud over.  By the time we boarded the ferry for Prince Edward Island, it was raining and that continued off and on for three days.  The ferry ride across to PEI is free.  You only pay when you leave the island.  While on the ferry, we listened to the live performance of Katie McGarry, Canadian singer and songwriter.

She has a lovely voice.  While we listened to Katie, we also kept our eyes on the big screen TV where the infant Prince George was being revealed by Kate and William to the world.

In between the downpours at PEI, we did some touring, walking, biking, geocaching, and visiting points of interest including the house and village that were the inspiration for L. M. Mongtgomery's House of Green Gables.  She is considered one of Canada's most distinguished persons.  PEI is a lovely place...wet, but lovely.

Wild Lupines

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Dulvay Lodge - Nice Place for Lunch

Inspirational Home of Anne of Green Gables

Anne and Her Friend
Anne's Sister

Our impressions of Canada so far....beautiful, green, and wet.  We loved the Scottish history in Nova Scotia.  With Campbell ancestry on Russ's side, and Shaw ancestry on my side, it was fun to see so many of these relations as the bedrock of Nova Scotia.

We arrived in Quebec late this afternoon.  The sky is blue, and we shed our rain clothes.  Tomorrow, we are off to do some sight seeing.

All is well with the Worrall Travel R's heading west across Canada.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Red, White, & Blue - Philadelphia to Maine

Happy Birthday America!  

We were fortunate this year to spend Independence Day in Philadelphia, the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States.  We enjoyed the 4th of July Eve, eating Philly cheesesteak sandwiches and philly cheese cake, and  listening to the Philly Pops and the reading of the Declaration of Independence with "Thomas Jefferson".  

Independence Hall

On the Fourth, we cheered on a wonderful parade in downtown Philly.  Let the parade roll on.

Chinese Dragon Circles Police Officer Standing Guard

We took our leave of Philadelphia and drove up the Hudson Valley in New York, visiting both the Vanderbilt and the Roosevelt Estates on the Hudson River.
Vanderbilt Estate

Beautiful but not Homey

Roosevelt Estate

Homey but not Beautiful

President F.D.R. and First Lady Eleanor

We also make a trip to Lake Placid.

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Lake Placid from top of White Face Mountain
Arriving in Winooski Vermont for a short stop over before whisking away Garyn and Jessica, we jump started our two week trip to Nova Scotia with a visit to New Hampshire Speedway to the NASCAR races.   What an interesting slice of American Pie this is.  We camped amongst 1000's of other RV's.  Lucky us, we were parked right next to the DJ.  Party from 6:00 p.m. to the wee hours of the morning.  Thank goodness for earplugs!

Oh Yeah!  Joe the Plumber was here!

Wall to Wall Campers

Fans of All Ages

Headsets for talking and noise reduction.....Motor noise is LOUD!

Danica Patrick Spins Out

Brian Vickers Wins and Runs out of Gas on the Finish Line

Watching the people was as interesting as watching the races.

After the races, we headed north, stopping in Georgetown, Maine to visit Colfax Lion's Club Member Richard.  We brought the corn, salad, and French bread.  Richard treated us to lobsters and wine.  It was a great evening.  Even our travel bugs got to dance with the lobsters.

Garyn and Jess

Yum!  Lots of Chowder, Lobster, Corn, Salad, and wine.

Too soon we said, goodbye and continued our journey north, stopping in Rockport, Searsport, and Bar Harbor Maine for two nights, enjoying the sights and doing a little hiking.  Tomorrow we leave for Canada, so I am blogging like mad as we will loose our internet connection for awhile until we make appropriate WIFI arrangements.


Bridge to Bar Harbor

Sunset at the Campground

Downtown Bar Harbor

Hike to Bubble Rock

On Top of the World!
Having a wonderful time.  All is well with the Worrall Travel R's with Garyn and Jessica aboard RV Trailblazer.