O Canada!

Carol I. - RCI Subscribing Member NewsEach year, my family and I return to Western Canada to visit family and friends and give our son an opportunity to connect to his Canadian roots.  We typically find ourselves in one of the national parks in Alberta.

It is hard to think of anything more awe-inspiring than the Canadian Rockies.  It is great to go for a nice long hike or bike ride, check out the abundant wildlife and then find your way to a place like the Banff Hot Springs for a long soak or back home for a nice dinner.  While we love the towns of Banff and Jasper and the infamous Lake Louise, I must say my personal favorite is the town of Canmore. With Canmore being only 15 minutes from Banff, it is still full of beautiful scenery, but it has a more laid-back vibe. There seems to be no end to the recreational activities you can participate in (specifically because of the Nordic Center), and the locals there, even if they aren’t family, sure treat you like it!

Canada is a big, beautiful country with an even bigger heart.  I encourage everyone to grab their toque (Canadian for “hat”) and visit the land of the Maple Leaf.  You’ll have a great vacation, eh?

This week on the RCI blog we’ll be sharing stories and photos from RCI subscribing members who have visited Canada. Be sure to check back!

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Oregon has it all!

Carol I. - RCI Subscribing Member NewsYou want mountains, a magnificent coastline and desert? Look no further than Oregon! There’s even small towns, cities, hiking/biking, culture, kayaking, golf, Shakespeare, rodeos, the JS Bach festival, rafting, rose gardens, and great food/wine/beer, etc.  You name it, it’s all in Oregon.  That is why my family makes the trek from various parts of the United States to Oregon each summer.

With lots of activities to keep busy and larger cities within a couple hours drive, you will never run out of things to do.  The summers are gorgeous, and the winters…. well… rainy.  However, it’s nothing a Gortex jacket, some rain boots and a good cup of coffee won’t fix!  Want something you can do inside? You could go to one of the enclosed look-outs on the coast (Cape Perpetua is my favorite) and watch the storms come in. Or you can spend a day hanging out at the infamous Powell’s City of Books in Portland.  Like I said, there’s so much to do!

Take a look back on our blog this week to see photos and stories from RCI subscribing members who have traveled to states on the Pacific Coast. And if you have a story or photo of your own to share, please share it here.
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