When I first arrived I stayed in the city which was fantastic. I was fortunate enough to stay at Medina Apartments which is a serviced apartment complex. It was situated near numerous clubs and bars.
While staying in the city I think I must have visited at least twenty clubs. I enjoyed spending time at crown casino which was rather elaborate and had some great entertainment. I met many interesting people there.
The food and wine scene in Melbourne is fantastic. There are a vast number of trendy cafes and restaurants which offered countless dishes and wine.
I went on many day trips including one to Apollo Bay which is a surf beach town situated along the western coast of Victoria. The beach was lovely and the great ocean road offered terrific views. All up I spent a month in Melbourne and found it wasn't long enough. When I return I intend to spend at least a year in Australia.
I like staying at Rock Harbor Lodge, which is located on the shore with beautiful views of Lake Superior. The rooms are very comfortable. It can be a very romantic getaway. Try some fresh Whitefish for dinner.
Then finish the evening with a stroll on the dock, listening to the loons in the distance. For exercise, you can plan a day hike, rent a boat, or just enjoy nature and the wildlife (fox, wolves, moose).
You can also backpack from one end of the island to the other. If backpacking, consider staying at the lodge on the first and last day of your trip. It’s a welcome site after days in the woods.
The geography of the town makes it similar to European towns in the Alps. I enjoyed my vacation for several reasons. First, there are two rivers that run through the town, the Wenatchee and the Icicle.
One day we were able to take a lazy float down the river in a raft. Also, there are some amazing, yet reasonably priced golf courses in the area. If you are into golf it is perfect. They even have a real miniature golf course that consists of well-maintained greens.
This really helped me with my putting. Last, the entire town, while it may be touristy, is very chill. It is really easy to just walk around downtown without worrying about much at all. Peaceful may be the correct word.
Our next trip was to Royal Gorge in Canyon City, Colorado home to the world’s highest suspension bridge. The bridge itself had a wood bottom to it that gave it an eerie feeling as you drove across it. You could take a mine car down to the bottom of the gorge which contained a river with intense rapids and many thrill seekers taking on its harsh waters or even swing out over the gorge in an amusement park like ride.
There are many waterfalls to be viewed on many of the trails. Sometimes it was only a short distance to the waterfalls. There were even a couple of trails for people in wheelchairs. Wildlife was abundant. We saw many different kinds of birds and small mammals, but I thought the most exciting animals we saw while hiking were a mother moose and her baby moose.
We were crossing a stream on a wooden bridge when we saw the animals to our right. They were in the stream about 10 yards away! We just stood gazing while they drank some water and began lumbering away up the bank and into the forest.
Everyone thinks of the grizzly bear when they hear about Glacier wildlife, and we did see one but it was from the safety of our van. It was beside the highway about 30 yards away. That was exciting. We stayed in a great hotel on the eastern side of the park with a stream right outside the balcony. We thoroughly enjoyed our vacation in Glacier National Park.
Down the street to your left were all the Americanized restaurants such as: Pizza Hut and to the right were the native restaurants with tanks of shrimp, lobster, and squid in the windows. The next time I showed up in Thailand was to visit Phuket and boy was I amazed.
My greatest adventure was going to the zoo. I really wasn’t expecting a whole lot considering you have to drive out of the city and into the country to get to it. You ride in a bus on a bumpy dirt road passing by all these shacks and as a paranoid American all I could think about was whether I would see any of my friends again.
Then all of a sudden you see this great big arch announcing the zoo. I was totally blown away. I never expected to see that the animals were so well taken care of, or to believe that there would be a ton of people visiting and enjoying themselves. My feet were killing me by the time I left, but it was well worth it.