Among many other things, the American Southwest is famous for its adventure, its spirit of fun, and its beautiful scenery. Nowhere do all these things come together like on a family vacation in Albuquerque, New Mexico…
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Corner of Cavill Avenue & Gold Coast Highway
Surfers Paradise, Queensland 4217
601 Pacific Highway
San Diego, California 92101
HOTEL AMENITIES: Child Free, Laundry, Gift Shop, Parking, Car Hire, TV Lounge, Pets Allowed, Rooms for Handicap (11)
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Conference room capacity 200, Banquet Facilities, Audio/Visual, Computer hook-up
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES: Game Area, Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool, Fitness center, Sundeck, Tennis nearby, Golf nearby, Billiards, Video Games
RESTAURANT & BAR: Barnetts Grand Cafe, Barnetts Bistro
COMPLIMENTARY: Full Breakfast, Manager’s Reception, Toiletries
ROOM AMENITIES: Room Service, Free Newspaper, Phones in room (2), Cable TV, Radio, Wet Bar, Microwave, Individual heat control, Individual A/C control
The Embassy Suites–San Diego Bay is one of the newest hotels in San Diego. Located close to everything–Zoo, Bay, Airport, new Convention Center and downtown business district. These suites combine great location with spectacular views. Complimentary breakfast, complimentary airport transfers, and manager’s reception.
4550 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, California 92122
AREA ATTRACTIONS: Beaches, Sea World, San Diego Zoo. Golden Triangle, Univ. Center Mall
HOTEL AMENITIES: Child Free, Laundry, Gift shop, Parking, Car Hire, TV Lounge, Rooms for Handicap (11)
BUSINESS FACILITIES: Conference room capacity 18, Banquet Facilities, Message center, Copier, Audio/Visual
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES: Game Area, Pool, Sauna, Whirlpool, Fitness center, Billiards, near Sailing, Golf, Tennis, and Water Skiing
RESTAURANT & BAR: Coast Cafe
COMPLIMENTARY: Full Breakfast, Refreshments
ROOM AMENITIES: Room Service, Free Newspaper, Phones in room (2), Cable TV, Radio, Wet Bar, Kitchen, Toiletries, Individual heat control, Individual A/C control
The Embassy Suites Hotel provides the comforts of home for the price of a single room. Each suite offers a spacious living room, dining area, color TV, telephone, wet bar, microwave, & refrigerator. Included in the rate is a full breakfast and beverages in the evening. Complimentary parking and a no-tipping policy. Enjoy a lush atrium filled with foliage, fish ponds, and a rushing waterfall.
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1 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs, slightly beaten
3 teaspoons vanilla
3-1/2 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup finely chopped walnuts, optional
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Come stay with us whether your plans are for business or pleasure and explore the Mohawk Valley in Upstate New York.
OMLEY VILLAGE CONDOMINIUMS
Manchester Center, Vermont 05255
ROOM FACILITIES: Kitchen, Linens, Phone, Individual Heat Control, Cable
GENERAL FACILITIES: Linens, Crib
SPORTS FACILITIES: Pool, Tennis, Snowmobile, ice skate, Ski school, day care
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On-mountain convenience in condominiums with fully-equipped kitchens, linens, cable TV and telephone. Available by the weekend, week, month, or the entire season. You can walk to the heated swimming pool and tennis courts in the summer. In the Winter, walk to the ski slopes or ride our free shuttle bus. Winter ski packages available.
There are a number of books on travel health:
Staying Healthy in Asia, Africa & Latin America, Moon Publications. Probably the best all-around guide to carry, as it’s compact but very detailed and well-organized.
Travelers’ Health, Dr. Richard Dawood, Oxford University Press. Comprehensive, easy to read, authoritative and also highly recommended, although it’s rather large to lug around.
Where There is No Doctor, David Werner, Hesperian Foundation. A very detailed guide intended for someone, like a Peace Corps worker, going to work in an underdeveloped country, rather than for the average traveler.
PRE-DEPARTURE PREPARATIONS:HEALTH INSURANCE
A travel insurance policy to cover theft, loss and medical problems is a wise idea. There are wide variety of policies and your travel agent will have recommendations. The international student travel policies handled by STA Travel or student travel organizations are usually good value. Some policies offer lower and higher medical expenses options but the higher one is chiefly for countries like the USA which have extremely high medical costs.
Check the small print:
1. Some policies specifically exclude “dangerous activities” which can include scuba diving, motorcycling, even trekking. If such activities are on your agenda you will need another sort of policy. A locally acquired motorcycle license may not be valid under your policy.
2. You may prefer a policy which pays doctors or hospitals directly rather than you having to pay on the spot and claim later. If you have to claim later make sure you keep all documentation. Some policies ask you to call back (collect) to a center in your home country where an immediate assessment of your problem is made.
3. Check if the policy covers ambulances or an emergency flight home. You may also need to cover the expanse of an additional person to accompany you in the case of certain illnesses. If you have to stretch out you will need two seats and somebody has to pay for them!
A small, straightforward medical kit put together with special thought for children’s ailments is a wise thing to carry.
Make sure that you know the appropriate children’s dose of any medicines you are carrying, and that they are in fact suitable for children.
Ideally, antibiotics should be administered only under medical supervision and should never be taken indiscriminately. Take only the recommended dose at the prescribed intervals and continue using the antibiotic for the prescribed period, even if the illness seems to be cured earlier. Antibiotics are quite specific to the infections they can treat. Stop immediately if there are any serious reactions and don’t use the antibiotic at all if you are unsure that you have the correct one for the infection.
In many countries, if a medicine is available at all it will generally be available over the counter and the price will be much cheaper than in the West. However, be careful when buying drugs in developing countries, particularly where the expiration date may have passed or correct storage conditions may not have been followed. Bogus drugs are common and it’s possible that drugs which are no longer recommended, or have even been banned in the West are still being dispensed in many developing countries.
In many countries it may be a good idea to leave unwanted medicines, syringes, etc. with a local clinic, rather than carry them home.
Make sure you and your children are healthy before you start traveling. If you are embarking on a long trip make sure your teeth are OK; there are lots of places where a visit to the dentist would be the last thing you’d want to do.
If children wear glasses take a spare pair and the prescription. Losing glasses can be a real problem, although in many places you can get new spectacles made up quickly, cheaply and competently.
If your kids require a particular medication take an adequate supply, as it may not be available locally. Take the prescription or, better still, part of the packaging showing the generic rather than the brand name (which may not be locally available), as it will make getting replacements easier. It’s a wise idea to show you legally use the medication – it’s surprising how often over-the-counter drugs from one place are illegal or even banned in another country without a prescription.
Infant analgesic – with measuring cup or dropper
Antihistamine (such as Benadryl) – useful as a decongestant for colds, allergies, to ease the itch from insect bites or stings or to help prevent motion sickness. Antihistamines may have a sedative effect and interact with alcohol so care should be taken when using them.
Antibiotics – useful if you’re traveling well off the beaten track, but it must be prescribed and you should carry the prescription with you. Some people are allergic to commonly prescribed antibiotics such as penicillin or sulfa drugs.
Kaolin preparation (Pepto-Bismol, Imodium) – for stomach upsets.
Rehydration mixture – for treatment of severe diarrhea. This is particularly important if traveling with children who dehydrate easily. An electrolyte mixture is available in sachets.
Antiseptic (like Dettol or Betadine), mercurochrome and antibiotic powder or similar “dry” spray – for cuts and grazes.
Calamine lotion – to ease irritation from sunburn, bites or stings.
Bandages, band-aids, gauze and cotton wool – for minor injuries.
Scissors, tweezers and a thermometer/fever strips – mercury thermometers are prohibited by airlines.
Insect repellent, sun block, suntan lotion, chap stick – check that it is suitable for children’s skin.
Water purification tablets.
Diaper rash cream, teething gel – for predictable ailments.
Worm treatment, lice shampoo, anti-fungal powder – for treatment of minor but irritating health problems.
A couple of syringes – in case you need injections in a country with medical hygiene problems. Ask your doctor for a note explaining why you are carrying them.
Vaccinations provide protection against diseases you might meet along the way. For some countries no immunizations are necessary, but the further off the beaten track you go the more necessary it is to take precautions.
It is important to understand the distinction between vaccines recommended for travel in certain areas and those required by law. Essentially the number of vaccines subject to international health regulations has been dramatically reduced over the last 10 years. Currently yellow fever is the only vaccine subject to international health regulations. Vaccination as an entry requirement is usually only enforced when coming from an infected area.
Occasionally travelers face bureaucratic problems regarding the cholera vaccine, even though all countries have dropped it as a health requirement for travel. Visiting some countries it may be wise to have the vaccine despite its poor protection, such as when traveling to Africa.
On the other hand a number of vaccines are recommended for different areas of travel. These may not be required by law but are recommended for your own personal protection.
All vaccinations should be recorded on an International Health Certificate, which is available from your physician or government health department.
Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations: some of them require an initial shot followed by a booster, while some vaccinations should not be given together. It is recommended you seek medical advice at least six weeks prior to travel.
Most children from Western countries will have been immunized against various diseases during childhood but your doctor may still recommend booster shots against measles or polio, diseases still prevalent in many developing countries. Apart from these, special vaccinations are not normally given to children under 12 months of age. Talk to your doctor.
Regardless of how you feel about innoculations, if you plan to take your children traveling you are placing them at some risk. In some parts of the world the infant mortality rate is horrendous and diseases which are no longer a problem in the West, due to widespread vaccination programs, are still very serious health risks.
The period of protection offered by vaccinations differs widely and some are contra-indicated if you are pregnant or likely to become pregnant within three months of the vaccination.
In some countries immunizations are available from airport or government health centers. Travel agents or airline offices will tell you where.
The possible list of vaccinations includes:
Smallpox: Smallpox has now been wiped out worldwide, so immunization is no longer necessary.
Cholera: Not required by law but occasionally travelers face bureaucratic problems on some border crossings. Protection is poor and it lasts only six months. It is contra-indicated in pregnancy.
Tetanus & Diphtheria: Boosters are necessary every 10 years and protection is highly recommended.
Typhoid: Available either as an injection or oral capsules. Protection lasts from one to three years and is useful if you are traveling for long periods in rural, tropical area. You may get some side effects such as pain at the injection site, fever, headache and a general feeling of being unwell. A new single-dose injectable vaccine, which appears to have few side effects, is now available but is more expensive. Side effects are unusual with the oral form but stomach cramps may be one of these.
Infectious Hepatitis: The most common travel-acquired illness which can be prevented by vaccination. Protection can be provided in two ways – either with the antibody gamma globulin or with a new vaccine called Havrix (currently unavailable in the U.S.). Havrix provides long-term immunity (possibly more than 10 years) after an initial course of two injections and a booster at one year. It may be more expensive than gamma globulin but certainly has many advantages, including length of protection and ease of administration. It takes about three weeks to provide satisfactory protection – hence the need for careful planing prior to travel. Gamma globulin is not a vaccination but a ready-made antibody which has proven very successful in reducing the chances of hepatitis infection. Because it may interfere with the development of immunity, it shouldn’t be given until at least 10 days after administration of the last vaccine needed; it should also be given as close as possible to departure because it is at its most effective in the first few weeks after administration and the effectiveness tapers off gradually between three and six months.
Yellow Fever: Protection lasts 10 years and is recommended where the disease is endemic, chiefly in Africa and South America. You usually have to go to a special yellow fever vaccination center. Vaccination is contra-indicated during pregnancy but if you must travel to a high-risk area it is probably advisable. Check with your doctor.
Meningitis: This vaccination is recommended for visitors to Nepal and for visitors to some areas of Africa and Brazil. It is given as a single injection and gives immunity for up to three years duration.
Tuberculosis: TB is widespread throughout the developing world. Most Westerners will have been vaccinated at some time during their school years. For children vaccination is not deemed necessary unless they will be spending prolonged periods (say up to a year) in an area of risk.
Care in what you eat and drink is the most important health rule. Stomach upsets are the most likely travel health problem (between 30% and 50% of travelers in a two-week stay experience this) but the majority of these upsets will be relatively minor. Don’t become paranoid; trying the local foods is part of the experience of travel, after all.
WATER, JUICE & DAIRY PRODUCTS
The number-one rule is don’t drink the water, and that includes ice. If you don’t know for certain that the water is safe always assume the worst. Reputable brands of bottled water or soft drinks are generally fine, although in some places bottles refilled with tap water are not unknown. Only use water from containers with a serrated seal – not tops or corks. Take care with fruit juice, particularly if water may have been added. Milk should be treated with suspicion, as it is often unpasteurized. Boiled milk is fine if it is kept hygienically and yogurt is always good. Tea or coffee should also be OK, since the water should have been boiled.
The simplest way of purifying water is to boil it thoroughly. Vigorously boiling for five minutes should be satisfactory; however, at high altitude water boils at lower temperatures, so germs are less likely to be killed.
Simple filtering will not remove all dangerous organisms, so if you cannot boil water it should be treated chemically. Chlorine tablets (Puritabs, Steritabs or other brand names) will kill many but not all pathogens, including giardia and ameobic cysts. Iodine is very effective in purifying water and is available in tablet form (such as Potable Aqua), but follow the directions carefully and remember that too much iodine can be harmful.
If you can’t find tablets, tincture of iodine (2%) or iodine crystals can be used. Four drops of tincture of iodine per liter or quart of clear water is the recommended dosage. The treated water should be left to stand for 20 to 30 minutes before drinking.
Iodine crystals can also be used to purify water but this is a more complicated process, as you have to first prepare a saturated iodine solution. Iodine loses its effectiveness if exposed to air or damp so keep it in a tightly sealed container. Flavored powder will disguise the taste of treated water and is a good idea when traveling with children.
There is an old colonial adage which says: “If you can cook it, boil it or peel it you can eat it…otherwise forget it”. Salads and fruit should be washed with purified water or peeled where possible. Ice cream is usually OK if it is a reputable brand name, but beware of buying it from street vendors in developing countries in case the ice cream has melted and been refrozen. Thoroughly cooked food is safest but not if it has been left to cool or if it has been reheated. Shellfish such as mussels, oysters and clams should be avoided as well as undercooked meat, particularly in the form of mince. Steaming does not make shellfish safe for eating.
If a place looks clean and well-run and if the vendor also looks clean and healthy, then the food is probably safe. In general, places that are packed with travelers or locals will be fine, while empty restaurants are questionable. Busy restaurants mean the food is being cooked and eaten quickly with little standing around and is probably not being reheated.
If your food is poor or limited in availability, if you’re traveling hard and fast and missing meals, or if your children simply lose their appetite, they can soon start to lose weight and place their health at risk.
Make sure you have a well-balanced diet. Eggs, tofu, beans, lentils (dal in India) and nuts are all safe ways to get protein. Fruit you can peel (bananas, oranges or mandarins for example) is always safe and a good source of vitamins. Try to eat plenty of grains in the form of rice and bread. Remember that although food is generally safer if it is cooked well, overcooked food loses much of its nutritional value. If your diet isn’t well balanced or if food intake is insufficient, it’s a good idea to take vitamin and iron pills.
In hot climates make sure your children drink enough – don’t rely on them feeling thirsty to indicate when they should drink. If you are breast feeding be prepared to feed much more frequently, or remember to give frequent additional drinks from a bottle. Always carry a water bottle with you on long trips. Not needing to urinate or very dark yellow urine is a danger sign.
Excessive sweating can lead to loss of salt and therefore muscle cramping. Salt tablets are not a good idea as a preventative, but in places where salt is not used much, adding salt to food can help.
A normal body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, or 37 degrees Celsius; more than 2 degrees higher is a “high” fever. A normal adult pulse rate is 60 to 80 per minute (children 80 to 100, babies 100 to 140). You should know how to take a temperature and a pulse rate. As a general rule the pulse increases about 20 beats per minute for each Celsius degree rise in fever.
Respiration (breathing) rate is also an indicator of illness. Count the number of breaths per minute: between 12 and 20 is normal for adults and older children (up to 30 for younger children, 40 for babies). People with a high fever or serious respiratory illness (like pneumonia) breathe more quickly than normal. More than 40 shallow breaths a minute usually means pneumonia.
In Western countries with safe water and excellent human waste disposal systems we often take good health for granted. In years gone by, when public health facilities were not as good as they are today, certain rules attached to eating and drinking were automatically observed, such as washing your hands before a meal. It is important for people traveling in areas of poor sanitation to be aware of this and adjust their own personal hygiene habits.
Clean your kids’ teeth with purified water rather than straight from the tap. Avoid climatic extremes: keep them out of the sun when it’s hot, dress them warmly when it’s cold. Avoid potential diseases by making sure they are dressed sensibly. They can get worm infections through walking barefoot or dangerous coral cuts by walking over coral without shoes. Avoid insect bites by covering bare skin when insects are around, by screening windows or beds or by using insect repellents. Seek local advice: if you’re told the water is unsafe due to jellyfish, crocodiles or bilharzia, don’t go in. In situations where there is no information, discretion is the better part of valor.
We’ve watched Hawaii from afar in the movies, on TV, on travel posters and every vacation book in print. It seems everyone goes to Hawaii as often as possible. And why not? It’s paradise!
Hawaii in the southernmost of the 50 United States, and is an archipelago of 125 islands. There are 8 main islands. Looking at a map, they read (from southeast to northwest) Hawaii, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kuai and Niihau. The territory reaches from the sea level as far as the eye can see to a height of over 13,000 feet at Mauna Kea on the Big Island—Hawaii. If you’re at all interested in the birth of an island, the first chapter of James Michener’s “Hawaii” is a must read. Read it aloud to your kids (or have them read it aloud to you) so they can get a feel for the tremendous time and change involved.
Most of the islands have national or state parks and each has come unique feature—a glowing lava flow, the best curls for surfing in the U.S., super snow skiing, pineapple and other plantations, superb beaches, whale and dolphin areas, and the list goes on.
The history of the islands is comparatively short, humans having been a late addition to the chain. The Polynesians only arrived about 1000 to 14000 years ago, with Europeans and Asians arriving on the Sandwich Islands in the late 18th century. There are cultural centers and historical museums dotted around, including, of course, Peal Harbor.
There are so many ways to enjoy the Hawaiian Islands. You can laze in the shade on a quiet beach, take advantage of the water sports, the nightlife, the shopping, the many natural parks, or rely in the resort areas to entertain you. Where you are browsing for the various resorts, notice how many provide special children’s programs. For pure romance or for family frolic it’s hard to beat Paradise.
Family Dining in Paradise
Hawaii offers the family the most freshest, and delicious food, straight off the island! Begin your day with juicy fresh mango or pineapple, fresh squeezed orange juice, and exquisite warm pastry. For lunch, the family can look forward to indulging on a fresh cold salad, juicy burger, or sandwich. For dinner, the family can enjoy delicious freshly caught seafood, delicious, chicken, ham or other common Hawaiian delicacies. Dessert options are endless on the island-the coconut pies and cakes are however a true Hawaiian staple in need of tasting upon visitation.
With nearly 10,000 acres, we have the biggest state park in the lower peninsula and the fifth largest park in the entire state. It’s HARTWICK PINES STATE PARK, just North of Grayling off I-75, open daily 8am to 10pm. The “Pines” is the location of the Michigan Forest Visitors Center, the official state interpretive center of the Michigan forest industry, from the rustic logging era of the late 1800’s to the modern high-tech forest product industries of today.
“Michigan’s Forest…its Past, Present and Future,” is the theme of the 1,500 square foot exhibit hall. Visitors find hands-on exhibits, dioramas and the talking “Living Tree”. Interpreted is the natural origin of the Michigan forest, the lumber era, forest products of yesterday and today and the development of forest management.
Within the Visitors Center is a 105-seat auditorium featuring a nine-projector multi-image slide program. “The Forest, Michigan’s Renewable Resource.” The 14-minute show orients visitors to the story of Forest Management from the logging era to the present. The Auditorium also hosts a variety of programs, videos and special presentations.
Groups will find space for meetings and education opportunities in the conference style classroom. This room features a TV/VCR unit and a whiteboard. Seating capacity is approximately 35. The room is available by reservation.
The Michigan Forest Visitor Center is open all year. School groups can make a reservation for a guided experience by calling (517) 348-2537. For information write : Michigan Forest Center, Hartwick Pines State Park, Route 3, Box 3840, Grayling, Michigan 49738.
Established in the 1920’s, the park was donated to the state by Karen Hartwick in memory of her husband Edward E. Hartwick, a lumberman who was killed in World War I.
The principal feature of the park is the forest of virgin white pines. At one time totaling 85 acres, storm damage and age have reduced the mature forest to some 49 acres. Stretching skyward for 150 feet and more, the giant pines are the only remnants of what Michigan looked like before the arrival of men with axes. The venerable Monarch white pine, tallest in the park, stands 155 feet 45 inches tall and is over 300 years old.
By the 1860’s the forests in the Eastern part of the country had been depleted, and Michigan became a source of supply. By 1869 the state had became the largest lumber producer in the country, and maintained that distinction until the turn of the century.
Vast quantities of white pine went to re-build Chicago after the great fire, and to build the towns and villages popping up along the railroads in the treeless great plains.
Each year more than 250,000 visitors stroll through the pines, marveling at trees here before the Revolutionary War. Foot trails wind through the virgin forest area, with guided interpretive hikes, and evening programs available from professional park interpreters. The park abounds in a multitude of ecosystems in addition to mature and immature pine forests, including lakes, streams, swamps and hardwood hills, which support thousands of bird, animal and plant species.
A replica old time logging camp shows how thousands of men lived and worked in the forests a century ago. During several weekends in the warm months the camp comes alive when the steam engine from the working sawmill is fired up to cut lumber. During these times men and women skilled in the old crafts, such as blacksmithing and carving, settle in as a living exhibit. Volunteers from the Friends of Hartwick Pines State Park help at special events and sponsor several Summer festivals. The group is a non-profit organization, committed to the preservation of Michigan’s rich logging history. The Friends group also operates a bookstore at the Visitor Center. It features reference books, field guides, stationery, children’s items, and a variety of merchandise related to logging and Michigan’s natural history.
The Hartwick Pines Chapel, a favorite wedding place in the heart of the virgin forest, is a secluded spot for a few minutes of peace and serenity.
Campers can enjoy a 100-site campground, including 36 full hook-up facilities. For those who want to stay, but not camp, a secluded Rustic Cabin, with sleeping capacity for six is available by reservation. Also in the park is a day use area, which provides a picnic area, playground and covered shelter.
A brochure leads visitors on a self guided, one hour tour along the paved, handicapped-accessible Virgin Pines Foot Trail. Several other hiking trails are available and Cross Country skiers and Mountain Bike enthusiasts share miles of rolling wilderness terrain in their own season.
Fishing is allowed along the East Branch of the AuSable river and from handicapped accessible piers at Bright and Glory Lakes. Outside the old growth forests and developed areas, the park is open to hunting during established seasons.
Bryce Canyon simply amazes people. It is a perfect, rosy jewel of a canyon that can snare the visitor and make you want to stay to look just a little longer at all its shifting shades of red and pink.
Bryce Canyon is so spectacular without being enormous that it looks like a canyon that Steven Spielberg or George Lucas might have designed. But Bryce Canyon belongs on this earth. Just looking refreshes your imagination and brings back the childlike delight in seeing nature at its most fanciful.
Set in a high plateau, the pine-covered rim of Bryce Canyon enjoys the clean cool breezes of a mountain setting. The altitude makes the evenings a little cool, even in Summer. And in winter, the snow is the best Utah powder for great cross country-skiing or snowshoeing at the rim or along the trails. Snowmobiling outside the park on groomed trails or through broad mountain meadows is some of Utah’s best.
If you are planning to explore the canyon extensively by foot, be sure to carry plenty of water. There is none in the canyon, and the lack of humidity and lack of shade on most of the trails can dehydrate visitors quickly.
Half-day and full-day horse trips are available inside and outside the park.
The park’s visitor center gives a geologic and historic overview of the canyon. The visitor center is manned from 8am to 5pm. The roads in the park are maintained in the Winter, and the canyon rim is easily traversed on cross-country skies or snowshoes.
WHERE TO STAY WHILE VISITING BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK:
Bryce area (at the park)
Tropic: (11 miles, about 15 minutes)
Escalante: (49 miles, about one hour)
Hatch: (25 miles, about 30 minutes)
Panguitch: (24 miles, about 30 minutes)
Brain Head: (56 miles, about 1 hour and 10 minutes)
Weather Information: Bryce Canyon is open all year. Weather can change quickly because of the high elevation. Thunderstorms are common in Summer when daytime temperatures are pleasant, nights are cool. January is the wettest month, averaging 19″ of snow.
In the old days independent folk were drawn to new lands for the freedom and new opportunities that the untamed lands offered. The tradition of Western Hospitality began when the West was young, and stranger and friend alike were welcome to share a rancher’s food and shelter. Travelers spent days in the saddle and a lighted window was a welcomed sight. Comfort, good hot food, and friendly hospitality were freely offered and much appreciated by all.
If you consider yourself one of those independent folks that are looking for something new and different and the thoughts of a trusted horse, magnificent views, and good friends appeal to you, then read on. The Guest Ranch Experience
Some of the best things haven’t changed for a hundred years. Our Guest Ranches still offer old-fashioned hospitality, great food and a relaxing western-style atmosphere. We stil explore the surrounding lands, appreciating the grandeur of the mountains, the relaxed, companionable pace of travel by horseback, the way everything tastes better in the open air. It is still very much a part of our everyday way of life. At the end of the day, someone might get out the ol’ guitar for a sing-along around the campfire, or you may prefer to sit under the stars where the lonely song of a coyote could be the only melody you hear. But, of course, some of you might want to try a game of pool, billiards or soak away your worries in the sauna or hot tub.
Our ranches offer a variety of experiences. Some Guest Ranches are still actual working cattle ranches where you can try your hand at cattle drives or branding, others are remote lodges in pristine back country areas that explore the surrounding wilderness. Some of them are luxury resorts complete with spa facilities, air conditioning and room service. Are you looking for a leisurely vacation on the ranch, a breathtaking wilderness experience, or something in between?
Whichever Guest Ranch you choose, you’ll probably find yourself feeling like a personal houseguest of the family, and that’s exactly what’s intended.
The Natural Beauty of British Columbia
People are still drawn from around the world to the vast lands and natural beauty of British Columbia. Timbered rolling hills, large open grasslands, deeply carved river canyons, and the magnificence of our towering mountain ranges offer many days of exploring by horseback. We can guarantee it will offer exceptional riding and spectacular natural beauty.
When the dinner bell rings, each ranch has its own unique flavor-from gourmet to traditional Western Style-but all have one thing in common: great food and lots of it. Often it is broiled over a barbecue and served out in the open air.
The Riding Expertise and the Wranglers
Every Guest Ranch has its own unique riding experience, but western riding is the tradition. Some Guest Ranches cater mainly to families, where others are more adult-oriented. Some specialize in intermediate to advanced riding vacations, and others cater to the more novice riders. And even if you don’t know much about horses, the wranglers will help any city slicker to feel tall in the saddle. All ranch hands have many tales to tell and are a big part of your daily experience. Regardless of your level of riding, we have a Guest Ranch that caters just to you.
The Guest Ranches offer everything from gentle trail ponies to high-spirited mounts. Traditionally, our horses came from good working stock. Over the years many different breeds have been incorporated into the herds. Individual Guest Ranches may select certain breeds that lend themselves to the type of riding they do. If families are their guests, then dependable and gentle horses would be chosen. If the ranch caters to experienced riders and they spend many hours cantering along the trails, a mix of Arab and Quarter horses may be the favored choice. Whichever the ranch, and whichever the style, all of the horses are well-trained, dependable and responsive to the individual’s needs.
Other Things To Do
The Guest Ranch experience goes beyond just horseback riding. All ranches provide travelers with a variety of outdoor experiences. Many are near a lake or stream and have excellent freshwater fishing, canoeing, or even rafting trips. Others are located near wilderness areas and have great wildlife and nature viewing. Of course, there are always lots of hiking trails for the whole family. Several ranches are now open during the winter months and offer cross-country skiing, sleigh rides and ice fishing. Others offer special training programs for those that really want to get to know the real West.
What to Bring
Dress is always casual. All you really need are the basics: jeans, T-shirts, sweaters, stout-heeled shoes or boots for riding, a hat of some kind to keep the sun off and a bathing suit. If you already have your own chaps and saddlebags, don’t hesitate to bring them along. Requirements will vary somewhat at the various ranches. It’s always more fun if you dress the part, and some ranches offer cowboy hats and boots for sale or rent.
Getting Here Is Easy
British Columbia offers many modes of transportation and depending on where you decide to go it is mostly a matter of choice on how you want to get there. There are beautiful scenic highways and breathtaking train routes that are an experience by themselves. Follow the Fraser Canyon and stop in at “Hell’s Gate,” switch over to the wine country of the Okanagan or come in via Calgary through Banff National Park. Of course flying in is an alternative for those that want to visit one of the more remote places or have limited time. Many ranches will pick you up from the nearest airport. Several of them have their private airstrips and offer scheduled services from Vancouver. An impressive flight over the glacier world of the Coast Mountains will get you there.
British Columbia became a Canadian Province in 1871. Larger than California, Oregon and Washington states put together, British Columbia is a land of mountains, valleys and sparkling lakes, with a climate ideally suited to outdoor adventure.
This adventure is close at hand via a comprehensive network of all-weather highways and international air-links through Vancouver and Calgary. From there you can connect with “Air BC” to Kamloops, Cranbrook, Penticton and Williams Lake. Schedule charter services are available during the summer months from Vancouver to Nemaiah Valley and Ts’yl-os Park. Train links are provided by “BC Rail” and “VIA Rail.”
BRITISH COLUMBIA GUEST RANCH ASSOCIATION
Box 3301, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 6B9