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Australia to Arizona 2014-2015

by Harry R. Matthews

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Australia and Arizona share dry red landscapes but there is lots in between from Manhattan, New York, to wild polar bears from Hudson's Bay, Canada. Our circuitous route from the Australian Outback to the Grand Canyon, Arizona, started in June 2014 and took 7 months. Most of my better Australian ones are in my previous collection, Outback Australia, but I've found a couple more to get us started here.

From Australia we flew to California via a small-ship (12 guests) cruise among the relatively undeveloped Pacific Islands of Vanuatu. In California, we bought a house in Vacaville (where we are now living) and spent a week in South Lake Tahoe before picking up a cruise from San Francisco to New York City via the Panama Canal. After 3 weeks in New York City, we took another cruise north along the coast and into the St. Lawrence River to Montreal, Canada. After a few days at Niagara Falls, we headed to Winnipeg and joined Frontiers North who took us to Churchill, Canada, and then on to a camp in the Polar Bear Provincial Park, on the shore of Hudson's Bay, where we went on bear "safaris" over 3 days. Then, on to California, specifically Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park and then Death Valley National Park, followed by the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. We returned to New Zealand via Tahiti and a cruise that dropped us off at our then home town of Mount Maunganui.

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