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Y2D206 and last port

Thursday found the ship in Nawiliwili on Kauai for our last (overnight) stop on this cruise. I hadn’t any shore trips planned so had a lazy morning, with pilates and hula classes, then took the trolley bus for some more souvenir shopping. My side of the ship has a beautiful view of the old sugar plant so we’re using the other side for today’s drawing pleasure.

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Y2D205 and stud farms

Wednesday was a visit to the seahorse ‘farm’ near Kilau-Kona on the Big Island. This organisation is about raising seashorses in capitivity so that they can improve stocks in the wild. It was all very interesting and I did learn a lot. Afterwards I was dropped off at Hilo Hatties for my first proper souvenir jaunt. It was a beautiful, sunny day but the sun was too strong for me (this was the middle of the day) so I escaped back to the cool (and champers) of my balcony.

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Y2D204 and getting high

I was very excited about Tuesday’s sightseeing trip – we drove to the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island to visit the observatories up there. This is over 13,000ft high so we needed to spend a little time building up those red blood cells at 9,000ft. It was certainly worth the view as we had a beautiful clear day above the clouds and could easily see Haleakala Crater on Maui. We also were able to see inside Keck I telescope, but unfortunately all the astronomers were asleep so it was not “switched on”. Afterwards we stopped by a lava tube park for lunch and also had a quick visit to the Liliuokalani Gardens to stretch our legs. It was a great day, and big thank you to Ikaika for being such a fantastic guide. This is a quick sketch of the mountain ridge from our 9,000ft stop.

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Y2D203 and floral treats

My sightseeing trip was cancelled today (Monday), so it was just a day of mooching around the ship; I don’t really fancing going shopping in a mall. I also spent time playing with my watercolours and inks, using the enormous orchid in my stateroom (cabin) for inspiration.

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Y2D202 and expressive Maui

I managed half an hour between yoga, haircuts and sightseeing to sketch the view from my balcony of the mountains past Kahului on Maui in a combination of watersoluble wax crayons, ink and pen. Not that you can tell, but there is a lot of low lying cloud obscuring the top of the ranges outside of town.

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Today’s (Sunday) sightseeing trip was a sunset excursion up to Haleakala Crater, that afforded (when the weather permitted) spectacular views.

Y2D197 and looking back

This is my last full day on The Canadian. It has been especially picturesque as we went through the Rocky Mountains, and very exciting when we saw both a coyote and a bear (but not at the same time). It is a day that is also tinged with sadness as I said goodbye to new friends in Edmonton and then in Jasper. So now, it is time time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view from the rear window of the bullet carriage as we coast our way into Vancouver.

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So this will now bring me up-to-date. I’m currently in my very posh Sheraton hotel room, but have plans to visit the Art Gallery this afternoon as it is just down the street.

Y2D196 and farm fresh

We crossed the border into Manitoba and then Saskatchewan. Both are relatively flat and full of farms growing various grain crops, but always with a few trees on the side. It was a much better day weather-wise, being rather sunny, though I was not getting out at Winnipeg – -7C is by far too cold for me. Tomorrow (Tuesday) we stop at Edmonton then Jasper.

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I don’t often do a spread in my sketchbook, but the land is so immense, you need all the space you can get.

Y2D195 and lonely hearts

The weather was not the best today (Sunday), but when you’re on a train it does not matter. It is still rather surprising how much snow is still around, and we have seen several lakes and rivers still froze over. This was a picturesque little white church, sitting all alone  by a frozen lake with the town a long skate away.
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Y2D194 and running about

I only had today in Toronto for sightseeing, and whilst I left the hotel early-ish, it didn’t seem like nearly enough time. I clambered aboard the “hop on, hop off” bus for a tour of the city, with gorgeous Thomas providing the commentary, and planned on visiting just two galleries. First stop was the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), where I saw the temporary exhibition (Henry Moore and Francis Bacon), sketched in the permanent Henry Moore plaster cast gallery, then lusted after the paintings in the 19th/20th Century Canadian art rooms. I liked this section immensely; there are so many beautiful, expressive paintings here. However, I only gave myself two hours in the AGO, which was not nearly long enough, as I wanted to allow time for the second gallery. As it turned out, the second one (Museum of Inuit Art or MIA) is rather compact, so I could have allowed another hour. Who knew? Still, now I have something else to go back for. This is a quick sketch of a couple of sculptural pieces from MIA.

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After the gallery, I walked around the harbour front and then back to the hotel to read my book and drink whisky in the Library Bar. The Canadian train, left Toronto at 22:00, so after a little welcome cocktail party, I am now tucked up in my bed typing this out for when I next get access to the internet.

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