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Alaska Midnight Sun – June 20, 2011

Nina is our fearless leader
She’s the leader of this clan
Although she’s few in numbers
She’s the finest in the land
She’s planned this awesome holiday
And never missed a thing
She talks and reads and jokes with us
And even lets us sing.

Now dear Browne he drives this purple coach
And makes us leave on time
Up and down the road he goes, turning on a dime
He looks so handsome in his tie
And so the coach does too
Carrying bags of red and black and green and blue
Everybody wants to say:
“Good job Browne”
“Good job Nina”
It’s been a wonderful holiday and we all love you so
Thank you both for everything; home we must go.

This trip we all attest
That when we have Nina and Browne
We have the best!!

Thanks for the memories.

Composed by: Alex and Valerie Jarema and Ernie and Pat Gawaziuk, Neepawa, MB

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Arizona, Desert and Canyons – February 2010

Nagel Tours is a very good organization
The kind people at their administration
Sent us a catalogue with lots of information
We looked each other and without hesitation
We felt swelling up within us a great sensation
That we might actually go on a vacation
So with determination, we phoned in our registration
And with little negotiation, we received our confirmation
For this trip and started to make preparation
With great anticipation, Lacombe was the location
Where we got on the coach, which is our transportation
After we were all on board, Judy gives the declaration
That we have to abide by certain regulation
Working on a book we get the invitation to use our imagination
Getting to know each other is quite a fascination
With average age of 66 years – 10 months, travelling with us is now
A younger generation, together we make a good combination
With lots of consideration and cooperation
Our communication makes for good conversation
And is a demonstration of our motivation and expectation
Participation is the foundation and gives us real inspiration
We visit many places and get an explanation and clarification
At many a destination
Even being sick, after an examination getting medication
Helps to make this trip a total gratification
And I would like to make the following proclamation:
Judy, for you we have great adoration
And Dennis you have our admiration
Together you show a special dedication
And for all of you we have tremendous appreciation
Therefore we have this great celebration
Let us give Judy and Dennis a standing ovation

Composed by: Gerrit and Dorothy Meindersma, Lacombe, AB

Arizona, Desert and Canyons – February 2018

Tour departed from Edmonton, home of Russell Park
Named for Reverend Robert Russell, who left his mark
Tour guide greeted all and boarded us without fuss
Driver showed a video on safety features of the bus

Tour passed through or bypassed communities along the trail
Bowden has Bowden Institute, a minimum security jail
Louise McKinney lived in Claresholm, one of the “Famous Five”
To Granum, Alberta’s smallest incorporated town, tour did arrive

Tour stopped at Duty Free to buy snacks, smokes and drinks
Crossed into Montana, settled comfortably, hoping to catch forty winks
Montana is largest landlocked and fourth largest US state
Slightly larger than Japan, it joined the Union 8 Nov. 1889 – late?

First overnight was in Great Falls, home of CM Russel Museum
Travelled southward, along Interstate 15, longest Interstate in sum
Passed by Gates of the Mountains, discovered by Lewis and Clark Expedition
Magnificent 1,200 ft limestone walls line canyon, where Missouri River passes through Big Belt Mountains

Traversed Monida Pass into Idaho, nicknamed “Gem State”
Idaho produces 1/3 of USA’s potato crop – percentage to date
Idaho had first radio show in US, called ‘Party Line’ with live calls
Crossed the Great Divide, then Snake River Canyon, into Twin Falls

Second overnight stop was unincorporated city of Jackpot, Nevada
Had a break in Wells, smallest city in Elko County, gained an hour tada!
Arrived in Ely, Nevada, former First Lady Pat Nixon’s birthplace
Lunched at historic Nevada Hotel, Nevada’s first fire-proof place

Played chicken coop game on bus, roosters crowed and hens did cluck
Travelled across Nevada Great Basin, towards Las Vegas to try our luck
Took Highway #6, travelled through White River Narrows – no roar
Tour was in the Mojave Desert, smallest of North America’s four

In Las Vegas, our home for two nights, we had a driving tour of the Strip
Strip is called Las Vegas Boulevard, 27 miles in length was the trip
We enjoyed Freemont Street Experience amid glitter and sound
Watched featured animation on a canopy ninety feet above ground

Viewed Joshua trees, Yucca, Cholla, Davis Dam and Laughlin’s Casino Row (Surprise!)
Crossed Colorado River, entered Arizona; 48th state to join Union, sixth in size
Onward to Oatman, town with the burros, nestled in the Black Mountains
Saw some fantastic mountain formations, including ice cream cone formation

Drove on Route 66, saw Ocotillo and Palo Verde trees – Arizona’s state tree
Travelled to Lake Havasu City, saw London Bridge and English Village – all free
Bypassed Parker Dam, deepest dam in the world, 2/3 of depth below river bed
Left Mojave Desert, entered Sonoran Desert, hottest of the four, with soil of red

Visited Mission San Xavier Del Bac, called White Dove of the Desert – very ornate
Stayed three nights in Tucson, incorporated 1877, oldest incorporated city in Arizona State
On city tour of Tucson we saw military aircraft boneyard, Pima Air Museum and Dillinger home
We saw Saguaro cactus, Silk top yucca, Barrel cactus in bloom and other plants only desert known

Lunched at Old Tucson Studio, movie studio and theme park, saw a stunt show
Visited Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, saw humming bird nest with baby and birds flying low
Saw Prickly pear cactus, Cypress trees, rolling hills and mountain ranges – Main
Also saw Border Patrol/weather forecast balloon – Eye in the Sky – above the terrain

Travelled through Mule Tunnel, enroute to Bisbee, home of the queen Copper Mine
Historic and quaint Bisbee has State’s only Smithsonian Museum of Mining – saw no sign
Went to Tombstone – ‘Town Too Tough To Die’ – had lunch and looked around
Saw gunfight at Ok Corral, a video, and visited Boothill Graveyard – no sounds

At the Orange Patch in Apache Junction tour sampled orange juice in a glass
Had city tour of Phoenix with knowledgeable guide First Class
Phoenix is capital and largest city in Arizona – called Valley of the Sun
Next day was shopping and Barleen’s Opry Dinner and show – so much fun

Saw Montezuma Castle National Monument, well preserved cliff dwelling in the wall
Travelled through Oak Creek Canyon, lush gorges, colourful and craggy formations so tall
Saw bright red sedimentary rocks – Bell, Cathedral, Chimney, Steamboat, Snoopy and Castle
Courthouse Butte and Chapel of Holy Cross, arriving in town of Sedona, no hassle

Arizona has more mountain peaks than any other United States states
Overnighted in Tusayan Grand Canyon National Park, near the gate
Saw a DVD ‘The Grand Canyon’ at IMAX Theatre – very well done
Grand Canyon is world’s most spectacular example of force of erosion

Walked along Canyon rim at Mather Point, drove to Bright Angel Lodge – fantastic view
Last stop was Desert View Watchtower, man-made structure completed in 1932
First view of Painted Desert here, 120 mi. long x 60 mi. wide area of geological forms
Known for its varied colours, typical gray and red bands across the landforms

Left Desert View, drove beside the Canyon, giving us views of the formation
Travelled through Navajo Indian Reservation, largest reservation in the Nation
Lake Powell is a reservoir on Colorado River, second largest lake in the US
Tour overnighted at Lake Powell Resort, rooms with views of the lake, Native facility with finesse

At Glen Canyon Dam, tour saw video ‘Standing Tall’ about Dam’s birth
Saw Grand Staircase-Escalante National monument, multi-coloured cliffs and earth
Entered Zion National Park, saw Checkerboard Mesa, awesome with skiff of snow
Travelled through a tunnel, 1 mile long, 14 ft. high, no stopping, 15mph – slow

Zion includes mountains, canyons, rivers, monoliths, buttes, mesas, natural arches that all meet
Zion Canyon is main feature, gorge cut by Virgin River, walls tower 3,000 feet
Stone formations eroded from Navajo Sandstone resemble cathedrals and temples it’s said
Rock formations range in colour from light purple to pink, orange to dark red

Kolob Canyon is minor section of Zion National Park’s total mass
It contains finger-like red sandstone canyons at edge of Kolob Terrace
Travelled through Dixie National Forest, largest forest in Utah state
Elevation 9,861 ft. at Midway Summit, waited for ear pressure to abate

Saw bison herd, wild turkeys, Ponderosa Pine and Black Spruce trees, Pampas grass
Drove through Red Canyon with it’s unique red hoodoos, close to the bypass
Entered Bryce Canyon National Park containing Bryce Amphitheatre formation
Three miles wide x 12 miles long, 800ft. deep, has red, yellow, brown colour selection

Forms like arches, natural bridges, walls and windows could be seen among the spires
Very artistic colourful display, Nature’s gift to fill us with awe, as we admire
Iron Oxide gives red, yellow brown colour, manganese oxide lends lavender hue to the zone
Hoodoos in the Park are composed of soft sedimentary rock, capped by a harder stone

Overnighted at the BW Plus Ruby’s Inn – Aspen Lodge – in Bryce Canyon City
Returned through Red Canyon to highway 89, leaving Bryce behind – pity!
Tour was now in Butch Cassidy country, he was the Robin Hood of the West
Bypassed Big Rock Candy Mountain, saw some Belted Galloway cattle, at rest

Saw Mount Nebo 11,928 ft. – highest peak in Wasatch Range, rising above Nephi
Viewed glimpses of Great Salt Lake, largest lake in Western US, – 1700 sq. mi. – not dry
In Salt Lake City we had a short talk and tour of Mormon Temple Square
Drove by State Capitol, left for Ogden, birthplace of Donny Osmond, tour’s overnight lair

Travelled I-15 northward to Pocatello where tour made full circle from Arizona Sol
Forward to Dillon where tour took ‘Snowbird Route’ through Twin Bridges and Whitehall
Arrived in Helena, re-traced route to Holiday Inn, Great Falls, for last night on the road
Had Farewell Dinner, passenger entertainment, tour guide gift draw, left for our abode

Up early for long last day of the tour, it’s Home going today
Crossed border into Canada, returned kilometres of first day
First drop-off was in Lethbridge where tour left youngest one
Drop-offs along the way until Edmonton where tour had begun

This tour is one of the most scenic Nagel has to offer
Action-packed, wonderful holiday, worth the dip into your coffer

Composed by: Vickie Murphy from Airdrie, Alberta.

Branson Show Tour – November 2017

On the Big Magenta Coach

Marge and Nancy
On a coach trip did go
Off to Branson
To see many a show

As we travelled through Alberta
We picked up folks here and there
Then into Saskatchewan
Folks came from everywhere

Bea was the Boss ma’am
Told us what to do
Eric was the driver
As over the miles we flew

Bea kept the men busy
Putting up Christmas lights
Us gals put decals on the window
It was a pretty sight

The weather was rather gloomy
As we travelled down the road
But Bea kept us busy
As the miles did unfold

We played games along the way
Chicken House was one such game
We switched seats and got acquainted
Then tried to remember everybody’s name

Another day Bea had us counting cows
And horses, sheep and mules
If anyone outside the bus had heard
They would think we are crazy fools

We played many games of Bingo
As we sped along the miles
Only the ones who yelled Bingo
Were wearing the happy smiles

We had lunch breaks and pit stops
All along the way
And in between Bea gave us
More games to play

At the Country Inn in Watertown
There was no place new to eat
So Bea ordered in pizza
It was a special treat

The Cracker Barrel and Golden Corral
Are unique in their own way
I think our clothes have shrunk
We need exercise wouldn’t you say

At the Kick Back in Drury Inn
There was plenty there to eat
And it was free
So that was really neat

The Branson Belle glided smoothly along
As we all sat down to dine
The entertainment was interesting
The experience was certainly fine

At the Osceola Cheese Outlet
There was lots of cheese to try
And at the Sergeant Floyd Museum
There was a ship from years gone by

We gazed at the art
In the Terry Redlin Gallery
The details and depth
Was amazing to see

The Fantastic Caverns
Certainly were great
The interesting formations
That the mighty water did make

There were places to shop
At the gift shops at the mall
People wanted to shop
Bea was one of them I recall

Finally we got to Branson
For our four night stay
Bea kept us on the run
It was go go every day

The Million Dollar Quartet
With Elvis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash
And that Jerry Lee Lewis
He sure gave that piano a bash

Clay Cooper put on an excellent show
To honour the veterans this November
It was so very emotional
I’m sure we will all remember

The Brett Family together
Seem to have so much fun
Especially the comedian
Good laughs for everyone

At the Silver Dollar City Theme Park
The thousands of lights were a treat
Then the parade was short and cute
The floats were pretty neat

Daniel O’Donnell
Did perform for us
Even though he had been
In hospital with bronchitis

So we shopped at the Mall of America
And rode on our big magenta bus
When we got out of hand
Bea made all the fuss

It’s been a great trip
Long bus ride and all
But we made lots of memories
Lots of memories to recall

So thanks to Bea and Eric
Thanks to everyone
Keep on travelling
Keep on having fun

Composed by: Nancy Giem, Red Deer, AB

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Branson Show Tour – November 2017

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Thanks for the memories
From Eric and from Bea
There was so much to see
From art work and the caves
On roads that all were paved
We thank you so much

Thanks for the memories
For Presley’s and their skits
And shows that all were hits
The magician on the show boat stage
Where diners turned another page
How lovely it was

Thanks for the Memories
Many’s the time that we feasted
Oh it was swell while it lasted
We did have fun and no harm done
Without ever seeing the sun
We thank you so much

Thanks for the memories
Of Silver Dollar City
Not enough time what a pity
More eating and shows
Train rides, and on it goes
Bright lights galore why ask for more
We thank you so much

Composed by: Betty Shorten and Jean McGill

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