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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

British Columbia Circle – Inside Passage and Skeena Train – September 2011

Wakeup call today is at 7 o’clock
It may come to you as quite a shock
Brush your teeth and comb your hair
Soon we’re on the road without a care

Nina, our guide, so full of knowledge
I wonder where she went to college
Walking the aisle she counts one and all
There’s never a need to shout or call

Say good morning and climb aboard the bus
Our driver Kenny we have learned to trust
The day is warm and the sun is bright
There’s never a need to miss any great sight

The range of mountains is always in view
High walls and deep valley are scary too
The rushing rivers and crevices so deep
I’m sure that no one nods off to sleep

Soon we are close to the ocean so wide
I want to keep someone close to my side
This was the first week in early September
I know it’s a time we’ll always remember

Composed by: Barb and Lloyd Gonie, Pierceland, SK

British Columbia Skeena Train – August 2017

Tour left Edmonton with anticipation of exciting events ahead
Travelling along, picking up passengers, tour director was well read
Tour soon came to Banff, only town incorporated in a National Park
Incredible scenery, seen many times by some, on others left its mark

Saw Three Sisters, Castle Mountain, and Kicking Horse Pass
Stopped at Spiral Tunnels, marvelous feat, no trains alas!
Travelled through Rogers Pass, completed in nineteen sixty-three
Had time change, Mountain to Pacific Daylight, an extra hour Whoopee!

Three Valley Gap Chateau welcomed tour with a delicious BBQ dinner
Tour of Ghost Town, comfortable digs, friendly hospitality – a real winner
Aberdeen Mall, Kamloops, was lunch stop next day – time to SHOP!
Hope, home of chain saw carvings, magnificent work, was tour’s next stop

New Westminster, Inn at the Quay was the day’s overnight stay
Tour ferried from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo, smooth sailing all the way
Had a break in Campbell River to buy snacks for long ferry ride next day
Arrived at Port Hardy for overnight stay, up early, early for trip to the Bay

Boarded Northern Explorer for long voyage ahead, a bunch of sleepy heads
Got key for Aurora Lounge where we could relax, some took a cabin, with beds
Sailing to Bella Bella, saw the salmon jump, water was very calm
Saw porpoises, whales, a seal, lighthouses, islands, trees but no Palm

Highlight for some was a visit to the bridge – very informative
Prestige in Prince Rupert, for two nights is where we did live
Visited Sunken Garden, Port Interpretive Centre, Museum of Northern BC
North Pacific Cannery, had lunch at Cow Bay, halibut from the sea

Prince Rupert was Halibut Capital of the World, we tasted the local fare
Weather was wet, poured rain all day, as only it can do up there
Next day rain had let up, passenger’s spirits were revived
Long ferry ride over, time for a new adventure had arrived

Skeena Train was in operation and we went along for the ride
Snacks provided, three meals served at our seats VIA Rail pride
Access to the Dome car from which you could see all around
Travelling the rails to Vanderhoof town, the tour was bound

Different route than the highway, scenery from a different view
Passed communities, canyons, lumber mills, crossed rivers too
Made several stops on a siding, freight trains have priority
Magnificent experience, exhilarating according to majority

At Vanderhoof, train was met by our bus to continue the day
Sandman Inn & Suites. Prince George was tour’s overnight stay
Lunch and group picture next day at Mt. Robson Provincial Park
Saw stand of pine beetle infestation, beetles burrow under the bark

Driving tour of Jasper, then off to Hinton for the overnight stop
Farewell Dinner at Holiday Inn was excellent, service was over the top
Homeward bound next day, morning break at Niton – neat little spot
At Edmonton Inn new Friends were bid farewell, there were a lot

Lunch was in Ponoka where we bid farewell to two more
In Red Deer, home of Red Deer College, tour dropped off four
Onward tour travelled dropping off passengers here and there
Tour ended at Calgary with last drop-offs without fanfare

Three modes of transportation – motorcoach, ferry and train
Nagel has put together an exciting tour once again

Composed by: Vickie Murphy, Airdrie, AB

Christmas In Victoria-December 2018

Tour originated in Calgary, home of Harvey the Hound
It was Christmas in charming, scenic Victoria bound
Northward on Hwy 2, 2A, to Edmonton for hosted lunch
Picked up passengers along the way, all ready to munch

Travelled Yellowhead #16 to Tête Jaune Cache, then south on #5
Passengers became acquainted, talking, laughing, busy like a beehive
By-passed many communities, Gainford, Entwistle, and Edson
Overnighted at Best Western in Valemount, first long day was done

Valemount has one newspaper “Rocky Mountain Goat News”
Saw frozen waterfalls, outcroppings, much snow, scenic views
Avola is site of a protected habitat for spawning salmon
Clearwater lies in the river valley of the North Thompson

Lunched in Kamloops, known as “Canada’s Tournament Capital”
Travelled Coquihalla Highway, lots of snow, but saw no animal
Joined Trans-Canada at Hope, site of chainsaw carvings of wood
In New Westminster, saw intricate lighting of tree tops, with hood

Up early, boarded the coach, eager to begin the new day
Uh-oh! coach wouldn’t start, stranded we were, by the bay
Wonderful!  Nagel found us a comfortable replacement ride
Onward to ferry terminal to wait for sailing to Island side

Chemainus had NO POWER, no stay there, no theatre show
Plan changes were made, and we rallied like an old pro
To Victoria we travelled, lodged at Huntingdon Manor
Had dinner at Old Spaghetti Factory, in Inner Harbour core

Street lamps were adorned with wreaths, stars and red globes
Legislative Buildings were dressed in red and green robes
Inner Harbour was decorated with colourful lights aglow
The City, as a whole, put on a spectacular Christmas show

Saw Festival of Trees, an Imax show, had a City tour with guide
Snow-capped Mt. Baker was seen across the Strait, sunset beside
Enjoyed Christmas Eve dinner at Pendray Inn, at end of busy day
Everyone was in a festive mood, talking, laughing, all seemed A-OK

Christmas Day dawned bright and clear, no signs of snow or rain
Ate brunch at the Manor, variety of food, no fear of weight gain
After brunch went to tour guide’s suite to get a gift from under the tree
Everyone received a white Christmas bear and some form of candy

Enjoyed Traditional Christmas dinner at Pendray Inn, good food and cheer
Returned to the Manor, festivity and spirituality over for another year
Boxing Day travelled to Butterfly Gardens, saw flamingoes, turtles and fish
Then, off to Butchart Gardens for Festive High Tea – what a dish!

We hunted for the Twelve Days of Christmas displays – very artfully done
Watched the skaters, listened to the carollers, and brass band – it was fun
Rode the carousel around, talked and laughed, enjoyed it like a kid
When the lights came on we feasted our eyes on an amazing vid

Colours of blue, pink, green, orange, yellow, purple and red in Sunken Garden
Colourful dragon fountain, trees wrapped in white lights, colour in the open
One word cannot describe the sights we saw, they were Awesome Plus!
Still awed, but tired, we walked to parking lot and boarded the bus

We travelled back to Victoria, our last night on Vancouver Island
Ferried to mainland, a Nagel coach awaited us – give Nagel a hand
Reversed route from Calgary, overnighted in Kamloops at a Doubletree
No restaurant on site, our tour guide hosted a yummy Pizza Party

Northward on #5 to Barriere – area long occupied by the Simpcw
Saw pine trees cascading down mountainsides, covered with snow
Blue River is a community with least amount of wind in Nation
Half-way between Kamloops and Jasper, 280 residents is population

Saw some trees with spidery frost patterns, tree density was getting thinner
Jasper began as “Tent City” in 1915, Hinton was site of Farewell Dinner
Morning break was in community of 38 residents, Niton Junction
Home-going today, good-byes and well-wishing has begun

Dropped passengers in Edmonton, Leduc, Wetaskiwin and Red Deer
Rest went south, on to Calgary, where the coach reversed gear
Returned to Edmonton, home office of Nagel Tours is here
KUDOS to Nagel for a wonderful tour, problems resolved when they did appear.

Composed by: Vickie Murphy, Airdrie, AB

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