Sorry for the delay, but racing has taken over most things.
Anyway, we started with a couple of days in Vancouver, and stayed with a old school friend of my wifes. Flew up to Whitehorse, and experienced for the first time getting off the plane into snow and ice. It's odd to see the cabin attendant put on gloves, parka and hat just to open the door. That -15 degree C air coming in the door was cool.
Spent 3 days at a lodge about 40k out of town, but unfortunately the Aurora Gods were not smiling for us at all. It was a no show. However, it was really an interesting place. Probably one of the best places we have ever stayed.
Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=9083756fd6
Flew over to Banff then up to Lake Louise. At least was able to skate on the lake for an hour without falling over. Went dog sleding in Banff. That was a lot of fun. Videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqgpA7FtjGw
Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=9a96738fe8
Thence down to San Francisco for a week. Great place - nice people. Saw all the necessary sights. However, did find the Homeland security into the US, a little intimidating. I really didn't like getting fingerprinted and Iris scanned. And why would they show on the plane "The birthing channel". That was odd, and it was explicit.
Stayed in the Union Square area. Seemed to be less touristy than Fisherman's wharf. Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=36908e841b
Hired a car, couldn't get anything exotic - read not allowed - and drove down to LA via the coast road. Took 4 days and really enjoyed it. Great little towns, and we were pleasantly surprised with the quality of some of the restaurants in little towns. They were world class.
Spent a week in LA - mainly at Anaheim. I went to Disneyland about 30 years ago, but my wife had never. It was still fun. Photos: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=9c80ac0d87
Overall result - didn't see the Aurora, so we are planing to go back next March. Starting this time in Fairbanks Alaska, then back to Whitehorse.