Victoria is well known for its Gardens. Most folks know about the world famous Butchart Gardens, one of the greatest places to visit anytime of the year. Accent Inns Victoria hotel, and our other 4 locations around the province, live up to our Victoria BC heritage by also covering our Inns with beautiful hanging baskets. But I find that many local Victorians and visitors alike are not aware of the wonderful Abkhazi Gardens. We are so lucky to have such a place in one of our oldest neighborhoods. Of course these gardens would not exist if it weren’t for the fantastic efforts of our friends at the TLC (The Land Conservancy of BC). (more…)
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As the Trip comes to an end, Canuck Duck and Karen are treated to a wonderful site…..
We slept restlessly knowing that we will be getting up so early. Breakfast and our final packing take place in the dark as does the first part of the morning’s walk. We will soon be at our destination and all of us are still together.
We are surprised at how sore our muscles are today. Yesterday’s downhills took a real toll on our bodies.
All 200 of trekkers arrive at the Sun gate around the same time. The darkness has lifted but we are surrounded by clouds. We are told that Machu Picchu lies below but there is no strong evidence. (more…)
As we follow Canuck Duck and Karen through the third day of their Machu Picchu adventure, Canuck Duck reveals that he is indeed a true Canadian. He misses his beer but is polite enough to settle for something else.
Since only 200 people (and one duck) are allowed on the Inca Trail per day, the various Trekking Companies stagger their distances so that some have an easier day on the 2nd day and others have their easier day on the 3rd day. We are looking forward to our easier day. (more…)
I’m not a big fan of coca tea but the super caffeine jolt helps to mobilize my aching body after a restless night in our tent. Despite pure exhaustion, 3300 meters of altitude plays havoc with sleeping and the night passed by drifting in and out of consciousness.
Day 2 is well known to be the most difficult of the trek with legendary tales of Dead Woman’s Pass at 4200 meters. Karen wonders if she will be laid to rest as the latest victim of the pass but we come to find it is named simply because the rock formations appear from a distance to outline a woman in repose, or possibly dead. We may have to re-name it Dead Duck Pass! (more…)
Our fearless duo have crossed the ocean and begin their journey……..
Our story continues as Canuck Duck tells of meeting new friends and beginning the trek.
The night before:
The first thing that strikes us at the pre-trek briefing is that we are a few years older than our fellow trekkers. Quite a few years to be exact! But we have trained. Karen and I have braved the Everest Base Camp Trek and David has a number of marathons under his belt. It’s only 4 days. How hard can it be? (more…)
Continuing stories of Canuck Duck and his trusty Side Kick, Karen England
Canuck Duck and Karen England from Accent Inns prepare for Machu Picchu.
Over the next several weeks we’ll be publishing the travel notes from Accent Inns own Karen England (sales manager) as she and Canuck Duck travel to and experience the wonders of Machu Picchu.
Their story begins as they prepare to start this epic adventure………..
Planning for the trip
“After my trip to Nepal with Karen England, Accent Inn Sales Manager on Vancouver Island, I thought we would hang up our backpack and spend our vacations at the spa from now on. However, she has once again convinced me that walking up and down mountains is a good way to spend a vacation.
This time we are taking her husband David with us – a good idea since we will need the extra body heat in that tent when the temperature dips below freezing.
My buddy Lupita that joined us in Nepal will also be travelling with us. She and her husband, Gordon will be taking the train from Cusco to Machu Picchu. I guess the train must be very expensive since we have to walk there.
It will take us 4 days to hike from Cusco to Machu Picchu a distance of 45 kilometers. However, we will be at altitudes of between 3300 and 4200 meters. As we discovered in Nepal, thin air requires a little extra effort just to breathe. When she told me we would end up at a lower altitude than where we start, I was thinking it would be a nice little downhill stroll. However, I believe I am in for some surprises. Apparently there are an awful lot of ups and downs before we end up DOWN at Machu Picchu.
We will soon be flying from Victoria to Lima. I am so happy that we are having a Stopover at the Accent Inn Vancouver Airport – no early ferries, no panic over flight delays. After a good night’s sleep and a free ride to the airport, we will be ready for our very long flight.
My backpack is ready and so am I. I’ll keep you posted on our progress.”
Stay tuned..the next installment of their story will be posted Thursday July 28
Now that summer is well under way….at least it’s supposed to be. You may be wondering “just where can I stay with my troop.”
I’ve got the wagon or minivan loaded with children and buddy the family dog (or Sylvester the cat). We’ve got our really nice bikes on the back and more gear in our utility trailer behind. Who is gonna accept this bunch? Will it be somewhere I actually want my family to stay? (more…)
Accent Inns is all about being green but I don’t think we’ve ever looked at it from a frog’s point of view…..
Thanks to Skewed & Reviewed Magazine for this fun piece of entertainment news!
It’s not easy being green………… lol
Here’s a great look at Accent Inns and the pacific Salmon Foundations Fish for the Future Program
Remember show your Fishing license the next time you stay at any Accent Inn in B.C. and help us preserve this most important species.