2022 F-450 King Ranch Ultimate – It’s Finally Here

Finally, the wait is over, and I recently picked up my new F-450 from West Coast Ford, after a wait of 8 months, 8 days and about 22 hrs, but who’s counting. Picked her up from the dealer a couple of weeks ago, but couldn’t get her in to the detail shop for the first wax & shine, so these are the first photos.

After the long wait for the scheduling and build, the shipping phase was short, taking only 15 days, when the average to the West Coast is 23 days. I had the rail car number, so was checking the automated system daily, which had her stuck in Chicago for over 1 week. I checked the system, which stated she was still in Chicago, then an hour later the Sales Manager called to advise the truck was on the lot.

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2022 Ford F-450 King Ranch Update

Soon to be built 2022 F-450 King Ranch

Wow, it will soon be 7 months since I sold the old truck and ordered a new F-450 and let me tell you it’s been a long hard wait, with many a bump along the road. When we ordered, we anticipated delivery in January, possibly as late as early February, which would have been perfect for our summer plans. Well it is now March and, as per the caption above, it still isn’t even in production. Read on for the trials and tribulations of ordering a new vehicle in the present post-COVID world.

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Trans-Atlantic Cruise – 332 Days To Go

Trans-Atlantic – Barcelona to Ft. Lauderdale

In other posts, this is the cruise we refer to as the “Prequel” to the main event, which is the 2023 World Jouneys cruise that departs from L/A. Right about now you are probably thinking we have gone somewhat “bonkers” – flying across the Atlantic, to cruise straight back again. To make matters even worse, the cruise only includes 2 ports, and it is followed by multiple flights home from Fort Lauderale, and an overnight in a Montreal airport hotel. Read on, as I assure you, we have a somewhat valid explanation.

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2023 World Cruise – 365 Days To Go

When we booked our 3rd World Cruise on 9th December 2020, it showed we had about 760 days to go before boarding. That felt like an eternity, especially with the current lack of travel, due to COVID. We had a little cheer when it hit 500 days to go and again at 400, well today that number hit 365. Yeah, only 1-year to go, not a big enough milestone to break out the Moet & Chandon, but nice to know that a year from now we will be in sunny SoCal, and then back to sea.

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New Year’s Resolution – Go Mirrorless

Canon R6 front view

Cameras, a key tool for every travel enthusiast, and if you have checked out my camera page in the “Products & Resources” tab, you will note that I am definitely not an exception. Having used a Canon SLR since the early 70’s, it is not surprising that my introduction into the “Mirrorless” SLR world is another Canon, as pictured above. Read on for my selection process and initial thoughts.

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World Cruise Prequel

Los Angeles to London isn’t quite a World Cruise, so in addition to the 29-day extension, Judi & I had discussed also booking the pre-World Cruise Trans-Atlantic. Therefore, the only part we would miss is the Trans-Canal from Ft Lauderdale to Los Angeles. A couple of relaxing weeks aboard Viking Neptune sailing across the Atlantic, fly home for Christmas, Hogmanay and our grandson’s birthday, before flying to Los Angeles and rejoining the ship. Simply perfect.

So often in life, timing is everything, well Viking published the Viking Neptune’s pre-World Cruises last week, when Judi and I were discussing some options for heading over to UK for my dad’s celebration of life. We haven’t finalised that event yet, but one of the options meshed perfectly with this cruise. Please click “Continue Reading” for the itinerary.

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2023 Scandinavia and The British Isles

Viking Ocean Cruise Ship – courtesy of Viking

We booked the 2023 World Journeys cruise from Los Angeles to London, aboard Viking’s newest ship the Viking Neptune. In fact, this ship is so new they haven’t even laid the keel yet. In addition to the World Cruise, Judi and I have discussed staying on after the World Cruise for a European cruise and/or a prequel, with a Trans-Atlantic from the shipyard to Ft Lauderdale.

Last month, Viking finally published some additional Viking Neptune cruises, so we booked this 29-day Scandinavia & The British Isles cruise. Please click “continue reading” to discover this amazing itinerary.

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Hawaiian Island Sojourn

Viking Orion – courtesy of Travel Pulse

Sitting in our Whistler condo (Worldmark Sundance) on a very gloomy and soggy day, it is the perfect time to catch up with some long overdue blog posts. As I alluded to in my previous post today, we have certainly been checking out cruises and may even have kept our excellent Travel Agent rather busy, these past few months.

You may ask, what does Viking Orion have to do with the post title – Hawaiian Island Sojourn – click “Continue Reading” for the answer.

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2023 Viking World Journeys – 450 Days To Go

2023 World Journeys

OMG!!! we booked this cruise over 10 months ago, and we still have 450 days, until we board the magnificent Viking Neptune, in San Pedro, for our 3rd World Cruise. The number of days to go started at 760, so we have already passed 3 significant milestones – 700 days, 600 days and 500 days.

We booked the day the cruise was published, and immediately started contacting our many friends from previous cruises, with at least 6 other couples signing up. In adition to our Canadian & US friends, we also have friends from Sweden, who were our neighbours on the 2020 WC. We also have many of our blog readers, who followed along with our adventures on the Magical Mystery Tour (2020 WC), who have also signed up. Needless to say we are already developing a significant group on our very active Cruise Critic Roll Call.

I also produce a World Cruise Album, which is a Viking World Cruise tradition, and we already have 26 couples, who have contributed information and a photo. Please click on the link to view the album template.

Since booking this cruise, we have been busy reviewing additional cruise options, all which are with our new preferred cruise line – Viking Ocean. Rumours are circulating we may even have booked something, so check out the next posts.