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First Stop in Canada

Greetings to everyone again! The train trip from Portland OR to Vancouver BC went really well - LOTS of beautiful scenery.

Vancouver is a beautiful, walkable, very fun city to experience - I highly recommend a visit! I've been hiking around the city for several days now, enjoying gorgeous views of bay and ocean, great food and wines (of course!), friendly people, and beautiful weather.

I've been staying at the YWCA on Beatty Street, just south of a station on the excellent lightrail system, and can't say enough good about it; great place to 'hang your hat' whilst in Vancouver.

Tomorrow (Friday 8/19) I head to Montreal, arriving Tuesday (23rd).

With best wishes to all -


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Bandon Getaway

Living (fairly) large in Bandon!

OK, OK... I know this is (ahem) slightly tardy. After all, the trip my sister Syd and I took to Bandon was a week ago. But hey - when you're retired, "manana" is ever-so-easy to indulge in!

At any rate, Syd and I decided to wander down (er, South) the Oregon Coast last week, and made Bandon our 'home away from home' for a couple of days. Bandon is one of our favorite spots, and is known for being a great little beach town; but it's also home to some one of the best chocolatiers (Coastal Mist), most scrumptious muffins (Sailor Jack muffins at the local bakery), and our favorite Fettuccine Alfredo (not that that had anything to do with our decision to make a pilgramage to Bandon, you understand).

We also discovered a great little restaurant on the harbor (The Loft) which serves the most delectable soup we've ever (ever!) had in our lives (silky, creamy, sweet, intense corn soup).

So if anyone reading this is lucky enough to get out this way, you gotta get to Bandon and enjoy the area, the ocean, the wildlife and - just as importantly! - the irresistable comestibles!

Until later -


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On My Way...

Kids & Grandkids - Stop #1

I'm on my way! The first stop in the early stages of my "Grand Adventure" was at the Nampa, Idaho home (just West of Boise) of my son and daughter-in-law to see my kids and grandkids. Sadly, the two older ones were away for the summer, but I was able to spend some time with the "grown-ups" and youngest grandson, Erwin - a happy, healthy, nearly-two-year-old boy who is the apple of his parents' eye.

From Idaho I landed in Portland, OR, to visit an old friend from my early U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service days. It was wonderful to visit with her and her family, and prowl the local roadside markets for fresh Rainier cherries, blueberries, raspberries, and other fresh produce.

Another friend, who lives on the Oregon Coast in Waldport (just North of my sister) picked me up in Portland and we spent a few days together, exporing tidepools, hiking the Coast trails, and having picnic lunches. On July 19th, Laurie drove me to my sister's house in Florence, OR, where I'll be for the next three to four weeks, finishing preparations for the "real" adventure, and helping her get her house ready for sale.

I've been retired now for close to two months, and it's finally (finally!) beginning to sink in! What a delicious reality!! In mid-August the 'Grand Adventure' begins in earnest, with a rail trip to Vancouver, BC, and then on to Montreal and the Canadian Maritimes.

Stay tuned!

With fond regards -

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