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Mar 25, 2007 - "Good God Allmighty, we're home at last"

Final Thoughts for this vacation: Kids don't need resorts and cookie cutter vacations! They need love and adventure and the security of knowing that someone is there for them - showing them the world around them. Resorts are boring after a day. Planning and research are good - but only to allow you informed flexibility. Camper vans are small. Hawaii is not what it seems from the tourist perspective. There is so much more to do in any place we venture. Life is what we make it - bring it on! I love life and my girls! Aloha!

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4 Girls Going Places

Mar 17, 2007 - Whistler

Hung out with the old crew for St. Patties day which is apparently a rare event these days so that was a ton of fun. Saw a lot of other friends I hadn't seen in a long time as well. It is good to be back. Even better to win at poker. Sorry to see Brent get cleaned out but hey, dog eat dog. I must admit though, it doesn't feel the same as it did when I left. A real bitter sweet experience. This place fills me with such warm and happy memories yet it is sort of sad to realize that you do not belong to that place anymore. I guess it is the...

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Aug 3, 2006 - Whistler and Squamish

The Beatles had obviously been to Whistler via the back route just prior to writing The Long and Winding Road. The drive was probably one of the most scenic and I dare say thrilling drives we've done although to be honest you'd have to ask Claire since my eyes were fixed the entire time to the tarmac ahead so I didn't get to see much of it. My peripheral vision left me with the general impression that it was pretty gosh darn pretty though. If the Kootenays were like an Organic ChickPea Smoothie, and The Okanagan was like a McDonald's...

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Jul 24, 2006 - Squamish - Cheeper Option than Whistler

24/7 We pack and put the bags in the left luggage. Caught the bus down to Pan Pacific hotel. Made it by 11 and Claudio was already there. Picked up the cat a PT Cruiser again. White, again. Just the standard model this time. Still only Ste can drive as it was 10$ per day for additional driver. We make our way out of the city by Stanley Park on highway 99. The road is one lane snaking its way round dense forest. Lots of road works on the way as they are getting ready for the Olympics in 2010. Lunch is a quick bite by the road. Drive on till...

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Tripping 2005/06

Jun 8, 2006 - Whistler

Woke today to overcast and miserable weather. Headed off to catch the ferry back to Vancouver and it did not take long for the drizzle to set in. This continued for most of the day however we still headed up to Whistler which is about 1 1/2 hours north of Vancouver. This trip took us a bit longer due to delays on the highway with much construction going on in preparation for the 2010 Winter Olympics. The highway follows the coast for some way and this would have been a wonderfully scenic drive if not for the weather. We found ourselves a...

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Apr 8, 2006 - Whistler - 3m+ of Snow!

Whistler-Blackcomb in British Columbia is about 2hrs out of Vancouver - and was our destination for Easter and skiing/boarding with friends flying in from the States and UK. A fantastic week! It was great to finally see some familiar faces in Mat & Kez, Dave & Jay and Ben & Lisa (not that we are getting sick of each other!), meet India Sutton and see Amelie & Catlin after many months. With a few other friends of friends as well, it made for quite a crew on the mountain every day. The snow was amazing, 60cm of fresh powder towards the end of...

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Loges' Go Global

Mar 24, 2006 - Whistler, BC - Canada

After only 3 weeks in the US, we left again!!! No worries, just a short trip up north to visit British Columbia. The drive from Seattle to Vancouver was uneventful, despite an unintended meeting with a piece of machinery somewhere between Burlington and Anacortes. A sizeable fork (!) must have fallen off a tractor and we neatly collected it with our tire... We performed a quick pit stop (wasn't clocked) and rolled on, though instead of the San Juan Islands, to the nearest AVIS facility. There we changed the car (for the third time on this...

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M and Z's Grand Tour

Dec 23, 2005 - Weathering Whistler

What a grand finale! We had planned all along for a white Christmas after so many months of following the earth's seasonal patterns so as to remain in warm weather in all destinations. This was not only because we prefer milder temperatures while traveling, but also because it simplified our packing strategy -- we could wear the same, light clothes pretty much everywhere. But stay in the heat for the holidays? No way! With a little advance planning, which included packing our ski gear and a few warmer clothes six months ago, we arranged for...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Flying Home, 36,000 Feet

After almost exactly one year of travelling we are flying home to Vancouver. Reluctantly we handed over our last air ticket at check-in, the final of 36 flights. We waited for the plane with an incredible sense of accomplishment. The adventure was finished. We had travelled to dozens of countries, constantly learning new languages, customs, currencies, transportation systems, etc. All this was done on the go, learning as needed, often just before arriving in a new location. Over the last year we have been in countless situations that have...

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Sep 22, 2005 - Whistler, B. C.

Thursday-Sunday, September 22-25th, 2005 We arose early and had breakfast. We hooked-up the car with a lot more ease. We left around 9:30 am and Romeo and Juliette seemed more accepting of being in the motorhome. When we approached the border into Canada we followed the signs that pointed where RVs were to go. When we got to the booth to speak with the border patrol, no one was there. After waiting about 10-15 minutes we decided to try to back-up and go where we saw campers getting into line. We were able to back-up enough to get over to...

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Aug 31, 2005 - Over the Water

I guess technically it is September 1, as we have just crossed the international date line, but my body says its 6:30 pm on the 31st. Had a restful sleep on the plane from Vancouver. I lucked-out and grabbed 3 middle seats, so I was able to stretch out, and sleep. See there are benefits to being short :) Meet a few of my fellow travellers while on the plane. It is amazing how many are involved in teaching English. There is an American lady who goes over twice a year to teach in Wuhan; a Canadian couple in their 50s who have accepted a...

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Aug 31, 2005 - Over the Water

I guess technically it is September 1, as we have just crossed the international date line, but my body says its 6:30 pm on the 31st. Had a restful sleep on the plane from Vancouver. I lucked-out and grabbed 3 middle seats, so I was able to stretch out, and sleep. See there are benefits to being short :) Meet a few of my fellow travellers while on the plane. It is amazing how many are involved in teaching English. There is an American lady who goes over twice a year to teach in Wuhan; a Canadian couple in their 50s who have accepted a...

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