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May 24, 2020 - Pandemic adventures: tower gardening

While we were in Mesa we attended the Sunshine Acres annual tour and fundraiser. We were very impressed with what we saw in their greenhouse and chatted quite a bit with the tower gardener representative. We followed up by going to the business in Mesa; it just so happened that there was a demonstration class that afternoon so we stayed for that. We decided that with the pandemic restricting our travel plans we would take up tower gardening; sort of a science project while we are staying home. We ordered a tower, put it together and started...

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May 24, 2020 - Pandemic entries: End of the season in Mesa

Now that we are all adjusting to life in shutdown mode, I am backing up to the end of the season in Mesa and the trip back to Washington. We flew to SeaTac in order to attend Carmen's surprise birthday party in BC; after a long weekend at home we returned to Mesa. Rog did not feel well for over two weeks, so we are wondering if he had the virus. We won't know until everything settles down and we feel comfortable getting tested; there still seems to be a lot of uncertainty about the accuracy and availability of tests. We don't have any...

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Apr 12, 2020 - Easter Sunday in the midst of the virus, April 12, 2020

Since the last update the end of January, a lot has happened. Roger and I flew back to Tacoma in order to attend a family birthday party in the Vancouver BC area in the middle of February, then returned to Mesa until the middle of March. By then the covid 19 pandemic was in full swing in Washington, so we left Mesa a few days earlier than planned. We arrived in Washington the day before the governor closed restaurants except for take out and delivery. Roger had some medical problems; he had to have a stent put in on March 25. That was an...

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Sep 26, 2019 - Getting ready to head south

Preparations are underway for another adventure. We are planning to drive in October to Mesa, AZ, where we will be spending the winter. However, before we set up housekeeping in Mesa, we are planning to leave the car in AZ and fly off to San Juan, Puerto Rico to board a ship to sail down the east coast of South America. We spent last winter in Mesa, the location of our first adventures as snow birds, or more appropriately for west coast Washingtonians, rain birds. We had an interesting enough time that we decided to spend another season at...

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Sep 11, 2018 - Preparations

We are heading out next week, September 20, for a six weeks adventure. We will start with a few days in Frankfurt to adjust to a different time zone and to do a bit of looking around. For the Frankfurt part we will be on our own. We will fly to Amman, Jordan from Frankfurt to join an Overseas Adventure Travel group, the same company we used last year for our Tanzania experience. We liked the educational opportunities the company gave us; we did a lot of "learning and discovery." The groups are small, the guides terrific, and we had such a...

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2018 Adventures

Jun 27, 2017 - Through the WA Okanagan back home to Tacoma

After a farewell breakfast with Carmen and Jeff we made our way back to Tacoma. Evidently we have dodged a heat wave here; after temperatures in the 90s over the weekend Tacoma is a mellow 74. As we drove through the Okanagan on the US side we practiced spotting antlerbrush, sagebrush, and rabbitbrush (I keep wanting to say hare(hair)brush. We have seen a lot of beautiful country; we needed jackets and raincoats up north and went through hot temperatures as we came through the Okanagan. It has been great fun to learn more about Canadian...

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Apr 6, 2017 - In Tacoma for April and May

The plan is to be at home for April and May. Tutoring at the elementary school in the Tacoma school district and the backpacking for homeless kids should keep us busy for the next couple of months, and we hope to focus on exercising and getting in shape for future trips. We plan to make a driving trip in June to northern British Columbia in Canada. Roger's daughter Deborah works way up north in Dawson Creek, and his brother Jerry with wife Irene are mining for gold up north as well. Carmen, the other daughter, spouse Jeff and Roger and I...

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Mar 20, 2017 - Home in Tacoma for February

February found us back in Washington in the rain. This year has been record breaking in its precipitation. We were in our routine of exercise, reading, seeing friends and generally staying active. I really enjoy tutoring in an elementary volunteer reading program called Read 2 Me. I go twice a week and work with four kids individually. Three are third graders and one is a second grader. Since I taught mostly at the high school level, I have not worked so much with teaching reading. In this program we work from the list of Fry Sight Words;...

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Oct 18, 2016 - Back at home

We arrived in Tacoma on October 4 and it took a little over a week to adjust to west coast time. We are more likely to sleep through the night now without looking at each other at 2 am and wondering whether we should get up and read or try to fall back asleep. We have been doing reentry into routine with exercise and daily life. I have signed up for a continuing education French class because I enjoyed talking to folks in France so much; I have several books on my reading list not only from France but also on Irish history. We saw an...

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Jul 25, 2016 - Lots of Autos

Harold and Nancy LeMay started collecting cars and automobile artifacts and eventually their collection numbered in excess of 3,000 autos and thousands of artifacts. The collection is broadly American and spans the twentieth century. They did not want their collection to be lost, so he decided to open a museum. It took many years of planning, development, and fundraising and in 2012, the LeMay America's Car Museum was opened. The building is designed like a parking garage. Visitors circle around going down four floors, then circling back up...

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Jun 2, 2016 - Site seeing Tacoma

We both did our morning walks, but Mt. Rainier was hidden behind the low clouds. Larry found a River Walk and an interesting mural of a tunnel that was very lifelike. We had lunch in the coach and then went touring. We drove into Tacoma to see the Chihully Glass Bridge and walk around by the Marina at the south end of Puget Sound. Visit Chihuly Bridge of Glass herefor more information. It was a mix of old and new and culture and entertainment. There was an old historical Cereal Mill building that was for "Loft Living". When we returned to...

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May 25, 2015 - Seattle/Tacoma

After two nights at Jantzen Beach RV we were ready to move on. Due to the holiday, we ended up at Majestic Manor Mobile Estates & RV Park. Majestic it ain't but adequate. All gravel sites with full hook-ups. Level and very large. Not elegant, but as I said, adequate. Again, need the converter box for cable TV, but antennae works just fine. Not far from Tacoma City Center and most museums. You drive through the mobile estates to get to the RV park. Drove along the coast and found several seafood restaurants. Checked them out to see who...

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Canadian Tour-2015

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