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Great news! My trip is back on! I leave here on Mon Feb 9 and meet up with Andrew in the airport in Toronto. From there we fly to Frankfurt then on to Chennai. I will be home again on March 25, see you all then. Looking forward to sharing the adventure with all of you.... read more

So.......Things don't always go according to plan! Due to an unfortunate turn of events, our India trip has been cancelled, at least for now. While I was in Waterloo to meet up with my son, we received word that my daughter-in-law's father passed away in Turkey. So she and my son left right away to be with her mother and family, and I have returned to Victoria. Once the kids return from Turkey we will talk about resuming our trip, and may go some time in Feb. Thanks all of you for following my blog, hope I will be able to tell you about my adventures real soon.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria December 31st 2014

New blog to keep you all up to date with my adventures in India. I will be leaving here on Jan 9 to meet up with Andrew in Waterloo, then on Jan 14 we depart for Mumbai. The general plan is to travel south from Mumbai, down the west coast and up the east coast and home from Chennai on March ll, with a 2 day stop over in Dubai. Hope you will all follow along and feel free to leave a comment. Let the count-down begin.... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 12th 2014

This is our final evening in Victoria before we start travelling to California tomorrow. In the past two and a half weeks we have seen some wonderful coastline and become more familiar with Victoria, where we both feel very much at home! Lorna has worked hard, showing us many places of interest on the island and making us feel welcomed. Everyone we have met has been very hospitable, even strangers who greet you with a smile when out walking. We drove along the coast to Fort Rod Hill which was built to protect the island in the second world war but never actually saw any action. We also spent more time downtown in Victoria, exploring Chinatown and then moving on to fisherman's wharf where there are some beautiful, well maintained houseboats which have become really desirable ... read more
Blue Bayou Cafe
Disappearing into the distance
Just getting the hang of it

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 3rd 2014

HOME SWEET HOME We made it! we're back home now in Victoria, and will recap our amazing journey of 2014. The map shows all the places we overnighted. We hit a total of 17 states, 8 of them new this year: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming (new), Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona (new), New Mexico (new), Texas (new), Louisiana (new), Mississippi (new), Arkansas (new), Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska (new), South Dakota (new), Washington. Total states the wheels have rolled through: 33. Boaterbikers3 (you never know) to incorporate the rest? (with the exception of Hawaii !!) Maintenance/Repair: the bikes are in desperate need of new tires. I have two nails/staples in my back tire alone, and Ian has little to no tread on both his front and rear tires. Cornering for the last few days for both of us has been ... read more
Last morning at La Conner, Washington
Last morning at La Conner, Washington
Last morning at La Conner, Washington

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver Island » Victoria September 3rd 2014

It's hard to believe we've only been away for one week! We are staying in Victoria on Vancouver Island with my cousin Lorna and she has planned a very full itinerary for us! Victoria is a beautiful city with a very attractive, lively inner harbour area where everything seems to happen. We experienced our 2nd whale watching trip on Thursday with the 'Prince of Whales' and saw two pods of killer whales - amazing! When we returned we were taken on a complimentary tour of the harbour and gorge in a dinky little ferry by Lorna's friend, Christopher, who made it very informative and entertaining for us. This weekend has been particularly busy as it was a public holiday marking the end of the summer break. The children were due to go back to school today ... read more
Dinky ferries
Harbour seals
Sooke potholes

As the vacation draws to a close for the family and I we feel pretty happy. We spent the majority of our time in Victoria. Daily trips of walking around the downtown area gave us lots of exercise and exposure to the beautiful weather and environment. I was happy to see great clear blue skies almost every day in Victoria, quite a change from the typical overcast and polluted air of Wuhan. Every weekday morning we took Meili to one of the local community centres for meeting with other young families for kids to socialize and play. On a near daily basis we would take Meili to one of 4 local playgrounds where Meili played in the fountains and slides. The afternoons we spent going to parks in the city and outside and doing many of ... read more
community centre

Fire and destruction. There is something unsettling about flying over a mountain that is on fire. especially when you know that fire is one of about 160 in the greater area. While in Toronto Gemma and I had caught snippets of the weather for all of North America and we saw that British Columbia (BC) was in the grip of a ferocious heatwave. Some areas hitting 43 centigrade. The BC wilderness is typified by pine forests. Pine trees produce a lot of resin, it's that which you can smell on nice warm days and what gives them such a distinctive smell. It is also what puts Pine trees at a significant disadvantage during droughts and heatwaves. The resin is highly flammable, and in some trees known to take a spark even when wet. Due to the ... read more
The fires of mount doom
Fan Tan alley in chinatown

Well the school year ended and we had a couple days off to plan and pack for summer vacation. By Tuesday morning we started our trip back to Canada and we boarded a plane to Beijing. About 3 hours later we were landed in Beijing. We had a seemingly long 5-hour layover that actually past quite fast after a coffee and chat with fellow travelers and a lunch. As we waited in the airport we discovered we were on the same flight as my school's Principal and his family and another coupled co-worker friends. The flight was fairly long as Meili was a handful for the first 3 hour of the flight. She was restless and wanting to run down the aisles of the Boeing 777. But we landed in Vancouver 11 hours later. We de-boarded ... read more

3.7.2014 - Left Whistler 8.45a.m. - one and a half hours into Vancouver with a stop at Shannon Falls enroute - another pretty drive. Our bus driver took us to the Seaport area near the cruise terminal in Vancouver where we caught a seaplane to Vancouver Island, the capital of which is Victoria, in fact the capital of British Columbia, my Canadian geography is not too good, I thought Vancouver was the capital of British Columbia. The seaplane ride took about 35 minutes and we landed in the harbour near the famous Butchart Gardens, there was a Butchart Gardens person to meet and greet and took us up to the restaurant in the gardens for our lunch, such a beautiful place especially if you are a gardener, they change the gardens over and over each year ... read more

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