Happy New Year!

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December 28th 2013
Published: January 3rd 2014
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Happy New Year to you all.....wishing you peace, health and joy in the coming months!

In sitting down to write this year's new year greeting, I find myself tired of the "what a wonderful life we've lived this past year" format. While that is true, and we do truly love our life here on Skagit Bay, you've already heard enough about our kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening...

Our sons are doing well, and our grandson is exceptional, of course. We are both actively volunteering (Bill is with Hospice now); we sleep late, eat well, read newspapers daily, watch Stewart/Colbert/Maher/Louie C.K. most evenings and frequently feed our House Hunters International addiction as well. Bill would like to watch many more movies on our big screen, but Lynn is always reluctant to commit....

Our travels have been documented here on travelblog.org and most of you have seen all too many blog entries, I'm sure. We continue to alternate between wanting to stay here in our cozy house, and booking flights that will take us many, many miles away from this lovely place. We are always excited to leave here and happy to return. We reluctantly
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Mt. Baker in the background
recognize that we are actually getting older, but are in good health for the moment. Betty, our cat, is also getting older, and sleeps away her days on a heating pad now...

We try our best to keep up old friendships, and establish new ones (harder and harder as we get older...). Many members of our families and quite a few friends came to visit this year, but there never seems to be enough time together...

To end, here are some of our favorite photos of 2013....

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Delphine and Sylvain, whom we met at our hotel....

3rd January 2014

Happy 2014 to you guys as well!
Very nice year end re-cap! Looks like you guys had a wonderful year of travel, visits with good friends, special times with family and some amazing sunsets and kayaking moments! Here's to another year of the same! Cindy and Walter

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