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    Default I took a little trip...

    ...from the Atlantic coast of Canada (Yarmouth, NS) to the west coast of Canada (Vancouver, BC) to visit my daughter and her boyfriend. Aside from constant mask-wearing, slatherings of antiseptic hand goo and social distancing due to a global pandemic, constant pain from an injured Achille's tendon, and the worst air quality in the world due to smoke from the terrible forest fires all along the American west coast, I had a fine time. It was great to see Gwyn & Isaac, and to see a bit of the place they live in (my first time to the west coast). All the crappy bits only serve to make sure that my next visit to see them will be even better.

    The reason for the trip: My daughter Gwyn and her boyfriend Isaac…

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    Maureen & I at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola lodge outside of Squamish, BC. Sadly, two days later someone – either vandals or protestors – cut the gondola cable, causing the collapse of the entire gondola system at a damage estimate somewhere north of $10 million.

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    A picture of the lodge at the top of the mountain at the Sea-to-Sky Gondola. We walked across the suspension bridge, which terrified my wife – she is not a fan of heights at all, at all. Kudos to her for working up the courage to overcome her fears.

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    We spent a few days in and around the tourist & surfer mecca of Tofino on Vancouver Island, a favourite spot for Gwyn & Isaac, who are avid though novice surfers. A troller leaving Tofino harbour; sadly, the haze is not fog or mist, but smoke from forest fires in the USA:

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    Isaac & I on Chesterman Beach, just south of Tofino:

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    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    Default Re: I took a little trip...

    Good for you!!

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    It looks like a spectacular part of the world.

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    Now that the westerlies and rains have arrived you'll have to make another trip. Perhaps timed to be able to catch the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival? Sorry you had to endure the smoke, but it's always worth it to be able to see family! We had the same problem last time we went down to visit our daughter in Australia. Big fires, lots of smoke. Hugs from the kid are worth it!

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    Good stuff, Michael. Glad you got to see your girl and her guy.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Sounds like it was worth the pain Michael. Did you drive or fly? Or go by train? My father, who was not much of a traveler until much later in life, told me that the trans Canada rail trip (albeit mum and dad did it west to east) was the best thing he’d done amongst all of his travels.
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    Time constraints dictated that we flew out & back, Larks. However, one of the line items on my 'bucket list' is to take the train at least from Calgary to Vancouver thru the Rockies.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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    My daughter has moved out there too, so we'll be making trips to the Campbell River area in the future.

    See you on the plane.

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    How many years since she rolled the truck? I think of that all the time, it would scare the crap out of me.

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    Cool trip. Looks nice. Must take some effort to cut a cable that large.

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    Dave Hadfield: I would look forward to sharing some in-flight time with you. I know dick-all about flying, but love flying in small planes, so I am sure we could find something to talk about for an hour or two.

    Hwyl: That accident was in 2007. I try not to think much about it, and when I do, I am thankful for the luck of innocents.

    bluedog225: Ayup, not a job for a hacksaw with a dull blade.
    Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

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