Maine

On Monday, August 11, we rented a Dodge Durango – an enormous SUV which was an upgrade because of limited remaining inventory – in Montreal and drove nearly 350 miles to Bar Harbor, Maine. This was our second time to Maine. The first was in August 2006 when Wayne and the kids and I drove…

Our travels – one year in

I closed on the Colorado Springs house and we drove part way to my Mom’s house one year ago today. I remember that day as being extremely stressful. Laurel remembers it as extremely stressful in an hysterically funny way. Here’s a summary: I woke up (I didn’t really sleep that night.) on an air mattress…

Alaskan photos

First I’m going to start with our current Airbnb situation…We arrived in Toronto late Saturday and got to our 18th-story apartment downtown. It’s nice. Catherine, the young woman who posted the place on Airbnb, said her parents own this unit; and she (Catherine) will be moving back in soon. The building management recently changed the…

More Seattle

On Wednesday we met up with Laurel’s NaNoWriMo friend Gillian at the Experience Music Project which we all enjoyed. In addition to music exhibits, there are science fiction, fantasy, and architecture exhibits. Charlie really liked that last one that included Lego models of the world’s tallest buildings. On Thursday we toured Chihuly Glass Museum. Dale…

My Mom

My mom died at 2 pm EDT today. She had been in the hospital for a few days with pneumonia but wasn’t responding to antibiotics. Maureen and Jane were with her as were my dad’s sister Verna and my cousin Derek. I prepared an obituary for her today, but the funeral details are still being…

Wow!

On our drive to Haleakala National Park and its volcano on Thursday, we stopped at Mama’s Fish House for which I had a $25 gift certificate from my time share. Its name is folksy; we found out the restaurant is not! The restaurant is elegant, and the fish is local. The menu detailed where the…

Maui

With our free (kind of) sign-up trip from the timeshare company that I bought into in December, we flew to Maui on Saturday, May 24, and will fly home late on Thursday, May 29 (which it already is nearly everywhere in the world except here). We had a layover in Portland first which had non-potable…

“Here’s your hat. What’s your hurry?”

I can imagine Wayne saying that due to our protracted goodbye. We sold our house eight months ago, and we still haven’t left the US. We didn’t plan to leave the US until now, but when we run into old friends they express surprise that we’re still here. So really, we’re leaving now. This will…