The Other Ocean

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We are camped on the Atlantic Ocean in York Harbor Maine. I realize I’ve been terribly deficient in posting our trip. The days have been tiring and what computer time I’ve had has been taken by the work that helps us by the diesel for the trip.

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Highlights have included a visit to my dear friend Joanne in Las Cruces NM. She and her late husband Steve were mentors of this very wet behind the ears lieutenant at Hamilton AFB CA, my posting between pilot training and the pipeline for Vietnam. San Francisco, Napa Valley, and flying all over the world made those days idyllic. Joanne and Steve made them memorable. It was hot in New Mexico, but manageable for a touching base after 50 years!

We next visited relations in the Clarksville TN/Guthrie KY area, my aunt Sue and cousins John, Glenna and Martha. We enjoyed a wonderful lunch hosted by my cousins and got caught up. Martha gave us a collection of letters my Dad and his sister Emily and brother Jim had written home to my Granddaddy Keith during World War II. Quite a treasure to explore when we return. home.

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Amherst MA was our next destination. We have friends who have 325 acres of preservation farm and hearts of gold. Alas, Kevin drove himself to the hospital the a=day before we arrived, but he’s home now and seeing his doctors. There are a couple of favorite places we enjoy: Henion Bakery, where Dave still remembers us from our last visit and serves wonderful coffee and baked goods; and Flayvors of Cook Farm, with its creamery ice cream.

We traveled to the other side of Massachusetts to visit friends in Falmouth. Bill and Joyce invited us to join them for Mothers Day dinner and then escorted around the area on Monday. Great people we wish we had in our neighborhood.

I’m writing this 100 feet from the ocean near York Bay, Maine. Cool and just a little breeze. The boys have had some real grass to walk on as well as a little beach. Tomorrow we head for New Brunswick, crossing at Calais, then a ferry from St John to Digby, Nova Scotia the next day. We will be visiting the land of the origins of Tollers!

 

 

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Walkabout Begins

Port Townsend ferryThe first day could not have been more beautiful. Well, maybe it could have been if we were on the Big Island, but I’ll keep this reality-based. We made reservations on the 0930 Coupeville ferry, but were up early with enough excitement to drive by the Courtyard Café for sacks of breakfast and make the 0845 boat. Admiral Inlet was smooth and the skies were overcast.

The designation today was the KOA in Winthrop WA and lunch with friends in Burlington. Billy’s Café had great service and OK food. Their walls were all adorned with Seahawks signs, but it was strange there was no TV, so maybe they do a terrific take-out business on game day.

Walkabout OutboundHighway 20 across Washington begins in Discovery Bay and is one of the most scenic roads in the state as it winds its way across North Cascades National Park toward Idaho. Washington Pass was clear and bright as we left the clouds for the sun. Thankfully there was very little traffic.