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Wilderness National Park, South Africa

From the Trip: South Africa, Europe 2015

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From: Marilyn & Wayne

(February 13th, 2015)

Great pictures...stay safe!!...and mostly sober.

From: Maya

(February 13th, 2015)

You two sure know how to live! 😍 Way to go! And, happy Valentine's Day from the other side! 😉

Pamukkale/Ephesus

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Marilyn & Wayne

(October 13th, 2014)

Glad you made it to Ephesus...the library is truly amazing....did you notice the small carvings in the main street leading to the former brothel next to the library....also amazing that Ephesus used to be on the coast but silt has filled in the harbour!!

From: Sharon B.

(October 13th, 2014)

What a treat to track you through Turkey. LoVeD Pamukkale but then we did a one day trip there from Izmir so didn`t get the night culture. Ephesus, amazing! So much fun to see! xoxo

The Emerald Coast

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Anne & Pat

(October 7th, 2014)

Thanks so much for the update! So pleased to hear that you are enjoying the great bus service in Turkey. The weather sounds pretty hot for October! The generosity and helpfulness of the people is so appreciated as a visitor. Enjoy! Thinking of you two!

From: Glenna

(October 7th, 2014)

Wow you had better get out of Turkey fast - the fighting with ISIS is getting cose.

From: Cathie

(October 7th, 2014)

Great photos! Especially like #17. Looking forward to seeing you in Calgary.

Istanbul/ Cappadocia

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Anne & Pat

(September 19th, 2014)

So pleased that you've enjoyed your time in Turkey! Great photos which are serving as reminders of our fabulous month spent in this unique country! Cappadocia -who knew a place like this existed in the world - and so accessible for exploring. Enjoy!!

From: Jean Millar

(September 19th, 2014)

"Istanbul straddles West/East with aplomb. Having absorbed the culture from the two entities, it radiates them back with charm and sophistication." HEY! This is the kind of stuff travel writers get PAID to write. This blog entry reads like an article, and should be submitted to a travel publication----BCAA, an airline magazine, travel section of Vancouver Sun, North Shore News, or other newspaper or wherever; you know the sources better than I. Submit the whole thing, as is, complete with photos. The article makes me want to go there, and tells me everything I need to know if I do go. Isn't that the point of travel writing?

From: Marilyn & Wayne

(September 20th, 2014)

Great pictures....if you make it to the west coast, take in Kusadasi - what a fantastic set of ruins!!

From: Fam.Dekkers

(September 21st, 2014)

Hello! What a nice pictures and very nice to hear your enjoying yourselfs. I would recomment to travel by bus also so you can see al lot of the real live and the beautifull nature turkey has. If you stay at the south coats ask turkish people of they could take you to à " yayla" one day thats à kind of valley in the mountains. Have à very nice stay! Maaike, Betsie en Jacques

Le Chemin de Compostelle Part 1

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Anne and Pat

(June 28th, 2014)

Happy Belated Birthday Larry! Thank you for your continued inspiration, you two!!

From: Naka

(September 11th, 2014)

A FISHER SAVED MY LIFE! After my mother's death in 1987 I was very desspered. I had lost faith in myself and in life and ended up farming my 2 teenage kids out to friends and going homeless myself. Home, as it were, became the woods of Phippsburg, Maine, where I pitched a tent and furnished it with a cot, a lantern and a camping stove. I kept my clothes in plastic bags. Well, I had been there through the summer and fall, and now it was late November. It was getting very cold and icy rains were falling hard. In fact, I was woken up about midnight one night and the rain was coming down so hard I thought it would flatten the tent. I thought I'd better get up and check the tent poles. So I flung my foot over the side of my cot and, to my utter shock, it plunged into frigid water about half way up my calf! So I yanked it back and grabbed my flashlight. When I swept the inside of the tent with the beam I saw a strange site all of my plastic bags of clothes were floating here and there. The tent was filling with water! I burst into tears and probably added another few inches of water to the flood. But incredibly despite how awful things were, the next day I STILL couldn't bring myself to rent an apartment even though I had $10,000 in the bank! That's how messed up I was. It was going to take something even worse to motivate me. Here's what finally levered me out of my emotional morass: it was the middle of the night, just a few nights later Thanksgiving eve I recall and I was jerked awake by the most god-awful sound. It sounded like a women being murdered and shrieking in the most utter agony! Could it really be that? But then I remembered that there was a local legend about The Phippsburg Shrieker, which was described as a yeti-like monster. And that scared me even more! In any case, it sounded so close that I thought for sure it whether it was a murderer or a monster was going to rip my tent open and kill me! I lay wide awake and shaking, huddled in my sleeping bag, clutching my open jack knife, all night. But that did it. I had finally had enough. So when, the dawn eventually broke an eternity later I took a cautious peek outside, and seeing that the coast was clear, I dove into action: broke camp; threw my gear in my truck; barreled to the nearby town of Bath and rented the first place I looked at which was a half of a duplex on Elm Street. Then I got my stuff out of storage and my kids from friends and we moved in. The place was a dump (but with good-bones ) and my kids dubbed it The Nightmare on Elm Street. But I was so happy to be inside where it was warm and dry, and to have my children with me again that I didn't care. And besides, I love to do extreme make-overs. (This turned out to be very extreme but worth it.) So, on the wings of my new found gratitude and abundance attitude I #1 turned the dump into into a palace, #2 started a new successful business, and #3 transformed my nightmare life into a dream. However, it wasn't until the following June, when I went back to Phippsburg for my birthday celebration, that I discovered exactly what it was that I had heard that terrifying night the November before. My family and I were seated in Spinney's restaurant ordering a lobster dinner and looking out at the sunset over the water. While we were waiting for our meal to come I got talking with some folks at the next table. They were local people I knew slightly. And in the course of conversation I shared the story of my encounter with the Phippsburg Shrieker. As I wrapped it up, I noticed the family exchanging knowing glances and grins. Then, after hemming and hawing a bit the father explained, Ayuh, we git rid of a lot of folks-from-away with thet monst-ah myth. But since you ahn't from too-o-o far away, I'll let you in on the truth. The Shriek-ah is really just a FISH-AH. Ayuh, ayuh, ayuh. Well, we all had a good laugh about that and ever since I have loved fishers, because if it hadn't been for The Phippsburg Shrieker they'd have probably have found my frozen body in that tent come spring.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

From the Trip: Thailand and Malaysia 2014

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From: Cathie & Denny

(March 13th, 2014)

Have enjoyed following your trip. Looking forward to catching up when you return. Safe travels home.

From: Minie

(September 11th, 2014)

I envy you...I don't mind gaining wegiht as long as it taste good! I'm sure same for you. Glad you enjoyed your trip! I miss your posts...waiting patiently.

Languedoc

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Marilyn & Wayne

(August 7th, 2014)

Great pictures....you have a knack for finding unique out-of-the-way places !!

From: Sharon Brubacher

(August 8th, 2014)

LoVeLy! Thanks for the intro to a new area. Amazing the castles could be built back then at that height and to that height. I'm having my first day off in months. The weather here has been too good to believe. Celebrating!

From: Adhii

(September 10th, 2014)

I wish you and your fans and family a very happy and prsooerpus tamil new year dondu sir.How are you planning to celebrate the day?

Le Massif Central

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Betsie

(August 19th, 2014)

Nice to be able to follow you so and what à Nice pictures.shame About the weather.in Holland the weather is more fall than summer.greetings Betsie.

From: Sharon B.

(August 20th, 2014)

Lovely and Delicious!

Pyrenees Part 2

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Marianne

(July 29th, 2014)

Another wonderful update! It looks like you are having great weather for your hikes. We're just in Vic toria, on the return section of cycling from Swartz Bay to Sooke (Lochside and Galloping Goose Trails). Tomorrow we head back home. The cycling's been great and it's been a lovely mini vacation. Happy hiking. -Marianne& Wayne

From: Marilyn & Wayne

(July 29th, 2014)

Great pictures and very interesting area.....in 2012, we stayed a week in Port Vendres (great hiking) & a week in L'Escala (fantastic beach) on the coast and really enjoyed Perpignan....looking forward to more details when you return, Hugs

From: mom

(August 6th, 2014)

I couldn't g et your latest blog, Aug. 4th. We are still having hot weather, Vancouver to.

The Pyrenees Part 1

From the Trip: Europe 2014

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From: Marilyn & Wayne

(July 19th, 2014)

Great description & pictures....Carcassonne reminds us of fantastic cassoulet in the La Marquiere restaurant in La Cite...and travelling in Cathar country is enhanced by reading the historical-fiction Languedoc Trilogy (Labyrinthe, Sepulchre & Citadel) by Kate Mosse....for reference, we will be in Portugal for Mar 2015 and Spain for Apr 2015....Hope the rest of your Summer travels are safe & enjoyable....L&H, M&W

From: Sarah howe

(July 20th, 2014)

I love getting your updates! I'm in Italy for the summer - Tuscany until August and then in the south. Let me know if you are headi this way at all! Safe travels, Sarah

From: Marie D.

(July 25th, 2014)

Coucou. Félicitations pour vos 38ans!!!! c'est toujours avec plaisir que je suis vos aventures. Bonne route! Bises.

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