[A final group hug as we approached Vancouver – then we all went our separate ways. Some stayed to visit Victoria, some flew home, and the supervisor and I repaired to the train station.]
[June 28, 2008. Coming into Vancouver – which ranks up there with Kyoto as my favorite cities.]
[Are we still being tailed by that camouflaged U.S. Navy vessel?]
[We somehow managed to have great weather the entire trip! 🙂 ]
[The U.S. border. We actually took a bus from Vancouver to Seattle to catch the train. However, there were about 10 tours buses in line to go through a customs check – which could take hours! After some time, they pretty much waved us through as all coming off a cruise ship originating from the U.S. Nevertheless, we would have missed our train connection in Seattle, so the bus dropped us at a station a couple stops up the line – Edmonds as I recall.]
[We’re on the train now – heading home. My best guesstimate is that is a snow-capped mountain out the roof of the observation car.]
[Libby, Montana – the three following photos are also of well-known Libbys.]
[Whitefish, Montana. I don’t know any other Whitefishes.]
[A body of water – most likely a river.]
[If you have the time, beats the heck out of air travel.]
[As we head East, you will note the topography changes from erose to flat and to a little bump again around the Badlands/Black Hills.]
June 30,2008: We returned from Alaska to find that – horrors, summer had arrived in Minnesota! We discovered in Fairbanks, which is only 160 miles from the Arctic Circle, that the ice went out there sooner than it did in Alexandria. So, Ruthie would like to toast our 10 fellow travelers, and all others, by showing off her peonies!
And back to beautiful Lake Darling:
And then an almost immediate reunion of the local cruisers at Mary and Crazy Dave’s on the other side of Lake Darling:
Good night, and good luck. Thank you for joining us on our adventure – we hope you enjoyed the journey. Please police your immediate area before leaving the theater – and if you have more than a 5-minute drive, it’s probably a good idea to hit the restrooms on your way out. Now blog management and staff have to think up new filler before the next local athletic event on Thursday.