….so how did you spend your summer?
After acouple of hours of paperwork and vehicle insurance transfers we made our way south of the border to dine with good friends Jan and Joan in Blaine Washington.
The next day we found ourselves in Marysville (famed for Mary’s pies) for lunch with boating and Peru travelling buddies John and Gerry (Mv Peking) who were visiting their daughter in Seattle. A quick drive back to Vancouver for dinner with ex good neighbour Lorrie.
The following morning
we hopped on the ferry to Vancouver Island to spend some quality time with Tom
and Jane who also hosted boating friends John and Darlene and a party of their
neighbours in their beautiful home in Nanoose Bay.
It was wonderful to spend time with these trusted amigos and share memories and laughs and make plans for a possible Bike and Barge adventure in the French countryside for summer 2017.
After lunch we had a short visit and dinner with Kaija’s mom and brother Art, then on to Abbotsford for desert with Pat and pick up our stored luggage. Another full day, in more ways than one :o).
Next morning we departed for Kelowna for an overnight visit with Kaija’s niece Carrie, husband Steve and family.
It was a fun evening as we celebrated Nephew Todd's 40th birthday.
Then it was on to Calgary to see my Baldwin buddy Brian and beautiful wife Roxy along with the Grinch man Jeff and two great pups Hailey and Harley.
Whether it was me spending time with B on his Harley or Kaija spending time in Roxy’s amazing kitchen, without a doubt these folks are the most gracious hosts you will ever meet.
The R & B Resort and Spa is without a doubt a wonderful 5 Star experience. With happy hearts and satiated spirits we were on the road again.
Two days of comfortable driving we were in Thunder Bay. Kaija spent her early years growing up here and it was fun to revisit many of her childhood memories including her dad’s Deli and the hilltop view of the famed Sleeping Giant. While here we had the chance to visit with her ailing Aunt Eila and spend some time with her cousin Janet and husband Wiley.
Next stop... the Bruce Peninsula where we had a lovely visit with my beautiful daughter Katie, Grandson Cole and her new beau Chris and daughter Christiana.
We are blessed to have wonderful family friends in Dutch Uncle Jack and Sweet Pearl who were waiting with welcome signs and balloons upon our arrival. They had spent weeks working at preparing the cottage for our arrival. Cleaning windows, working in the gardens and tidying up. It was certainly a welcome site to see them and walk into the cottage, clean and inviting.
John and Rosemary live in an idyllic setting in a beeeeautiful lakeside compound made up of the ‘big house’, a smaller cottage on the lake, and a garage/apartment that had all the toys and more room than most city dwellers ever get to use. They were gracious and very hospitable and what was intended as a dinner visit turned out two be a two day sleepover. They have commissioned a 60 ft barge currently being built in Holland which they plan to use on the canals of Europe…all two thousand miles….mmmm sounds like a second visit is in the offing :o).
One of the highlites of this trip was spending time with old Gospel Quartet (KJV) compatriots John and Raul and wives Cathy and Lea, and old friends Arnie and Sue. It’s amazing the memories that are generated spending time with those from your teenage years when so many firsts came about. Travelling coast to coast with those great guys (John, Ed, Dave and Raul, John, Les, Andy and Brian) literally making music with my friends. We were honored to perform with some of the real heroes of Gospel music including the Oak Ridge Boys, The Imperials, The Blackwood Bros, JD Summer & The Stamps Quartet. Our performance schedule included many Country Fairs and were lucky to be invited to perform with Gordie Tapp (Cousin Clem on Hee Haw). Gordie invited us to record an Album with him and along with Ricky York we produced ‘The Good Life’ and developed a lasting friendship with this master showman.
|Kaija, Gordie and Helen Tapp, Cathy, me Gordie and John|