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Our Next Adventure

Happy New Year!  Another lap around the sun.  An occasion for new beginnings.  The perfect time to begin another adventure.

When we returned from Europe in September, 2012, Diane and I had already agreed how we would spend our 2013, though it was not what we had in our minds when we left for Europe in April.  We had intended to return to Vancouver and settle down for a while.  Then our friends Sue and Martin asked us if they could defer their trip to the colonies by another year, meaning that they wouldn’t be needing the RV, the one we haven’t purchased yet, until 2014.  Since our home is currently occupied by foreigners, this gave us an opening to buy an RV a bit earlier and to use it in 2013.  A great opportunity to do some more traveling, and to make sure that our soon-to-be RV is fully tested and ready for our friends.

And so it was that we decided to pursue another travel adventure in 2013 – a circumnavigation of the United States and Canada!  We plan to leave Vancouver in January 2013 and quickly make our way down the west coast to the warmer weather of Southern California and Arizona.  We’ll cross the southern states during the winter then follow the sun up the eastern seaboard as the weather warms.  We’ll cross back into Canada by mid-summer, careful not to overstay our welcome in the U.S. (Canadians tourists are allowed to stay for a maximum of 6 months).  We’ll explore the Maritimes and Eastern Canada before heading back across the Prairies in the fall, hopefully crossing the Rocky Mountains before the heavy snow flies.

Other than this vague outline, we have no specific plans.  There are a few friends and family that we hope to visit along the way, mostly in the west.  We’ll follow our whims and the weather, travelling on the highways of life and the byways of experience.

I’m excited about what lies ahead and we invite you to participate in our adventure.  We hope that you enjoy the stories of our journey.  Because many of you have traveled in the United States and Canada, we look forward to hearing your comments and suggestions.  As it was when I started this blog, it remains my intention that we will all benefit from the experience.  Thank-you for participating and have a great 2013!

Welcome to our Travel Blog!

This is the first of what will hopefully be many updates on our travels this year. We’ll be updating this blog every week or two, with our experiences, thoughts, and the deep insights gained from our globe trotting.

This blog is secured, so we can share more intimate details with family and friends. To secure it, readership needs to be limited to 100 people. If you’re reading this, you’ve been invited to be part of this select group. In order to access the blog, you need to have a Google account (and password). This free account may come in handy for other services that Google provides. To allow more people to participate, we’ll provide a single invitation for some of you that cohabitate. Please don’t be offended if we sent the invitation only to your spouse!

Our blog will contain text postings, but also pictures, maps, and web links (all of which you can click on). We’ll send an email to you when there is a new posting in our blog. You can also leave your comments on any blog post, which will be visible to all readers of the blog. We encourage you to comment.

While we’re traveling, you can reach us at our shared email address. Depending where we are and what we’re doing, it may take us a while to reply, but we’ll try to check it about once a week. Within a few months, I’m sure that we’ll be desparately home sick, and so emails from home would be greatly appreciated.

Patrick and Diane