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Oct 15, 2005 - Recommended Reads for Celtic travellers

If you are traveling in Ireland or Scotland, you can not escape the amazing literary history of those nations. And while most people will be familiar with Oscar Wilde, James Joyce, Robbie Burns, Irvine Welsh, etc. I'd like to suggest a few other reads a bit off the beaten track: Ireland The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien is a surreal, hilarious novel by one of my favourite Irish writers. His satire The Poor Mouth about Irish speakers in the Gaeltacht is also excellent. Mairtin O Cadhain's short stories are a bit harder to come by, but...

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Oct 9, 2005 - Happy Thanksgiving!

After a busy time on the farm, we headed back up to Edmonton to my sister, Shari's. Despite the excitement with a tire blow out at 70 mph/110 km/hr near Vermillion, we arrived safely and were ready for a big feed! Hope you all had a happy and healthy thanks giving! Love, Brian & Andrea

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Oct 1, 2005 - Home at last, thank God Almighty, Home at last

Holy crap. Most comfortable bed I've slept in all vacation at the Sheraton last night. They aren't kidding with the advertising about the comfortable beds. Like sleeping on a little cloud. Why do they have express check-in kiosks when you still have to wait in a line to drop off your baggage? At least the baggage drop line was shorter and moved faster than the regular line. I don't get how that saves them money. The guy next to me on the plane had the scariest hair I've seen since 1989. He had the mustache to go with it, too. Think 80's...

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Sep 30, 2005 - Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me....

The day was friday, a birthday that was like none other and celebrated by finishing moving house - whey hey. Never again, I have never seen so many pens that seem to grow out of the woodwork and folders, papers and other things. I never had so much stuff until I got married and now "we" seem to have amassed huge amounts of "stuff". Anyway enough of my male grumbling, we finally got finished moving and packing for our short trip to Canada about 2am. With the ample amount of energy that 4hours of sleep gives you we started our trip bright...

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Aug 25, 2005 - The Road to Edmonton

Only a few days of travel left to us. Then the chaos of moving in to our new home, resuming my job, and Kirsten starting her childcare business begins, not to mention a new school year for the boys. All too soon, this trip will seem like a distant memory. We said goodbye once again. If only B.C. and Saskatchewan were closer together; it would be wonderful to see everyone there more often. At least it's close enough to allow fairly regular reunions - and now we will have a house with at least one extra room, should guests happen to...

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Aug 25, 2005 - Edmonton (5 days)

Aug. 25 - Edmonton Things really worked out well for us in Edmonton. The first reason it got on the itinerary was that Michelle wanted to go to the West Edmonton Mall. I then arranged to meet up with a friend from work (Greg Sumka) and then it turned out to be a good spot for my family to connect with us (the grandparents and my sister flew in from Victoria and Vancouver). Greg lives in St. Albert, just NW of Edmonton. The Kinsmen's RV Park was 5 minutes from his house and there were great bike paths, a lake and a BMX track right next door....

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Aug 18, 2005 - Edmonton, Canada

Aug 18 Our final stop back in Edmonton. Customs surprisingly did not take that long. Our families were waiting at the airport, unfortunately noboby noticed us come out of the gate until we said something. Once our families realized we were home they were very excited to see us.

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Aug 6, 2005 - August 4

To British Columbia, Canada Aug. 4 Are we impressed with British Columbia? Yes, we certainly are! It is truly beautiful. The Rocky Mountains are more rugged than any we have seen so far. Driving today from Dawson Creek, Alberta, Canada into British Columbia is like going from one country to another. The roads are better, so the traveling was more enjoyable. We had planned on driving between 500 and 600 miles today, in order to reach Alaska, but only drove 473 miles. Trappers' Den was a stop we made as it looked as if it would be a shop...

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Jul 30, 2005 - Day 6, Saturday

July 30, Saturday-Slept a little late, but needed it, while packing up we talked to folks next door. They were Duane and Verna From Forest City, IA. (where we camped!); on their way home from Alaska! Had been gone about a month; they answered lots of our questions and gave us some good advice. Duane told Gene about fishing, getting boots, the roads, etc. We had better be ready to let go of our money-nothing is cheap! Around 11 we finally pulled out of the campground and on the advice of Grace Pancratz, we went downtown to take a "tunnel...

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Jul 29, 2005 - St. Albert

We left St. Albert for Grande Cache for the sixth running of the Canadian Death Race. "Hawaii Five-Oh!" is prepared to make headlines this year with a mix of stunning athletics and dazzling choreography!! Our annual Canada Day party was ou version of a send-off!

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Jun 13, 2005 - Leaving Calgary

It's been pretty tough getting everything in order to go, but... Oh well... Can't complatin about a trip like this. Well, we succssfully graduated from University last week and are happy to be: Christine Cook BSc Engg, BA IR and Ryan Olivier B. Comm This trip is gonna be the longest vacation either of us have had since we were 5 - and likely the biggest one we'll have till we're 60! We'll miss you all lots! Ryan and Christine.

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Jun 4, 2005 - Pigeon Lake, AB

We lucked out having friends with a weekend retreat at Pigeon Lake so spent the weekend there - about an hour west of Camrose. It is a very friendly community so we had no sooner arrived and the neighbours were over, the beers were out and we made a lot of new friends. We built a huge fire in the fire pit in the middle of the lawn later in the evening and it drew the rest of the neighbours over! We drove around the area - there are a number of beaches: Mission Beach, Ma-Me-O, etc. all with little resort type villages (e.g. souvenirs and ice...

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Across Canada - 2005

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