On Saturday, June 30 and Sunday July 1 we finished our latest trip and drove home to Reno.
The traffic on Interstate 5 going south from Tacoma, through Portland was terrible. But we finally made it to Oakridge, Oregon where we spent the night. Oakridge is a small town but we had a great hamburger dinner and live bluegrass music at the local pub called Brewers Union Local 180.
We are home again now for the month of July then will head out again to Northern Europe. We plan to visit Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Ireland. Suggestions of places to go and things to see are always welcome.
This morning we packed up and checked out of our wonderful rental house in Malahat. We took the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. Tonight we are staying at the Resort at Port Ludlow.
Since Monday my brother and his wife, and my sisters and their husbands, and Duke and I have been sharing a beautiful rental house overlooking the water north of Victoria, British Columbia. During the day we have each done our own things and in between we have had lots of time to talk and enjoy each others Company.
Wednesday four of us went to Butchart Gardens.
Tuesday Duke and I hiked around Thetis Lake.
Thursday we hiked to the Goldstream Canyon Trestle.
Sunday morning we drove into Victoria and toured the Provincial Parliament Building.
We did some grocery shopping and then checked into the rental house where we are all staying for our Robinson get together. We had a great time catching up.
We slept in this morning after getting to bed about 3am. We got on the road just after 11 and caught the 3:30 ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Vancouver Island. It is raining and everything is lush and green. Tomorrow we rendezvous with the other three Robinson kids and their spouses for our family get together.
Saturday morning we caught a 7:50 am plane out of Juneau. It stopped in Ketchikan on the way to Seattle. Unfortunately as we were getting ready to take off one of the engines had a problem. The mechanic had to come over to the airport on the ferry. It took four hours but they fixed the engine and we finally made it to Seattle. Unfortunately we missed our connection to Bellingham. We were rebooked for an 11:40 pm plane. The good thing was that our eight hour layover allowed us to visit with our niece Mary who works for Alaska Airlines in Seattle.
Our flight to Bellingham was delayed about thirty minutes when they had a problem with the cabin noise cancelling system. We finally made it to Bellingham, retrieved our car, and left Bellingham at 1 am. The border crossing people seemed a bit perplexed about why we were crossing the border at 2 am but eventually they let us into Canada. We were in bed at our hotel by 3 am.
Today is our last day in Alaska. We hiked up above the Mendenhall Glacier.