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Visiting New York City with my daughters

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Following up on a suggestion from my daughter Heather, I asked her sister Melinda how she would feel about going to NYC with Heather and me. Melinda had never been and I had the impression she wouldn't want to. Well to say I was mistaken is a real understatement. So I made the arrangements and off we went.

Heather drew up a suggested four day plan. She wanted Melinda to get a real idea of how marvellous the city is. On Wednesday October 1st Melinda flew from Quesnel, B.C and Heather and I met her at the Vancouver Airport where we lunched with Heather's husband Jim (it was his birthday). Then foot loose and fancy free off we went to New York. Although we arrived around 2 am we stopped at a wine and cheese bar before walking to our hotel by way of Times Square. I guess the idea was to show Melinda the city really doesn't ever sleep.

We stayed at The Hilton Midtown where we had a great view of Central Park and, over the next two days, had marvellous weather, saw the World Trade Centre site, walked across Brooklyn Bridge and along the new High Line Park walkway and in Central Park, had very nice lunches and dinner both evenings in Remi Restaurant near our hotel. And we went to two Broadway musicals......Mama Mia and Jersey Boys. They have been running for a long time but we enjoyed them thoroughly.

It rained Saturday but we walked to Central Park anyway, had brunch at Sarabeth's facing the park, and went to Radio City Music Hall for their very interesting tour before heading to the airport and home.

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Visiting Vancouver from Quesnel, British Columbia

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My Daughter Melinda, Granddaughter Andrea and Great Granddaughters Kenzie and Erika came to visit me and see the sights. The kids had never seen the ocean so first stop was Third Beach in Stanley Park, followed by The Vancouver Aquarium for the Beluga Whale, Dolphin and SeaOtter shows among other things. Then we met my Vancouver family.....Daughter Heather and son in law Jim, Grandson Michael and his girlfriend Krissy for dinner at my favourite restaurant. The next day we went to Granville Island by way of the ferry from my complex after a swim in the pool and headed for The Science Centre before going to Heather and Jim's for dinner. Today we finished up at the Planetarium which was delightful to say the least. Michael and Krissy joined us, we went to lunch and that ended a wonderful three days.

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Heather's summer visit, August 9-25, 2014

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We have had a busy couple of weeks and the highlights were trips to Sackinaw Lake on British Columbia's Sunshine Coast and to Tofino on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Heather's sister Jean and her husband Ivan have a cottage on a small island in Sackinaw Lake which Heather and I swam around. Tofino is known for its long beaches and wild weather. Fortunately it was very pleasant while we were there and the drive and ferry from the mainland were great. Some of our pictures show the magnificent Cathedral Grove which is en route and has some of Canada's oldest and most impressive trees. 87842869F8F4C4A5FFF3F7E42B42A025.jpg
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Summer trip to Ontario, May 31-June 21, 2014

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My son Doug suggested I come to Ontario for my summer trip in June since Linda would be in Europe on a cycling holiday and I would be able to go with him to a couple of speaking engagements. Well the events didn't materialize but I more than made up for that with going to a Blue Jays baseball game, spending time with my grandchildren, who are no longer children, and just having a great father/son time. And I went to Oakville to be with Heather as my readers might have guessed. We went to Stratford, Ontario and took in four plays there. Shakespeare's King Lear was terrific as were The Man of La Mancha, Crazy for you and Mother Courage. We also visited the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Royal Botanical Garden in Hamilton. All in all a wonderful three weeks. And tonight my youngest granddaughter Carolyn will be going to her Prom. So I hope to add a picture of her to this blog.

Here are Carolyn's prom pictures.......with friends, with me and with her parents, brother Geoff and me.

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Dragon Lake during a short hail storm and five minutes later.

I am finishing up my three days visiting daughter Melinda, son -in-law Wayne, granddaughter Andrea and great granddaughters Makenzie and Erika. I flew up on Coast Mountain Air again on a beautiful day but it has been raining ever since albeit with nice sunny periods as well. So we have talked ourselves out, walked along the Fraser River which is flowing rapidly and overflowing it's banks in places, eaten in our favourite restaurants and had lots of laughs. Oh yes we swam with the kids and they joined the library too. It is about a five minute walk from their house.

The following pictures are of flying into Quesnel, Andrea's house and the kids getting their new library cards and choosing their first library books.

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