Here are the Blogs in the Vancouver Is. Loop 2008 category.
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Saturday, 16 August 2008
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The Vancouver Island loop ran north from Nashville to Brockville ON, west on the Transcanada Highway to Calgary AB, north to Edmonton, then west to Vancouver via Whistler.  We took the ferry to Nanaimo, BC and spent several days on the Island including a vist to Tofino on the Pacific coast. The route ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/16/2008 4:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 15 August 2008
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Total Miles: 8,192 Good weather days: 58 Bad weather days: 1 Rainy nights: 3 ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/15/2008 1:12 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 15 August 2008
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The day began with breakfast outside at the Red Germanium with Connie, the Director of Historic New Harmony, a department of the Southern Indiana University. Her group is responsible for managing nearly all the historic properties in New Harmony. Connie is an expert on the history of New Harmony and ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/15/2008 1:11 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 15 August 2008
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We got to New Harmony around 3:00PM after a long drive through “corn canyons” (see photo). This year is predicted to be the 2nd best corn harvest ever. I was able to get a hair cut in a barber shop little changed from the 50s. The chairs were from the 50s with fins on each side. The price was right ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/15/2008 1:08 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 13 August 2008
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We are now starting our ninth week on the View. To celebrate I had the family style breakfast at the Brick Haus Restaurant in Amana. (see photo)  nothing like OJ, fruit, sausage, bacon, eggs, toast, potatoes and a big pancake to start the day right. We filled up the propane tank in Peoria for ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/13/2008 1:08 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 12 August 2008
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The Amana Colonies were settled by German Lutherans in the 1800s. Originally a commune it changed to capitalism in the 1930’s. There are many restored buildings in the area (see photo) and some very good restaurants.  Last year we bought some fabric at the Woolen Mill and used it to cover a sofa. We ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/12/2008 2:14 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 11 August 2008
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On Saturday we were able to get into the Modern Campground and got a site with power. None of the sites have water, but there is place to get water, so it's not a real problem. Lake Elmo County Park doesn't use the natural lake for swimming but has an artificial lake (see photo) that re-circulates ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/11/2008 10:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 9 August 2008
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Brainerd was expecting 100,000 drag race fans for the weekend so we left before the races started. I was told the noise is so loud that the earth shakes 1 mile away. It was an easy drive down crossing the Mississippi River 3 times. Life with our son’'s family is hectic as always. Mark (11) has to ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2008 3:29 AM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 9 August 2008
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This was a very quiet day relaxing in the north woods. We had dinner at the Legacy Golf Club (part of Cragan's Resort) and then toured the 3 big resorts around Gull Lake....Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2008 3:28 AM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 7 August 2008
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We awoke to pouring rain, but before leaving Mitchell had to go and see the 1892 Corn Palace (see photo). Apparently it is visited by 500,000 people per year. The images, such as the lineman, are replaced annually with much ceremony. The colors in the panels are from different types of corn. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2008 3:18 AM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 5 August 2008
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Last evening there was a stargazing show at the park amphitheater. The presenter was very good and used a series of slides to show the relative size of the planets and stars. Our sun is puny compared to many other suns. He then turned out all the lights and used a 2 mile green laser pointer to point ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/05/2008 10:49 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 4 August 2008
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I had breakfast at the Wall Drug Store and enjoyed their 5 cent coffee. This morning at 4:00AM we had a violent thunderstorm with lots of winds. I watched the tenters next to us get drowned trying to pack up their tent into their car. If they had just rode out the storm they would have been a lot better ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/04/2008 10:46 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 3 August 2008
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We entered South Dakota a few minutes after leaving the campsite this morning. We'll be in this state for 2 more days. We toured the Spearfish Canyon, and visited the Crazy Horse Monument, Mount Rushmore and Wall Drugstore; along with thousands of motorcycle riders.  Motorcycles were everywhere going ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/03/2008 10:22 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 2 August 2008
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Before choosing today's route I checked the Trailer Life Navigator program which shows elevations. This software program showed the route through the Bighorn Mountains would be almost flat.  Last night at dinner another RV’er said the road would take us up to 9,000 ft. Well that feature of the Trailer ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/02/2008 10:17 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 1 August 2008
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Tonight we are in Greybull Wyoming at a KOA in the heart of the Big Horn Basin. The temperature went from 41 to 105. We are in the desert so hopefully it will cool off tonight. The altitude at 3,788 ft is down 3,000 ft from West Yellowstone.  Last night we had dinner at the Oregon Shortline Restaurant. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/01/2008 10:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 31 July 2008
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Not much to report for today; we spend the day doing chores. I planned out the remaining stops between here and St Paul. We will visit Cody WY, Mt Rushmore SD and the Badlands SD.  Tonight we are having dinner out and going to the Batman movie, Dark Knight.  The photo is a frame from the movies I ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2008 11:42 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008
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This was my first visit to Yellowstone in 58 years. We took a guided tour in a Dodge Van with individual bucket seats. It was very comfortable and the guide very knowledgeable.  He was a retired Park biologist. Most of Yellowstone is actually the mouth (caldera) of a volcano that last erupted 640,000 ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2008 10:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 30 July 2008
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The GPS took us a different route via US287 than the one I had planned with Microsoft Streets & Trips. I am glad it did as there was more 2 lane and less Interstate. The scenery was really spectacular with the Rocky Mountains to the east. At times we were beside the Madison River visited by Lewis ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2008 2:29 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 28 July 2008
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This was laundry day, a hated, but necessary event. While Mavis did the dirty work I was interviewed by a Miami writer for a story in Southern Boating on the Cumberland River. The editor wants a story on the entire river from Cumberland Lake to the Ohio. It is going to be tough to find anyone to talk ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/28/2008 10:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 27 July 2008
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Osburn is a tiny village of mostly mobile homes in the mountains of Northern Idaho. The Osburns work in the world’s largest silver mine. Mining clothes are not allowed in the RV Park washing machines.   To get here we drove about 250 miles through some of the most interesting country so far; we saw ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/27/2008 10:04 PM by Bob Duthie
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Saturday, 26 July 2008
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It was time to start heading east. I checked the tires and we were off over the Deception Pass to Everett. At Everett we turned left and headed for the Cascade Mountain Range on US Highway 2. It is 2 lanes for most of the way except going through Stevens Pass where it becomes 4 lanes with a 60 mph limit. We ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/26/2008 10:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 25 July 2008
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The ferry trip back to the USA was very smooth. US Immigration is in Canada but Customs are in the USA. Mavis gathered all the fruit and vegetables and let the inspector who came aboard decide what had to go. After the formalities he became very interested in the View. It was then an 18 miles drive ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/25/2008 10:13 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 25 July 2008
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We drove the View and relied on the Garmin GPS to find our way to the Butchart Gardens. It was a mistake. It took us on the shortest route which is over narrow mountain roads past Prospect Lake. It took close to an hour compared to the slightly longer route on a 4 lane road. It was a bright sunny ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/25/2008 5:18 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 23 July 2008
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The ferry left on time and we were at the Westbay Marine Village by 11:20. This is a unique place combing an RV Park with a live-aboard marina and floating homes (see photo). A Harbor Ferry comes by every 15 minutes or so and took us to downtown Victoria where we met John & Valerie (friends from ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/23/2008 10:23 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 22 July 2008
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This was a very relaxing day with breakfast overlooking the ocean from the deck. We watched one cruiser narrowly miss running aground on a shoal. The shoals are all on the chart but not marked. Bob and I then spent several hours comparing the differences between his Pleasureway motorhome and my Winnebago ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2008 10:20 PM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 21 July 2008
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We had the last of Karen's free range chicken sausages with Doug and Ann for breakfast. Doug gave us a tour of downtown Duncan. What was once an Indian village is now an interesting downtown on the scale of the best anywhere on the continent. Organic is very big here and we toured a shop that had ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/21/2008 10:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 20 July 2008
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We left early for the return trip across Vancouver Island. Early Sunday morning the traffic was light and we got to Port Alberni without incident. I had breakfast there at little restaurant on the docks. There is a long inlet from the Pacific that goes some 60 miles or so to Port Alberni. The port ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/20/2008 10:10 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 20 July 2008
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We did a lot of walking today. First we went to the Botanical Garden on the road and then back via the beach. It is on the other side of the peninsula. It was interesting but could use some help. One of the trails through the rain forest was completely blocked by a tree being cut up and another just ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/20/2008 4:23 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 18 July 2008
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The favorite activity here in the evening is to watch the sunset over the Pacific (see photo). There was a large crowd on the beach last evening. It is so rare to see the sun here I am not surprised. Today the fog didn’t clear until 5:00PM. This morning after laundry we walked a mile over to the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2008 10:58 PM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 18 July 2008
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A local bus took us into town this morning. Just like yesterday fog hung low in the sky and the temperature was in the high 50s. We stopped at an excellent First Nation (Native Indian) gallery and Mavis bought a coat and I got a totem pole carving of a bear to hang in the Katy Leigh. I will cover ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/18/2008 3:42 AM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 16 July 2008
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Wide beach at Rathtrevor Provincial Park We drove 109 miles directly across Vancouver Island to get to Tofino. We are now on the Pacific with 4,000 miles of open ocean between us and Japan. There are tsunami warning signs and escape routes all along this coast.  In spite of all the open ocean the waves ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/16/2008 10:41 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 15 July 2008
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Gwen, a graduate Cordon Blue Chef, fixed breakfast with Karen's spicy Italian free range chicken sausages. She added mushrooms, tomatoes, scrambled eggs, and toast. It was a magnificent meal.  We left at 10:45AM to make the opening of the Barton & Leier Gallery about a mile up the road from where ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2008 10:55 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 15 July 2008
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At 8:00am David & I took the dinghy over to an old tug boat at anchor which is used as a bakery. They had some delicious cinnamon buns. We bought 4 and took them back to Orca for breakfast. Orca is a 16 year old Grand Banks that is probably the best maintained in the world. It looks like it just ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/15/2008 5:47 AM by Bob Duthie
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Monday, 14 July 2008
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I have to make a correction to a statement in yesterday's post. The garden here won a prize as the best in the entire country not just Vancouver Island. We packed our stuff and headed for the Ladysmith Yacht Club after a walk on the rocks as the tide was out and breakfast. The marinas here are completely ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2008 10:44 PM by Bob Duthie
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Sunday, 13 July 2008
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A batch of Karen's free range chicken sausages was much enjoyed at breakfast. We visited a neighbor for a while and watched a buck deer wander through the flower beds and around the rocks. At noon we left for Ladysmith with a stop at Costco for a new camera. The old Olympus had stripped its telephoto ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/13/2008 12:19 AM by Bob Duthie
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Friday, 11 July 2008
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Our friends Bob & Heather live in a very large 20 year old development on the Georgia Straits called Fairwinds. They moved here from Toronto 4 years ago.  The homes are built on rocky hills and most have spectacular views of the strait, islands, coast mountain range Vancouver 38 miles away and Mt Baker ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/11/2008 4:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Thursday, 10 July 2008
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We really slept a long time this morning since it is so quiet and cool here. The View is in the shade for much of the day. Mavis and Pauline went for a long walk and the rest of us went riding up into the mountain (well, a slight hill). I hadn’'t ridden a horse in 20 years but after a while got used ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2008 10:01 PM by Bob Duthie
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Wednesday, 9 July 2008
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This was a relaxing day and started with Karen’s free range chicken sausages. Next we went down to the harbor and looked at the boats. We visited the farmers’ market and the one room natural science museum. The museum uses one of the elementary school rooms in the summer. In the winter they have ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2008 10:59 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 8 July 2008
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Well we made it to day to the end-of-the-earth, Hornby Island. Our friends Jim and Pauline live on this isolated island. Their daughter Karen and son-in-law, Jed operate an Agri-Villa (www.outerisland.bc.ca) and a tree arborist business here complete with horses,pony, donkey, free-range chickens, rabbits, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2008 10:58 PM by Bob Duthie
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Tuesday, 8 July 2008
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The RV Park here is the most compact we have seen yet. I measured our site and it is just 15 ft wide and maybe 40 ft deep. It looks like a RV Dealers yard. The Capilano River rapids create enough noise to drown out most of the campers so we did get a good sleep. This was laundry and shopping day. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2008 4:34 AM by Bob Duthie
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