Monday, August 17, 2009

The Family Reunion!

Well, not all of the siblings made it, but we still had a great time at the Warren Family Reunion - as you can tell. We are happy to report that everyone is healthy and doing well!

It has been a year since we have seen most of the relatives, so we spent a lot of time catching up, telling stories, and goofing off.

Some of the highlights:
  • Seeing all of the Nieces and Nephews again - it has been way too long!
  • Lots of fun and games in the pool and the hot tub
  • Playing "Over the Line" - an interesting version of baseball
  • Some of the grownups went golfing
  • Lots of 42 was played, Bocci Ball, plus some Mexican Bingo
  • Boating on the Columbia
  • Celebrating my birthday (and Anessa's) at the bowling alley with pizza and cake - how cool is that?
  • Plus lots of good eats and drinks!
Thanks Phil and Danette for letting us crash your place (again). Next year, you will all have to visit us in Central America - oh my!

PS: Gutierrez's and Ken Warren's - we missed you!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Victoria, British Columbia

Since we were in the area, we decided we had to see Victoria on Vancouver Island. Everyone was right - it was beautiful!

We took the car ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria - what a great way to travel. It is amazing how organized the ferry system is and how many cars, trucks, and RVs they can stuff into those ships.

We did the walking tour around town and enjoyed the beautiful gardens around Beacon Hill, the Government House, plus the road trip along the island on Dallas Road.

We might be the only tourists that didn't tour Butchart Gardens, but we did some other fun stuff like...

The Butterfly Zoo - there were beautiful creatures flying everywhere. My favorite one (that we could get a picture of!)...

The Bug Zoo - I am pretty sure that we were the only adults that didn't bring kids, but we enjoyed it. Doug followed the tour guides around listening to their stories - just like the little ones. I was hanging out with the screaming kids saying "I want to go home"!

We also enjoyed the local cuisine - of course. Our favorite was the crab and shrimp fondue at Chandlers - yum.

We did lots of walking around, but not enough to walk off the calories we consumed - oh well. I wanted to stay longer, but it was time to hit the road again!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

We've been everywhere, man!

Well, not everywhere, but we are covering some ground. Our goal this summer has been to see as many friends, family, and sites as possible and Ol' Red (our old Mazda pickup) is getting us there in style - hah!

Doug's brother and sister-in-law (David and Lynette) met us in Sunriver, Oregon. We enjoyed visiting with them. Highlights - touring Petersen's Rock Garden (off the beaten path) and visiting Doug's uncle and aunt (Bob and Joan) in Prineville.

We hung out in Pasco, Washington, with my brother and sister-in-law (Phil and Danette) for a while visiting friends and getting some chores done.

Next stop - Ocean Shores, Washington. I am not sure how we got roped into this one, but we helped pack and can Albacore tuna. The canning not so much fun, but we did enjoy hanging out with friends and family and donating our money to the local casino!

From there, we drove up to Port Angeles, Washington, where we hopped a ferry to Vancouver Island, British Columbia - check out the next post for details!

We couldn't be that close to Sequim, without seeing our sailing buddies Dot and Brian from sv-Rainshadow. We had a great time meeting their extending family and touring the area. Can't wait to see them back in Mexico in the fall!

This is sure beautiful country, but the sun doesn't shine very much and it is a lot cooler than we are used to. We still had a wonderful time - check out our route!