Update 2016: Well, retirement doesn't always leave one with more time. Since being retired I've spent a lot of time consulting back and lots of volunteer community involvement in transportation and bicycling issues. And time goes, I don't know where, it just goes. Since the last report we've traveled back to Germany, Switzerland,the Alsace Lorraine; we spend 3 weeks in China, and took many various short trips throughout western US and Canada by car, plane, and bicycle. Hopefully I can begin to spend time to re-involve myself with VT.
Update: December 09: We are finally retiring. After the new year I hope to gradually find the time to update this page and add others ... including some travel pages from our trips to Germany (twice), Ukraine, Czech Republic, Austria, & UK. Next trip (late 2010? 2011?) will be back to Germany for a month or two (Eggenhausen in Black Forest and Olbernhau and Borstendorf in the Erzgebirge - ancestral/roots visits) as well as Dresden and Berlin)
Last post from 2007:
Like many Americans, we (Lee & Ginny) haven’t traveled outside North America until very recently. Now in our early 60's, as we approach retirement, we are looking forward to the traveling that we didn’t do when younger.
In preparing for our first trips to Europe we’ve found tremendous help and advice not only from postings on here, but from exchanges of email as well.
In return, we’re posting this brief introduction to our corner of the world, the northwest coast of the U.S. and Western Canada. And we hope to be able to help those interested in the area.
We’re from Seattle Washington, U.S., but also have lived extensively in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
When we think of this region the first thing that comes to mind is its great and diverse natural beauty and opportunity for outdoor activity.
This map introduces our region that some call Cascadia: the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Rocky Mountains to the east. The State of Washington, and British Columbia Canada to its north, and the State of Oregon to its south almost seem to have more in common with each other both culturally and geographically than with the rest of their respective countries.
We only recently got digital cameras, so unfortunately our pictures are limited. We’ll improve the site over time. I’ve scanned a few of our old slides – please forgive the quality. To make up for the lack of photos I’ve added links to various sites containing great photos I found on the web. Here are several that give an overview of the region: