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Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long,…

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Dash to Victoria

This last day on tour of Vancouver Island and the San Juan's is a hectic one. I made all these travel plans before the Washington State Ferries even published their summer schedule, and even if they had, what options would…

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Sighting Orcas? No, Card Sharks

Home today; the cloud cover so thick it could be mistaken for the Northwest. We were afraid that temperatures would be much higher than during our week in Victoria and surrounds; we needn't have worried. As I reminisce, the time…

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Bicycle Birthday

I got a couple of smart-alec birthday cards last night, but what would you expect when you're on a 60th birthday bicycle tour of the Pacific Northwest. Getting older... aint't for sissies. It's a modest tour by any standards: easy,…

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The Lochside Trail

We were on a schedule; we had to get to the ferry in Sidney in time for a noon departure. If we missed this ferry we had only one other opportunity to get to Orcas Island this day — we'd…

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A Coastal Ride

Today was another layover day; a day for each of us to do our own thing. Mark and I did a big loop around Victoria's outer neighborhoods then cruised along the eastern coastal roads. On the Galloping Goose rails to…

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