Saturday, January 28, 2012

Retro Saturday


In 1979 Ron and I decided to 'pack our bags' and move out west....to Vancouver, B.C.


We were ready to see what all the fuss was about....life on the west coast of Canada.


We bought a van and transformed it into a camper, of sorts. We left Halifax in early July.


Our plan was to drive across Canada to Alberta where we were to pick up our friend, Stephen.


He had already left Halifax a month earlier and went to Texas to visit with his sister.


So we picked Stephen up in Edmonton (Ron's brother and family live here) and from there headed south to the US.


It was quite the adventure. Ron and I, being swimmers, swam across Canada and part of the States......from pool to pool! Good way to keep clean!


Neither of us had been to the west coast and it was our goal to run into the Pacific Ocean.....
as soon as we got near it!


When we got to the coast in Oregon, there it was, the Pacific Ocean! We jumped in!


And the next day we parked the van and headed down along it's beautiful coastline, by bicycle, into northern California. We were in heaven.


The photo below of Ron and me was taken by Stephen.......along the Oregon coast.


This was one of the makeshift abodes we made to stay overnight on the beach. It was a very exhilarating time for us.


I believe we got to Vancouver the second week of August....the adventure continued.





42 comments:

  1. Fabulous ! You look so groovy in that photo !

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  2. What a great adventure!! The world was a different place in 1979, wasn't it? It was the year I graduated from high school.....But I've traveled down the coast from Washington to California and it's really a beautiful trip. The sea is really part of you and Ron, isn't it?

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    1. So you were about 18 years old then? We were 30 and 29 respectively....seems a very long time ago...because IT WAS! lol

      We have been down that coast a few times since, Kim. And yes we do have a need for water, especially the ocean, any ocean!

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  3. Love the hairdo and moustache! He he, the seventies where great!

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    1. I LOVED my hair! Still do, kinda....
      How would YOU know Liesl about the 70's? You weren't even born! lol Were you?

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  4. Oh, how I love the photo! You guys were such rugged, outdoorsy types (I guess you still are). Jerry and I sometimes rough it by sharing a bathroom!

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    1. Rugged, outdoorsy! True and I guess that was one of the initial attractions...have to have something in common! lol

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  5. These are the stories that make life so interesting. And the parts I love to listen to each day in my work. I bet you have deals of slides from a trip like that.

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    1. That should say reels of slides..... stupid auto correct.

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    2. Yes we do, Stew. Will have to dig them out and update them to something compatible for viewing.
      I bet you hear tons of stories......for that book, right?

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  6. I love seeing these old photos of you two.
    Tell me, who doesn't love a big bushy mustache!
    Your Friend, m.

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    1. Ron does/did! We have so many slides of our time 'out west'....will HAVE to get them digitalised before they (the pics!) fade and disintegrate.

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  7. Cute pic and gotta love those sweaters :)
    Great memories - sometimes you've just got to go for it!

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    1. That's right Jane. And those sweaters were both made by Ron. The striped one lasted many years after that trip!

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  8. Oh, look at you two youngsters! You're so cute!

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    1. Yes we were 'youngsters' once! A lot of water under the bridges!!!

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    1. Yes it was! I'll never forget it! I was exhausted from all the cycling!!

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  10. Love that photo! It's soooo 70s :) What a wonderful time that must have been.

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  11. I was a great trip, one that defined the rest of our lives in so many ways, Martha.

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  12. Those cross country trips when one was young were so much fun. And I love that very retro picture of the two of you. So cute!

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    1. Thanks Inger! Yes, weren't those trips fun! I can imagine you have had a few....here and there!

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  13. I love people that love adventures. They are my favorite sort. Lovely image!

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    1. And this is coming from a very adventurous person! Thanks Becky! We don't have to move very far to have an adventure.

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  14. ...ohh, this is the type of travelling & wind in the hair & just let's go discovering & dreaming & enjoying & freedom feelings WE LOOOVE!!!!!!!

    Wonderful pic...Jim!!!

    ciao ciao elvira

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    1. Thanks Elvira! Yes, nothing like the feeling of 'hitting the road'!!

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  15. OMG! I love that retro story and picture of you and Ron! My brother lives in B.C. but I've never been. Aren't memories great!!

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    1. Thanks. It is quite a beautiful province and the city of Vancouver is breath-taking as I am sure your brother may have told you.

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  16. I love it! That sounds like a trip of a life time. I like the idea of swimming to keep clean. Reminds me of summers as a kid!
    I'm a 70s baby, good years those:)

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    1. It was Lael! I couldn't tell you how many 'lengths' we have done in total.....plenty!

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  17. Jim- such a wonderful story-- I have always admired your spirits of adventure. This is what life is all about- living your dreams. That picture is totally priceless- you guys had the gypsy spirit for sure!

    Love-
    Vicki

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    1. Well Vicki, we knew we had to 'hit the road' at that time. And we are now glad we did!

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  18. Wow, what a memory and adventure. I love the photo.

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    1. Thanks KB! We look up to you, you know, and the 'adventurist' life you lead.

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  19. What a fabulous adventure! You two look so young, much younger than 29 and 30.

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    1. Terry, we were chronologically that age, but, boy, were we naive and inexperienced at everything life was throwing at us. But I guess that is what makes adventures so much more exciting.

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  20. That is a great story of adventure. Adventures are such a wonderful thing and we never really know for sure where we are going to end up. But, after all, that is part of the joy of the adventure. Thank you for sharing. Thanks also for the warm welcome to the blogging world. It was very nice of you to post our give away on your sidebar....we really appreciate it. We will definitely be following you as well. And you are definitely in the drawing!!!

    ~Bobby & Eric~

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    1. Hi guys! Welcome!
      That's the attraction of adventure, never really knowing the outcome. Just like what you are doing at your farm.

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  21. Love the photo! Can't wait to hear more of you western adventure.

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    1. OK Pat, I'll have to share more.....but only if you insist! lol

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