Roger returned to Medellin to coordinate the sale and transfer of the drilling equipment to a company that bought everything once it was decided PetroTiger would not move forward with the drilling division. It's disappointing as we hoped to stay in Colombia, but if the last four years have taught me anything -- things always work out for the best.
While Roger was away, I decided to drive out to see Brad and Anette, and then continue to Vancouver Island to visit friends.
I had forgotten just how jaw-dropping beautiful Western Canada really is.
|Going through Banff National Park was fabulous|
|I stopped in Kamloops, B.C. and had breakfast with Roger's Aunt Louise, and cousin Lyndon|
I brought out some keepsakes from Brad's childhood. One of the mementos was a School Days scrapbook where I documented who his friends were, activities, major moments and ambitions. In grade 10, his goal was to work at Industrial Light & Magic. He saw his goal reached when his name was in the credits for Transformers 3 movie. What a great accomplishment!
|A lot of work went into this movie and it's been getting great reviews|
|Obi modeling her "boat coat" in preparation for her trip to Idaho in July.|
|I bought Obi a monkey chew toy which she pretty well destroyed, with gusto, within 24 hours.|
|View from Brad and Anette's apartment|
|Andre (Anette's brother) was also visiting and I always enjoy spending time with him too.|
A week before I came to Vancouver, rioters wreaked havoc on the city following the Stanley Cup playoffs. In response to the riots, many citizens came downtown to help with the clean up and several boards had supportive messages written on them.
|I've never attended a concert where you stand -- I lasted about an hour and then found a bench where other "geriatrics" were sitting!|
After saying goodbye to Brad and Anette, I headed to the ferry terminal and took a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. The scenery was spectacular.
|Clockwise from the left: Jennifer, Barb, Jodi and Paul Ikert, Rob|
No matter where our travels take us, we are always proud to hold our Canadian passports. Sometimes it takes an opportunity like I had to travel its roads and waterways to remind myself just how lucky I am.